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!!!

26 comments:

  1. At least you got to race something! And it took a natural and maritime disaster to stop you. I hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas Stefano.

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  2. I guess Pisa just wasn't in the stars for the Black Knight Army this year...glad you were able to run something else, even if it wasn't exactly what you trained for!
    Best wishes to you and your family for a very merry Christmas!

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  3. Awww, looks like you were just not meant to run Pisa this year. Can't wait to see the pictures though!

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  4. Sorry you didn't run the Pisa Marathon. On the other hand, you ran that 10 km Liberty Run Christmas which was a tough race.

    As you know I'm in Naples where I'm spending Christmas time. I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

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  5. hehe, dai, era destino.... ;) sai che sto facendo un pensierino per RM? mi serve solo un altra spintarella.....

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  6. What a hill profile OUCH! Great running for a tough race, well done.

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  7. Merry Xmas! May the running luck run more smoothly for you next year!

    I am reading a novel I think you would really enjoy, not sure if it is translated into Italian yet - Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. Among other things he is a novelist who is much concerned with cats!

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  8. Don't you hate when work interferes with running? :^) Or in your case work AND weather?

    Anyway, the altitude profile on the race you did looks crazy. Congratulations!

    And a very MERRY CHRISTMAS to the Black Knight and his family.

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  9. Well, you got some speedwork in now :). Nice job on the 10.3 miles and I hope all is okay after that storm!

    A VERY Merry Christmas to you, Stephano, and your family!! (Your blog gift exchange gift is on the way I hear :)).

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  10. I got all excited when I started reading this post. I am still glad because your decision to run means your pains had gone away but I am sorry Pisa marathon did not work out after all. You having some terrible weather there. Ours is nice but we need rain!!! Send some our way. :)
    I am glad to hear you got to do some kind of a race.
    Hope you will get some nice holiday rest, the weather improves, and you will find a marathon you can run.

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  11. Holy cow, that was a hilly course. I love seeing that big smile on your face as you run.

    And clearly, for whatever reason, you weren't supposed to run that marathon.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have the happiest of holidays!

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  12. That course looks brutal! You did well by my book for someone who hasn't been doing speed work! It's just all those damn fast Italians make you look like you aren't as fast! If you were in the US, you would easily be in the top half with that time!

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  13. Merry Christmas to you!!

    Ha, I am reading these backwards, and now I see you decided to do the Pisa marathon - that is great news - that means that your pain is much less!! BUT a storm came!!! Pisa marathon wasn't meant to be this year. You will find one that you can do soon!

    That is a very hilly course!! I love how happy you look at the finishline!!

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  14. So sorry you missed the Pisa Marathon. Just not meant to be I guess. I do think you had a great time on such a hilly course with no speed work though. Well done. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  15. Merry Christmas to you and your family also. Thanks for stopping by, and hope your New Years gets off to a great start.

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  16. Merry Christmas to you and your family also. Thanks for stopping by, and hope your New Years gets off to a great start.

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  17. Merry Christmas Stefano! That would have been amazing had you got to run Pisa. What a drama. But still, sub 5 minute kilometres for such a hilly race is an excellent result. Your marathon training won't be for nought going into 2012.

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  18. Merry Christmas! Glad you got a race in after missing the marathon.

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  19. :( Upsetting about Pisa, but glad you're ok! The race that you did get to run sure does look challenging! Great job, and glad you got to run a race :)

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  20. Merry Christmas to you and yours!! sorry to hear about the marathon, nice that you got to run though!!enjoy this holiday season.

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  21. I'd say that's a great way to salvage a "lost weekend." That must be a very tough race. Happy New Year!

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  22. Of all the terrible luck! So disappointing that you couldn't do the marathon. And I'm always amazed at how fast the runners are in your local, shorter races. You should come race in the US!

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  23. Wow! That has to be the most exciting excuse ever for missing a marathon. I think it would be worth missing just to get to tell a story like that! No, really, I'm sorry that you missed it after all of your training. Hope you find a new, exciting race to look forward to.

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  24. That is crazy about the storm! I hope you and your family had a joyous Christmas, Happy New Year Stefano! All the best for 2012!

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  25. You almost ran it after all! It sounds like you agonized over the decision and then God kept you from doing it. Hopefully the crews on the sea were all safe. I am glad you were able to help.

    Way to use that training... Looks like a great number of people dropped out! Do you maybe have a January marathon planned???

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  26. Buon Natale e nuovo anno felice!

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