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Running Pains

May 9th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Fitness

running strideI have moved around Australia quite a few times over the last 20 years, spending time in Perth, Darwin, and Canberra, finally making it back to Melbourne, the home of my birth. In my attempts to stay healthy with a small amount of aerobic fitness, I sometimes venture out onto the roads and parks for a jog (I do it too slowly to call it a run!). In Perth there were some great spots along the river in Nedlands, and around Lake Monger, and the weather was usually pleasant to hot. Darwin was always hot but you can get used to that. Canberra was a challenge.

I started running each morning before work, and I lasted until one morning the temperature dropped below zero. That was too much for me and I had to find other methods of keeping fit. Now in Melbourne I am finding the same problem, but I reckon it is even harder than in Canberra. The cold air and wind are not very appealing. I am sure there are many reading this that have to put up with much colder weather than we get here in Australia. I am very impressed with how people cope with the extremes of weather from other parts of the world. They say we are the lucky country and for me it is the weather that makes it so. No matter how lucky I am to have such a mild climate, mild is not enough for me to use my usual methods to keep fit.

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  • Steve Bennett

    It doesn’t really matter too much where an athlete lives – within reason. I’m lucky to live in what is considered a temperate climate here in Ireland.
    However when working in Belfast during the ‘troubles’ we had to be just a bit careful where to do our distance training. It might have been quite hazardous to find oneself in the ‘wrong area’ by mistake!
    Personally I never had a problem in that respect as like in Perth there was a long tow path by the river Lagan which was just wonderful to run along. We sometimes used to run from Queens University to Lisburn and back – about 18 miles. Not only was there no traffic or its fumes to contend with but the scenary by the river was absolutely inspiring.
    So if you find yourself in Belfast you really must at least visit the Mary Peters Track – it’s just beside the River Lagan.

    Cheers from Steve