Sunday, March 05, 2006

The surrender of the Black Knight

(The crowded start: how can we get a good time result with all those runners?)

Serious report: The Roma-Ostia half marathon battle was a nigthmare; everything was wrong. When the group (Anna Baby Running Team Civitavecchia) arrived in Rome found the streets closed to the traffic and we lost a lot of time before arriving near the start one hour before the shot. In that moment our "drivers" went to Ostia to wait for us. We spent 45 minutes in line shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people under the rain and the wind: no stretching and no warm up. Few minutes before the start, we left the clothes into a bush but when we came back to take again them the ..... bush was empty!

At last at 09.30 a.m. the coveted shot but the crowded start didn't permit....to start. It was only a very slow walk.

All the race was painful, I had to stop twice to urinate and to drink many glasses of water. On the 13rd km. ( 8.07 m) it began the crises that followed me until the end. The last km. was a real nightmare, the legs moved by themself without the help of my brain. All the run was disturbed by a strong wind from south (left) and a light rain.

I learned a very important lesson: no more long distance races after an illness and without the appropriate training. The cures (I took 2 different kind of pills for the stomach this morning before the effort), the pain and the weakness played an important role.

(The loot)
Results. Final official time 1.46.44 - microchip time 1.45.08
3369°/6617 runners - 370°/801 in my age group (MM50)
The split km by km: 5.07 - 4.54 - 4.57 - 4.57 - 4.34 - 4.42 - 5.34 (pee-pee) - 5.20 (uphill) - 5.02 (recover after the uphill) - 4.36 - 4.41 - 4.47 - 4.54 - 4.55 - 5.01 - 5.02 - 5.32 (stop to drink) - 4.57 - 4.58 - 5.07 - 5.09 - 30" (last 97 metres).
New entry: Sir Rob the Runner will be the messenger that will run from town to town and warn the good people of any danger that may fall upon them. He will only warn the people that the Black Knight is there to protect!

20 comments:

  1. A good time despite the problems and the previous illness.

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  2. A welcome to Sir Rob - my fellow Pacific NWer.

    The Kingdom of Rain will be in mourning for this day of the surrender of the mighty Black Knight. But, tomorrow is another day, and the beginning of training for a new battle. A battle which we shall be victorious in once again - as it should be. Be well.

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  3. Bad luck about your health going into this race but it was still a very good time - you are invincible. However some rest and recuperation is needed I think.

    The start looks very similar to the start we have here in Sydney for the City to Surf run - very very crowded.

    Take care and look after your health.

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  4. Not the best shape, but still you made a great effort, and good time.

    Just continue preparing for the final battle, eat well Sir, we need your presence on Rome.

    Very nice loot, hope you could share some to try the italian sports technology.

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  5. Pretty good time overall especially with the illness and such.

    Looks like a good race and one worth plundering in the future!

    Keep sailing forth and good things will fall your way.

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  6. That was a great accomplishment, given the weather and such! Be happy!

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  7. Good work, Black Knight. Am happy the plague did not hinder you too much.

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  8. I am so impressed that you finished the race under those conditions. The rain! The pain! The pit stops! The next race will go much, much better. But you deserve praise for pulling through after your illness.

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  9. at least you got some good loot!

    The Black Knight never surrenders!

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  10. okay so i just looked and you ran the time you had hoped for! amazing job in such awful conditions!

    v. proud to follow the Black Knight into battles!

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  11. congrats! i can't wait for the photos of the victims.

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  12. You did not fail, even in poor health with odds against you! You did a glorious job!

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  13. You still turned in an amazing time! That's the thing about the popular races, putting up with the crowd

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  14. This is a huge accomplishment for a wounded soldier you have made the foreign legions proud.

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  15. I'm sorry it hurt so much but you did great! The Black Knight will not be denied! And you got good stuff, too.

    You will feel better soon (after resting) and then you will be ready for the next assault.

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  16. I can't run that fast healthy. Good job.

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  17. Wow! Great time given your condition and given the race conditions too!

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  18. An amazing time with all you endured. (Actually it's an amazing time period in my book!!)Please take care of yourself now so you can recover and get back out there to fight the good fight.

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  19. That's a pretty good time for such a troublesome race. Good Grief, it looks crowded in that photo! No wonder you couldn't run your best.

    Make sure you'll recover in time for the marathon.

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  20. I'm late (bcs of family things), but all I can say is: WOW!!! You are fantastic to run that time, not feeling well!

    Great job! Feel better soon!

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