|Auckland CBD from Mt Eden summit|
First I ran up Mt Eden which is one of my regular routes, but it is only 7km return from my house so it isn't a long one. There is a long spiral road that gradually ascends the mountain so you can get a real consistent pace going up. I usually come down via one of the trails that wind their way down through the grassy tree-lined slopes.
Always at the top I play tourist and stop to take in the 360* view, and lately I've found myself thinking about knocking another volcano or two off. It must have been the runner's high you get after a climb, because today I did! I headed east toward two of the volcanoes in the photo below.
|Mt Hobson on the left, and Mt St John on the right (the small tree covered mount, not the one in the far centre which is miles off!)|
... which gradually taper off to a gate, with a rewarding view of the crater - and look, a crater rim track waiting just for people like us!
I loved running along this little track - even though Mt St John isn't that high, the views are awesome. A kind lady at the top offered to take my photo with the crater in the background, and you can just see the gate at my elbow:
There were views back to Mt Eden where I had come from, great views of One Tree Hill, and Mt Hobson loomed so close that I decided I had to run up there too!
|Mt Eden from Mt St John|
|Mt Hobson from Mt St John|
You get that many photos because that's about how many times I stopped to walk!
|Puffing proof I made it to the trig station at the top!|
It would be cheating to claim I ascended this fourth volcano too, as the elevation of the crater rim is only a few metres! But it is still technically a volcano, and I snapped this pic down in the crater which is currently a cricket ground.
I carried a small water bottle on this run hoping to refill it at some water fountains along the way, but found none! Luckily I had tucked $5 into my skirt before I left, so at the Domain I bought some lovely ice cold water from a cafe and ran home with new found energy along the city streets. I had been running for over 2 hours, my longest run ever, but I had been taking it easy and was amazed how good I felt towards the end - I definitely could have gone further. One day I will!