Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010 & 2011

2010. Another year has gone and I cannot complain. For the first time after the incident and the surgeries:
- I have run another half marathon;
- I have completed 4 races in a sub 5'00"/km (8'03"/ml) pace: 4'55" - 4'51" - 4'46" and 4'49"/km.
The numbers are: 9 races, 149 workouts, 1724 km (1070,8 ml) running and 93.300 meters swimming.
I made new wonderful friends via this blogs. Thanks to all of you!
As you can see on the list, the Black Knight Army is always more powerful despite all the troubles caused by the Sir Giorgio's humble servant; every kind of punishment is always too little for him!
Now two memories: 2 pictures, 20 years and 10 years old, waiting for a good photo of this year.

2011. Only 4 goals:
- A weekly post;
- Not less than a monthly race (see the race schedule above);
- A couple of half marathons around the 1h 50';
- A couple of 10 km in 45'.

Tagged again. Few days ago Char tagged me with some questions:

What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2010?
Coming back to the half marathon and running again under the 5’00”/km (8’03”/ml).

What are your running goals for 2011?
A couple of half marathons under the 1h55’ and a couple of 10k in 45’.

What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?
Reading the newspapers after lunch and a relaxing long nap.

What is your most embarrassing running moment?
Indeed it is a pre-race moment, when I need a rest-room and I don’t find it. Solution? A comfortable bush.


  1. Happy New Year and its lovely to see that 2010 was good to you!
    I too would like to get a 1:50 half marathon and 45 10k!!
    Cheers and may 2011 be a fabulous year!

  2. 2010 was good to you for sure! Here's to hoping 2011's goals come true...but I know they will :). And hey, who hasn't had a bush moment here or there :).
    HAPPY 2011, Stefano!!

  3. Happy New Year, and may 2011 bring more success, happy memories, and conveniently located bushes. :)

  4. sometimes we need to step back to move forward. Seems that the time you took off has paid off.

    Happy New Year

  5. It is good! Best wishes for 2011...

  6. Happy New Year to you and hope it is even better than 2010.

  7. Stefano, Happy New Year, and may 2011 be a strong running year. I have no doubt that you will achieve the goals you set yourself, and I am looking forward to reading about your journey.
    Re Sir Giorgio's servant: a possible solution might be a banishment to a remote castle in Maremma - not unlike Pia de Tolomei.....Clearly his would be for a limited period only.
    "Natale in Sud Africa" mi fa venire la pelle d'oca. Di gia' non sono un fan di Massimo Boldi....immaginare la trama mi fa paura......

  8. Naps are the best! I've had one nearly every day since Christmas and I'm liking them so much that it's going to be hard to give them up once work starts back up for the year. Happy 2011!

  9. I think you probably get into a fair amount of trouble without your humble servant, Sir Giorgio.

    those are excellent 2011 goals. I look forward to seeing you obtain all of them in 2011.

  10. Happy New Year Stefano!

    I sported the shirt this week and just love it. Thank you again for putting on the giveaway.

    Here is to you and a healthy 2011.

  11. Happy New Year Stefano! Thanks again for the cool shirt :)

  12. Great photos. :)

    Here's to a safe and successful 2011!

  13. Way to go! Happy New Year!

  14. ne conosco pochi con la tua carriera alle spalle e la stessa determinazione a continuarla... vorrei scrivere le stesse cose, tra 20anni!

  15. Wishing you much success with your goals for 2011! I look forward to following you and your Army on your journeys this year! Happy New Year!

  16. Happy New Year, Stephano! You always crack me up and give me a smile. Thanks for being part of my 2010 and I hope all of your dreams come true in 2011!

  17. Happy New Year Stefano!

    I look forward to following you in 2011!

  18. Happy New Year to Stefano! You have accomplished so many great things this year! I love the pictures with you running:)

    Ha ha, I have had to use a big pine tree for a rest room. My first 10K of the season:) Sometimes we just need to get creative!

    I wish you the best for 2011! I am looking forward to reading more of your Black Knight Army adventures:)

  19. wow! what a come back! i'm so excited for you. :)
    Happy New Year!

  20. Though it's nice to have race photographs with palm trees and the ocean in the background, that photo from Rome in 1991 is just incredible...

  21. you had a great year, wishing you all the best in 2011! Just had to tell you a funny story, my sister and I took my dog for a walk (he's all black) at night, and we couldn't see him. My sis said "He's like a black knight!" Which made me laugh because I obviously thought of your blog! : )

  22. Stefano Happy New Year and thank you for being there even when I wasn't. Looking forward to another year Sir Knight adventures. Here is to a healthy year for all our cadets in The Black Night's Army!!

  23. Happy New Year, Stefano! I can't wait to read your race reports when you achieve your goals for 2011. :)

  24. Coming back from an injury like yours is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of. Way to go on a great year and great races in 2010!

    Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy 2011!

  25. 2010 was a good year. I'm very happy that I got to know the Black Night and his army this year. All the best for a wonderful 2011!

    Oh yes, and it is rugby world cup year!!!

  26. Great blog Stefano!

    Today I'm going to run with the former squire :)

  27. Great goals!! I do agree nothing like a nice nap!!! Got to enjoy the little things in life after all!!

  28. Happy New Year Stefano! You have had some fantastic achievements in 2010. All the best for 2011. May you achieve your goals and enjoy some more amazing adventures along the way. Stay healthy and happy and enjoy every moment.

  29. Ah, Strewth's alive! And so, by the way, is her evil twin sister Cathy.

    Happy New Year Stefano. Might meet you in a few virtual 45' 10k races :)

  30. Happy New Year Stefano.

    Sounds like you are recovering well and you are back in "the race".

    Wishing you & your family and Very Happy, Warm, Loving, New Year!

  31. Happy New Year; I love the 20 year old marathon photo, thanks for sharing. I hope that 2011 is everything you hope for & more.

  32. Happy New Year Stefano! I hope to add a race in Italy someday so I can really run with the Black Knight! :) I hope that 2011 brings you lots of joy and success! I love your new header on top of you blog!

  33. Thank you, Stefano yes I was a runner then, I discovered I love running in Army,and a faster one at that time :) I am afraid to say running was my first love :). Then I took a long break it wasn't until years after my second son was born that I got back on track!!and I thank God everyday for this wonderful gift.