This is my last post of the year so I wish a wonderful and happy new year to all of you. Ciao!!!!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
This is my last post of the year so I wish a wonderful and happy new year to all of you. Ciao!!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The Black Knight gets well day after day even if he needs a lot of time to recover. He works hard in the swimming pool and with the physiotherapyst to rebuild the muscles of the legs. Moreover he walks every day for not less than one hour: at last with only one crutch! It is difficult not to run and he misses the races and the workouts with the italian Black Legion.
The next medical check will be on the Christmas Eve and he hopes to begin to walk without the crutch: crossing the fingers.
In the course of a few days all the world knew of the incident and many Barbarian Tribes tried to attack the Black Knight kingdom but as you can see in the picture the fearless leader fought with only his good leg destroying the enemies! They didn’t learn not to piss off the Black Knight!
Monday, November 05, 2007
In the long run the Black Knight succeeds in walking faster by the crutches and in bending the knee. He can drive and go out alone.
Unfortunately last Monday, at the first monthly check, the orthopaedic surgeon said that the leg improves but the fractures are “very ugly” (see the picture) and for this reason I must use for another month both the crutches. However, to help to rebuild the weak muscles of my left leg, I swim 45 minutes every other day and this is a good news because I suffer to live a sedentary life.
When will I be able to run? At the moment it is also difficult to say when I can walk, the leg is full of “hardware” that I will have to remove the next year by another surgery.
In this difficult moment, the enemy is at the borders trying to attack the Black Kingdom with the awareness that the fearless leader is injuried. But the proud coward army doesn’t know that the international Black Knight Army is always stronger, angry and ready to fight everywhere.
Now another brave Knight strenghtens the group, he is Sir Peter our outpost sentry!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
As you know last monday I got home after 13 days in the hospital to rebuild my thigh bone broken in 2 parts with pieces everywhere. The surgery was difficult and 3 hours long, after it I had many complications: temperature, anaemia (I needed 5 transfusions), colitis and an inflammation of the bladder for the catheter.
How happened? I was coming back from work and, as usual, I was parking my scooter before taking the keys to enter the garage but..... I made a mistake, I didn’t block it very well and it fell on me. Because of the fall and the weight of the scooter I got the fractures. The pain was terrible, ferociuos, unbealivable.
Now I am home weak and with pain everywhere. I must use crutches to “learn” to walk but, until the end of october, without pushing on the injuried leg.
Now I am too tired to post and comment, so I will be far from Blogland for a while, but as soon as possible I come back, because I want to keep in touch with all of you.
Thank you again my dear friends. See you soon.......and I will run again. The Black Knight doesn’t surrender.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Last Saturday I did it for a total of 2 minutes after 22 km. (13.6 ml) but I stopped the Garmin to run the whole programmed 25 km (15.5 ml).
The final ambush was very bloody and unfair: for an unbelievable lucky case the Black Knight arrived 5th in his age group (50-55 y.o.) but a coward unknown enemy stole his prize! He didn’t care to compete because his only goal was to help the son running shoulder to shoulder.
Paolo finished a good first official race even if he began a little slowly despite my advice. His final time was 42.49, not so bad considering the difficult path and the first experience. He was the last in his age group (25-30 y.o.) but the other 8 arrived in the first pack of 15 runners.
Happy running and enjoy the Rugby World Cup!!!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
In the schedule I didn't include the speed-works because they are pointless for my goal. In this period, before the marathon, I will only enter 2 half marathons: Montalto (oct. 7) and Civitavecchia (nov. 11).
The training. August was not a good month for the training because of the bronchitis. I could run only 139 km. (86,3 ml). I hope in a better september.
Surfing the web. After one year, surfing the web, I have found a pictures of the 12k in Tarquinia. Here you can see the Black Knight, hidden inside a red armour, running the last metres.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
(At the edge of the Etna mountain in Sicily)
(What does it mean?)
The cruise: The port of calls were Catania, Tunis, Gabes, Tripoli and Malta. On the ships there are 2 jogging tracks and 3 treadmills; the best is on the 6th deck, mainly in the shadow, 450 metres long (0.28 ml). The first day I ran 10 km on that track in 50 minutes, it is not possible to run faster because there is no moquette and the floor is always partially wet. That was my last workout before my illness. Here are some pictures of the trip.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Indeed the time was not so bad because every runner finished with a time 3 minutes higher than the usual with many complaints for the difficult path and the organization, for example: postponed departure, only one person to distribute the water during the race and no more drinks at the the end.
