Sunday 4th May 2008
Between my Rotterdam attempt and Trieste, I was constantly doubting, if this 2nd attempt was a good idea. Training wise I had no idea how to prepare - in fact there is very little literature on the subject of “how to deal with the fact of dropping out of a marathon. I therefore basically ran as the wind was blowing, meaning I just ran as I felt like.
The day arrived, and strangely enough, I had never been more relaxed. I felt no pressure from anyone, least of all from myself. I just knew I had to reach that finish line. This time around, it was very different, I really enjoyed the run. Especially the 2nd half was spectacular, the scenery was beautiful!
At 32km the best surprise arrived. Pietro had gone uphill to run the last 10km with me (in what I am sure must have been his slowest run ever!). He was amazingly encouraging, even when I became somewhat short tempered, because everything started to hurt. I will forever be grateful, Pietro!!!
When I finally reached the finish line – on foot and running - I knew it had been the right decision to come to Trieste. Even though it was neither my originally goal nor a PB – it just felt wonderful.
I would like to add, Trieste Marathon may be small (not length wise, but in numbers) and not full of encouraging spectators, but it was very well organised, there was plenty of space and the scenery was spectacular. Also easy to reach from Stanstead with RyanAir and you probably already know the food and wine is the best! It would be a perfect C&C–tour with a choice of full marathon, half marathon or a 7km fun run/walk.
I for sure will be back!