Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. I want to begin this post with the best wishes for a 2012 of happiness and success, full of beautiful things and …. PB. Happy New Year, my friends!!!!!

The Storm. In the last post I wrote about the storm that hit my city and mainly the port making many damages. Here are 2 pictures, the first outside the breakwater and the second in a marina half mile far from the port:

Running. Now I am doing speed-works in the evening with the Sir Giorgio's (now Duke of Pisterzo, please Giorgio explain how you got the title) group. They are faster than me so I can improve my speed. These are the last workouts: sunday 22.8 km (14.2 mi); tuesday 13.8 km (8.5 mi), thursday 11.8 km (7.3 mi) and yesterday a tempo-run on the hills 10.6 km (6.6 mi). We will celebrate the 31st with a long distance run near the sea.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Liberty Run Christmas

Pisa Marathon. After a lot of thoughts I decided to run the Pisa Marathon. On Saturday afternoon I was in the beautiful city, I left the baggage in hotel and I went to take the bib. But while I was walking through the crowded streets full of lights I received a phone call: “Please come back as soon as possible because there is a storm, 2 ships and 1 pontoon have broken the mooring ropes; the breakwater is closed for the traffic and we don’t know if the line-ships can leave”. At 08.00 p.m. I got home. No marathon. In the next post I will put the pictures of Pisa and the storm.

Liberty Run Christmas. Not to waste 4 months of training the day after (Sunday 18th) I entered, in my city, the Liberty Run Christmas a tough race 10.3 km long: only uphill and downhill streets one after the other as you can see:

After the storm of the day before, the weather was a little better but always rainy, windy and cold. I was not ready for a short race because I didn’t do speed-works, only long distance runs, mainly on flat roads, to prepare the marathon. Finishing time: 51’15” at the pace of 4’58”/km (8’00” ml). Final stats: 88/106 (the runners at the start were 136). Being a race to raise money for charity we got only a t-shirt in cotton.

And now it’s time to wish MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Another broken dream

Goodbye Marathon. I surrender, despite 4 months of training with many tough workouts, today I have understood that on sunday I cannot enter the Pisa Marathon. I have an inflammation and I feel pain when I run; it is impossible to finish 42.2 km in such conditions. The ultimate test of this morning was the confirm.
Shopping in Rome. Last saturday I decided to do shopping in Rome with my wife Daniela. We hoped in an ordinary quiet day but when the people knew that the Black Knight was around Spanish Steps, Via del Corso and Via Condotti, the day became hectic and the streets crowded. All the persons wanted to see, the cheer and to greet the famous Knight. Pictures: #1 Via Condotti; #2 Spanish Steps; #3 Via Condotti from Spanish Steps.

Are you ready for Christmas time? Where will you spend the holidays?

Friday, December 09, 2011

21 Things (Tagged)

Amy tagged me to share 21 things about myself. Here it goes and sorry for the long list:
01. I like to run but when I was young I played judo and rugby (the B.k. is under the arrow):

02. I don't have any brother and so my wife. We were not spoiled;
03. I have a Law Degree from "La Sapienza" University in Rome. I also have a Grad. Dip. in "Accountancy". However I don't use them because I work in the maritime branch:
04. I was not a good student and only thanks to my mom and my wife I got those "titles" because I spent all my time on my "own business" (playing rugby, reading, lazy, traveling ecc);
05. In 1977 I had a terrible car-crash, I finished down in a slop after many "somersaults". I was lucky because I left the broken car completely unhurt;

06. I have never smoked;
07. I am teetotal;
08. I don't eat seafood;
09. I love Coca Cola;
10. My favorite movie is Clockwork Orange;
11. I like to read historical books mainly about the ancient roman and the etruscan people;
12. I love to spend some days in Scotland. Before Italy entered in the 6Nations Tournament (rugby) I was a proud member of the Tartan Army. However I like all the british rugby;
13. Running? I have been running since 1985 even if my first race was in 1969 and I arrived 6th among all the students of the junior high schools: I was very upset because I considered it as a failure;
14. I spent a short part of my life in the Naval Bases of Taranto and La Maddalena. Here are my children in La Maddalena. Now Paolo is 32 and Elisa 27.
15. Both my children work in the port. Paolo in a terminal container and Elisa in a private company. My wife Daniela is an elementary school teacher.
16. We got married in 1979 when she was 19 and I was 23. We get very well together.
17. I traveled a lot, in Europe, in Asia and in Africa. Here we are in Tunisia, Sahara Desert.
18. During my trips I had the chance to race in Athens (10k), Edinburgh (10 ml and 5 k) and Berlin (half marathon);
19. I like the rock music. Among the oldies I prefer the Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry and now I love the gothic rock. Here is an example: Nightwish (wonderful rock band and the voice of Tarja is inimitable)!!!!!
20. I hope to finish the Pisa Marathon on dec. 18th.
21. .....have a wonderful week end!!!!

If you haven't been tagged go ahead and do it, I like reading these about other people.

Friday, December 02, 2011


Filippo. Filippo, my second grandson, was born this morning at 06.30 a.m. Here is his first photo taken one hour later. Welcome to the Black Knight Army!
Susan & Serena. There are other 2 newcomers arrived last monday: Susan and Serena, my daughter Elisa's cats. Here they are with the brother Umberto.
33 km (20.5 ml). At last, on sunday, I succeeded in running 33 km (20.5 ml) under a warm sun. It was a slow run, with many short uphill, at the 5'48"/km (9'18"/ml) pace. Now if the things go well (no flu, no bronchitis, no cold, no antibiotics for some stupid reason) I will run the Pisa Marathon on Dec. 18th.
Happy Running