Firenze Marathon 2014

I am finally going to tell you about the Florence/Firenze marathon. This is the first time I’m writing a race recap, so please don’t expect anything too great haha. And I’m just going to warn you all right now, there will be a couple TMI moments in this recap (too much information), a lot of stuff happened haha. The day started out pretty good. We woke up early, ate breakfast, got dressed and packed the last few things we needed into our “post race” bags. Left our hotel and walked to the marathon start area. We left our bags in the trailer with our race numbers on the side, then went to find our spot in the crowd of runners. And yes, I was also wearing one of these lovely green plastic dresses haha! The temperature was 16-18 degrees celsius (that’s around 61-65 fahrenheit) and the humidity was at 95%.
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We started running and the people who was still wearing their green bags (I have no idea what those things are called, sorry) threw them around like they had a snowball war with invisible people. At around 3 km I spotted this random hobo-looking bearded guy that looked totally confused. Then at 5 km I spotted him again – now I noticed he wasn’t wearing a bib, so I guess he actually was a confused hobo just running becasuse all these other people were running.Β He probably thought it was the end of the world or something. Haha poor guy, I hope he didn’t run the whole thing..
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Everything went fine for the first 10 km. Then, of course, I started having troubles with my breathing. When this happens I tense up so bad, my lungs and neck starts hurting like crazy. We started walking so that my mom could massage me a little. People running past us were so sweet, asking if everything was okay and stuff. We did this little run, walk and massage, run, walk and massage routine for a few kilometres whenever it was needed.
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Things were okay, even though I was really worried this would ruin the whole race for us. But the worst part was still ahead. Somewhere between 18 and 19 km I realized I really needed to find a toilet. I was hoping the feeling would go away, but no.. We had to find a toilet before I exploded. 21,1 km – halfway there! Haha, oh my.. At 24 km we finally found a porta potty (aka. my worst fear! I swear, public bathrooms disgust me enough as it is, but these things goes beyond anything. I bet most people can relate to this?). There was a line.. When it finally was my turn I walked into the thing and I almost threw up. The whole thing was literally “shitted down”, the seat, the walls, everything – NO WAY! How the f*ck did that happen?! I feel kind of bad for whoever messed up this toilet, couldn’t have been easy haha, and I’m also pretty impressed by the 2 people before me in the line who were actually able to used it. Ew. I ran out and we just had to find another one.
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Just before we reached the 26 km point my mom spotted a train station. Train station always means toilets! We followed the sign to the bathroom. Shoot, we need coins *walking to this little shop at the station, getting coins, going back to the bathroom*. Finally! Haha and it had just been cleaned! Amazing! My stomach was not happy, it felt like I gave birth to a crap-baby. Oh yes, and Mama red came visiting, just my luck (yes, that means what you think it means). And nobody randomly brings tampons when they don’t think they’ll need it on a marathon. At least I don’t think so.. After the train station stop we kept going and everything started feeling a lot easier again. Have you ever tried running 8 km while trying not to “have an accident” in your pants? It’s hard and painful, I don’t recommend it.
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At 30 km some random guy started running with us (you see him in the photos, the guy in the purple shirt). He was really nice, and it gave me a little push – I didn’t want this random guy to think I was tired haha! At 32 km I got the cramps from hell. It felt like one of my ribs had broken and was stabbing me on the inside (sorry about how stupid that sounds, but that was seriously what it felt like), and it didn’t stop! So now we had to do a run, walk, run, walk kind of thing. It worked though, and our new friend followed our game plan too. Around 2-3 km before the finish line my mom’s knee did something weird and now she was doing the pain-run with me. Run, walk, run, walk, that’s about all you can do when life throws lemons in our faces on a race like this. Then I see the sign that says 42 km. Only 0,2 km to go! All I was able to say at that point was “OH! 42! Run mom, we gotta RUN!”. And we did! 42,2 km – finish line – marathon completed! Our time was 5:32:42.
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Once we stopped running I bursted into tears. And it didn’t stop, I was so happy. Too much had happened during this race, I couldn’t believe we had finally made it. We got interviewed after the race – or, my mom was, I was too busy crying so she took care of the talking haha. We got our medals and these awesome silver things to keep us warm. It was amazing! When we had picked up our bags and changed into some dry clothes we started walking back to the hotel. But before we could get very far some random lady came over and congratulated us and asked me if my shoulder was okay. I was so confused haha! Then she explained to us that she had been running behind us when my mom had massaged me at around 10 km. I still have no idea how she was able to remember us after 32,2 hard km, but I thought that was one of the sweetest things anyone had ever asked me. I mean, isn’t that amazing? You’ve just run a marathon and instead of jumping up and down in joy you’re asking people you saw at the beginning of the race if they’re okay. So sweet! People were so nice, I absolutely loved it! I know it sounds like the marathon was hell, but it really wasn’t, it was amazing. I know I can beat my time like a boss on my next marathon, I just need to NOT have a toilet emergency haha! This was my first full marathon and I am honestly really proud of it. I’m already looking forward to doing this again next year!

