Mr Run in Florence

289Uhmmmmm, let me think, what did it say ? “…for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part“. Following a husband in any marathon is not mentioned in any set of marriage vows, and actually it is nothing that these lips have ever pronounced. Life is getting harder in these latitudes my friends, as almost every week-end my husband is mostly engaged with a competition and just recently has decided to “emigrate” and feel the thrill to raceΒ  “abroad”, that is in a different place from Rome and surroundings. The astute man, therefore, told me a couple of weeks ago that he was planning a romantic weekend and had singled out Florence to make ME a surprise, as he knew that I particularly love it . Great. The ingenious man, however, only after some days nonchalantly informed me that there would have been a half marathon that particular week-end in Florence and he was planning to run it . What a coincidence. ” For better, for worse, in.………”.

Therefore here we are, we took the train and in an hour and a half we were in Florence late in the afternoon.


The Arno

If the real goal of the trip is the race rather than romanticism, everything is about what you can’t do. You can walk too much, because the runner can’t be too fatigued and you can’t eat too much or make too many culinary experiences, as a heavy, slow digestion can put at risk the performance. However I managed to make him tour the town (you don’t need taxis or buses to see Florence, you can just walk) and see the beautiful squares and monuments just like the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower and The Palazzo Vecchio.


Palazzo Vecchio (the town hall of Florence)


Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower

We also stopped at the fountain of Il Porcellino (Italian “piglet”) is the local Florentine nickname for the bronze fountain of a boar. Il Porcellino figures in Hans Christian Andersen‘s “The Bronze Hog” in A Poet’s Bazaar . I seems that stroking the statue brings you good luck and that’s why tourists always crowd to touch the nose of the boar and take a picture.


Credulous tourists.

If you like market places, the most famous one in Florence is San Lorenzo and also the Central Market (Mercato Centrale) where you can find myriad vendors dedicated to the primary ingredients of Tuscan cuisine.


Central Market

My husband is very fond of lampredotto: a typical Florentine peasant dish, made from the fourth and final stomach of a cow, the abomasum. You can find vendors of lampredotto sandwiches everywhere in Florence and it is as popular as pizza. Unfortunately lampredotto belonged to the list of what my husband could not eat before the race as it takes at least five hours to digest it.


Lampredotto vendor

However, after many can’t, the night before the race we succumbed to the culinary temptation, as we went to an amazing restaurant La Brasserie where we had the most wonderful experience. They propose a fusion of Tuscan and French cuisine at a very good price. In case you go to Florence, I linked it for you.

The following day the meeting point was at Piazza Santa Croce.


Finish line


Can you spot the odd one out?


The start


Happy people running through the streets of Florence


The winner


Mr Run’s final effort. Time 1:30:40 Wow!!!!!!!


Do you think this is the deserved reward?


This is the real reward. Super sandwich with lampredotto.

This week-end hasn’t been that bad after all. Sorry love, when will the next race be? πŸ™‚


52 thoughts on “Mr Run in Florence

  1. Congrats to Mr Speedy Run and to you for being the ever faithful wife and cheerleader. Fourth and final stomach of the cow? Yikes. Beautiful photos too Stefy.

  2. I am off to Rome in a couple of weeks ( and have bought your recommendation A Quiet Chaos to read when there) but judging from your pics Florence must be my next place to visit …….not convinced by the cow’s stomach tho :-@

  3. Congratulations to Mr Run! What a scenic marathon! I’d be crossing the finish line, passing the lampredotto and heading straight for the gelato alla stracciatella if you please! YUM!

  4. Sounds as good an excuse as any to go somewhere! Better than being there on business, as that usually guarantees not being able to see very much, and being inside most of the time. Really enjoyed your pictures. This does look like a romantic place!

  5. I used to take the train up from Roma for a day in Florence. i loved the markets and the silk/velvet scarves. I always felt so sophisticated doing that. Architect doesn’t really like Florence, silly man! I think it is because of the throngs of tourists but it likes throngs in India…Go figure!


  6. There is a statue of the pig outside the old hospital in Macquarie street, Sydney. Its snout is quite shiny from being rubbed for good luck, unfortunately so is its penis. 😦

    • Thanks a lot. Tell your husband that Mr Run took only four years to get these results, so anybody can do it with hard work ( because he did work hard).
      Mr Run πŸ™‚

  7. As always, you look stunning. The scenery is beautiful. Congrats to your husband. I hope he took you out for a great treat afterwards for your patience and understanding?

  8. Sneaky guy! And that cow stomach sandwich. Ugh! I tried haggis in Scotland. And honestly, no. Just no. LOL I’ll take a nice chocolate-dipped strawberry any day. Pass the cow stomach right by.

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