The Oriental Bay run
Yesterday, the weather was near perfect (more sun, less winds by the afternoon). So after a morning of scouring the shops of Lambton Quay and Cuba Sts., I decided to do my first city run in Wellington. The outfit started with double-lined jogging pants over running shorts, sweat coats over the running jersey, peeling away little by little once the heat started to be a bother.
I started near the port area passing through the City Center and circling the Oriental Bay along the Oriental Parade. Maybe it was the shoes (I used a flat trainer), or the winds and the cold. But it was not a really enjoyable run. I thought I’ve finally adjusted to running conditions here in New Zealand – sunny but windy and cold. The terrains are mildly ascending and varies from smooth asphalt to loose pebbles to pine planks on the pier area.
Once the heat kicked in and I’ve stripped to my basic running gears, I started to rev up, averaging 7 minutes per kilometer. I even tried racing with the other Kiwi runners who as expected just left me eating their dust. Really amazed with the leisure (!) runners here (though my mind would like to think they’re all professionals). They can really give any visitor runner a run for their money. Maybe, it’s the early athletic conditioning or the challenging terrain or the more scientific approach. No matter, running in New Zealand will definitely make one stronger and faster.
Now, I’m really thinking of moving over here. What with its clean and healthy environment, breathtaking views, oh-so-friendly, cool and polite people (runners and bikers have little to worry of being sideswiped), numerous safe and proper running lanes/trails and a very relaxed and less stressful lifestyle.
8 kms upon reaching St. Patrick’s School (Marist school), I see the giant speedometer needle.
I cool down a little before going to the Aquatic Center where I finally got to swim (1 km) in a community heated (!) pool. It’s been years since I last dip my toes in a lap pool so you could just imagine the struggle I had in the water but that’s another story…