The battle, under a shining sun, was bloody but after 3.46.35 Florence surrendered and now the black flags wave on Palazzo Vecchio! Today in Piazza della Signoria the devoted people are building the Black Knight’s statue not to forget his glorious victory!
Serious Report. 2689° of 6971 with a real time of 3.46.35.
The race was not easy because too much crowded and with many miles through narrow ancient streets. For example I ran the 1st km. in 06.40. A bad crises came at the 30° km. (18.6 ml) where I did a long stop to drink and to make pee pee. By the 30° km I stopped the run every 5 km to drink in order: water, tea and salt. The statistics of the crisis are evident: first half marathon in 1.47.18, second half in 1.59.17 where I covered the last 5 km in 30’09”!
By the way it was a race in progression because at the 5th km I was 3040°, 10th km. - 2987°, 15th km. - 2957°, half marathon - 2963°, 25th km. - 2917°, 30th km. - 2801°, 35th km. - 2757°, 40th km. - 2740° and 42,197th km. - 2689°.
Many runners from other countries entered the race, mainly French (in their honour, after the race, I wore the blue t-shirt of the Italia team). From USA there were a big group from Chicago (AIDS marathon training program group) and a battalion of airborne infantry in black armour!!!!! I had mercy because we were so similar: cut hair and black uniform!
The learnt lesson. I followed a wrong training schedule even if I had a stop in September for the flu. The main mistakes: I didn’t care to do speed-work sessions, I didn’t do workouts on uphills, 2 long distance runs of 30 and 33 km (18.6 and 20.5 miles) are not sufficient and the medium sessions had to be a little more longer.
The pictures? Very soon!!!!