I really have a love/hate relationship with Sydney. It is beautiful. The weather has been perfect this winter. I’m eager to get outside and run. But then I do. And I’m faced with hills. If not hills, then stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. This means it’s hard to keep a consistent pace, but I figure it must be getting me in shape!
I’ve completed two long runs in Sydney in the past month, one of 9 miles and one of 10 miles.
The first run was the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. I have been to Bondi Beach so many times, I’ve even started some of this walk, so I really only have myself to blame for thinking it would be easy. So many stairs. So many hills. Wow. The views definitely made up for it though. It was about 4 miles to Coogee, stopping at other beaches along the way, then 4 miles back. I ran up and down the Bondi Beach stretch at the end to get myself to 9 miles. I definitely recommend this coastal walk if you find yourself in Sydney with a morning or afternoon free.
My latest run was meant to be easier. I thought I’d head across the Harbour Bridge over to North Sydney. I thought once I made my way down to the water’s edge I’d have some nice long trails to follow. And I did, for about half a mile. Then I ran into stairs, which I climbed. Which lead to hilly neighborhoods, which then lead to more stairs. I had decided right from the start of this run that I was going to take it easy and not worry about my pace – and I’m so glad I said that to myself. It meant I could tackle the stairs without worrying.
I tried staying on the north side of the Harbour Bridge, but once I ran into more stairs I gave up, and decided to head back to Circular Quay, where I knew I could have a flat run to the Opera House and to Mrs Maquarie’s Chair. A beautiful, very “Sydney” run. I finished off with 10 miles – and an extremely good work out!