First Big Run In Warrandyte: A Journey

I planned the route in advance, obviously, as I wold be running along roads in which I have only been a passenger before. I took around 1pm, I’d had some hummus on bread some 40 minutes earlier and I am feeling pretty good about myself. The plan is to take it nice and slow and to take some snaps on the way.

Run Route

But before I had even gotten a kilometre down the road, I found myself having to stop and sneak some snaps.

The first 11K of my run is pretty much up hill all the way. But I am often running on small, tree-lined roads which are very pleasant. But soon I found myself running past the types of road signs one only finds in Australia and on the look out for some iconic wildlife.

 

The road I ended up running on, Menzies road, I have been along – in a car – quite a few times in the past and back then, I didn’t really think much of it, just a long rat run through some farm paddocks. Running it, I discovered that the road follows the top of a ridge. For the best part of an hour, I ran along this ridge and I think I spent more time taking photographs than running.

MenziesRoadRidge

Eventually, I popped out of the tree-lined ridge on the edge of Kangaroo Ground and my run back towards Warrandyte was along much more wider (and busier) roads, although the views were still amazing.

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In the end, I stopped at 18K. It didn’t quite get me back to the house but it was further than I wanted to. I made the fatal mistake of planning a run in miles but running it thinking I had planned it in kilometres, so my 14K run was actually 14 miles. Saying that. I am looking forward to running those ridges again very soon.

 

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