Hills and harbour

Took the Skyline track out to Karori today, coming down at Parkvale Rd and then back through the cemetery and Otari-Wilton Bush. Hard work and slow but good to be up on the hills, looking out over Makara and the wind farm across Cook Strait to the South Island. On the other side, suburbs, the city, harbour and heads, airport: the whole of Wellington. Followed another runner for a bit about halfway along the track who chased a small herd of young bulls. Rather him than me.

Thursday’s run was a good fastish run from town out to Hataitai Beach. Covered a bit over 12km in an hour.

Recent runs
Wednesday 27 May: 6.5km, 35 mins
Thursday 28 May: 12.5km, 60 mins
Saturday 30 May: 14km, 1 hr 47 mins

Slow hills

I’ve started to diverge a bit from the training schedule: Thursday’s 45 minutes turned into 50, yesterday’s 70 into nearly 80, and today’s 35 into a 75 minute hill run up to Kaukau and then onto the Skyline Track. Good running, taking it slow and carefully on the hill tracks. The ascent had to be the biggest challenge – roughly 18 minutes uphill slog, but managed it with only a brief bit of walking when it got really rough and steep. Stiff southerly on the summit too.

Today’s run is the first I’ve mapped using Map My Run, which you can view here. (I did embed it in the post but it reloaded every time I viewed the page and just started to piss me off.)

Oddly enough I feel like a turncoat for not using Google Maps, which has been my mainstay lately. Google Maps aren’t as useful, though, for off-road routes and the little elevation widget on Map My Run is kinda handy. On that note, the ascent to the top of Kaukau is roughly 280m over about 1.5km.

Today’s run: 10.5km, 75 mins

Karori cemetery and up, up, up…

Took a long run today, much longer than expected to be honest, from Ngaio down to Otari-Wliton Bush, through to Karori cemetery, then up the Skyline Cemetery Link track. Had been running for 45 minutes by then so took a breather before heading up the Skyline track for another 15 minutes. Alternated walking and jogging for the rest of the trip to Bell’s track and down to home. All told I was out of the house for about 90 minutes, and only 10 or 15 minutes of that was walking, though some of the hill running was pretty slow and included a few wrong turns (not to mention dodging cowpats and bulls!).

Big uphill slog to get from the cemetery to the Skyline but felt good to get there, and great views out over Makara to the South Island. Got a good view of the new turbines for the wind farm on the Western Hills as well. I wouldn’t have found the track up to the skyline without the help of a site that a mountain biker I know vaguely through Twitter put me onto. If you’re looking for walking, running or riding tracks round Wellington check it out at http://tracks.org.nz/. Not sure how far I ran but for pride’s sake I’m claiming about 12kms (might have been more, might have been less).

Today’s run: 12km, 90 mins

Otari-Wilton’s Bush

Didn’t make it up to the Skyline Track after all – I didn’t fancy the thought of the northerly up on the tops. Took and out’n’in run down to Otari-Wilton’s Bush instead: 15 mins on the road mainly downhill, then 10 mins up the bush and 10 mins out again, a bit over 15 mins home on the uphill. Would like to think I’d covered 10km but suspect it was more like 9km.

Realised once I got home that I must have nearly made it to Karori Cemetery – will save that for next weekend. Great tracks through the bush so will be heading back there as I increase the length of my runs. Also keen to see where the bush tracks join up with the Skyline Track for a decent circular track.

Today’s run: 9km, 50 mins