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?

2 thoughts on “City to Surf Times Two

  1. bronnypop 19 March 2010 / 2:47 pm

    The words “fun” and “run” are polar opposites, and should NEVER be used in close proximity, either to each other or to me. Having said that, some years ago I walked the Milford Track and spent months beforehand “practicing” all over the Port Hills, only to find that no matter how much you practice, the real deal is always overwhelmingly different!

  2. mj 19 March 2010 / 3:54 pm

    I did the City to Surf last year for the first time and was amazed to see how many people turned up – it felt like all of Christchurch was there!

    It was a great morning, a couple of hours spent walking & talking with friends. We’re doing it again this year as another excuse to walk & talk!

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