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running the Manly Scenic Walk

15 May 2011 37,276 views No Comment

Arriving in ManlyEver since I got my VFFs I’ve wanted to take them on the Manly Scenic Walk, and since this weekend was a relatively quiet one on the LJ11 scale today was the day. After the usual procrastination it was time..

It was a beautiful day: clear, crisp, sunny and I was happy to see so many people out on the walk, it really is so beautiful. I’ve always enjoyed getting past Fairlight etc and actually hitting the bush tracks on the walk and that’s where I came in to my stride a bit more today. Since December 2007 when I first did this walk there have been improvements being made to the track which is excellent attention to detail :) and means that I’ve seen heaps more of the park due to the detours I’ve had to take!

Here’s some of what I was thinking as I ran along:
can you get indigestion from a zinc tablet… I’m sure running used to be easier than this… so glad I didn’t wear more than shorts and t’shirt… yep, definitely got indigestion from that zinc tablet… what shall I wear out tonight… this is fun… hmm I really have got fat and slow at this… Pussycat Dolls rock… this year’s Big Goal might take more work than I was expecting… I’m still having fun… I don’t think I’ll go out tonight now… I wish my big toe didn’t hurt… Bon Jovi are awesome… I’m well happy… I wonder if my skinny jeans will fit after this… what shall I have for dinner… I wonder if I’ll be able to walk after this… will my nose ever stop running, ever… Alice Cooper is a god… what are the ingredients for pad se ew…

So, world changing stuff then.

The going was good, the Vibrams were excellent, and I was having fun flashbacks to ‘training’ for the trail marathon. I especially thought of that training when I got to Clontarf Beach because then – when I was doing loops of the walk – I would only do the Beach once because the sand is such a pain, and today, in Vibrams it was really annoying. Just getting some rhythm and have to traverse the sand, yeeow!

Clontarf BeachThe section from Clontarf to the Spit is my favourite, I like running close to and under the rock. Since it was such a nice day I ran over the Spit as well, ignoring the traffic and taking in the sparkly goodness of the harbour :) Mostly I was running head-down, checking my footing but a few times I copped a look at the view. Yes, well done Sydney, you’re gorgeous.

The return was good, a few wobbly moments of tiredness, and my calves had a burn but that’s to be expected as I get distance up in the Vibrams. At Reef Beach and Forty Baskets (think they’re the right ones) it was the highest I’ve ever seen the tide and I had to hop over the top level rocks which was wicked :) It was pushing late afternoon now and the air was getting cooler. That, or the thought of Nutrient Water, or the fact that I don’t like the end pavement bit, gave me enough in the tank to stick some last minute sprints in, kerching.

An awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I absolutely loved being ‘back’. Sadly, when I measured the distance it was sub 19k. I was sure it was past the 20 mark, and to be honest my time for 19k was tragic. I thought I’d put in a performance but no, there’s much work to be done here, ah well.

See you out there!
x runningluce

ps. These aren’t my photos.. I nicked them from Flickr. They’re by someone called Ashley Anne who took them just last week, thanks Ashley!

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