City to Surf Times Two

Find Lost Art of Walking at Christchurch City LibrariesMy commitment to fitness goes in cycles. At the moment I’m in a deep trough of do nothingness but about four years ago I set myself to walk the City to Surf. I walked regularly and as D-Day approached I thought I had better do a “trial” to make sure I wasn’t going to embarrass myself on the day.

Off I went following the City to Surf route around the Avon. When I had been walking for about an hour I thought I had better turn around and head for home. At a crucial point I debated phoning home to be picked up but bravely decided to keep going. When I finally got home and looked on a map – I had walked the exact distance of the City to Surf!

The following weekend I did it for real along with fitness fanatics carrying large fence posts, the roller bladers, the lean, mean running machines, the yummie mummies with their battle tank baby buggies – the whole motley crew. A lot of sweat and one souvenir t-shirt later and my City to Surf career was over.

This year’s City to Surf  takes place on Sunday 21 March. The event has been providing people with a fantastic basic fitness incentive for 36  years. This year there is a 6km option as well as the 12km option. Our libraries have great guides to running (and walking if you find running too much to contemplate). A number of our libraries are the base for regular Walk n Talk programmes run by the City Council. CINCH (Community Information Christchurch) has the contacts for Christchurch walking groups.

Have you got a “fun run” story to tell?