So for those of you who follow my facebook page you will probably be aware that I finally hit that 5km milestone. I have been sitting just under 5km on my training runs three times a week and I knew it was time to step it up. On the weekend we travelled to Kalbarri which is a small coastal town about 580km north of Perth in Western Australia. On our arrival into Kalbarri we pulled into The Grandstand Lookout to check out the view…..
I noticed that there was a path leading in and out of the lookout and on further research discovered that there was an 8km trail that hugs the coastline from Natural Bridge to Eagle Gorge. I decided then and there that if I was going to complete the 5km hitlist task then I was going to make it memorable. This coastal run would be the first time that I have run more than 5km after having four kids and the first time I have run this far in more than 10 years. I think the last time I ran any decent distance was the 14km City to Surf event from Sydney to Bondi. It would also give me an idea of how I was travelling fitness wise for the upcoming adventurethon.
My parents are visiting at the moment which is one of the reasons we were out exploring some of WA. My mother was really keen to walk the trail, my dad not so much, but he didn’t want to miss out so he bravely put on his best walking gear and came along for the experience!!
I was going to head out early with my parents but woke up with a headache (didn’t drink enough water the day before) so I decided to go a little later after rehydrating. This actually worked out for the best as I ended up finishing about the same time as my parents. I will let the pictures do the talking as they tell a far better story of the magnificence of the trail then I ever could.
Apart from the first 1km of wooden boardwalk that I walked for my warm up, the rest of the trail was either really rocky or sandy. This meant that the going was quite slow but I found that the slower pace meant that I completed the remaining 7km quite comfortably. This is good news for the Adventurethon, just have to do this after kayaking 5km, running 2km on sand, kayaking 3.7km back to mainland, and riding 22km on mountainous terrain. Shouldn’t be a problem……..