|Countryside near Labertouche with Bunyip State|
Forest in the distance.
I had many great running courses, of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, most of which I could still find my way around, 30 years later. When tuning up for an approaching marathon, a favourite course was the Labertouche North Road 31km loop with moderate grades that could be run hard the whole way, occasionally at less than 6 minute mile average pace (3:45/km).
|Our shack at Labertouche. |
The route passed by the rustic and remote Brighton Grammar School outdoor education camp, nestled on a couple of hectares in the forest, shortly before crossing Bullock Creek and beginning a steady climb out of the valley. From the top of the climb, a gradual 5km descent along the gravel forest road winding through the forest and wildflowers allowed for a fast run back to the finish.
|A firetruck flees the 2009 bushfire near Labertouche. |
On another sad note, one of the devastating 2009 Victorian bushfires burnt out much of the Labertouche area, including our old shack (we sold it in the 1990s) and the Brighton Grammar camp, along with huge swathes of my cherished forest.
For today's exercise I walked 5km through nearby McMasters Beach. I originally intended to do 10km, but wasn't very motivated and returned early, despite feeling physically fine.