About the marathon

Two weeks, only two weeks left! Thought it would be nice to write a little something-something about the marathon. Unfortunately I still don’t really know that much about the race, but I’ll just write something short (*cough* and re-write + copy/paste some of the info from their site) to give you a better idea of what this marathon is like.
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The expo takes place at the Luigi Ridolfi Staduim in Florence (sorry if I keep switching between ‘Florence’ and ‘Firenze’. In Norwegian and Italian it’s ‘Firenze’ so I’m just used to it), Friday 28th and Saturday 29th. One of the sponsors are Asics, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the expo a whole lot. I’m a sucker for anything Asics, if you didn’t already know hah. And because my birthday is the day after the marathon I’ll treat myself to some early birthday presents if I find anything I like.

The marathon is on Sunday, November 30th, starting at 09:15 in the morning. In my mind that’s very early for a race, but hey.. Maybe that’s normal? This is my first time running a marathon, so I have no clue. Along the route we’ll be surrounded by art, history and culture. The Florence marathon is the second largest in Italy, and I’m sure there’s a very good reason for it’s popularity. The route takes you by all those landmarks of singular beauty that have made Florence famous worldwide: views over the enchanting hills and countryside, and passing right by the Cathedral Square, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (to mention only just a few of historical importance), before entering the majestic Piazza Santa Croce. The road is entirely asphalted and ramp-free, except for the short, slightly sloping stretch of road at the start, and these characteristics make it a particularly fast route appreciated by runners. The time limit to finish the race is 6 hours. The time limit to pass the half marathon point is 3 hours, and the 30 km point is 4 hours and 15 minutes – I’d never heard about these in-between time limits before so that’s a bit scary, but I know I can get through them in time. I’m so excited! And after the race, of course, I’ll get that big and yummy gelato I’ve been waiting for for so long.
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Tell me something about your first marathon (or your biggest race).
Gotten any good runs this weekend?

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14 Thoughts on “About the marathon

  1. That’s exciting that Asics is a sponsor! They have great stuff!

    LOL! 9:15 seems LATE to me. But early for Italians 😉

    Woo hoo! Only two weeks! 🙂

  2. Lol! My recent marathon started at 8:30am!! One of the runners in my pace group was going to do that marathon next!
    That looks like a great race. Have fun! Enjoy your taper!!!

  3. Man that is right around the corner. Wow, anything after 8am is late for me, my last race started at 730.

    No marathon fit me, first one is in February. Just stick to your plan and you will do great.

    • I know, wuhu! 😀 Haha the more I hear about these other marathon starts I feel more and more stupid xD
      That’s so exciting 😀 you’ll probably rock it! What marathon are you running? Thank you 🙂

  4. My half wave left at 7:45 a.m. I kind of like the later start time. Have you done many Half marathons? That’s nice to to have new sights for your route to distract you!!

    • That’s so early! I prefer later starts too haha 🙂 No, I’ve only done 2 half marathons – one here in Norway and one in Berlin, can’t remember when they started, but I really don’t think it was this early :O Totally! Can’t wait to see the city! I’ve been there before, but that was so long ago that I can’t really remember how it looks.

  5. I hope you find yourself plenty of things to treat yourself to at the expo! If I ever raced on/near my birthday I imagine I’d buy everything at the expo, it’s always hard holding myself back to just one or two things! 🙂

    Mmmm that Gelato is waiting for you! What flavor have you been dreaming about?

    My first marathon was tough, as you probably remember, BUT it taught me so much about myself. It was one of the best learning experiences in my life!

    • Thank God I’m not the only one going crazy at expos HAHA! Thank you, hopefully I’ll find tons of things 😀 So excited haha wiih!

      Mmmmm oh yeaaah *drooling* 😀 Okay, so I’m kind of loving that you just asked me that question xD There’s so many, I haven’t really thought about it. I love the good old Nocciola, Mango, Amarena.. But this summer they had one amazing flavor! Can’t remember what it was called, but I know it when I see it bahaha. I hope they have it in Firenze too.. It was a “football word cup” flavor haha, so it was yellow and green – i know the yellow pars were pineapple, but I couldn’t figure out the green. It was amazing though! So hopefully they have that one 😀

      How can I forget. I’m glad something positive came from it, and I am still super impressed by how positive you were even though it sounded like you pretty much had a marathon from hell or something. I can totally see why! 🙂

  6. So EXCITED for you!!! Enjoy the expo and energy surrounding the race. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful course and that you will be running through and by several noteworthy landmarks. What a great opportunity to see the city from a different angle. That is definitely a later start time than I am used to. When I did the Portland Marathon, we started at 7am!! Just remember to smile and enjoy your time out there with all of those other runners. You will likely experience a lot of different feelings and emotions, but embrace it all. Good luck!!

    • Thank youuu!! 😀 I will, I’m so excited! I’m glad I’m running in Firenze, I love Italy. Oh wow, that’s so early! If my race started that early I’d have to wake up at least 5 to eat my breakfast haha xD I’ll enjoy every second 😀 Even the ones where I’m half dead and my mom is getting annoyed with me. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! This race sounds SO cool, and I look forward to hearing all about it! Good luck with the final days of preparation and tapering!

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