The one where running saved my life

Okay maybe that is kindof an exaggeration, BUT it did save me and bestie driving around Sydney lost for an extra hour on top of the hour we had already spent lost. We were pretty darn hungry and could totally have perished in that time okay? Between bestie having very recently learnt to drive and me not knowing Sydney roads at all, it was a white-knuckled drive across town and we both worked up quite the sweat.

The climactic point of the drive was when we ended up on a bridge by accident, two police cars behind us blasting their sirens… luckily they were not for us andย we were able to getย off the bridge in a completely random suburb. Luckily by complete chance I had happened to have been there before during one of my long runs- yet another reason that running is awesome!! It helps you get to know a place so if you are directionally challenged/learning to drive you will be able to find your way back home when you end up in the back of beyond but have had some awesome running times there. On a side note, does anyone end up running in the most random industrial type areas when they run? I have no idea why but I seem to accidentally gravitate to that kind of area and it’s not exactly picturesque.

Exhibit A: one of many back roads we drove down while lost:



Anyway, it was all worth it, I only gained about ten grey hairs from the experience, and we finished the night with a lovely dinner with friends:


A mountain of broccoli:

imageSnails of course:


Salmon roulade:

imageMore salmon:


And palmiers (french pastry biscuit thing) by the waterfront:


Thank you long run into random industrial area, for making this evening possible.

How do you decide where to run? Do you use an app or a map or just head off wherever looks good? – I always just head out with no plan as to where I’m going but I’m questioning whether there is a better way of doing this.

Have you eaten escargot/snails? Do you like them? -LOVE them, but then again I think I would like most things drowned in a buttery garlicky sauce.

How old were you when you learned to drive? – Back in my day the legal age to learn to drive was 15 (now it is 16 in NZ) so I learnt at 15 along with all my friends. In NZ if you don’t drive it is really hard to get around, especially if you live in rural areas (aka most of NZ) so most people learn to drive as soon as possible. Thank you for the many hours teaching me to drive Mum and Dad, I now appreciate the white-knuckled stress I must have put you through ๐Ÿ˜‰

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8 Responses to The one where running saved my life

  1. TechChick says:

    Whew… with that blog post title I thought you were being chased by a bear. bwahaha!
    My running is done pretty much only on bike/walking trails in or near parks. I think it’s funny when people mention taking a credit card or money with them on a run because I would never encounter a place that sells anything on my run! Very rural courses.
    I just learned that in my old state (Michigan) they allow kids to take drivers education at 14 years and 4 months – when the legal age for driving is 16 years. Heck no, kids that young scare me!

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    • Haha the only Australian bear I can think of is a koala bear… And they’re not that scary ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh I love running in rural areas! It’s especially good for the Garmin- sometimes I’m pausing it every three minutes at traffic lights! Wow 14 is really young! I though 15 was young enough haha!!


  2. White-knuckle driving is the scariest! No matter what the reason

    That broccoli, that salmon…just gorgeous!

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  3. Polly says:

    I have never tried snails before, and….. not too sure I will. LOL! But, let me say, the rest of the food looked AMAZING!!!!! WOW!! I bet that was a delicious dinner!!! YUM!

    I learned to drive when I 17years old. We had lived in Europe prior to returning to the states when I was 17. In Europe, I couldn’t drive yet, but in the states, I was WAY BEHIND with the driving thing. In the united states you get your learners permit to drive at age 15 and actual license at age 16!

    Running is amazing for seeing and exploring new places. I tend to be a creature of habit with my daily routine. However, with running, I have actually ran in places around my little city and discovered places that I heard people talk of, but had never been too! Kinda fun! Amazing you can live in a small town and still not know of certain places!!!

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    • It was soooo good! I am kinda salivating just thinking about it ๐Ÿ˜ ooh where did you live in Europe? I lived in Italy when I was 17! At least even if you hadn’t learnt to drive you would have been living in Europe which would kindof have made up for it!
      So true! Finding new places while running is so much fun! It’s like sightseeing fast forwarded ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Running has helped me figure my way around SO much! When I first got to college this year, I even made one of my first routes my class schedule from building to building so I’d make sure I knew where to go on the first day of class haha ๐Ÿ™‚ And I DON’T like snails. The sauce is good, but I think the mental aspect of oh-my-gosh-I’m-eating-a-snail just throws me off too much!

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    • Oh that’s such a great idea! I wish I had done that in my undergrad when my uni was huge! I was still getting lost in my final year haha. Now my uni is tiny but I often do my errands around the city by running rather than public transport! Poor bank teller people always see me dripping in sweat haha.
      So funny, I never think about eating snails in that sense! I get more grossed out by eating chicken than by eating a snail! I generally try to not overthink it though haha ๐Ÿ™‚ worst thing I have ever eaten = sea slug!!!! Could not get past that one! It tasted exactly as you’d imagine. BLEUGH!


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