Rose Bay

Training log: 6 September. 20 km circuit.

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North Bondi
View across Bondi from North Bondi

After cutting the run short on Saturday and not completing the 20 km scheduled run, I covered the same distance tonight to build my confidence in training that it was not beyond me.

The course is a great circuit looping Bellevue Hill (Sydney)…great that is if you like a long run. If you don’t like running, I suggest you drive. The start point was Hyde Park, running out along New South Head Road to Rose Bay. Turning south on Newcastle St, into Blair St to reach North Bondi. Running the beach run to Bronte, then I returned via Bronte Road, Bondi Junction and Oxford St finishing at Hyde Park.

I didn’t measure time or heart-rate, and kept a slow pace for most of the run. I measured weight before departing and on my return. My legs felt in good shape all things considered which was a relief following the discomfort experienced on Saturday.

The highlights:

  • Running beside the water lapping the sea wall at Rose Bay
  • Tuning the bend at North Bondi and seeing the black expanse of Bondi Beach at night; peering out into the distant darkness
  • Running along the Bondi- Bronte path in the moonlight, hearing the waves pound the cliffs
  • Returning from Bronte knowing the long part is behind

I encountered four people I knew. Retiring MP and fellow runner Pat Farmer, a champion of ultra-marathon distances and now planning a run between ‘Pole to Pole’. Gordon Fell of Rubicon fame- good to talk with him, but also the oblique ‘bridge’ reference (crossing the Rubicon…).

Looking ahead to the first run on 24 September, and preparing for some sprint training tomorrow.