Monday, November 15, 2010

Half Marathon Again!

The Secret. The Black Knight had a plan: to enter an half marathon again after 4 years. He was not sure to finish because he didn’t try the distance before and he didn’t know if the twice operated leg could support the effort. However, as Julius Caesar said while passing the Rubicone river, “alea iacta est” (the dice is cast) and the Black Knight, escorted by the faithful esquire Massimo, yesterday entered the Fiumicino Half Marathon with the modest goal to finish under the 2 hours. Personal Worse but Happy. During his "career", the Black Knight ran 27 half marathons between 1.31.58 and 1.51.18 (this last was totally uphill) and he didn’t hope to run again at that pace: too many doubts, too many years and too many troubles. That distance, at the moment, was “a jump in the dark”. The report: finishing time 1.56.16 (5’31” km. – 8’53” ml) – 1194 of 1604 overall and 161 of 214 in the age group. I held a regular pace for all the race with a stop at the km. 18 to drink water and warm tea; the last 3 km were painful because my body was not well trained and forgot what a long distance race means. The split: 5.15 – 5.11 – 5.18 – 5.27 – 5.27 – 5.33 – 5.29 – 5.32 – 5.31 – 5.26 – 5.29 – 5.32 – 5.32 – 5.28 – 5.31 – 5.31 - 5.27 – 5.33 – 6.14 (the stop to drink) – 5.32 – 5.35 and 0.31 the last 97 metres. This half marathon, for me, includes the Black Knight Army virtual race ran in 54’19” (the first 10 km.). Lady Karen (Australia) and Johann (South Africa) have already ran the virtual race: thank you!!! All the details in the dedicated post
The Esquire. He was very kind and faithful, he came even if he suffered for a bad lumbago. He tried to escort the Black Knight but after 2 km he had to stop the run for the deep pain. So this time in Fiumicino there was only the Black Knight to defend the honour of the glorious Army.
The Legend. The enemy this time was not put to flight because a single knight cannot fight against an army of 1194 soldiers, the struggle was violent and even if alone the Black Knight didn’t yield but didn’t win, either. After 2 hours of battle the enemy decided to ask for an armistice and the Black Knight came back home receiving the military honours.
Have a good running, biking and swimming week.

29 comments:

  1. Fantastic!

    Admirable spoils, too...

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  2. che peccato, se l'avessimo corsa insieme di sicuro l'avrei terminata! ancora non me lo spiego....

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  3. The Black Knight scores another victory - sweeeeeet!! Now that you have those 1/2 demons off your back, you have nowhere to go but up!! :)

    P.S. I am super jealous of "Lady" Julie and want to know how I can become "Lady Jill" ?? Do I need to send t-shirts from Colorado?? :)

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  4. You don't need to do anything. Now you are Lady Jill, proud member of the Black Knight Army!

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  5. Well done! Did the lumbago behave itself during the race?

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  6. Congrats on finishing your first post-surgery half marathon!

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  7. You little devil: participating in a half marathon without telling us :)

    Well done Stefano, a time I don't think I will ever run so I'm impressed!

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  8. Nice job Stefano! I just posted my Virtual Race Report!

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  9. Wonderful job! Once again, we LOVE the loot but your post was excellent, too! I didn't realize you had been running for so many years! Fight on, BK!

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  10. Black Knight is very brave and brought honor to his army. This is what legends are made of.
    Congratulations, Stefano. Good job.

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  11. Well done! I was really happy when I read that you ran a half marathon. 1:56 is still very good. You did great! You always get fantastic loot at your races.

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  12. Congratulations on having an excellent come back in the half marathon - you can be very proud!

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  13. Great come back!! That x-ray of your leg is crazy!! It is amazing you are able to run at all, so I would call this a post crash PB anyway, right?

    I am jealous of the loot you get in your races!! :)

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  14. Well done on the half marathon! I'll be doing my virtual race this weekend.

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  15. Well done Stefano on your half marathon.Looking at your xrays it's an inspiration to us all that you can come back from such an injury. I salute you.

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  16. You win! You win! You defied your critics and ran a half marathon after all these years. That makes this one a true personal best, not worst.

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  17. How can I follow you? I didn't see an option for followers?

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  18. The worst time is still better than my best time! Congrats on getting back out there!

    That x-ray looks very scary!

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  19. Good job on the half! I just posted my 10k results (46:47) Can I be Lady Katie, hah it sounds kind of funny, maybe Lady Kate :)

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  20. Your "worst" time is still FAST! Congrats on trying the distance again and doing a great job.

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  21. YAY!!! I love being Lady Jill. I will send you a Colorado T-shirt for my appreciation. Let me know what size you wear....and do you like mountain pictures or baseball (The Colorado Rockies are a pro team here) better? Just replay to this message, and email me your address!!

    THANKS!!! You're the best!

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  22. Hi Stefano,
    Congrats on a wonderful half marathon!! Nice job! You have so many half marathons behind your belt too:)

    I love the new layout of your blog! A black color for the Black Knight.....perfect:) You always have the best loot!

    Have a fantastic weekend Stefano!

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  23. Maybe not your best time ever, but very respectable considering the circumstances.

    Congrats!

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  24. Congratulations on a courageous half marathon - you are certainly a winner! And indeed, you are so lucky with all the loot they give you there.

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  25. Great adventure Stefano, considering that you didn't follow a half marathon training before the race.
    I'm sorry for the esquire.
    Have a nice running weekend.

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  26. I didn't realize that we shared a common surgery. That's pretty much what my right hip x-ray looks like!

    Congratulations on a victorious battle!

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  27. OK, Stefano, here's my 10K entry. I didn't see an email for you.

    http://kate-my-mind.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-river-road-10-mile-run.html

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