September 27, 2017

Need some legwork?

If you want some leg work I have found just the place in Perth, Kings Park!

Running in Kings Park, Perth

The great running paths in Kings Park, Perth

Perth is a stunning city, in my opinion, and it has some great running. I was there in July and it was 21 degrees!. Kings Park is situated overlooking the city and is beautiful and big. You can do a great 10k run in there along with plenty of smaller runs. The botanical garden is fantastic and the views amazing. At sunset you can literally just keep on running. But the real highlight for me is Jacob’s Ladder.

Jacob's Ladder, Perth

Jacob's Ladder - great for the legs

Jacob’s ladder is a manmade staircase situated on Cliff Street linking the street below to the mount, and park. Apparently there are 221 steps but I am sure I counted 241; I was fairly delirious towards the end though. I think it is a bit of an institution amongst the locals as there were plenty of runners and walkers in the morning and evening. What most people seem to do is run up and down it several times. I’d just done a 10k run so I did it twice and was bushed. But what great exercise! I have also walked up the 1000 steps in the Dandenongs and it is similar although less busy.

This is fantastic fat burning exercise because you are working your big muscle groups hard. Your quads, glutes and hamstrings are feeling that burn, particularly the quads. Working these guys hard will keep you burning fat for hours after and is great exercise for toning up this area and giving you a great bum. Treat this as interval training and run up 30 or 40 then ease off for 30 seconds then go again. Do what your body can handle.

If steps really aren’t your thing the park has some beautiful runs. One is called the Law run which is a short 2.5km circuit and takes in some of the flora and fauna. There is also a treetop walkway which really does give you a bird’s eye view of the city.

For more info on King’s Park go to www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park

 

 

 

Beach running in Elwood

One of my favourite runs is a traffic free, flat run in Elwood, Victoria.

Elwood is situated between St Kilda and Brighton and a hidden gem, in my opinion. There is a car park just south of Point Ormond and that is where this run starts from. The run I describe here is 10km there and back but you can run any distance along the beach path. The beauty of this run is that there’s no traffic other than other runners and the occasional stroller.

Running along beach run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting from the car park at Point Ormond run south, keeping the beach on your right hand side. After about 5 minutes you’ll pass Sails on the Bay and Elwood Sailing Club (watch out for the little nippers in dinghies). Just as a quick note Sails on the Bay does some fantastic food and dinner here is wonderful. Keep running and you’ll see some majestic houses on the left. Three km from starting you’ll hit Middle Brighton Baths; there’s a great outdoor ‘pool’ here (the sea), there’s also a good café and restaurant. Keep going for another km along the beautiful wide beach just south of Middle Brighton; this is very popular with kite boarders. When you reach the toilets at the end of the beach you could turn round and that makes a good 8km run. However you can keep going along the bike path and you’ll pass the brightly coloured beach huts of Brighton. At the 5km mark turn around and head back.

Running along Elwood beach

If you are feeling particularly energetic at the end of the run Point Ormond is ideal for some hill sprints. Run as quick as you can up the hill to the top and recovery run down giving yourself a good minute break. Do 3 to 5 times. Once done take in the wonderful views of Melbourne and Port Philip from the top of Point Ormond.

You can view the run on this link http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/83627163

Let us know of any other good beach runs; we’d love to hear about them and try them out.

The Grand Prix Run

One of my favourite runs is around Albert Park in Melbourne.

This is a beautiful run with no traffic, no roads and lots to look at. It also helps that I am a massive Grand Prix fan and it reminds me of it every time I run there.

Albert Park Lake; the perfect running spot

Stunning view of the city from Albert Park lake

Albert Park actually hosts quite a few fun runs so keep an eye out for them. There’s one for MS on the 3rd June 2012 and Start to Finish host Emma and Tom’s Christmas Run in December each year. It’s perfect for a 5km or 10km run depending on how you are feeling. It’s as flat as a pancake so also really good for interval training.

Depending on where you live or are parked you can start anywhere. There is lots of parking at MSAC (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre) on Aughtie Drive but there is meter parking all around the park. Look out for the birds when you are running, these include the majestic black Canadian Geese, probably my favourite bird.

Albert Park run

In the summer I would recommend avoiding dawn and dusk due to the mossies and flys; there are tons of them and I’ve come back from a run covered in bites and fully fed from all the flies and gnats I’ve swallowed.

A link to the run is below. For a 5km run do one circuit and for 10k do two!

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/91881357/?open_ive_done=1&new_route=1

Enjoy the run!

Walking or running through the parks of London

When visiting London I love to go running; I find it’s the best way to see the city and all of its flora and fauna. There are many places to go running and I think it’s one of the best cities for it. From Hyde Park and Regents Park to running along the Thames there is something for everyone. Here are two different running options around the parks which you might like.

 

Regents Park – 6.2km run

running routes in Regents ParkThis particular run is around the outskirts of Regents Park, is relatively flat and takes in some of London’s finest scenery. It’s 6.2km around the outer circle with a shoot in to the inner circle but you can lengthen or shorten that as you choose. I started at Hanover Gate to the West of the park, near St John’s Wood. I actually came into the park and ran by the side of the lake then headed out into the outer circle. This is a beautiful lake with plenty of birds but gets very busy so pick your time wisely – early morning is fantastic as it is very quiet. Depending on what deviation you take you can try and take a sneaky peak into the zoo and might spot the odd animal or too. I saw an emu, or it may have been an ostrich, it was a big bird nevertheless.

 

If you want to head out of the park the streets of Camden are nearby as is St John’s Wood and Lords cricket ground.

Regents Park run

 

 

 

 

The map is above and link to the run below.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/82565581/?new_route=1

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Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic ParkNow you don’t need to be Cathy Freeman to run at Sydney Olympic Park but it definitely inspires you knowing she won gold here. I’m convinced I was quicker than normal!

Sydney Olympic Park is based in Homebush, about 15km from Sydney CBD, and a short train ride away. It’s a great place to visit to get site of the stadiums and sporting grandeur of Australia. There are some fantastic runs, walks and bike paths around the park and you take in the stadiums, bushland and parks. It’s very flat with the odd, very small, hill so you feel fast and a little bit like Cathy…perhaps.

I ran a mixture of the Olympic Circuit and Parklands Circuit so approximately 11km in total. I started near the hotels on Olympic Boulevard and headed north to the park; then ran towards Wentworth Park and cut in to Badu Mangroves. This part of the run is beautiful and quite remote but beware depending on the time of day you run. I ran at dusk and paid the price after being eaten alive by the local mosquito population.

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