Monday was my last day by the Black Sea and I wanted to say goodbye to it until we meet again next summer. I decided that a little run along the seafront in Varna would be the most appropriate way to do this. Packing my case could wait until later!
I set out with due caution because the pavements leading down to the seafront are notoriously uneven, and I am notoriously uneven and unbalanced with my running and walking. My first little bout of running was curtailed by significant roadworks, as I stumbled into what was effectively a building site. My second attempt ended similarly, because the works extended further than I first thought. Third time lucky – I reached a fairly easy stretch of pavement which I knew posed a few challenges, and ran all the way down to the Zoo into the sea garden. I had to walk down the steep and uneven steps to the beach, then I was able to run for just over a mile along the seafront, past the restaurant where we had eaten the evening before and past the plastic palm trees (I’m sure they have grown since last year!). I reached the part where the sea road climbs back towards the town, so stopped for water and to take a few photos. My attempt to take a selfie with seagulls behind me on a little rock failed because of the glare of the sun. So, be thankful to be spared this sight!
For my return, I decided to run the mile and a bit to the bottom of the steps and then to walk back to where I was staying. It was quite tough going because of the heat – about 27 degrees. It was also effectively a fasting run because I had only a cup of tea before setting out. I was running on the meal we had at the beach side restaurant. Mussels in a soy and ginger sauce. And rakia (popular local spirit). And wine (of course).
I became quite weak and dizzy after I climbed out of the sea garden onto the main street and had to sit down. I had enough water with me, and thankfully I had the foresight to bring along an energy bar. Just one good bite of this was sufficient to see me on my way. This is an important lesson and a good tip for other runners! My bonus tip – in future, I will also carry a couple of sticking plasters and an antiseptic wipe. I stumbled and slightly grazed my knee when I was walking in the backstreets to where I was staying. Told you I was unstable!