Monday, December 20, 2010

Orbetello 10k

Prologue. The last race of this year was held in Orbetello (Tuscany), a beautiful city built in the middle of a spectacular lagoon. All the path, totally flat, ran throught the ancient streets and near the sea, where we had the possibility to see many species of protected birds as herons and cormorants. The Black Knight Army was there on a cold morning strong of the 2 brave knights, the Black Knight and Sir Giorgio (have a look to his report) escorted by his squire Massimo who had the task to take many pictures. But this humble man made a series of terrible mistakes so we don't have any running photos; you cannot image the anger of Sir Giorgio who immediately fired the squire, demoting him to servant.
(the B.K. and Sir Giorgio)
The Report. Because of the necessary warm up, at the start we were the last runners of the last pack, so we lost some seconds but never mind. I ran the 10 km. at a regular pace with a finishing time of 48'10" (only a "little bit far" from my p.b. of 39'30" established in 1990, yes 20 years ago!!!!); it means 4'49"/km or 7'44" /ml. In Tuscany the pack is fast so I was 130° of 169 overall and 15° of 22 in my age group. The split km per km: 4'44"-4'46"-4'50"-4'48"-4'52"-4'54"-4'55"-4'46"-4'45" and 4'45".


Merry Christmas to all my blogger friends and your families.

31 comments:

  1. beh, sembra che il cattivo tempo nemmeno vi abbia sfiorato. dovrò capitarci da quelle parti....

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  2. You get the best loot! Wine and panatone (?) Well run and Happy Christmas.

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  3. We really need to come run a race in Italy, just for the loot! Great job!

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  4. Hi Stefano,
    Nice job on the Orbetello 10K race! That is a fantastic time...almost as fast as 20 years ago! The lagoon looks amazing and it must of been beautiful to run by.

    I just love your racing loot in Italy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for the Christmas card:) Take care Stefano!

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  5. The race course sounds beautiful, too bad for no pictures...it is sooo hard to get good help these days! That's an awfully fast field...I'd dance for joy if I could get close to your time! :) Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  6. Congrats on another 10K! The loot is amazing and it sounds like the sights were too. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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  7. Great run Stefano, well done! That's a really good time. Awesome loot! Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

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  8. I know I always say this, but you Italians have the BEST loot ever at a race. I'm definitely coming out there one day, just for the freebies :). Nice run Stefano, very well done (yeah, I have similar race times from 20 years ago, too). Sounds like a very wonderful time.

    Did your Gift exhange gift come in the mail yet? I'm a little worried, it was mailed over two weeks ago! Let me know so I can hunt it down, if needed.

    A VERY Merry Christmas to you and your family from Colorado!!!

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  9. Yes, excellent spoils!

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  10. I think we should get to reset our PRs with every decade we age. So we get a 20s PR, a 30s PR, etc. And if in your 40s, you beat your 20s PR, well then that is a super-PR.

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  11. Buon Natale to the Black Knight and his family!

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  12. Beautiful Christmas race. Moreover, we always have nice loots in Tuscany.

    Maybe we could find a photo on the website of the Orbetello's running association.

    As you know, I'm going to Naples the 22nd of December. When I will come back we do a long run, considering that we are running the Ostia's 15 km in January.

    I Hope you and your family have a happy Christmas!

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  13. I think runners in Europe must just be faster than in the US, because that's a great time! Good job on another race completed.

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  14. Great race. Looks like a great area for a run!

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  15. Great run, beautiful course, awesome loot... what a fun race! Congrats!

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  16. You run in the most beautiful locations, Sergio. I hope you and your family have a spectacular Christmas too.

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  17. I agree with Amy and think I'll join her: just for the loot itself a run would be great. And of course there's the beautiful landscape Italy is filled with!

    Great race!

    I wish you and your family a happy Christmas too.

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  18. Your time still seems VERY fast to me! :-)
    Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, NOEL! :-)

    *jeanne on the east coast of the USA*

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  19. What, no photos?? I am disappointed that the Squire was only demoted to servant !! The twisted Sisters would not tolerate such treachery. Me thinks a punishment more befitting of this serious crime is required.
    And Stefano thankyou so very much for my racing gloves, they just arrived this morning.They are brilliant and will be greatfully worn on my cold trail runs. Thankyou again

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  20. Wow! I want to run a race in Italy especially if you get wine at the end. That's reason enough to run for me. :)

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, too. It looks like we're going to have a White Christmas here in the Washington, DC area. Yeah!

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  21. Nice 10k :D

    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!!

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  22. Congrats on the 10k!!

    I want to come to run a race with you in Italy! You guys have the most fun and get the best loot ever!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Bailey sends a wagging tail, I think he means Merry Christmas too! :)

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  23. Who are the two stunning looking men in that pic? Nice job at the race.

    Merry Christmas!

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  24. What a great time on your 10k, it's amazing that it was better than 20 years ago, age has it's many, many advantages, no?
    Your comment that you left on my blog had me laughing out loud. What is it with mother in laws?
    Merry Christmas, BK, and future congrats on all your battles to come!

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  25. Not only wine, but you got some panettone too????

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Stefano!

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  26. Good job on the run. Very good time - and you never know when you might hit your high of 20 years ago!
    Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo a te a la famiglia. Spero che il tempo migliora che tu possa andare a correre in questi giorni di festa. Auguroni!

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  27. I like your races, there is always food and drink!
    Merry Christmas and a great New Year

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  28. Oh dear Lord, I just realized I called you Sergio. Your Lady Anne is having a very off week due to holiday stress, dear Knight. Please do not take me to statnd before the court to atone for my sin.

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  29. That loot is amazing...congrats on your race!
    Buon Natale e tanti auguri Stefano!

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  30. Merry Christmas to you and yours thank you for stopping by. I need to get back to my blog. Hope to be back soon.

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