With the finish of the Rome Marathon, our Italian run was complete! Our watches didn’t last as long as we did us on some days, but looking at our maps for the missing Garmin sections we figure we covered 550km from Manarola to Rome. It was an epic adventure!
Steve ran in his Altra One 2.5 the entire way. Actually he just retired those shoes if that’s any indication as to their durability! He never had any issues!
I started our in my Altra One 2.5 as well, but as the inflammation in my left foot got worse I needed more cushion and support, so I switched to the Altra Torin 2.0. These shoes saved me!
We used the his and hers Nathan VaporAir and VaporAiress hydration packs. I’m constantly amazed by how much stuff you can fit in them, along with a full 2 litre bladder, and extra bottles and and there! Our packs are 3 years old this week, and only showing a bit of fade.
Our Garmin 220 watches worked out well. We knew that if we went beyond 8 hours using the GPS they would die out, and sadly you can’t charge them ‘on the run’. They worked as expected!
The eTrex we borrowed for navigation saved our brains. Could we have navigated the route without it? Of course. And we did that one day our tracks disappeared. But to not have to keep looking at our maps decreased our stress dramatically.
The SPOT GEN3 tracker we brought in case of emergency, but also to allow our friends to follow along. It clips easily on our packs and the weight is negligible. Very worth it!
We tried to eat ‘real food’ on the run when we could, but there’s not a lot open in the remote villages in the afternoons! We made a point to have Italian food (cappuccino, corneti) every morning and they sit surprisingly well in our bellies. Our main source of food-type nutrition was Strongbars, and they are delicious. We fuelled with Tailwind, this stuff is bulletproof and never gave us any stomach problems. We never got sick of the taste of either Strongbars or Tailwind, and that’s saying something!
Once we were done for the day we would always have a Nuun capsule in water to top up the hydration. The fizziness is so nice after running as well!
We also made a point of wearing our CEP Compression socks after running each night, and started wearing the compression sleeves after the Siena leg to keep the swelling down in my foot. They never bothered us and I strongly believe they helped!
We primarily wore the running hats we purchased at Cinque Terre Trekking, they are still looking awesome!
Massive shout out to Sylvie and Jen for dragging us and our stuff all over Italy so that we could pull off this crazy adventure! And to the Lovely Jo-Anne and Brian who helped out with the dead car and everywhere else! And to Super Coach Ray Zahab for making sure we were ready, and giving us pep talks when things got hard. We love all of you, and are so grateful to have you in our lives!
That’s a wrap of the run! I will put up one more post closing out our trip, and then on to our next adventures!