Marie Alessandra

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22 Thoughts on “Firenze Marathon 2014

  1. I loved your recap!!! So awesome that your mom ran with you and walked with you when necessary and massaged you!!
    That portapotty sounds awful – glad you found the train station!!!
    Great job on your first marathon!!!

    • Haha thank you!:D I know, she’s the best! I bet if she ran her own race she’d probably finish in around 4 hours – if not less. I’m so glad she’s my runningpartner! πŸ™‚
      The porta potty was the most disgusting thing ever, I’ve never seen anything like it xD My mom checked another one just before she found the train station but that was gross too – she said it looked like a cow had taken a dump on the seat, or something like that HAHA. I feel so bad for the person who had to clean these toilets afterwards.
      Thank you so much! :D<3


    Sooo glad you found the train station! That port-o-potty sounds like a disaster, I mean how does something like that even happen?! On the walls? I mean, so confusing and too disgusting to really think about! lol

    You will absolutely blow this time away with your second marathon, but even with the stopping and walking and everything you and your mom still kicked butt! Actually all of the stuff that got in your way makes the race even more incredible! So many other people would have just stopped and waited for another day, but you two rocked on until the end!


      Me too haha! The train station saved my life xD The porta pottys kind of sound like some really bad horror movie haha! Grossest thing ever, I just can’t.. Ew.. You don’t want to think about how it happen, but at the same time it’s so amazingly disgusting that you just can’t stop thinking about it – like.. whoever messed up that pp must have completely exploded xD at least they got to the toilet in time.. that’s a good think I guess HAHA ew no I’ll stop talking about this now xD

      I know, right? :O:D Good thing I’m not a quitter haha. And seeing all the people who were probably 80 years old running it would be so lame to quit. There were so many old people running, it was awesome! πŸ˜€ I wanna do it again **, haha πŸ˜€

  3. Cheryl on December 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm said:

    Great job! I feel for you with the “emergencies” during that race–It has happened to me before, and it is an awful feeling!! Way to push through!
    It is incredible how when you run a race in a group of people you feel a connection with them–like the purple shirt guy.
    So glad your mom was able to do a marathon with you! I hope to be able to do one with one of my kids someday!

    • Thank you! πŸ˜€
      Absolutely! It was so strange, almost felt like we knew them. My half marathons weren’t like that, so I feel marathons must be special πŸ™‚
      Me too! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you will! πŸ˜€

  4. Congrats again, finishing a marathon is seriously something to be proud of. So sorry but I died laughing about the state of that port o potty lol, but I’m glad you found the train station. Congrats to your mom as well, great running partner.

  5. Congrats on your first marathon!!!! How sweet that that lady asked you how you were doing at the end πŸ™‚ And I love that you made a new friend on course – I like to do that!

    Ha ha, porta potties don’t bug me at all but that one sure would. Yikes! At my last marathon I had to stop and poo and it really hurt my stomach… I feel your pain!!!!

  6. I loved the recap!! It stinks it was really humid, but it sounds like it all turned out great πŸ™‚ I can not believe your all your bathroom issues πŸ™
    But still you got through it!!!! Congratulations, I love all your pictures!!!!!!

  7. Congrats on the race! Great recap. I tend to be really emotion after long races too!


    I am so happy that you finished your FIRST marathon. How cool is it that you ran it with your mom?! Love the pictures of the two of you. Looks like it was a great day and very pretty race. You did it!!! That’s great that you are already thinking ahead and are planning to do another in 2015.

    I don’t understand how people can mess up a porta potty. If everyone did their part and was clean about it, they would be so much better. I had a bathroom disaster during my first marathon and ended up running into someone’s house. It was either that or the street, with all of the other runners. Each race is a learning experience, I guess. ☺

    • THANK YOU!! πŸ˜€
      Me too, it feels amazing πŸ˜€ The race was great, we have already booked plane tickets and hotel for next year haha πŸ™‚ Hopefully I won’t have so many ‘issues’ next year xD I know, right? It’s probably one of the grossest things I’ve ever seen. Haha I hope they let you and you didn’t just run in there like a crazy person? xD

  9. I am sure you know it…..but your mom is a Supermom !! Plz convey my repeat. (i’m bowing a lil)

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