Day 198 – EU – Greece [Almiros to Volos]

07th September 2020
Run: 34km

170th run of the journey, still averaging 40km per running day and an action packed day before a well deserved rest 

The past 7 days of running have seen me run the longest consecutive distance of the whole journey so far – with 5 days at 45km or so and 1 day at 48km. It is good to know that I am able to up the distance if needed without feeling much effect. My legs still feel fresh every morning and the only notable difference I notice, as always, is the need for more sleep. I am happy to deal with this side effect!

The day started a bit later than usual as I elected to start closer to 7am knowing it would be a shorter day (and since the temperatures are a bit lower now, start time is becoming less important). The day would end up longer than usual for an unpredictable reason. About 14km into the run I spotted a puppy in the middle of the road. As I passed by and looked, expecting to see yet another roadkill, I noticed he was breathing and looking at me. It was impossible to do nothing.

I carried him to the side of the road, the entry to a marble workshop. The puppy looked poorly but he was still alive. One of the workers called his wife, who arrived with her car within 30mn. We called all the vets around and Elena agreed to drive the puppy to the nearest vet practice and see what could be done. I resumed the run after over 1hr breaktime and I was glad that Elena called me 2hrs later. The news was not brilliant, as the puppy had been hit on its front legs and jaw, but I was relieved he was being taken care of. I see a lot of roadkill on a daily basis since the beginning of the journey and it’s one disturbing element. It may be insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but having had the opportunity to do something even just once, was important.

The run today was easy, fairly flat and on a road not too busy with traffic. I have a day and a half to enjoy Volos and get to visit the city. The weather is lovely as is often the case in September in Greece and the sea very warm. There will be some swimming!

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