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?

25 comments:

  1. sorry to hear about sunday! But it takes a lot of strength or let go...much more than hanging on for dear life and risking further damage! So kudos to you!! Hope things get to feeling better soon!
    And Rome...ahh to visit someday!

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  2. What a disappointment for you. It stinks that the smart decisions can be so painful.

    What a coincidence...when I was out grocery shopping, people filled the stores just to get a glimpse of SuperKate. I'm sure it had nothing to do with saving $10 off their $50 purchase.

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  3. So sorry to hear about the Pisa Marathon! You must be so disappointed. Wise decision, though - maybe another time :) .

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  4. Ugh, very sorry to hear about the Pisa Marathon, I hope you get a chance to heal up completely before you take on and succeed at your next race!

    I am spending christmas at home with my family, best place to be!

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  5. It just hasn't been your year to do the marathon. I'm so sorry. It's so disappointing for you.

    Christmas in Rome looks so hectic. My shopping is almost finished, thank goodness, because our shopping centres are starting to look a little like that.

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  6. Oh, it is such a disappointment, I truly feel your pain! Glad you have some cats and babies around to amuse you over the holidays, though...

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  7. Well darnit, I am sorry about your injury keeping you from the marathon! Hurry and heal up so you can get out there for another soon! I know how miserable it is to have to sit out (been there done that) but it's better than running injured.

    Too funny about the massive crowds when you arrived :). Interesting how everyone there wears black??? Is this common? Black is pretty popular here in the states, too, but you see more color.

    Happy Holidays, Stephano my friend!

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  8. Stephano, I am so sorry to read that you will not be running your marathon. You are making the right decision; it is not worth trying when your running hurts you. Heal up and have a wonderful holiday!

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  9. Beh, a saperlo ci facevo un salto pure io.
    Buon Natale e buona ripresa

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  10. I am so sorry to read this. This must not be an easy decision to make but probably the wisest. No white Christmas again this year...staying home in California and will spend Christmas with my husband and my sons. They are at the perfect age for this Holiday.
    I hope you get better soon and you can focus on another marathon and be 100% ready.

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  11. I was hoping you would get to run this marathon after all. I KNOW things will improve soon and you will get to run in some breathtaking place before you know it. I for one can't wait to see where that would be.

    Gosh, your fame proceeds you, Mr Black Knight, it seems. All those crowds to greet you and to see you! I guess I am glad you did not come shopping to San Jose, where I live. :-) BTW, if you ever head this way, we will prepare a royal welcome.

    We are spending Christmas at home, a quiet celebration for a change. I think this year has been hectic enough.

    Heal fast, and if I don't see more of your posts, I wish you and your family the best holidays ever.

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  12. The best decision in my opinion, I often use this quote which feels right for this occasion: "Choose your battles wisely and do not fight battles you cannot win" Pisa will be there next year, recover well cavaliere nero

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  13. magra consolozione lo shopping natalizio! :/ beh, arriverà la volta buona, e magari ci sarò anch'io...

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  14. I'm sorry for you Stefano that you won't be able to run the marathon. You've worked so hard for it.

    Your photos brings back memories of our trip to Rome. We have kind of the same pics :)

    I'm spending Christmas at home. 1 day alone with my husband and the other my Mom and MIL are coming over for dinner.

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  15. Oh no! So sorry to hear that you are going to have to put your dream aside for now - but it sounds like a wise decision....
    I am busy getting ready for Christmas by baking lots of cookies!

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  16. Sorry about Pisa...I hope that you can still run another race when your body is more cooperative.

    We will spend Christmas at home with family. Rome looks fun though!

    Thanks for the bat video. They boys and I enjoyed it. :)

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  17. Damn! Sorry to hear that Stefano. You have some way to go to beat my PW of 4:38 ;)

    Rome looks busier than the Canberra Centre yesterday. I still have some last-minute shopping to do this afternoon. Then some cards to post. Christmas will be with my mother and sister. Not a full house this year, so should be relaxing. Hope to catch up on my reading.

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  18. Sorry about the marathon. But if you ran it and won your trips to Rome would be even more hectic as everyone wanted to see the Black Knight the winner of the marathon.

    I will be spending Christmas at home which I love.

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  19. I am so sorry that Pisa won't be happening for you this year. Take time to heal so you can return to running strong and healthy.

    I loved the photos of Rome. When I saw Rome, it was 2006 and I was there for my oldest friend's wedding (her husband is Italian and grew up in Rome). I was also pregnant with my twins (though I didn't yet know they were twins!). So my twins have been to Rome, too, and even climbed the Spanish steps.

    That was quite a crowd of black. I myself like to wear black--I think it's elegant.

    Thinking of you, Stefano! Our Christmas will be in snowy Colorado, right at home.

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  20. Oh no!!! That's bad news. However, there will be other marathons, so more to look forward to. Lovely photos.

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  21. Sorry about the marathon, but there will always be other races, and better safe then sorry! Love the pics. I was in Rome once in 1997 and loved it....

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  22. I'm so sorry Stefano that you didn't run the Pisa Marathon. On the other hand, you ran a good 10 km Christmas race in your town.

    Next Wednesday at 6:30 with the squire: I'm planning to have a Christmas drink. I'll give you more information through e-mail.

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  23. It's not a broken dream, just one deferred. You did the smart thing.

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  24. I'm so sorry that you weren't able to run the Pisa Marathon. I hope you have an enjoyable holiday and that you recover quickly so you can look forward to the next goal.

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  25. I am so so sorry to hear about your pain and that you are unable to run Pisa. I hope you recover quickly and you can focus on your next goal! Sounds to me like you did the smart thing!

    The photos are awesome.

    I spend Christmas eve with my family and Christmas day with John's family. SO we do a lot of traveling!!!

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