Friday, April 27, 2012

Maremma

The Next Battle. On Sunday the Black Knight and Sir Giorgio (without his humble and insolent servant Massimo) will go to Grosseto, a nice city in Tuscany, to run a trail 7.8 km long (half on the sand and half on the dirt patch). This part of Tuscany, called Maremma, is famous for the green country and 3 breeds of animals: Maremma horses, dogs and cows. From next Sunday it will also be famous because the Black Knight Army was there!!!!

Injury update. The knee doesn’t hurt if I run slowly (around 6:00/km – 9:39 ml) and for a max of 12 km (7.45 ml). It’s hard for me not to plan any race but I want to run again with a bib, so I made the decision to participate with “low competitive” spirit, only to enjoy the atmosphere.

Training since Saturday. Running: 10.7 km, 10.7 km, 12.2 km and 10.2 km.  Swimming: 1850 mt. This week I went only once to the pool to calm the allergy at the chlorine and to get some advices from the dermatologist: now I try with a specific oil before the workout and a cream after.

The Future of the Italian Rugby Team. Here are the 2 next flankers of the Italrugby. My grandsons Filippo (in photo with my daughter Elisa - the aunt -) and Leonardo:



Have a good week end

24 comments:

  1. Filippo and Leonardo are really beautiful!

    Running the Grosseto race as training is the right choice.
    See you on Sunday!

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  2. Open water swimming! Way more fun and no chlorine!

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  3. Have fun in Grosseto. That sounds like a plan. Glad your knee is holding out ok, and cheers to the future rugby team players.

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  4. Your grandsons are soooo cute, I know you are one proud grandpa!! :)

    Good news the knee continues to heal and I agree about the need to wear a bib. Your plan to downgrade to enjoying the race sounds perfect...you'll be hitting those speedy races soon!

    Have fun at the upcoming battle!

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  5. So happy your knee is pain-free. I can't wait to wear a race bib (even when I can't run at my best.) Si I know the feeling. yes your grandkids are adorable.

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  6. You have adorable grandsons! And continue on your healing path.

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  7. A question about Sir Giorgio's servant....how can he be both humble AND insolent? :^)

    You are doing the right thing by sticking to your limits right now. There will be race bibs in the future (for me too, I hope!).

    I agree with everyone else about the cuteness of your grandsons!

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  8. Filippo and Leonardo are more than cute but they look more like runners to me. :)

    Those cows are amazing! I would not want to run into one of those.

    Have a great time this weekend. Hope you get good loot!

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  9. Your Grandsons are beautiful!

    Glad your knee is being nice to you :) Have fun this weekend!

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  10. Running on sand is hard work! Great pics - hope your trail run goes well.

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  11. Beautiful grandsons...hope you are back to training and racing without pain soon...have a great time and take it easy...blessings and thanks for stopping by my blog "I Survived and Now I Run" following you now...follow back if you'd like!

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  12. Your grandsons look so cute! It is hard to race and take it easy. Good luck. And you are a dedicated swimmer to go through so much to swim.

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  13. I find that sometimes running just for fun can be quite liberating after always running to race.

    Your grandsons are really adorable!

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  14. Piano piano stai ri-mettendo i piedi sulla strada ...ma non lasciare l'acqua

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  15. Have fun on the rail race! Love the pics...beautiful.

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  16. The bambinos are adorable! And a trail run in Tuscany? Does it get any nicer than that? I'd guess not!

    So glad you have figured out how to run again!

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  17. Those boys are too cute.

    You know how I love trail races!

    Granted, I've never (and likely will never) have the speed you had, but I do find a lot of joy in just participating in a race. Do what I do...take a lot of pictures, then you have lots to show your readers AND a reason for being slower. :)

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  18. Ah so that's where the dog comes from. We've just been looking at puppies and one of the options we had was a maremma cross. Unfortunately it doesn't cope well in our hot Summers so we decided against it. But it was almost as cute as your two grandsons.

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  19. He's a doll.

    Good luck with running a race with "low competitive" spirit. I'm running a race this week and need to keep my competitive spirit low since I'm not adequately trained for it.

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  20. Your grandsons are darling! Enjoy your running even if it is not as speedy as you might like - running slower does take longer but gives you more time to enjoy the sights and sounds!

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  21. Beautiful pictures of the kids!! Glad you are running and going to figure out your allergy issue. Chlorine is harsh. I know someone else that is allergic. Good luck at your run!

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  22. Those are 2 very handsome little guys! you must be a very proud Papi! (that is how my sons call my dad)

    so happy that you are running...it does not matter the pace as long as you are moving!

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  23. Aren't they adorable. You must be such a proud grand daddy.

    Have fun next Sunday at the race. Don't overdo it, just enjoy the race itself.

    6 more weeks before I'm back at your beautiful country. Counting down.

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  24. Oops: see the race was last Sunday. Hope it went well.

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