JH Workroom Fave: Auckland Runs
04 Nov 16
With some of the workroom team taking on the Auckland Half Marathon last weekend we thought we would share some of our favourite Auckland running routes to help keep you inspired in the lead up to summer.
The 7.5km route around the Orewa Estuary is popular amongst runners, walkers and cyclists and it doesn't take much to figure out why! The track is surrounded by beautiful, lush greenery and you can be there in under 30 minutes from central Auckland. If you've got the time head up for a leisurely weekend run an enjoy the scenery.
Victoria Park to Orakei
If you are heading out after work the run from Victoria Park and across the Wynyard Quarter bridge towards Orakei is a lovely flat, scenic waterfront route. Head as far along as you wish and don't forget to stop and take in the ocean views!
Devonport to Takapuna
If you have done the Auckland Marathon or Half Marathon you will know this area well! Park up down on King Edward Parade and head up through Devonport and along Lake Road towards Takapuna. A hilly climb but if you stick to the coast line the sea breeze is lovely and refreshing. Head as far along as you like and enjoy the downhill run on the way back.
If you are after a challenge there is no better reward than the views from the top of Mount Eden. Starting from Myers Park head along Symonds Street and onto Mt Eden road, turn onto Batger Road and commence the challenging climb up Mount Eden. We love this run, it really gets the heart rate up and the views are breathtaking.
If you are thinking of running the Auckland Half Marathon next year we have few tips to share so that you love it as much as we did:
Start training early (like now!) and build up your distance and pace slowly. There is nothing worse than sore, tired muscles from trying to cram your training in at the last minute.
Mix up your route. Keep things fresh and fun by trying a new route every few weeks. We love to do this on the weekends when there is extra time to take a drive and really enjoy the scenery. Any of our favourites from above are a great place to start.
Get lots of rest! We recommend up to 3 runs a week and at least 1 recovery day in between each run.
Most importantly, get a killer playlist! We are loving Charlotte Ryan's spotify playlists for our running motivation right now.