I knew about Cornwall Park and about One Tree Hill, but what I didn’t know was just how awesome it is. Such big fields, great paved paths and dirt tracks, sheep, cows, playgrounds and bathrooms!
I visited Cornwall Park on a sunny Saturday morning for a run with TempoFit people. We had an 8km route planned out, and I was pleased some of the girls around my pace were there – making it to 12km was feeling like it would be a big challenge. This is an approximation of what was going through my mind over this run:
KM 1: Oh, pretty trees! Eeek, watch out for the little kids playing cricket! A hill? Really?!
KM 2-3: Ouch ouch ouch. Who puts steps over a fence at the top of the hill? Ooo, some nice downhill. Where are the leaders? Do we know where to go? And sheep! Sheep! And a cow with a little calf!
KM 4-5: Big hill. Still going up the big hill. And, now I’m walking up the hill. Ugh.
End of KM 5. Nice clean bathrooms? Win! Right, onto the next part of the loop.
KM 5-8: Distracted by chatting with a new running friend. Jealous of the sprinting teenagers. Realise I am likely 10+ years older than them…
End of KM 8: Bye running girls! Need water. Need to stretch.
KM 8-12: Pick shady route. Run up, and down, and up and down. Decide I need to pop iPod in. Tackle the “big hill” again. Make it half way down, then turn around to slog back up. Melting… This is nice and cool. And shady. 11km done? Just one more. Just one more….
I completed this in just over 6min/km pace which is ideally what I wanted to (for a long, slow run). I may have needed some couch recovery time afterwards but I got through it! And today? Today I can still move without any pain! Success!