Day 39 – EU – Spain [Mazarron to Cartagena]

13th January 2020
Run: 40km

A tranquil day inland, going up the mountain again, then the gentle downhill to the plains of Cartagena

If yesterday was “cold” with 7 degrees, today was baltic with 3 degrees as I started the run! I am not very good with extreme temperatures (hence why I so much enjoyed life in Singapore) and the 3 degrees this morning must have been the coldest since the start of the World Run!

I was not too anxious about the cold though, as I was following a similar pattern for the past few days: leave town and get up a mountain within the first half of the run (ie: get warm). Then enjoy a gentle downhill till the next town in sight.

I followed the RM-332 road today, nearly no traffic at all, safe and very scenic. Every time I saw the signs, I thought “RM-332 stands for Route Magic-332”. Fair enough, with all the birds singing and performing amazing ballets in front of me, rabbits running around freely, all this nature behaving like I was not there… I felt like the invisible guest in the best show in town!

As I was about 10km away from Cartagena, a friend sent me a song. And I got to run with “This land is your land”, Springsteen’s version, on my approach to town. It fitted so well!

Today I felt the freedom, the grace and beauty of nature and how absolutely free and for everyone all of this is…. Just get out of the door and grab it!

Check my daily run GPS data on Garmin or Strava (icons on top right of your screen) – here is the map of today’s run: