Sunday, June 11, 2017

May 2017

May 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).

May 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! 

News in pictures:

On 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.

Apricots and sunflower from my garden.

June 10th, Italian Navy Day.

Have a good Sunday

Sunday, June 04, 2017

After the long silence

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 arm.
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.....)

Have a good sunday

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017


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.
How was your running/swimming/biking february?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Black is back

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.

Have a good Sunday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another runner was born

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.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Real End

The 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 …….

Prologue 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):

The 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.

I hope that all of you are enjoying this summer break.