Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nothing ventured, nothing gained......

Wednesday Total: 18.7k
Week total: 41.4k
Month total: 168k
Year total: 1,550.5k

Time: 1hr 52.52min
Av pace: 6.01min/km
Av Temp: 10.2*c (9.24am)
Rel. Humidity Av: 68.3%
Wind Spd Avg: 15.7kph (E)
Started with: Henrietta - The Fratellis
Finished with: Good People - Jack Jones

I have often run past the gateway into the Pinnacle nature park, on my way to Black Mountain nature park. I have sometimes wondered what it would be like for running but that was about it, just wondered, never bothered looking. Well, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so this morning I decided to explore this particular nature park, which is located at the top of Springvale Dve.

Its about a 2.5km run up Chewings St and then up Springvale Dve, from home, and before I can hit the trails. I wonder if there is another way of getting there? Then I crossed a wooden style, followed a gavel path, climbed through a gap in a gate and I was in the nature park. I followed the path to the right, ignoring the sign pointing to the Pinnacle, and instead followed a meandering gravel path. The surface is a little uneven and before long I was heading downhill and then uphill. Actually this was to happen a few times, each time the downhills and uphills getting steeper!

I passed some kangaroos who sat back on their haunches looking at me, some looked very young. Who knows what they made of this human huffing and puffing her way up another hill! I think I ended up running a figure of eight, following different trails before ending up on a trail behind houses. Aside from a short sharp ascent (again) the rest of this trail was very pleasant and relatively flat. Then I continued on down Springvale Dve, across at the roundabout, and down the trail that leads into Mt Painter nature park. However, I was not planning on running up the hill towards Mt Painter today but instead followed a loop that took me through a street in Cook and then out on the trails again, heading back towards the way I came.

All in all, an interesting run and at times very challenging. There were more hills than I had anticipated! But its another off-road run close to home.

4 comments:

IHateToast said...

they were wondering if you were storing your gels in your marsupial pouch.

Ewen said...

The cross country club have a race at the Pinnacle on August 25. It's very hard!

Was it that warm at 9.24am?!

iliketoast said...

Perfect warm up for Noosa

Friar said...

The track to the top is called "Stairway To Heaven" so you chose wisely not to run up the stairway.