Firstly, I thought in the face of all the planning turmoil the organisers did a great job getting the race off on time, on pretty much the planned route (although like others I had 26.7mi on the Garmin). The cobbles towards the end of the race ??? particularly around the Trevi fountain area, got to my feet and knees a tad. Saying all that I managed to dip under 3h40 for the first time (3h38:32) ??? despite the seemingly long course???I had an average of 8:09min/mi which would have brought me in nearer 3h34
Any gripes? I thought the drinks stations would have benefitted from being on both sides of the roads earlier on ??? a bit of a Gatorade scrum at some points! Like others, the tourists darting across the roads made it like a game of Frogger in places (check out my 70s/80s cultural references eh?). Not sure what they can do about that though. I noticed a couple of un-numbered runners next to me as we circled the Coliseum a the end ??? they were yanked off the route before the finish line (though they were shouting at me for some reason!)
All in all, a great experience. Hoped to do more sightseeing/Vatican???ing on Monday, but the downpours put me off. Well done to all those that knuckled down with the training over the winter???the race itself was the fun part!
Where to next year? London would be good ??? but I???m enjoying the European excursions each Spring???