Saturday, September 13, 2008

Running the Khyber Pass

I ran the length of Khyber Pass this morning. Impressed?

Well I'm not referring to the mountain pass between Afganistan and Pakistan but rather Khyber Pass Road linking the Auckland suburbs of Newmarket with Newton. :)

A weird mix along Khyber Pass Road - the Newmarket end has some restaurants and the Lion Nathan brewery, the middle section has Mt Eden Prison on the left along with a motorway entrance/exit, and the top section more commercial.

The first half of the run was the most enjoyable though. Nice and cool through the leafy suburbs.

The big lion brewery sign in Newmarket. Photo by jremigio. Scary looking beast - my theory why the Kenyans are fast runners is that they need to avoid the real thing!

Here is the route which not suprisingly I've called Khyber Pass.

I did the 16.9km in 1:23:22 (4:55min/km). Wasn't that speedy but a good run considering last night we went out for a work function and I got to indulge in some nice Aussie Shiraz. Yum!


Andrew is getting fit said...

Sounds like a good run. The weather is pretty good this weekend. I'm hoping it holds up for tomorrow!

Andrew(ajh) said...

After falling in love with it during my honeymoon in NZ 25+ years ago now, I still like an occassional NZ beer! Only fair I suppose if you're drinking the Aussie wine!