Friday, April 20, 2012

Mud and Cobblestones

The Proof. Last Sunday part of the Black Knight Army ran the Vivicittà in Rome and found a crazy path with mud and cobblestones. Here are the “direct evidences”; the Black Knight is the n° 131 and Sir Giorgio the n° 130 (we are only in the first photo). See also how beautiful is the landscape in the background:




But mud and cobblestones were not the only problem. The start and the finishing line were 2 km far and, to come back to the car, we also turned on the wrong way so, finally, we ran more than 15 km: too many for my poor damaged knee that now hurts a little.
Training. Running: sunday 12.2 km (the race) and thursday very very slow 9.3 km not to overstress the knee. Swimming: monday and today 1700 meters, wednesday 2500 meters. Why this difference? I go to 2 different swimming pools near home: in one you can swim all the time you want and in the other one no more than 45 minutes (where usually I lose 5 minutes for the warm-up and the final stretching in the water). I must mainly use the second because I am allergic at the chlorine and after every workout in the first pool (where I could swim without time limits) I spend 2 days with a strong and boring itch.
The Future. On april 29th a trail 7.8 km long in Grosseto (Tuscany) with Sir Giorgio and on June 23 the debut in open water (swimming): 1° Tricolour Trophy 2.5 km in Torvaianica (Rome).
Happy running, biking, swimming and hiking

27 comments:

  1. Mud and cobblestones would make for some pretty good ankle turning, I'd suspect. Sorry the course was long and the car even further, not what an angry knee needs. Good to hear you're running though, hopefully the knee will get stronger! Good luck with the trail run next weekend....a run in Tuscany I bet has stunning scenery! Take tons of pictures for us in the U.S.!!

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  2. Looks like your knee is doing better.Good luck and yes, post pics.

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  3. altre foto?! oh, sei meglio di un cane da tartufo.... :)) tanta carne al fuoco - io mi accontenterò di qualche trail estivo......

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  4. Looks like a fun race, and I'm glad you are able to run even if it hurts a little. :)

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  5. You are going to become a trail runner before you know it and eschew the road forever!

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  6. Trails are easier on the joints. Congrats on another great race - Looking strong my friend.

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  7. It's really interesting terrain that you're running along. It looks like if you put a foot wrong you'd end up knee deep in mud. I
    m sorry to hear that your knee didn't pull up well. I hope it settles down okay during the week.

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  8. Hail to mud and cobblestones! Sorry you took the wrong turn. Have a good one, and hope your knee did not get corked.

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  9. The 2nd picture which shows the muddy running path is really beautiful! I'll send it to the squire!
    What a challenging race! Anyway, we enjoyed it although the mud and the cobblestones.

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  10. Yes, yes!! Be a trail runner!

    I always feel better about being slow when the conditions are bad. :)

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  11. 2nd picture..that looks slippery and hard for the ankles..I think I would have lost my balance there!!
    it is nice to see that your knee is holding up!

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  12. You guys are hard core :) ! What a beautiful landscape.

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  13. you guys are awesome! Love this!

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  14. Oh, that path does look pretty bad. Sorry your knee had to suffer from all of it!

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  15. I'd run this race. Looks fun!

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  16. Io da che uso i tappi non ho avuto + problemi di allergia da cloro ...certo se il prurito e' a pelle ...non hai speranze

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  17. I just found out my pool doesn't use chlorine. I didn't even know it as it still smells like chlorine. That is a pain to be allergic to it.

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  18. Great MUD races! That looks tough! But, you made it through. It makes me happy to see you run.

    The translation to a strong and boring itch made me laugh :) I am sorry that the chlorine makes you itch though. Keep up the good pool work!

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  19. That path looks like it would also be bad for your knee because it is uneven, leaning to the side. :-(

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  20. Ooh, be careful!! The scenery was beautiful, but I do NOT want you to be re-injured. It sounds like you have some fun things coming up. I think trail running will be good for you and you will enjoy it.

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  21. Wow. Tough course! It's the Paris–Roubaix for runners!

    Some good events coming up for the army. At least with the 2.5k swim you won't have to worry about sharks.

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  22. Ahh...yes I am alive and well! I guess you could call me "the lady in waiting"...

    thanks for checking in on me. I have been doing well with rehab still, however not much news in the running world. I will post some pics from vacation with my family where I took a few shorts attemtps at running...I will try harder at writing more often, an it is SO GOOD to hear of you running again! What beautiful countryside!!!

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  23. Wow great pics...mud and cobblestones, that would make for some tricky foot work! Does look beautiful though.

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  24. Ooh, I don't do well in mud - that looked challenging! Whew!

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  25. I would definitely have fallen in that mud! I can't wait for our pool to open in a few weeks, I'm ready for some swimming cross training!

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  26. Great race and well done! The mud and cobblestones will be good preparation for the trail race. Take care of that knee.

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  27. What a crazy race in the mud! I hope that your knee is better. I like to read about your swimming. Sounds like it is going well!

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