Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 12/18 – 12/24, 2017

 

Long Run

This weekend was a bit staggered as we rented an apartment on the opposite side of the island with some friends and so I didn’t have the hills nor the will(s) to do an extended long run. Instead, I did two short-ish ones to make up for it as best I could.

The town we were staying in is super touristy and completely dead this time of year, which was nice and also a bit creepy. The streets which are jammed with pedestrian and vehicular traffic from May to October were shuttered and ghostly as I ran down the middle of the road:

Empty hotels as far as the eye can see!


I ran my way up to a church that overlooked the city of Paralimni to see what I could.

I descended, ran down a few dead-end dirt roads hoping to find a trail, and then looped back to the apartment. Much to my dismay, most of the route was on paved roads but that didn’t stop me from doing a fair bit of walking and checking around. There’s only so much trail searching you can do on Google Maps before going to a new place – sometimes you just need to get on the ground and see what you find. Anyway, it was a rather uneventful run. The only eventful part was how dark and gloomy it was, which was caused by a dust storm that was rolling through. I probably should have avoided running outside, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until I was already back inside.

The next day, I retraced some of my steps from the previous days’ route and ended up doing a 6.5mi run which was mostly off-road. It wasn’t a trail per-se, but at least it wasn’t running through the ghost town again.

I found myself running out to what is known as “Cyclops Cave”, at the tip of the coastline on the southeastern-most side of the island. The air had cleared and the water was bright blue and clear. Some fisherman were at the end trying to catch their dinner, I presume, and I ran around to catch a glimpse of the Cave.

Cyclops Cave. Nothing too special.

There wasn’t much to see in or around the cave, so I turned around to head back, running by Konnos Beach – one of my favorites on the island!

Overlooking Konnos Beach. Never seen it this empty!
The road back.

The last little bit of the run was on the road, but I’m just thankful to get any non-asphalt training in!

 

Weekly Jam

Of all the Christmas songs in the world, this one is in my top 5. What could possibly be better than a DMX rendition of this classic? Not much. I saw a clip of him freestyling this for a radio show back in like 2012 and this year he decided to release a studio version. It’s awesome. Enjoy!

Summary

Jetlag is now a thing of the past and I’m getting back into the swing of my running. Weekends around the holidays are always tough since it’s difficult to escape for 5+ hours in the mornings, but I get in runs when I can and enjoy the festivities. My brother will be visiting next weekend so I suspect I won’t be doing much running then either, but I’ll see what I can squeeze in.

Until next week!

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