Sunday, July 26, 2015

S. Marinella Running Trophy

The Race. Last saturday I went to run with Giorgio the S. Marinella Running Trophy, 7.150 km on an impossible path full of uphill (see the elevation chart). 

The evening was hot and humid and we had to race through some crowded streets full of people (there was a fair) and near columns of cars with the engines running. After the 1st km I understood how tough could be to push so I was so wise to take it easy like a normal workout. I made the right decision because many runners "surrendered" and someone needed the ambulance. I remember one of them 1 km far from the finishing line sitting down on the ground with the head between his hands and another one fallen after the end of his run. I don't understand how it is possible to organize such races. Moreover there were not appropriate drinks to recover the lost fluids but only water and, of course, no official photos. This is the only one I have found on a local magazine: 

Never mind, later we enjoyed a good dinner with pizza and coke.
Stats: 128 of 180, finishing time 39:11 (5:29/km - 8:49 m).
I spent all the day after to rest: the morning lazy on the beach, a nap in the afternoon and evening at home. 
Have you ever had similar experience?

Marc Knopfler - 3 days after I went with my wife Daniela to the Marc Knopfler's concert. Two hours of great music!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The visit

Yesterday I received the welcome visit of Marcia and her family: the husband and 2 beautiful girls. They arrived here on board the Emerald Princess, a big cruise ship. We spent a nice day together in Rome where we met Sir Giorgio who planned with me the "touristic tour". Unfortunately our wives could not come with us for last minute problems. 

We visited Piazza del Popolo,  Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, the shop streets (Via del Corso e via Condotti), the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Coliseum (see photos below). We had lunch near Campo Marzio, the historical place where Julius Caesar was killed. Thank you Marcia (and family) for your much appreciated visit.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Orbetello Night Run

Prologue: At last I have raced. Last friday, with Sir Giorgio, I went to Orbetello, in the green part of Tuscany named Maremma, to run the Orbetello Night Run, 6.9 km (4 laps) through the narrow streets in cobblestone of the beautiful ancient town. The start was at 09.00 p.m. but the weather was still hot and humid. Of course I have run only for fun and I was so wise not to push to avoid possible injures. After the race a good italian dinner in a typical restaurant.
Stats: 6.9 km in 35:14 (5:06/km - 8:13/m) my PW on the distance. 141° of 162 ... almost the last.
Here are some photos of the place, before and during the race, the well deserved swag.
I hope to race again soon, but no more plans!

Thursday, July 02, 2015


June 2015. June started well with regular sessions of swimming and running but, in the second half, I had a 4 days stop for a little injury on my back due to a stupid effort to lift my scooter. For this reason I couldn’t participate the duathlon in Tuscany. Now the things go well but the weather is very hot and I am a little bit tired because too busy at work. I don’t want to shedule races, I will do them when possible.
Stats: Running 126,9 km/78,8 m (12 workouts) – Swimming 9300 meters (6 workouts) + a swim in open sea.
During the stop I spent one day in Rome with my wife. Here you can see a wonderful pizza and pepsi that I had for lunch and a very welcome guest who appreciated a lot a cookie with ice cream.

June 2005. The glorious, invincible, fearless Black Knight Army was founded 10 years ago. This is the photo of the first official dinner (see the “uniforms” on the table).

Have a good July