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Run Doyley! Run!

The Tan Track is a famous running track in Melbourne that circles the Botanical Gardens for 3.8kms. It used to be an equestrian track for people to exercise their horses but now it is used by runners, joggers and walkers alike to exercise themselves and their dogs too.


The story goes that it is known as the Tan due to the colour of the track but some people will strongly debate that it is called 'Tan' because it circles the boTANical gardens, so who knows? (just an FYI the info signs at the track go with the colour idea but I'm not gonna take sides).


Now those who know me will confirm that the words "runner" and "natural athlete" are not normally used to describe me... unless you have witnessed me leaping away from a spider, chasing after a cat for a kitten cuddle or using my fencing skills to get the last spoonful of Ben & Jerrys.

So you may be surprised that when Dan suggested we tackle The Tan that I said "YES!"

If I'm honest my initial response wasn't quite as enthusiastic as that, its was more of a "meh" and so it took a lot of encouragement and coaxing from Dan. Basically I'm a bit of a self conscious runner, probably because I regularly trip myself up just walking, but when Dan said that he'd seen "plenty of people who looked like they couldn't run giving it ago" then I thought I'd better join them.

Soon enough trainers were on and we were out in the crisp autumn air. After being so active during our travels in Asia I really dont want to turn back into a couch potato and lucky for us the Botanical Gardens are only a few minutes walk from the flat, so there are no excuses really.


And guess what I surprised myself and actually made it all the way round without dying (although I did walk up the hill section) and I enjoyed it! Dan was right there are all sorts of people on the track of varying abilities, sizes and ages. I swear one woman must have been in her 70s, she may have lapped me actually. I hear on the grapevine that a lot of Aussie celebs and sports stars run on the track too, not that I would recognise any of them yet.

We did spot a onesie photoshoot though!


I have tackled the Tan a couple of times now and hope to keep it up. I ve decided a way to keep me motivated is to update this entry with my times. If you can be bothered to check this and see that I haven't updated it then feel free to send me a kick up the backside to get moving!

So here it is, not that impressive given that the fastest lap is around 10 mins but do remember Im not a runner and have short legs!

10/06/2013 - 29 mins

15/06/2013 - 27 mins (getting better already)

17/06/2013 - 26 mins :)

21/06/2013 - 26 mins

23/06/2013 - 24.10 !!!!! Quicker going the other way

28/06/2013 - 23 mins 50 seconds!!

Unfortunately have been too enthusiastic with the running and hurt by foot so won't be running for next month. Thank god we have the pool!

Who knows one day my name might be on here...



Posted by doyledan 01:53 Archived in Australia

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