Day 71 – EU – France [Valras Plage to Sete]

14th February 2020
Run: 47.5km

Another long day of running under the bright blue sky, between the salt water lake of Thau and the sea – rewarded by the arrival in the pretty city of Sete

Two days in a row above 45km, with today being 47.5km. It is more than I am used to! I do well in terms of keeping my pace and moving forward, but I notice that past the 43rd km or so, I feel it’s starting to feel like a long day. My feet ache a bit tonight, especially around the heels.

And just as I write this… I remember the last time my heels ached: this was when the shoes I was wearing got over 1500km in them. Quick check: I’m just over 1300km in the current shoes… maybe a sign it’s time to change! I will look after my feet, but I’ll also look for a sports shoes shop.


The last 17km of the run where on a cycling path, narrowly wedged between the sea, sand dunes and the salt water lake. It was peaceful, sunny and warm, very pleasant.



The arrival in Sete was also interesting. Sete is a famous city in France. Some very well known artists have been born there (and got buried there). I am thinking mostly of George Brassens, a popular singer-songwriter, a staple of French culture, still very iconic nowadays (though all his songs were produced in the 50’s-60’s-70’s).


The region is famous for its oysters (harvested from the salt water lake) and wines – and it’s a pity I cannot have any of it… well the region has a lot more delicacies that I should be trying!

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