Thursday, April 21, 2011

The gift and 15 days off

Thank you Jenny. Jenny Davidson was so kind to send me a wonderful gift: her book "The Explosionist" a novel set in Edinburgh. Thank you again Jenny.
The tragedy. I was imprudent, I asked myself too much. Last year I ran 9 races at the pace/km of (in chronological order) 5'03" - 5'05" - 4'55" - 4'51" - 5'06" - 4'46" - 5'07" - 5'31" (half marathon) and 4'49". This year I have already run 6 races improving my speed: 4'59" - 5'02" (half marathon) - 4'46" - 4'38" - 4'52" and 4'40". To achieve this goal I made more workouts at a faster pace and I pushed in every race except the first one. For this reason now I feel a deep pain into my groin and the doctor diagnosed a groin pull. The radiologist said that it is pointless to investigate because all the part could be inflamed and the bone covered by an oedema. To make a note of both the doctors are runners. The cure: 15 days off (not even swimming) and pills for 7 days.
The future. The radiologist, a very good friend, went to check by himself all my x-rays and exams from the date of my incident and he said that I must not anymore run 2 days in a row, I must not anymore push during the races (no more than the 80/85% of my possibilities) and I can only enter one race per month (no marathons). My injured leg has permanent damages: bone broken in more parts and ligaments and muscles cut during the first operation. On the other hand 4 years ago the medical college established that I am disable at 16% and this is the reason.
Another gift. Few days ago a friend of mine gave me this picture (click to enlarge) where you can see the Black Knight (first on the left) and Sir Giorgio (third from left) both in black, of course. The fair-haired woman is the president of our official running team Anna Baby (she is Anna, the owner of a shop for babies and kids).

Easter. Have a very good Easter full of happiness and .... chocolate. I will spend the holidays in the green country of Tuscany with my wife. Do you have any plan for Easter?

30 comments:

  1. Your doctor friend has great advice for the both of us.

    Happy Easter!

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  2. I know it sucks, but it is good advice! We put our bodies through so much all the time, and sometimes it just rebels and screams back! I'm sure with some rest and recovery time you will be back out there a stronger runner

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  3. Get well and heal fast.
    We are going to celebrate Easter quietly at home. We need some rest, all of us.
    Happy Easter.

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  4. I am feeling for you and the advice you got but you seem to have a good attitude. Love the race picture! I plan to eat chocolate on Easter never fear.

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  5. I hope you heal quickly! My fiance and I are spending Easter with my parents. Should be fun! I hope you have a great Easter, too! :)

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  6. I never run two days in a row anymore, it's just asking for trouble! I hope your rest goes by quickly, and that you're 100% soon! Happy Easter, I'll definitely be eating chocolate! : )

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  7. It is very discouraging re: the limits for future training, but yes, time off, you'll be running again soon. I think you should think about some other things to add in more seriously - you know I really think you should take up swimming in a big way, and do one of these 10K-type open-water races!

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  8. Wow, no running for two weeks. Hopefully things will clear up then, and you'll be able to get back to it comfortably.
    Happy Easter to you too! Our plans our to visit my husband's family on Sunday and the rest of the weekend working in our house.

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  9. It's a bit annoying and frustrating to have limitations imposed on us but it's best to listen to such sound advice if you're going to continue running for a long time. Have a Happy Easter. Console yourself with lots of chocolate and you'll be running soon.

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  10. Sorry about your injury but rest and enjoy your 15 days knowing you will come back stronger. At least you are allowed to run. Just be careful and listen to the doctor so that you can keep the injury away. The photo of the race is great. Have a wonderful relaxing Easter with your wife in beautiful Tuscany. I have such wonderful memories of that fabulous countryside.

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  11. dai, sei uscito da situazioni ben peggiori.... ;) leggiti l'articolo che ho pubblicato, potrebbe servirti!

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  12. Un po' di riposo non puo' che rigenerarti ...attento alla cucina toscana che è così buona da regalare molti kg.

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  13. 15 days rest and then you'll run again. I think you friend, the radiologist, means that it isn't dangerous the speed, but It's dangerous a Hilly race. You'll reach the average pace of 4:40 min./kM. in June, and this pace will be no more than the 80/85% of your strenght. Take care!

    Thanks for the beautiful photo!
    Have a nice Easter weekend!

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  14. It's good that you have such knowledgable doctors and friends to give you advice. Any time limits are placed on us by someone else, it stinks, but I think you're so right to look at where you were four years ago.

    We'll get together with my family on Saturday and my husband's family on Sunday. Church on Sunday, and a family Easter egg hunt for the kids on Sunday. Nice relaxing time.

    Have a wonderful Easter!

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  15. Oy, very sorry to hear about the injury! Sending thoughts of quick healing!

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  16. Sorry to hear about your injury, but thank goodness for good friends and doctors with advice you can trust.

    We are spending Easter at home. I have to be on call for work :P

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  17. It seems a lot of us are learning our limitations the hard way. Happy Easter to your family.

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  18. Oh, No!! It pains me to read this post and am sorry that it hurts you to write it and be going through this. I came to realize I couldn't run 2 days in a row a few years ago and have found other things to satisfy on the in between days. I hope you will find joy and grow even with these limitations. Take care and have a good holiday.

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  19. I thinkg it's great you have a friend who could look at your X-rays too and give you advice.

    It sucks you can't be running for 15 days but at least you will be running again after that.

    Enjoy Tuscany, one of my favorite spots in Italy and happy Eastern.

    No big plans for me this weekend as I run my first half Eastern Monday.

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  20. Hello!
    thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment (Taper starts Monday for me, one more long run tomorrow 12 miles then taper) I am sorry about your injury, 15 days is a long time, let's hope this will be enough to heal you. Easter with my 2 sons and husband, my family is all in Canada. Enjoy Tuscany! I have been to Italy once before and I loved it!

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  21. Sorry to read about the injury and 15 days of no running. You were in great shape prior, so shouldn't lose too much condition.

    It's Easter Sunday here and lots of chocolate is about to be consumed!

    P.S. I want to run with Anna Baby!

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  22. The good air in Tuscany will repair body and soul. Vai piano, sembra che questa situazione non sia molto gradevole. Riposati, mangia bene (anche per parte mia) il cinghiale, arista e le altre buon di dio....... guarirai presto!

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  23. I hope you have quick recovery!
    You handled the news well!
    happy belated Easter! =)

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  24. The good news is that you can still run.

    Here's to a speedy recovery.

    Great pic!! And I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  25. I hope you recover fully in your 15 days off. It is wonderful to hear you can still run. Happy Easter (belated). I hope it was wonderful.

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  26. So sorry about the injury, I know you will recover quickly and be back to your knightly antics. Thanks for the great pictures!

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  27. Thank you so much for the T-shirt :) It came in the mail today!!!
    Cheers,
    Angie

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  28. Enjoy some downtime my friend - You deserve it.
    Doc are often right about the mechanical side of our machine, but they don't understand the passion that drives it.

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  29. Sorry about the injury and time off. I would NOT handle that well...especially the no running 2 days in a row or pushing in races.
    With all of the fractures and surgeries, you are so blessed to be able to run!

    Lovely gift :)

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  30. Total bummer on the groin pain and not running for 2 weeks. It's tough to learn of our limits. I'm really going to try and stick to 4 days running a week since that seems to keep me healthiest. Drink lots of wine...that'll help.

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