Race Report – Rome Marathon

2009 – Rome
Places: 11,006
Position: 9,138
Time: 4 hr 48
A very special race for Kelly and I for a number of reasons. Significantly this was Kellys first Marathon, one we had trained for during the UK winter when we had a lot of snow fall in London. Training was tough and were we living in Covent Garden where it was easy to indulge on nightlife rather than running! Never the less, a peaput butter sandwich and energy drink before the start and we made our way around. There are two difficult parts to the course, the first being around the 25K mark where the river runs through some boring sections and on the turn around point, it’s the same for another 5K,then at 37K you turn away from the finish line direction to run up and back down a long road to the Piazza del Popolo, something at that stage you could do without.  The end however is great running around crowded shopping streets towards the Colluseum.  Rome has some beautiful fountains and is layered with hills which provide great views.

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