With a cooler forecast (‘sunshine and showers’) we slept-in until 6am, loaded up the car, had a cup of tea and headed off for the run. It turned out to be a blue-sky day with 30 degree temperatures but happily we had completed the run by 12.30… We are now in the ‘North Italian Plain’ and today we followed an arrow-straight Roman road through a busy industrial landscape. I’m grateful for the flat terrain right now though, despite some pretty serious aches and pains in my legs I feel as though I am perhaps beginning to find my stride again. 4 and a-half-hours after starting today, we had completed the 26.2 miles. Traversing the centre of Parma after 21 miles I began to feel groggy (probably due to my glycogen levels depleting) and I struggled to work out the road signs through the one-way systems and the chaos of mopeds and lorries. Just then, Hannah came zooming past in the Ka shouting, ‘The Sat Nav says go left here’ and waving a delicious croissant out of the window! Talk about perfect timing! I hungrily ate the croissant and Hannah guided us expertly to the finish. What would I do without her?! The campsite in our guide book appears to no longer exist so we have sought out a budget hotel. After a kip we hope to see some of the sights in food-lovers-paradise Parma.