Friday, April 08, 2011

Vivicittà 12 km.

The Black List. Last Sunday the Black Knight Army (The Black Knight, his son Paolo, the grandson Leonardo, Sir Giorgio and his running mate Paola) ran the Vivicittà 12 km (7,45 ml). This race now is in the black list. It is very tough: 4 laps with a terrible uphill to run 4 times. We live in a city where it is easy to find a better path but the organization perseveres with this one, so we took the decision to say no more!!!!! Other reasons to say "no": we run into the traffic (see the pictures), no swag and many other races around here. How it is possible, in a city of 65.000 people, to gather only 135 runners? I hope that a bell rings in the hears of the organization.

My son Paolo and grandson Leonardo before the race:

The Score. More than a score this is the report of a bloody defeat. Finishing time 58'31" at the pace of 4'52"/km (7'50"/ml). 117° of 135 overall and 107° of 119 men!!!! The women were only 16. Last year I was 122° of 135 with 1h 00'38". My PB in this race is 51'34".

The Mistake. Trying to follow my plan (5'00"/km) I became immediately the last and I had only the ambulance at my back. Because of my stupid pride I pushed and now I have pain into my groin. Have you ever made a similar mistake? The first photo below is a gift of a friend of mine, you can see his works on Album di Angelo Bonarelli.

Here the Black Knight is the last
Here the Black Knight is not anymore the last

26 comments:

  1. Love that you are putting this on the black list! But way to conquer it! You are getting stronger all the time.

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  2. vedrai che quando saranno ancora meno a partecipare, qualcosa dovranno inventarsi! per essere così dura non te la sei cavata niente male, anzi...

    ps. magari l'anno prox si fa il vivicittà di FI....

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  3. You were in last place running 5:00/km?!? If there's no swag, and the course isn't great, I don't blame you for putting it on the black list.

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  4. Bye-bye to Vivicitta - I think you should cross it off your list...but way to hang in there regardless and finish it off. Fun your son and grandson were there!! :)

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  5. I completely agree with you! The vivicittà race will be held in other towns too! For example we could run the Rome's vivicittà.

    Your grandson Leonardo is really wonderful!

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  6. Stupid pride. :) I'm sure we've all done something similar, though for me more often the problem is lack of pride. I know I'm not a great runner, so I tend to accept less from myself than I could put forth. At least you are sore from pushing yourself...but lesson learned, right? The plan is the plan for a reason. :)

    The race itself sounds pretty disappointing. Too bad the organizers don't put some thought into making it better. It would be much nicer to have an enjoyable local race.

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  7. Your local field is small but fast! Running into traffic = no good...

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  8. That's a fast crowd! The ambulance would have been running me over!

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  9. Divertente saperti quasi ultimo a 4 al km... quindi non solo eravate pochi ...ma erano pure tutti cattivi ...certo la prox gara almeno Yogi lo devi battere ..lui è un buono !

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  10. I agree with Danielle. The ambulance would have put tire tracks all over my back. I would not want to do 4 laps of anything.

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  11. Wow... everyone is so fast for that race! I don't blame you for putting it on the black list. I certainly wouldn't run it. I hope your groin muscles heal soon!

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  12. Some races are only worth doing once. No swag? Boo!! Running in traffic? BOO!! Having to run faster than you'd planned just to beat the ambulance? Boo, Hiss, Boo.

    But your time was really good - pity about the groin pain.

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  13. ma se m'incazzo.... sò cazzi! :))

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  14. No loot? Bah, sounds like a race in the United States to me! It belongs on the black list for sure! Running into traffic too? That sounds like a bad race director to me!

    Way to push through a tough battle - that would be a fast time for me. I would have been behind the ambulance.

    I hope your groin feels better soon, that is a very painful muscle to strain.

    I want to come to Italy some day. When I do, I will let you pick a battle for us to fight in. Hope I can keep up! :)

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  15. You're running 5'00"/km and you are dead last...that is a speedy group! You did great, but not so good for the groin...I agree, I'm sure there are tons of other wonderful races to chose from!

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  16. Have I ever done anything stupid? Many, many times...like run 4 days in a row and cry about it. I suppose icing the groin isn't very pleasant? (hehe)

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  17. Oh, how i wish I could understand ALL your comments :)

    The field of women was VERY small...is this common in Italy? The overall field was fast!

    If I had an ambulance on my back, I would have pushed it too...sorry the groin acted up.

    This sounds lile a race to cross off the list..No schwag..

    Little leonardo...so adorable!!

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  18. I love your grandson. What a cutie. With a kid like that who cares about the race. :-)
    So you made a mistake. You will learn. You will not make it again. Sorry about the pain in your groin. Hope it will go away.
    And btw, where did they find such fast runners?
    Have a great week, Stefano.

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  19. You are right to black list this race, I think! It sounds like torture!

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  20. That'd be nerve wracking finging yourself in last place at the beginning of a race. I'm well used to that - I'm often last amongst men when I race on the 400m track.

    58:31 is not too bad. Only looks bad because nobody turned up.

    I often make mistakes in races. One of these days I'll learn a mistake-free way of racing!

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  21. Well done on the time! Even with all the bads about the race you still did great. Amazing that the few that did run are all so speedy! Black list for sure...I do the same if I experience something like that.

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  22. ugh, what a rough battle, I hope your groin is feeling much better!!

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  23. Still, amazing. I guess some battles are going to be tough!

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  24. Cute grandson pic :) And I like the new header pic too :D Also the last pic you look good.

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  25. Yeah, definitely drop that race in future years! The attendance of 165 runners should be a clue to the organizers that their course isn't great. Good call on your part!

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  26. Well done. It is hard to hold back when recovering. I hope you are doing better now. I agree with the others, perhaps the low attendance should give the race organizers the idea to change the course.

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