Day 152 – EU – Albania [Vlore to Llogora]

23rd July 2020
Run: 35km

A shorter run with a mighty uphill to the Ceraunian mountains and the beautiful Llogara National Park

I knew today would be a break from the past few days of running on the flat plains of Albania’s countryside. Well, it delivered, what a change of scenery and effort!

The first 15km were seaside and flat, then I crossed inland towards the mountains of the National Park, for 20km of gradual (first) then truly mighty uphill gradient. It was a hot day again with no much shade on the way. I took advantage of the few petrol stations I passed on the way to get some cooling down.

Yesterday afternoon, as I was doing my laundry, I slipped on the wet floor and hit my toe quite badly. I did not think much of it first, though the pain was sharp. At night the pain woke me up several times and I started worrying. Now it’s all bruised up, black and blue, and very sensitive to touch. It’s been quite painful throughout the run and I am wondering if I may have broken the toe.

Not much I can do right now. I am thinking maybe get an XRay when I’m in transit in Athens at the weekend. I don’t think there is much to do anyway if a toe is broken. How ironic that I get through 150 days of running without hurting myself and I get some damage done on my feet doing some very pedestrian chores!

The National Park is very pretty, densely forested and populated with loads of wild animals. A couple of fallow deers seem to be permanent residents at the village I am staying in tonight. I’ve never seen them that upclose, their antlers are quite impressive, beautiful and soft like velvet.

Tomorrow is a much longer day of running, with some more uphill to go through. From what I can tell I start with 250m+ within the first 2.5km. How’s that for a warm-up!

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