Chasing Spring To (And Around) Rome

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.”

– Henry van Dyke

I don’t know about you guys, but I celebrated the spring equinox with a big, sweet chunk of chocolate cake. It’s official: winter is over! In fact, I made it a double slice: one for the celebration and one because I’m carb-loading for the Rome Marathon. You can probably imagine my disappointment, when bonny Scotland fathomed a hailstorm during yesterday’s tempo run. Maybe I should have eaten the cake outside all while shouting “It’s Spring!” to the world, as my country evidently hasn’t gotten the message yet.

As such, my imminent journey to Rome can almost be considered an act of rebellion against the still very wintry storms we are experiencing up here, rather than an indulgent spring vacation. Either way, I’m so childishly thrilled that I have to keep reminding myself that some people find celebratory dances inappropriate in public.

I’m in for a long weekend of warmer, longer days (best enjoyed with ice-cream and a good friend!), meandering around countless ancient sites, enjoying meals of pasta and red vine in the evening sun and all topped off with a marathon on Sunday morning. Seriously, does it get any better? So far, I’m pleased to report that I have actually tapered (at least kind of; let’s not mention the half-marathon I raced last weekend!), that I have so far resisted any urges to shoot for a crazy race time in the Rome marathon and that I fully have embraced the carb loading.

They say that sooner or later everyone finds their way to the eternal city. I’m only hoping that spring has stumbled upon the road to Rome as well.

Rome Spring

24 thoughts on “Chasing Spring To (And Around) Rome

  1. I’m off to Rome in two weeks time and so excited! Nice blog, I enjoyed reading your posts, I’m also keeping track of my travels on my blog – maybe you’ll find it interesting too? 🙂

  2. Carb-loading is one of the best parts of running! And in Rome, I can’t think of a better place 😉

  3. Carb-loading is one of the best parts of running! And in Rome, I can’t think of a better place 😉

  4. Ohhh, pizza in Italy!I miss it!Good luck this weekend, I hope for your sake that spring has arrived in Rome too 🙂

  5. TartanJogger says:

    Have a wonderful trip: I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  6. Angie says:

    What better way to spend a weekend: where spring is real, the food is awesome and you get to run through history. Enjoy!

  7. Trails and Ultras says:

    Warm sunshine, good food and wine, plus running! My ideal holiday. Remember you need to enjoy it extra hard to make up for those of us stuck here in the cold 🙂 best of luck with the marathon…have you decided on running a faster pace or not?

    • Thank you! I did run in shorts and a vest, and promptly got caught in heavy rain showers during the marathon… booh! However, Italy is made for carb-loading, it was amazing!

  8. piratebobcat says:

    Have a blast! Some uh-mazing food over there!

  9. I’m feeling excited for you now! Have a fantastic time in Rome – can’t wait to read about it!

  10. Mother Nature: “Hey, it’s Spring. Haha, just kidding!”. That’s pretty much how it goes in New England, too. Have fun in Rome, it sounds amazing!

    • Haha yes, that’s exactly what’s been happening here too, weather wise. Rome was amazing, except for the pouring rain. It turns out that spring isn’t hanging out in Rome either. 😦

  11. kylabee says:

    Thinking of ya! Good luck and can’t wait to hear about it. Enjoy all of it!

  12. Hi,
    Not sure if you go my earlier message on your “about” page, but I would like to publish your Rome blog in Marathon Running Magazine.
    If you could email me asap at I would really appreciate it. If I don’t hear from you by Friday I will have to look elsewhere due to a deadline, but your recount would be my preferred option.
    I hope to hear from you soon

    • Hi Louise, thank you for your comment and for your interest in my story – I will e-mail you straight away. =) I was away travelling again, hence my delay in responding. =)

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