(Isle Maggiore on the Trasimeno Lake)
The Aussie Legion: The Black Knight and Sir Giorgio received the much appreciated visit of strewth, CJ and their husbands. Unfortunately they could only stay few hours but we had the time to enjoy a dinner all together in a typical italian restaurant on the hills. I hope that the next time we will have the chance to run through the Black Knight’s kingdom: the plotter subjectsmust not forget the might of the international Black Knight Army.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
(the Black Knight announces that he is back!)
From all over the world the Black Knight legions are coming to help the fearless leader: lady Dori came with her invincible slave Dave (thanks Dori for your kind and nice post!). In 2 weeks will come lady CJ escorted by other 3 terrible Black Knights.
Moreover the italian legion, on July 7th, will enter the Bolsena 10 km. night run to frighten again all the stupid enemies who thought to piss off the Black Knight. This is the last picture of a beautiful castle, the next will only show ruins! They don't succeed in learning the lesson. By the way the Black Knight signed up for the next Florence Marathon on Nov. 25.
Next update: early August.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Last year in the first 5 months I ran 1143 km. (710 ml) and finished 7 races; this year only 624 km. (387,5 ml) and 3 races! A very unlucky 2007 for running.
Race: With only 9 relaxing workouts (max mileage 11.5 km. – 7.1 ml) the Black Knight entered a race of 9.4 km (5,8 ml) in Montalto di Castro inside the electrical farm: a futuristic landscape in the middle of gigantic generators. He was wise and shrewd, he could not waste his reputation of invincible leader of an invincible army, so he disguised himself as an errant knight wearing an anonimous red armour instead of the glorious black one. He didn’t want to force the pace not to risk an injury. The race was a tragedy: 9.4 km. (5.8 ml) in 45’32” (4’50”/km – 7’47”/ml) without smoking any runner! 94° of 114 and 12° of 15 in the age group.
The wedding: But the month of may was wonderful because the Black Knight’s son got married with a blonde princess: both 27 years old. It was a great celebration and all the Black Knight family is happy. For the important event the fearless leader gave freedom to all the prisoners of war!(Black Knight family)
The visit: The Black Knight and his gracious Queen received the much appreciated visit of Dori and her husband Dave. They are both very kind and nice persons. We spent 2 days together and the Black Knight had the honour to run for 1h and 5 minutes with Lady Dori under a heavy rain: she is a very good runner, fast and tough. Dave escorted the Lady and the Knight riding a war-bike. The scared enemies remained hidden in their refuges.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The race was the Vivicittà, a 12 km (7,45 ml) run at the same time in many cities all over the world and the battle plan was not very ambitious: to finish in 56 minutes, that is to say 14 minutes every lap where we have to "defeat" 4 incredible uphills.
The Black Knight and Sir Giorgio were very regular and finished shoulder to shoulder in 55.48 (4’39”/km – 7’29”/ml) but, what a surprise, the final score was a delusion: 113° of 162 and 14 of 21 in the age group (Sir Giorgio 24 of 33). It means that 4’39/km, in this city, is a very slow pace.
The day after the Black Knight felt very bad and spent 7 days in the bed for a terrible flu, moreover he had to rest other 7 days to recover.
The mileage of april was only 116 km (72 ml).
Sunday, March 25, 2007
You can have an idea on http://www.ecoports.com/
Here is a presentation of mine:
It is a pleasure to keep in touch with the blogger friends writing posts, comments and exchanging e-mails. It is important for me your kind support, friendship and humour. Moreover in the future I will have the honour to run with some of you somewhere in Italy.
For these reasons I prefer not to have a very long break but meanwhile I cannot often post/comment so I will update monthly the news (the 1st or the 2nd day) and I will comment your blog as I can.
See you on the battlefields. The Black Knight doesn’t surrender.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Because of the bursitis into his right knee he could not anymore follow a schedule with long distance runs and the recent flu completed the bad period. Not to get out of shape he bought a new Bottecchia bike (the big one) to alternate run and cycling.
So in a windy and unusual cold morning he was ready at the start of the Ladispoli 10km escorted only by the injuried Long Joe (his final time 54.57). The race is easy, almost flat, with many hairpinn bends and part through the country.
The Black Knight didn’t succeed in fighting because his legs were not reactive after all this time far from the battlefields. For this reason he decided to run all the race with a regular pace without caring of the other runners.
