Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ready for new adventures

TRAINING. The last tests said that the at last the knee is ok, so the Black Knight can begin an appropriate training program. To run every other day a distance between 10 k (6.2 ml) and 13.3 k (8.2 ml) without speed and long sessions helped to recover the injury (crossing the fingers).
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”.
THE LEGEND. The Black Knight Army is already a legens. Movies, books and comics talk of it.

16 comments:

  1. Just letting you know Lady CJ had a win in the 10,000m last night!

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  2. and the purple maker finally went swimming. will have your purple cloak ready by the 25th!

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  3. Glad to know the knee's better. Happy running!

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  4. It's nice to be able to arrive late and have a comfortable spot waiting for you!

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  5. You are a qualified runner - huzzah! (That's what British Black Knights say when they are happy).

    Glad to hear your knee is better. Your trip sounds like fun!

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  6. I'm not sure I fully understand the gate system but I like it. Good strategy to qualify. Lady Anne approves...and is glad the knee is going to be just fine.

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  7. Great plans for the year that starts. Now the knee is better The BN will defeat all the enemies!

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  8. Argh Matey, now that you are healed up, you and I will go for the same times on the half. The BN will have a great 2007 with new PR's.

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  9. sounds like a nice february you have lined up..

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  10. So glad your knee is ready to go! And you are too! Vanquish the English pretenders!

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  11. Six to eight miles every other day, and you call that resting? I guess that's why you get to show up 10 minutes before a race. I'm glad your knee is better--here's to many more victories in 2007!

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  12. Hi Black Knight

    My Name is Adrian I live in Australia and I will be travelling to Italy in May-June this year.

    We will be in Tuscanny from about 26 may to 4 June and would be hoping to do a fun run? How could I find out what races are on while I am there.

    Good luck with your 2007 running goals.

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  13. Good luck with the half marathon training!

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  14. To Ratrunner2 - Alan.
    You can find the list of the runs on (remember that Tuscany is Toscana):
    http://www.runnersworld.it/edisport/runners/notizie.nsf/HPCalendario?openform
    or here clicking on "CALENDARIO dal sito run the planet"
    http://www.maratoneta.it/calendario/cal_altre.htm

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  15. Sir Pat: desert defender reporting in with the American Legion. I fought the enemy at the 2007 Arizona Rock and Roll Half Marathon (Jan. 14th). They tried to trick me by having their bands playing bizzare music and having their wenches scream out my name. But at last, I finished the race. I did need to stay near the back of the pack to protect the villagers. I finished at 2:47:xx. All is well in the desert and you can feel safe to venture to our part of the world.

    pat
    Desert Defender.

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  16. Glad to hear the knee is ready for training. I am sure you will be ready for battle on the 25th of February. The other rugby team is lucky that they do not have to battle against you.

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