A Cretan Supply Run

Given that my route was going to take me along the dried river bed that forms part of the Diktamos Gorge, the Vibrams were never going to be an entirely sensible choice. Still, if I’m going to do a crazy run in the 42 degree blazing sun just to fetch breakfast I may as well go the whole hog.

I was quick to regret my shoe choice. I had to run most of the 4km route with a large pebble sized, hollow, impression in my right heel but at least it encouraged me to run up on my toes.

When I arrived at the village I slowed down to a nonchalant saunter hoping I could cool off and not look like a crazy dying thing in front if the locals. The air in the little shop was furnace like. I stepped in and immediately a gallon of sweat made it’s escape from my body. My hands were dripping as I selected the tomatoes.

After the tomatoes my purchases went downhill a bit. I was scavenging for breakfast but couldn’t find eggs, yoghurt or cheese. ┬áIn the end I came back with the heaviest products on offer – home made honey, a bag of flour and a bottle of dubious looking brown liquid.

I’m hoping it’s the famed Cretan wine and not some DIY plant fertiliser. I’ll have to wait til lunchtime to find out.

Now to bake some honey bread…..

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7 comments

  1. I feel slightly nauseous reading about the hollow in your heel, eek! Very impressed that you made honey bread whilst on holiday.

  2. I guess if you don’t write a post for a few weeks we will all know it was actually fertiliser and not wine!

    I am pretty excited this week as somehow I managed to win a UKA competition for a masterclass coaching session with two Olympians and some Team GB coaches next Sunday! I somehow need to magically triple my fitness in the next week so definitely no wine for me this week!

  3. Impressive indeed – my feet are wincing just looking at those pebbles. But I suppose it’s great for balance and getting all those small muscles working. Hope the bread turned out alright!

  4. Hi! I have never commented on a blog before and may be posting this in the wrong spot (not really even sure how a blog works), but I found you through a Google search for Spondolysthesis and running. I’m so curious to know how you’re managing your condition- I have the exact same thing – with the broken L5 and resulting vertebra slippage and flattened disc. I really want to train for a half marathon but I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself so badly that afterwards I won’t be able to even do my simple 3-mile runs I normally do. If you have a moment to reply it would be much appreciated!

  5. Hi Bobby

    My back is still problematic but I seem to have periods of respite followed by days of pain. Fortunately I haven’t found that running exacerbates the pain too much.

    For me th problem is standing and walking slowly, so I find that runs are ok so long as I keep running. I am very quick to stiffen up the moment I stop or if I take walking breaks. That means for the longer runs I have to build up my endurance slowly – the recommended 10% increase per week is advisable.

    I’ve also found core exercise to be useful and when I do stiffen up mid run I do toe touching movements.

    Having said all that some days are definitely worse than others and i can find it very hard to limber up enough to even start running, it is usually better once I do though.

    I’m supposed to be doing a half marathon in 2 weeks and I’m still not sure whether I will do it. I haven’t done quite enough training and I’m worried that i will slow up so much that my back will stiffen up to the point that I can’t go on. But it is certainly possible. Just take your training seriously and listen to your body.

    Good luck.

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