Posts Tagged ‘Greece

02
Jun
09

just a quick one, then…

Referring not to the speed of my run this morning but to the length of this post. Necessarilly short as I have to leave in the next 2 hours and board my flight back to the UK. This mornings run took a different route, following the coast, and was sketchily described to me by the runner I met in the last few hundred metres of yesterdays run. She described it as “a run around the salt flats” which conjured up visions of an open flat space shimmering in the heat beneath a blue sky. The reality was rather different as it was over cast and breezy this morning, the “salt flats” looked like an area flattened after a bombing and contained 1 abandoned car, 1 abandoned digger and 1 dead rat – a decadent, decaying holiday location straight out of a J G Ballard novel. It was surrounded on 3 sides by nice villas which, I can only assume the owners reside in hoping for regeneration of the area. The route was a little less than 5k so I prolonged it by adding an extra loop along the beach and then returning back through town. Tomorrow, I shall be safely back in the Peoples Republic Of Hertford and will have a decent speed internet connection which means I shall be able to catch up on reading everyones’ Juneathon blogs so far. Also, apologies to anyone who I have not replied to but it is taking LITERALLY 5 mins to load each page so can be a  very time consuming experience – Normal service will be resumed tomorrow… Honest.

Juneathon Stats: 7.5km run, 40 press ups.

01
Jun
09

greeceathon

The 1 st of June. Up at 7a.m ( and I am supposed to be on holiday!!!) to get out and running before it begins to heat up. Past the thermometer in the main street which says 17 degrees and then turn left, away from the town. Within minutes I am running along a strip of tarmac, olive trees on one side and a view of the sea on the other. The route I have chosen takes me up for approximately 2km, some bits are steep, some are not so steep but it is a continuous uphill. I trialled the route a couple of days ago at 5 in the afternoon and it was hot and very challenging. This morning it is still pleasantly cool and allows me to take in some of the scenery rather than just thinking about when the run will be over. I run along the road (no pavements here, and the taxis pass just inches from you – still, if you’re going to die, I can think of many worse places!!) for another kilometre, stop to take some photos and head back. Thankfully this leg of the journey is almost exclusively downhill and it is starting to heat up. Back in the village, I spot another runner and she catches up with me. It becomes clear that we are both heading back to the resort and it becomes an unspoken race. She nudges in front, I catch up. I go ahead, she catches up. We turn the corner, glance at each other and both sprint towards the gate to the hotel. I stop at the gates and she carries on round the corner where I join her and we both stand and chat and stretch.

Here, I was going to insert a picture of a lovely Greek church by the side of the road. But… the not so lovely Greek Internet connection wouldn’t allow me to… sorry!

Not a massive run today (6.22km) but an enjoyable one. And the first of Juneathon.

Juneatathon Stats: 6.22km run, 35 press-ups.




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