Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ladispoli 10 km. - The Anger

The Prologue. A nightmare, a very bad organization on a rainy and windy morning. The list is long: too many runners (1500) for a race through narrow trails and narrow streets with cars parked on both the sides. The last passage in the country was a gate so narrow that only one runner at a time could pass. But the "cherry on the cake" was the chip-time that worked only at the end to record only the finishing time and not the start. After the run it was impossible to get a warm drink because there was only one little crowded desk for the 1500 runners!!!!!

The Report. I began the race in the last pack because I trusted (what a big mistake) the chip. It took me 68" before starting to run but .... I must run the first km. through the gardens and the flower-beds to overtake the slower runners confined in a very narrow street full of parked cars. The finishing real time was 47'41" (4'46"/km - 7'40"/ml), official time 48'49", 800 of 1479 overall and 63 of 132 a.g. The wiser Sir Giorgio ran a fast race starting with the first pack.
In the first picture the Black Knight is on the left with the n° 413, in the second on the background (the last). Both were taken in the last km.


Italia!!!! Last sunday, in a sold out Flaminio stadium (Rome), the italian rugby team defeated France 23-22. It was an unforgettable afternoon and the Black Knight was there!!!! On Friday I will leave for Edinburgh with my son to run the Edinburgh Parkrun and to watch the rugby match Scotland -Italia: come on Azzurri!!!!!! In the last 2 pictures you can see french supporters outside the stadium before the game.




Which is your favorite sport? Of course running doesn't count.

See you next week. Ciaoooooo

28 comments:

  1. That's still a great time considering the weather and crowds. Well done! Enjoy Edinburgh!

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  2. mah, per certi versi è andata anche meglio di quanto pensassi, solo l'organizzazione è stata assolutamente inadeguata: troppi iscritti...

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  3. It's always such a bummer when the race organization sucks. It can ruin the whole race! It's even worse when it is an A race and a PR is ruined.

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  4. The next rugby match will be Scotland vs Italy on Saturday, March 19. Go Italy, go!

    Good luck on the Edinburgh Parkrun!

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  5. Sounds like a very poorly planned course for that many runners! Bummer!

    I miss watching cricket form my homeland...so now I make do with soccer, some football and maybe an occasional rugby game on tv when they might pop it on!

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  6. You live and learn. Some races just aren't worth the frustration. One race I went to had walkers starting in front of the runners. We runners had to weave our way through hundreds of people out for a leisurely stroll, blocking the path. It was insane! Never did that race again.

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  7. Congratulations to you and to Italy.
    Too bad organization and weather were bad but you still did great.
    Have fun in Edinburgh.

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  8. Despite the poor organization, course, and number of people, you still ran a great race. Congrats!

    I religiously watch the Olympics. Swimming and speed-skating are my favorite sports to view.

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  9. Sounds like a lovely course...for 1499 fewer people! Still, you finished with a good time!

    To answer your earlier question - no swimming in my cross training schedule because I can't swim in a straight line. I love to swim in lakes, rivers and oceans, but not in the pool. I will try to make up for it in the summer months!

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  10. Sounds like a frustrating race...and you still had a great time! Way to go!

    Favorite sport would probably be volleyball or bicycling. But unless one of my kids is participating, I'm not too much on watching. I want to be out there myself! :)

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  11. I think you'll break 47 without the panic of a bad start, narrow gate and other problems. Nice run though - you're coming into form.

    I like F1 motor racing, and Moto GP. Also, anything Australia is playing in... Rugby, Test Cricket, Soccer, Netball :)

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  12. A friend of mine used to play for Scotland's women's rugby team before she got injured. I don't know much about the sport, but she always looked so badass in the pictures!

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  13. Good run despite the difficulties, well done! In South Africa we don't have chip time at all. That is the rule, only gun time. With Comrades I will take about 12 - 15 minutes to cross the start and that will be lost. That is just the way we run here. Go Italy! Down with Scotland!

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  14. Oh I do NOT like poorly organized races. Sorry about the slow start!

    Have a great trip to Scotland!!!!

    I like soccer:futbol and tennis besides running. Swimming too, but as a distant third place.

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  15. Buon lavoro con questa corsa, anche se non e' stato ben organizzato. Pare che abbiamo fatto un'esperienza molto simile! Si, ho guardato la partita, e gli Azzurri sono stati bravi. Ahime' la Scozia e' in piena crisi, e non potevammo guardare tutta la partita contro l'Inghilterra.
    A me piace rugby, cricket, ice hockey, lo sci e soprattutto, il ciclismo.

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  16. Oh, that is so frustrating to be in a poorly organized race! I had one of those last year and I decided I would never do it again...
    I love all kinds of sports but especially ones where we can cheer on local talent like tennis (Kim Clijsters), cyclocross (Sven Nijs), cycling (Philippe Albert), figure skating (Kevin Vanderperre), etc... My boys are huge soccer fans, so I am learning to enjoy that too!

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  17. ooof, what a bummer about the race. I'm a tennis fan, and college basketball, which is especially fun this time of year! Have a great trip!

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  18. The next race will definitely be better but I totally understand your frustration.

    I don't really like to watch Sports. I do watch speed skating sometimes or when Holland is a European or World soccer champignonship.

    My husband likes to watch MotoGP, he likes Rossi especially since he will be racing for Ducati this year (my husband has about 7 Ducati's all classic bikes except for on a 748R). He also watches F1 but not so much in the past few years, the thrill is gone from the race.

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  19. SO which Garmin did you upgrade to???

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  20. yes - nice pictures! the french look happy BEFORE the game, i'm sure they were less happy after !
    well done italy !!
    all the best
    marti

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  21. Bummer! I get so upset when a race isn't properly timed and is not well organized. They are too expensive and take up too much time for them to be so poorly run. Glad you were able to make the best of it and put in a good, fast run!

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  22. That first pic of you is great :D

    Fav non running sports: Soccer and I did some rowing in college

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  23. Being a race director of www.celebratelifehalfmarathon.com I have no patience for poorly organized races. What is amazing is that a race like that can get 1500 runners. It has taken my race 8 years to go from 200 to 700. Go figure!

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  24. I'm surprised the organizers had a permit for that many people on such a narrow course. Sorry it wasn't a more pleasant experience, but your time is pretty darn good for all of the hassles and no starting time mat.

    I like to watch college football.

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  25. I'm sorry for the poorly managed race, but so happy that you are racing again.

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  26. Not a good race.
    Soccer - Played in US, South America, and Africa. I'd rather play then watch.

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  27. I am very far behind in my blog reading!

    That race sounded bad, so sorry. I hate when things are not organized well.

    I love soccer and rugby.

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  28. for participation--soccer
    for watching--downhill skiing (any variety)

    i don't understand why some races make the pathway narrow at the beginning or if the race is too short to thin out. it's senseless. sometimes i wonder if the surrounding area is not helpful. brisbane is like that. no help to run a race, so they're pretty lame here.

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