Day 158 – EU – Greece [Syvota to Lichnos]

29th July 2020
Run: 31km

A short hilly and hot run, passing by pretty villages and tempting beaches on the way

Today’s run was shorter, at just 31km. Once again this is not by choice. I’m crossing a region that is not densely populated and I cannot always find places to crash for the night. In addition to this, with Covid19 travel restrictions, Greeks (as many other EU nationals) travel much less out of their country’s borders.

This translates into a massive influx of local Greek tourism around the Peloponesos and all the “xoria” or villages. August being traditionally the holiday month in Greece, I’m gonna have to make all my bookings well in advance if I want to keep control of the distances I run daily.

The run today was short but quite demanding. The same combination of heat and uphills I have known for quite a while now. I’m getting used to it, though I shouldn’t speak too fast: there is a heatwave coming through in the next few days. I am curious how high the temperatures will get under the direct sun.

Just as I was wondering, I read Tom Denniss’ blog [Tom ran around the world in 2012-2013]. His world run memory yesterday was that of running in Illinois in 2012 and the temperatures reached 60 Celsius! I can’t imagine just how difficult it must have been to run under such heat. See his blog post and the picture to prove it: Amazing!

As I reached the end of the run, I passed by many small villages and very attractive beaches. I ran for the sea and went for a swim in the beautiful turquoise Ioanian sea. A very refreshing way to finish the run.

Tomorrow will be a much longer run – I will try and leave before sunnup, as we are in for some very hot temperatures again. 

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