Saturday, December 30, 2006


Another year has gone and many things happened in my running life.
One year ago, at the end of the 2005, I wrote the first post and the Black Knight became “international”. He “was born” in summer when Gianni, during the usual run from our houses to the beach said: “Do you know the joke of the Black Knight”? We spent all the workout laughing and screaming: “Don’t piss off the Black Knight”.
Here you can listen the joke, it is in italian but it’s funny to follow the way of telling and the slang.
You can read the translation on the top of my blog.
By that warm summer morning the Black Knight’s epos began. The 5 usual friends became the italian legion and when possible run and have dinner together. Very soon we will put the tricolour of the italian flag on the black t-shirts because by unbealivable, lucky and pure chance I became the port operators’ italian champion of half marathon in my age group (nov. 11).
Now I have also the blogger’s friends and I hope that one day we will be able to meet each others somewhere. Thank you for your friendship, your comments and your e-mails.
Mileage: km. 2559 (1589,4 ml) despite the post-marathon troubles.
Races: n° 10:
- 3 half marathon: 1.40.55 – 1.45.08 – 1.45.36 (PB 1.31.58 in 1991);
- 1 marathon: 3.46.32 (PB 3.34.09 in 1991);
- and other 6 races between 22,6 km (14 ml) and 5 km.
- the marathon 15 years after the last one;
- port operators’ italian champion of half marathon in my age group;
- the loots in the period april-may.
- the delusion for the failure during the training for the Rome marathon because of the flu;
- the pain on the knee after the Florence marathon but I learnt an important lesson, now I know what I have to do to prepare another marathon
New Entry: Sir Pat joined the Black Knight Army, he will be Sir Pat: desert defender.
Happy New Year!!!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Tagged again

I thought to be immune because, after the last infections, I presumed to have built a good immunitary system, but I was wrong.
Now I am here, infected again, by Lady jeanne.
Let’s go:
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Swiss chocolate.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrapped, what a pity! You don’t know how boring it is!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored lights everywhere.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Of course. But I am very selective with the persons to kiss……
5. When do you put your decorations up? Never, that is my wife’s job.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Lasagna.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? When we were many many persons to celebrate the holidays all together.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Please tell me if I know something of wrong….please please. Is he not from Lapponia?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Never because my wife hides everything.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Ask to my lady cat, she uses to check everything…….in every moment.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? What is snow?
12. Can you ice skate? The only ice I can see is into my refrigerator.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Every gift, given by the heart, is favorite.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? To forget my office.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Panettone.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Ahahah running of course.
17. What tops your tree? A decoration of glass.
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Difficult to say. It depends by the persons you give or get.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Too much to write but I like the christmas atmosphere.
20. Candy canes? What is this?
21. Favorite Christmas movie? Mmmmmmmm
22. What do you leave for Santa? I am Santa!
Please forgive me but I must tag someone or Lady jeanne will kill me. So the unlucky bloggers are: Tammy, D, Pat, and TryAthlete.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


No news this week. After the workouts of sunday, 14 km. (8,7 ml) long, the B.K. took 5 days off because of the pain on the right knee.
This morning I ran (???) 9 km. (5,6 ml) without pain. My (running) doctor said that I need a whole month to recover. In this period I must run slowly on flat ground forgetting uphills and downhills.
Here are other 2 pics of Florence.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Here are other 2 pictures of the Florence Marathon, in the second the B.K. is the runner with the head in the middle of the "U" and the feet on the "N" and the "Q". The photos are not available at the moment but I promise that, as soon as possible I will put on the blog the clear imagines.
My knee doesn't hurt anymore but the muscles are sore again, for this reason I don't make any program and I easily run every other day. I think that the next race will be in late January 2007.

Monday, December 04, 2006

After the marathon

One week has gone after the marathon and the organization published the definitive results with some adjustments. For example, as my watch said, I finished 3 seconds before.
Official time: 3.47.59 – Chip time: 3.46.32
General results: 2689° of 6971
Men: 2493° of 5289
Age group: 272° of 666
I took 6 days off to recover and yesterday I tried to train but, after 9.5 km (5.9 ml), I had to stop the run because of a pain on my right knee. Now the plan is to run every other day for 40/45 minutes until the pain will disappear.
Here are 2 pictures, the others will come……..