It was such a gorgeous day today and with the Sunshine Coast Half Marathon only nine weeks away I needed to get out and test my Vibram Five Finger shoes for a good distance run to see how my feet fared but also being Sunday it is family day with the boys so I incorporated both events into the one day.

We started our run at Tickle Park in Coolum Beach. Packed up the kids in the running pram with apples, crackers, hats, blankets, iPad, water and Bare Blends protein for my shake later and set off for the 6.4km return trip to visit Jeff the T-Rex at Palmer Coolum Resort in Yaroomba.

This run is one of the most scenic runs along the coast and it starts with a serious ascent when pushing a pram weighted to around 45kg that it was nice to get to the first stop being Wilkison Park with the Coolum Beach lookout. You have 180 degree views of the ocean looking over Coolum Beach to the north and Point Arkright to the south. 
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Wilkison Park - Coolum Beach Lookout
Just stunning but only enough time for a quick pic then back down the other side of the hill to climb up another great hill not the steepest but maybe the longest and about three quarters of the way up takes you up to Point Arkright Lookout. Not sure if that is what it is really called so feel free to correct me :)
With more breath taking views this is a popular place to watch the surfers from and also has a car park here too (handy to know on busy days).

We keep on moving up the rest of the hill where the ocean starts to slowly disappear more from view. Even though we running along David Low Way, a very busy road any day of the week, it is something which I barely even notice as there are so many things to focus on... mainly sucking in lots of oxygen to get my legs running up these punishing hills with the pram.
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Just on top of the hill we run through what looks like a green tunnel heading into darkness but I am pleasantly surprised it leads to an opening with a fabulous place for a picnic with ocean views and steps leading down to the beach and also keep your eye out for the Aboriginal artwork on the tree stumps (easy to miss on the way there and there is a car park here too).

Just after this we head off and away from the road to a series of smaller but often steeper hills where you can glimpse the ocean between the trees. It kind of feels like you are in a forest and it is quite beautiful and serene through this part of the run until those hills come up and all I care about is making it to the top.

You will come out Yinneburra St where you will have to run along this section of the road and turn right at the end to get back on the footpath. It is a quiet street and also leads down to Birrahl Park where there are toilets if needed and the remains of a shipwreck are buried in the sand. Great for the kids to explore.

It is pretty much a flat run the rest of the way to Palmer Coolum Resort to see Jeff the T-Rex. Palmer Coolum Resort also has a few other dinosaurs but this was just a quick trip so we checked him out from a distance ran down and looked at all the flags of other countries trying to guess what they were, something to drink an apple for the boys and headed back with a straight run home without any stops this time.
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Jeff the T-Rex at Palmer Coolum Resort, Queensland
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Coolum Beach, Queensland
Back at beautiful Coolum Beach, pram went back into the car and out came the front-end loader and dump truck then down to the beach. Really quiet with only a few surfers and swimmers as it is winter so seriously who would swim?

Love Coolum Beach as there are so many things for the kids to do, play in the sand, skate park, Tickle Park playground, climb the rock walls and of course swim in the ocean plus it gives me a chance to stretch out while the kids are playing. Such an energetic start to the day where everyone is happy...until it is time to go home.
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Distance

3.2km One Way
6.4km Return

Terrain

Footpath and a few roads to cross. Quite a few big hills to go up and down. Great views!

Running Tip

Run up the hills and use the walk down the hills to recover as a few of the hills are quite tough. Make sure you time it!
 


Comments

Ray
23/06/2013 6:21pm

Wow....... that's amazing.
What a great day.
I really miss you all.
Be home soon.
Your loving Hubby.
Ray

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