Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Our running tour of Melbourne

Ever find yourself in a new city but don't have the time or money for the full tourist experience? This happened to us last weekend during our first-ever trip to Melbourne, Australia.

Our solution: take a 13- or 26-mile running tour of the city. This approach involves careful planning including an entrance fee, 12+ weeks of training and thousands of sweaty strangers doing it with you, but you sure get to see a lot of the city.

So Jake spent 10.10.2010 running the Melbourne Marathon while I ran the half. They were both mostly flat courses that wound through the city and finished in the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He started an hour before I did and even though we were mixed in with 13,000 other runners, we finished only seconds apart and celebrated together immediately after with plenty of water and a nice comfy sit-down in the stands.

What an amazing way to experience a new city! And congrats to my husband on his eighth marathon. We enjoyed the sites and sounds of Melbourne for another couple of days after the race, although we were a tad slower and limping a bit. We'll share some more photos and stories in our next blog post.


Dave said...

Congrats to you both! (that beats the crap outta running around Ludlow)

Jamie Stark said...

10.10.10 - you could've been running chicago. It was a lovely 86F and you only had to run a 2:06:24 to win :)