The final time was 47’05” (4’42”/km – 7’34” ml).
471° of 888 and 54° of 111 in the age group (MM 50).
The split km per km: 4.28 – 4.36 – 4.45 – 4.48 – 4.34 – 4.48 – 4.50 – 4.46 – 4.44 – 4.45.
Monday, February 26, 2007
The Battlefield. On march 11st the evil enemy will be in Ladispoli to conquer the city during a 10k. They don't know that the Black Knight is waiting for defeating the coward legions. After many troubles and 3 and half months far from the races the goal is a final time around 47 minutes. I know it is a little slow but I didn't make anymore speed works and long distance runs.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
1. Find the nearest book
2. Name the book and the author
3. Turn to pag. 123
4. Go to the fifth sentence on the page. Copy out the three next sentences and post to your blog
5. Tag three more folks
Dear blogger friends, I am sorry but I am Italian and I read books in Italian language. I hope you will be able to translate. However this is a book about the Etruscan people.
La Civiltà Etrusca by Werner Keller.
Sorgono edifici pubblici e templi: ai piedi del Palatino la domus regia, la casa culturale del re e dei sommi sacerdoti, e il tempio di Vesta, a pianta circolare. Le parti in legno vengono ornate di terracotte variopinte a figure e motivi ornamentali. Presso al fiume, vicino al punto di traghetto, sorge una seconda grande piazza dove, come già fra il Campidoglio e il Palatino, vengono spianate le capanne esistenti.
THE INJURY. I was wrong, my knee has a problem. I went out for a long distance run but after 1 hour I felt a pain into the knee and after 90 minutes it became very strong. I stopped myself and I went to a physiotherapist. It was not easy to find the exact place because it only hurts after many minutes of efforts but at last, pushing his finger under the knee, he said: this is the problem! What a pain! Well, the marathon damaged a bag under the tendon of the knee and now I don’t have anymore the right lubrication (sorry for the terrible explanation but I am not a doctor!). The cure is to run on the treadmill for no more than 1 hour every other day for one month and ice before and after the work.. However I can ride a bike.
THE GOALS. The only goal is to recover the injury. No race and no specific training. In England there are many celebrations and people are happy because the Black Knight will not run the Mornington Chasers Regents Park Winter 10 k race.
THE LEGEND. The Black Knight Army is always a legend. Movies, books and comics talk of it.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
THE FIRST GOAL. At the moment the main goal is the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon on Feb. 25th, the first in Italy for participants. To start without wasting many minutes, there are the final expecting times gates: until the 1h50’ you can enter a gate, if not you must wait in the back of the pack with the crowd. Last year I didn’t have a “credit”, so I had to arrive 1 hour before to get a good place beyond the gates but, for this one, I have the right to a “comfortable” place inside the 1.40 gate; it means that I can arrive 10 minutes before the start.
THE NEXT CONQUEST. The Black Knight is a supporter of the Italian Rugby team and he will go, with his son, to London to watch the rugby match England-Italy on February 3rd. The trainer begged the Black Knight to play with the Italian team but he rejected the proposal because the other players want to play the game with the usual “azzurre” (blue) shirts instead of the famous and invincible black armour. The English team is happy not to meet the terrible warrior in the rugby field of Twickenham but England is not safe because on February 4th the Black Knight will run the Mornington Chasers Regents Park Winter 10 k race and there will be a slaughter of enemies.
THE NEW ENTRY. Always more warriors run to find protection under the Black Knight Army’s flags. The New Entry is Lady IHateToast and her role is “purple maker”.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Blog: One post every week. The Black Knight cannot write more because he is too busy to defend the animals and the borders, to rule the kingdom, to conquer new lands, to give freedom to the oppressed and to console the widows of the brave passed warriors (but not in the way you think because the gracious Queen is too jealous and I am in love again).
The Army: Now the Black Knight Army is imposing, we are 27 warriors (ladies and gentlemen) and 2 scouts (brave dogs); see the list on the right part of the blog. Now the time has come: the Black Committee decided to constitute 3 legions, in alphabetical order: American, Australian and European.
Sir iliketoast had a great idea: to count the victories of the Army for the year and the many marathons across the world. Please, if you like, send me the data and I will do a summary of the glory!
The last but not the least, Lady IHateToast asked for some pictures like these and I follow the order:
New Entries: The Black Committee is glad to announce the 3 new entries: Lady Hilda: amazon, Lady Lulu: amazon and Lady *Jeanne*: minstrel of morale .