The White Knight and the Black Knight make a duel, the Black Knight kills the White Knight. The W.K. had 3 sons and all of them challenge the B.K. but the B.K. kills all of them. Now these 3 sons had 3 sons each and all of them challenge the B.K. but the B.K. kills all of them. Now these 9 sons had 3 sons each and all of them challenge the B.K. but the B.K. kills all of them…...Ehy, shut up, what is the moral, what do you mean??? The moral is that you must not piss off the Black Knight!!!!
2017: Running now is only for fun and to stay fit even if I like, sometimes, to
enter some race to enjoy the competitive atmosphere. No more swimming because
the pain inside my arm is chronic. But never mind, the show must go on. The
mileage in may was the longest since the day of my surgery (janury 22, 2016):
km. 144,9 (90 ml) in 14 workouts and 1 race (Race for the Cure in Rome).
2005: I found this picture in a magazine. What a nice surprise! While I was talking
with a good friend of mine after the Race for the Cure, a photographer said
“hi” to me. The day after we were on a magazine!
June 3rd, there was the final of the football Champions League. Real Madrid –
Juventus = 4 -1. Even if I don’t like and I don’t follow football (soccer) I
admit I was very happy: in Italy half people are Juventus supporters and the
other half cannot stand that team (I am in the second half). Well, after the
end of the game, 3 young Juventus supporters, angry for the score, took the flowerpot
from my balcony and threw it into the ground.
NEWS: One year and half after the bad incident when I broke my
right shoulder (see the x –ray) the situation is not good; I will always be
partially disable because I cannot recover anymore the whole movement of my
As you can see in the running photos below, the right arm has an innatural posture.
Swimming is almost impossible because is painful and I cannot do the normal rotating movement so, now, I can only run slowly. The routine is 3 times a week with a monthly mileage between 100 and 150 km (62 and 93 ml). However I made the decision to race when possible to enjoy my favourite sport and visit nice places around my city where I have good lunches in typical local restaurants: the running mate is always Giorgio.
RUNNING UPDATE: After my last post I entered 3 races. Now the pace is slow but I am happy because I can run again.
Tuscania 02.04.2017 "Tuscania trophy". Tuscania is a nice etruscan city inside the green country. The path was flat but we ran under a rainy storm. 9.8 km in 54:46 (5:35/km - 8:59/ml). 138° of 168.
Rome 21.05.2017 "Race for the Cure". Rome is a "nice little town" near my city (????). The path was challenging and the race was very crowded. I had the chance to start together the top runners because I arrived late and I crossed, jumping over, the barriers. After the race we had lunch at the jewish district. 5 km in 26:43 (5:20/km - 8:35/ml). 757° of 1293.
Civitavecchia 02.06.2017 "Liberty Sunset Race". Very very challenging path under a hot sun at 05.00 p.m. 9.3 km in 50:43 (5:27/km - 8:46 ml). 133° of 158 and 3° in my age group (but we were only 3.....)
February 2017. Stats: Running 108,5 km/67,4 ml (10 workouts and 1 race) - Swimming 2400 meters (4 workouts). Now I cannot swim anymore because the injury at my right arm is permanent. I go to the pool only for therapy, to move the shoulder as possible. Also running is not easy because of the posture and the pain but I don't give up. Rugby: rugby time now, the 6 Nations tournament is at half way and Italy keep on losing. Here 2 pics at the Olympic Stadium in Rome before Italy-Ireland.
February 2015. I spent a nice vacation in Scotland with my son where I ran the Parkrun in Edinburgh.
Ricordo running race. On feb. 12 I ran a 11.5 km (7.15 ml) race in Rome to remember the foibe massacres. The route was very challenging with only ups and downs, moreover, for a mistake of the organization, we ran 11.5 km instead of the programmed 10. The finishing time was 1:05:22 (5:40/km - 9:08/ml). I cannot run faster because my right arm is permanently injured after the incident occurred last year and the subsequent surgery (as you can see in the pictures). Now I run for fun and to stay fit but .... it's hard. At the moment the monthly mileage is only 100/120 km. As usual Sir Giorgio is my running mate.
Another runner was born: this month a new runner was born. I introduce you Gabriele, my 3rd grandson. Of course he will be a runner even if in my secret dreams there is always a rugby field for him and the other 2 kids.
Rugby: but this month is also sad because 2 mates of my old rugby team (see the 1974 photo below, where the B.K. is under the arrow) passed away on the same day. Many players of this team now play in heaven. Ciao Nicola, ciao Augusto!
This is a 2011 rugby reunion photo (from a local magazine) after 60 years of rugby in my city:
Running: I don't follow any fitness program because I am weak again and the arm is painful. It's hard to live with a prosthesis inside a shoulder. Sometimes I walk 1 hour and sometimes I run (2/3 times a week) 5/6 km very very slowly. I cannot do more. The incident was very serious and after 7 months the recover is far again.
Black Knight is back but only as a blogger and no more as a runner and swimmer.
Sorry for the long silence but many things happened keeping me very busy or sad
September- December 2015: I
had some little health problems and I was very busy at work, so I didn’t update my
blog. This situation influenced my runs, however I entered 6 races only for
fun: the choice felt on touristic places with wonderful landscapes to enjoy the
atmosphere and to spend a different day with my son and some good friends. Here are the pics
of the races where the pace was always a little slower than 5:00/km (between
5:03 and 5:11).
Rural town of Maccarese (Sept. 27):
Rome (Oct 18):
Rome (Nov 1):
Natural reserve La Feniglia (Nov 22):
Canino the olive oil town (Dec 6):
Around the Orbetello lagoon (Dec 13):
real end: On
January 22nd, during a workout, I felt on the ground because I put
inadvertently my foot into a packing tape. The result was terrible, I broke the
roundabout capsule of my right humerus in 5 parts and the humerus itself in
other 2 parts. On January 25th I got a surgery and now I have a prosthesis
inside my shoulder/arm (see the pics). I will not recover completely the use of the shoulder and I must follow a physiotherapy program for not less than one
year. The movements are very limited again and I feel pain inside my arm. Of
course I cannot swim at all and the only chances are the walks.
hope that all of you are enjoying this summer break.