Monday, September 17, 2007

The Ambush

THE TRAINING: The second week of training for the Florence Marathon has gone. I feel again the long workouts as a tough challenge but I got an advice from RW: during the long distance runs, have a short break walking for a while.
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 RACE: The day after, despite the tiredness, I entered a race only to escort my son Paolo at his first official event as “professional runner” in an official competitive event. The race, here in our city, was a nightmare. The enemy chose a battlefield full of steep uphill (see the diagram) to better escape.

There were many tricks to deceive the glorious Black Knight Army enforced also by Sir Giorgio: the water was in the opposite road, too often the cars were allowed to pass and there were no marks to indicate the 8.1 km (5.03 ml). From left: Paolo, the Black Knight and Sir Giorgio.

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.
THE NEW ENTRY: The Black Knight Army is always stronger and numerous. A new brave warrior joined the Army: Sir scott keeps running will be our weatherman.
Happy running and enjoy the Rugby World Cup!!!

19 comments:

  1. Another victory for the Black Army - a successful first run for the Black Prince.

    You must have fed him very well when he was young - he is so tall!

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  2. I hope the training for the marathon keeps going well, and for your sake I hope for a successful World Cup - though, like Ireland, I fear your team will come home rather early.

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  3. congratulations on sniffing out the ambush and coming home alive and stronger than ever. i'm glad to be a part of such a resilient army.

    i love the shirts!! surely they will scare off any future ambush attempts.

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  4. 5th in any age group is a victory to me! You three look so menacing, I'm surprised anyone had the nerve to pass you on the course.

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  5. Band of brothers, ever vigilant. How does one become an outpost sentry in this army, keeping watch on the strange ways of the once admired kingdom?

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  6. hmm I think next time you will need some toadstools from Manistee to help your friend that stole the prize :)

    Love the photos!

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  7. Revenge the next time, time to steal back the prize. Congrats to Paolo!

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  8. always beware the prize theiving, injury inflicting, hill hiding enemies .... good luck in the marathon preparations

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  9. it's like the black knights have become a boyband. terrifying, but with cute legs.

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  10. Congrats on the 5th place and to Paolo for his first official race. I enjoyed the pics as well.

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  11. Buongiorno Sinor Knight! Come sta?
    Mi spiace, ma Italiano non troppe bene.

    Arrivederla

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  12. 21st Century Mom has posted your return from breaking your leg , hope all goes well and you are back on running legs asap
    take care
    mal
    http://point1of1percent.blogspot.com/

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  13. Heal quickly my friend.

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  14. Dude...get better soon!!!

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  15. Just heard about your leg. Get better soon, and recover fully.

    And don't feel too sorry about the Rugby World Cup, either.

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  16. sorry to hear about your leg, broken bones are no picnic!

    also sorry to hear that we (Scotland) beat you at world cup - but only just.

    I'll try to be less sorry the next time I visit.

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  17. Oh no! What happened?! Sometimes bad breaks turn out not to be so bad in the end if they make you stronger when everything is healed. I wish that for you, dear knight and friend.

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  18. Just heard from 21st mom about your accident...you are strong and will heal quickly! Thinking about you here in the Az desert....best to you!

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  19. Curses.
    The Army will have to rely on Navy for awhile to get around. Good luck healing correctly. Win a wheelchair race if you get a chance.

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