Rome Marathon

It was hot hot hot

8 messages
24/03/2003 at 11:12
Well, the sun shone, the sights of the city were breathtaking, the crowds were - almost nonexistent, actually. Or pretty indifferent, except for a few pockets around the major landmarks.

You'll have to excuse any typos, I'm posting this at Zurich airport on my way home and this swiss keyboard has the keys in all the wrong places.

Set off confidently expecting to finish around the 4 hour mark, and was bang on target until about 23 km - but with a cloudless sky the soaring temperature meant I ended up just slogging along hoping to finish. Came in about 4:14, having picked up the 4:15 pace group with 5km to go and amazing myself by managing to produce a respectable run over the last 5k.

The course was fairly twisty and turny around the middle of Rome, and there's certainly plenty to look at, but then heads out of the city next to a fairly busy road - so lots of exhaust fumes to breathe, just what you want. You also pass the finish when there's still 10k to go, which is a bit demoralizing.

Strangest moment - meeting a couple of guys from school who I haven't seen in about 18 years (they finished well ahead of me as well).

Worst moment - really thinking I was going to have to abandon at 32k

Best moments - finishing (thank god), running past the vatican, enthusiastic support at the Trevi fountain and the spanish steps - much needed by that stage.

So, almost exactly the same time as Paris last year, although a much harder race and feel like I ran much more strongly - sub 4 later in the year maybe??
24/03/2003 at 12:24
Boing - cos I can't bear the thought that no-one's interested...
24/03/2003 at 12:38
Sounds like it was a good race Slowboy, and that must have been hard passing the finish before you were really finished - that has got to hurt!!!!!!!

But well done :-)))))))
24/03/2003 at 13:17
Well done, Slowboy! Worth a return trip next year?
24/03/2003 at 13:50
Running in Rome sounded like a nice idea, but then I remembered the hills... Well done!
24/03/2003 at 22:04
Well done Slowboy. Sounds like quite a challenging race. My two pet hates running = heat and fumes.

Do a sub 4 and you'll have to change your name, sorry!

Plum    pirate
24/03/2003 at 22:07
How flat is the course and what was the organisation like, thinking of doing this next year if I dont get into London
25/03/2003 at 11:23
Hiya Jim,

the course is fairly undulating, no steep hills but a few long drags, also quite a few twisty bits on cobbles through the middle of town.

Organisation was fine, I had no problems at all, entered on-line, the website has an English version, loos/baggage busses/start finish marshalling all very good. About 9000 entries so quite small for a 'major' city centre event. Crowd support, as I said, was fairly indifferent, and for quite a lot of the course, non-existent. Great at the finish though, and some of the major 'touristy' spots in town.

Would I do it again? Almost certainly, but there are quite a few other European capitals still to tick off before I start repeating myself.....

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