Marathon 28 - Monaco "The one where a magnum costs £4"
That's right £4! Obviously I should have been looking more at the scenery than the ice cream prices but it's funny how your mind wonders on these marathons.
Today was an early start with a 3am wake up call & a 4 hour journey to Monaco. I quickly got my things together after some breakfast in the car and headed out to try and find some sort of running route amongst the multi-million pound yachts and well groomed men (of which I am certainty not one).
As Monaco's coastline is around 3 miles long, and away from the coast are just hills and pretty house's, it was always going to be tricky to try and make up the 26 miles I needed here. The first lap I ran up stairs, through shopping centres and dodged expensive cars on the F1 circuit that was being set up for the prestigious Grand Prix next month.
After a lap or two I managed to work out a route and gained confidence in where the boundaries of the country were and where I could run so I wouldn't be hit by a Ferrari. I did happen to see 'Plan B's' car who I think is a rapper of some description. I can only imagine he wears his hat backwards too.
The place is ridiculous (in a good way) and no surprise why people flock here. If I wasn't attempting to run in San Marino and the Vatican city over the next few days I would however say it was one of the hardest countries to run a marathon in.
We got it done though and I enjoyed it lots too. I've now got a 3 part train and 7 hour train journey to Rimini in Italy where I'm based for two days to run in San Marino & Italy.
The journey goes on.......
Runners & Support Team
Paula Radcilffe (well almost)