Rome Marathon 2013

A board for all those considering running the Rome Marathon in 2013

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14/10/2012 at 17:51
Hi Ami. Sorry nowhere near you. I also looked at 2:09 and as far as I could make out, they just charge you 4 times the price of booking the same hotel yourself and then leave you to it. Completely bizarre. I'll just organise transport and accommodation myself I think.
14/10/2012 at 20:51
Thanks Tekky. I'll probably end up doing the same!

There are some 18 week running programs on that website put together by a former London marathon winner.
I've also got a training app on my phone & will try to get a few halfs in before the Rome. Barcelona is on the 17th of Feb and Paris on the 3rd of March (my sister lives in Paris so accommodation is not a problem for that one )

Will keep an eye on this thread.....
14/10/2012 at 22:10
Hi ami, 2 things really, and as a new comer to marathon running, any one in here can tell me I a wrong, but can only speak from experience.
I am 39, started running seriously 18 months ago, have done lots of 10 k races, quite a few halfs, PB 1.47, and have just done Chester as my first marathon. I felt it was the perfect race for a first marathon, not to big, not to small. I had been thinking about doing London, but probably won't. After all the months of training, I think I would be frustrated and disappointed if I was in a race with 35,000 other runners. If are serious about running, as opposed to just doing one marathon, I would suggest doing a race that maybe only has up to 10,000 runners.
The second thing is, I personally don't think there is much of a substitute for miles in your legs! I will run more during training for my next marathon. Eat well, booze less and sleep more. Simple!
14/10/2012 at 23:14
Hi Scott,

Thanks for the advice. I'm 35 and started running seriously 18 months ago too (I had run whilst at university and completed a few HMs) I've done a few 10ks, Wokingham and Reading halfs and plan on doing AVR Wiltshire early December. I tend to lose motivation in the winter months so hoping that races in Feb and March will keep me going. Fingers crossed December will see me run my first HM injury free and I'm hoping to bring my PB under 2 hours.

I'll try to get earlier nights
15/10/2012 at 06:14
Thanks for the tip about the training schedules Ami. I'll take a look. Also, after seeing something else on here, I signed up to myasics which gives me a 4:38 marathon prediction. I'm not sure I'll follow its programme though.
16/10/2012 at 11:12

has anyone got their bib number/confirmation email or anything in the private area of the web site? They say they allocate numbers every 3-7 days.

16/10/2012 at 17:40
I haven't done the doctors note thing yet, so wasn't expecting to get a confirmation email.

My training is going well though. I'm planning on doing a 5k time-trial every week or so in order to guage my fitness. I've done it all out from day 1 (yep, I'm that mad), and have done 30:44, 28:58, 27:41 (6 days ago) and today: 26:00! It's amazing how quickly the fitness comes back. Oh and I've got about 40lbs to lose (lost 6 so far).

How's everyone else doing?
16/10/2012 at 18:08

I have had an email asking for my medical certificate and I have booked a doctors appt. to get it completed.

Don't know if there is a time limit on getting things back.

I have booked my hotel - The Heart of Rome. Good reviews on Tripadvisor.

The hard part starts soon.

16/10/2012 at 19:36
I'll take a look at the hotel Ad.

Tekky I'm glad I'm not the only one! My 5k times have gone from 29 to 28 to 26 minutes in 2 weeks I've got a 10k race this Saturday, interesting to see what my 10k time will translate too.
I'm doing work in the gym too + yoga to really strengthen my core (abdominals are strong but not the core muscles
16/10/2012 at 20:00
Hi Ami. Great stuff. Be good to compare our training over the following months. I'm also doing a bit of cycling in order to get fitter without risking injury by running too much. Let us know how your 10k goes. I could do with sorting out some races but haven't looked into that yet either.

From reading some previous threads on Rome marathon, I got the impression there isn't any rush to get the medical certificate back, as long as you do it at least a few weeks before the marathon.
17/10/2012 at 01:12

I did berlin and am still recovering...only 5 months to go for this one....

17/10/2012 at 07:51

Hi all - how's the running going? I've been gradually increasing my distance over the last couple of months from 6 to 13 miles and am doing the Salisbury Half Marathon next Sunday - psychologically I wanted to know that I could at least make it round half way before I started my actual training plan. I've used a Hal Higdon 18 week plan and jiggled the days around slightly to fit in with my weekly club run and club track session. Starting my actual 18 week plan mid-November so will have a couple of weeks break between the Salisbury Half and starting the plan. Finding the mileage increase manageable at the moment but I'm sure that will change as it creeps higher!

I haven't had anything through about medical etc but I'm running as part of a charity group so I imagine everything will go via them - although I told them I am part of an affiliated running club so hopefully I won't need to, from what I've read. Need to raise £500 sponsorship so concentrating on getting that done before Christmas if I can - got £110 so far...

I only started running properly in January this year (previously had only done a couple of 5km races but nothing serious and only ever ran in the summer) so amazed to think that almost a year later I am marathon training - I didn't think I'd make it past March!

17/10/2012 at 10:13

PS - I found this pdf online which outlines the route and pinpoints the main landmarks along the way so you know at what miles you'll see them. It also shows the elevation along the route - mainly flat but with a couple of inclines

17/10/2012 at 10:41
Thanks for that Kirsty. There was one on the Rome marathon site but it's tiny and I couldn't seem to zoom in on it. To me that looks as flat as a pancake. Unless I'm not reading it correctly, it looks there are 3 or 4 climbs of 3-4m apart from that last one of about 8m. That's hardly Snowdon

Looks like we're getting a quorum on the Rome thread.
17/10/2012 at 12:36

there's a video on youtube of the whole course

17/10/2012 at 22:28
Question for those who have run this before; my friend would like to know what the facilities are like? He is quite a fast runner; did NYC in 3.14 and the Stockholm marathon in 3 hours. He is tempted to run Rome but is a little concerned about how well organised this race will be. I said someone here will be bound to know!
17/10/2012 at 22:45
Might be some useful info here:
21/10/2012 at 23:29

Have just booked flights, hotel and paid for my race entry! Little worried about the cobblestones but excited to see all the sights on my way round.


22/10/2012 at 23:01
Well done bobadee! I registered today!!! So its happening, wow!!! Will book flights/hotel. What day are people flying over? What hotels?

I did my 10k on Saturday. 56 minutes. It was my first night race, over at Lee Valley Park in Hertfordshire. I'm starting interval training this week. Eek!
28/10/2012 at 18:50

kick started my training today with a cold miserable half marathon...can't wait till January's long runs 

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