Running: its the one exercise thats unequivocally better when done outside of a gym.

Now that the sun is getting up earlier, and going to bed later, theres plenty of time either side of work to squeeze in a run. Skipping the midday heat is also highly advisable.

There are so many great running loops around Melbourne that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few of ourfavourites.

 

Tan Track

Like a Rolling Stones tribute band, We’ll start with a classic: Tan Track, (or simply the Tan, depending on whos asking). Skirting the Royal Botanical Gardens and Kings Domain, and running in part along the Yarra, the Tan is a scenic and well-trafficked running course. One lap will demand 3.84 km from your legs, which, if you want to knock Craig Mottram from the top of the fastest times totem pole, youll have to cover in less than 10 minutes and 12 seconds (officially) or 10 minutes and 8 seconds (unofficially).

Princes Park in Carlton

Next on the set list is Princes Park in Carlton: theres a 3.183 km track that circles Princes Park (home of the Carlton Football Club) which is great for those who want to emulate their favourite AFL team by running rings around Carlton.

Merri Creek trail to Collingwood Childrens Farm

Closing out the set is a bit of a sing-along: Merri Creek trail to Collingwood Childrens Farm. If you hop onto the Park Street footpath at Princes Park, following it until you hit the creek by Rushall Station, youll soon leave the city behind, descending into an idyllic scene. Follow the water downstream as it zigzags its way towards the Childrens Farm. Once there, take a rest, order an espresso, sit in the shade of a tree, and put off the run home for as long as you can.

Happy running.

By Postcoder Contributor Simon Webster

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