For those of you who are interested in a more detailed #IRunRome Marathon Report…..here you go, as promised! First off, it was one of the funnest marathons I have run, and definitely one of the most beautiful. Fun because I didn’t run this marathon for a personal best or to BQ, but to just take it all in…..and I did.
It was also very warm…high 70’s and sunny! The only reason I have a long sleeve shirt on is because the forecast was for clouds and highs of mid 50’s. Guess the meteorologists can be wrong in Italy too. I am not sure how all the other European runners got the message but most showed up in short sleeves….but than again, us American’s don’t know anything right. Especially dumb blondes. We were half way to the start before I realized I probably should have worn my short sleeve shirt. Oh well……
But yes, the course is incredibly scenic, as you can see from some of my pics. And I was never alone out there which made it even more fun! There were runners and spectators everywhere. In fact, when I saw my husband at mile 4 and 8 I could barely get to him cuz it was so congested. I managed a quick hello the second time at mile 8, but it wasn’t easy.
And to make matters even worse, I almost missed my niece. We had agreed to meet about half way and I told her I would be on the right. However, I noticed there weren’t many spectators on the right, including her. I was just about to run past her when I heard my name coming from the left. I did a little bit of a dance to get to her and to avoid other runners but found my way to exchange my empty bottles for full and grab more Gu. It was definitely worth it! I loved having her on the course! Everything about running a marathon in Rome is incredible, but having family there besides my husband topped it all! I had a blast and I think she did too! Thanks Lauren! You’re the BEST!
Finally at mile 22, I found Rob in the standing in the shade patiently waiting for me. Smart man cuz it was hot and I was so happy to see him. I was still smiling and having fun out there but it was getting hotter and hotter so I did slow down a bit and just hung in there until the finish!
So after a nice chat and a pep talk from my hubby, I was on my way to find him at the finish. Also with a smile on my face. Both the heat and the uneven cobblestones made my run more challenging but I still had fun! If you run Rome, just remember to pick up your feet or you’ll trip! Many runners did just that, but thankfully I wasn’t one of them.
By mile 25 I was feeling a bit of cramp in my toes which probably had something to do with the running service and mostly likely the heat. It was hot, sunny, and the uneven surfaces made this one of the most challenging runs I have done, but I really did have fun out there.