• Walking
  • 5h 00m
An early flight from Crete to Athens and then a flight from Athens to Santoroni. Since the off season starts Oct. 31st, there are not any direct flights from the 2 islands or high speed boats. We had to fly back to Athens and then back out.

Arrived in Santoroni, dropped our bags, ate lunch in our town where we are staying, Thira (middle of the island) and then walked/hiked to Ori (11k). Some was on a paved windy road and some was on dirt and gravel. Walked around the town, had dinner, and then took the 20 minute bus trip back to Thira.

  • Walking
  • 4h 00m

Another full day. Drove to Lake Kournas -at the bottom of a mountain and the lake has amazing colors. We then drive to the city of Rethmyno. Spend most of the day here walking around the old city and exploring the old fort, having a very late lunch, and then walking around and exploring rest of the city.

  • Walking
  • 2h 00m
Since there are 6 of us, we rented 2 small cars. Lots of driving today. We drove to Cave Agias Sofias - an old church in a cave. It was up 100 steps. Then, we drive to Elafonissi beach (pink sand each) It was so pretty. It started raining after we were there for about 40 minutes, so we didn't stay too long. Stopped for lunch and then our final stop was at Kissamos beach. Back at the house resting and will then be going out for dinner.

  • Walking
  • 3h 00m
Hour flight this morning from Athens to Crete. The 6 of us rented a 4 bedroom house Chania. The house is amazing with a fantastic view. Spent most of the day walking around and exploring the city. Had a nice lunch with a great view of the water. Walked to the grocery store for some food supplies for dinner tonight and breakfast.

  • 4h 40m
  • 26.20 miles
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Guessing on the finish time as April and I both had watch on auto pause and she had to stop and pee once and stop once for a quick stretch. The race officials informed everyone that one must start in the assigned starting blocks and cross the start timing mat with their group or a DNF would be given. I stated at the very back of group 4 and April started in the very front of group 6. I crossed the starting timing mat and there was a perfect place off to the side. I stepped off and then waited for wave 5 and then physically challenged group to pass. I was clapping for everyone and everyone was looking at me like I was crazy. LOL. I saw April and then jumped back into the pack. It was only a 10-12 minute wait.

We had such a great time running together. I was trying to keep her on pace for a 4:30, but the course was hilly and she was not as trained as she was hoping to be. It was fine. We slowed down for pics and took time to take in the experience.
Finishing in the stadium was so cool!!!

The other 3 members of our group - non-runners (Jill, Charity, and Chris) got in last night. We all did some more walking around in the shops and then out to dinner this evening.

Flying to Crete tomorrow morning.

  • RACE DAY: Athens Marathon

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