We actually did some great hiking while we were there. Our first stop was the island of Naxos, which is home to Mt. Zues, a 3,000+ foot mountain that is the highest point in the Greek islands. It was a really fun hike up it and was very technical and rocky. The view from the top was also unbelievable.
Our hotel in Naxos also had a treadmill, so I did a few quick runs on the last two days we were there. At the next island, Paros, there wasn’t really a very good way to run. I didn’t mind the relaxation too much though. We also went on a nice hike again one of the three days we were there. Santorini was an ideal place to run, and Jen was really good about letting me head out early in the morning to get an hour of running in. Santorini was formed by a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, so the island is basically a half moon shape with a thousand foot cliff at the edge going straight down the ocean. There is a great stone path/trail that runs all along the edge of the cliff. I ran along that most morning we were there, and Jen and I hiked the whole path one day to get to another town on the island. It’s tough to imagine a more beautiful place to run. Now I’m back training hard again. Usually I feel like I lose a lot of fitness on vacations, but I came back with my body feeling rested and ready for hard training. I ran 52 miles this week from Monday to Friday and had a great track workout with the DC Road Runners Wednesday night. The workout was 20 minutes hard, 2 minutes rest, 15 minutes hard. I ran 6:08 pace for the first 20 minutes covering a bit of 3 miles. In the 15 minutes, I ran 6:00 pace for 2.5 miles. This is very fast for me, and I was shocked that I was able to run so well after being on vacation. I’m really feeling good about Philly and looking forward to it.