Last night we found a lovely restaurant in 'Bergamo Alta' (the old part of the city which has amazing views over the North Italian Plain). I hobbled stiffly to the table and asked the waitress for a bag of ice cubes for my calf muscle (it's becoming a customary question!). We dragged ourselves up at 5 am today as it was so hot towards the end of the marathon yesterday, I suffered somewhat in the 30-degree heat! We crept out of our dorm room (leaving four other back-packers snoozing), loaded the car and began running at 6.15 am. The first 8 miles whizzed by with relative ease and I enjoyed running in 19 degrees Celsius! Despite some aches and pains after yesterday's run and not a huge amount of sleep, I felt strong today and the miles ticked by. I didn't feel like I was running through (much!) pain and this was an absolute blessing. I decided to walk down a couple of the steeper descents today as the impact on my legs of running downhill has been a bit detrimental of late. We passed south of Lecco and completed the 42 km (26.2 miles) south-east of Como. Today was mostly an uphill marathon and the mountain views are getting more spectacular by the mile. In Florence last week we bumped into a very cool Italian language student by the name of Marta. After having our photograph taken in a statue of a bath (!), we had a natter with Marta who is a language student at the University of Sussex. Marta happens to be here in Italy spending the summer in her home town of Galbiate (8 miles from our marathon finish-point today). I texted Marta and she invited us to her home and gave us a lovely pasta lunch. We have enjoyed simply wonderful hospitality so far in Italy! The views of the surrounding lakes (Laghi Briantei) have to be seen to be believed and we are touched once again by the kindness people are showing to us as we head towards Switzerland.