Run day Monday: MSQ 10km beach loop

MSQ, Shatti, Al Khuwair: 10km loop

Map route courtesy of

Map courtesy of Route 564360.

This is a great route I started over the summer before my knees started playing up again. I’m currently doing little-and-often and hoping to build back both the stamina and pace I’ve lost over the past year.

Starting at a handy parking spot on the service road for Madinat Sultan Qaboos st, head over the highway into the shade lanes of MSQ where the first three kilometres take in the quiet back streets and rolling hills leading down to the busy Sultan Qaboos highway. More


Run day Monday: Worldwide WordPress 5k (wwwp5k)

The start of the WordPress community’s Worldwide 5km community blog n’ run coincided precisely with this month’s runday Monday, so rather than a new route, I did an old route at a new time of day and hit the road early.

MSQ 6kmMap courtesy of Route 539820.

Well – early-ish. I intended to set out by 8am but eventually got out there at 9.30am. The temperature already read 31°c and humidity was at around 75%.It was pretty hot, but nowhere near as bad as the height of summer. More

Run day Monday: MQ (Madinat Sultan Qaboos) 5.5km

Neighbourhood run around MSQ: 5.5km

MSQ 6km

Map courtesy of Route 539820.

It’s hot, it’s humid, and the beach is just too darn short. Time to eat dust and work out a gritty run around the neighbourhood. More

Three great waterway runs in the Balkans

My journey through the Balkans brought me a lot of sights, Brexit, and a homesickness for Europe that I’d forgotten. It also brought a bunch of fantastically beautiful places to run, so I’m sharing a summary of my Pick of the Trots.

Still nursing unreliable knees from last September’s half marathon, and not hitting my stride yet in the heat of the middle-east, this holiday gave me the fresh cool air to get me back out on the track by running little and often in the true spirit of runsploring each new town. More

Run day Monday: Bosphorus 6km

Bebek run on the Bosphorus: 6km

Bosphorus 6km

Bosphorus 6km

Map courtesy of Route 530118.

Continuing a theme of finding waterways to run along, this month I’m taking a cross-Balkan holiday and my first stop is the truly incomparable city of Istanbul*. What’s a girl to do but run along the iconic, historic, and fabulously beautiful Bosphorus?

I chose a 6km route along the upmarket area of Bebek.  The path becomes narrow and crowded away from the waterfront, so while villages like Bebek and neighbouring Arnavutköy are well set-up for runners, much of the rest of the coast road is just plain road running. If you’re in the mood for a short run with no hassle, a waterfront 6km is perfect here. More

Run day Monday: Shatti Al Qurum bike-run-swim

Shatti Al Qurum bike – run – swim: run 6.5km

Shatti Al Qurum bike run swimMap courtesy of Route 522054.

And lo, it came to pass that the Parrot did become totally addicted to running on the beach. Indeed, once she found a house in a quiet neighbourhood a good half hour walk away, she fired up the trusty Bicycle and cycled to beaches just so she could run on them. And then… she realised that nothing cooleth one down so much after a great run in ridiculously high temperatures than jumping in the handy sea fully clad so that the damp clothes would keepeth one cool on the cycle ride home. And thusly… a triathlon dream was born.

Idyllic island

Idyllic island


Run day Monday: beach run Muscat Ministries

In front of and around the Ministries District, Muscat: 5km

Muscat Ministries District run

Map courtesy of Route 512353.

I’m a sucker for a run along a beach so, having moved to a city on the sea, you can expect the next few Run day Monday entries to feature beaches along the Muscat coast as I run-splore around my new home.

Staying in Al Khuwair for the first few weeks, I’ve been just over Sultan Qaboos road from the Ministries and, beyond them, the sea. I haven’t settled in to a new running rhythm yet, which is unfortunate as I’m piling on the pounds, but when I do run, this is the route I follow for a neat 5 – 6 kilometre trot. More

Run day Monday: Sillim-dong and Boramae park

Along the Dorimcheon to Boramae park: 5km

Sillim-dong Boromae run

Map courtesy of Route 501903.

This run is in fact not one of my favourites for the run itself, but for the after-run food. Sundae town (which I’ve described before here) is located in Sillim-dong, in the south of Seoul, and serves a feast of Korean sundae – not for the faint-hearted, but fantastic for runners who enjoy a spicy meat feast!

The run can take two routes: More

Run day Monday: Hangang half-marathon training circuit

Hangang river circuit: 23km

Map courtesy of Route 496229.

All those great intentions after the dizzy heights of my first half marathon last September have come to nought in the intervening five months of intercontinental travel. However, in the absence of any interesting recent routes, it does leave me with a great route to describe for this month’s runventure. More

Run day Monday: Pai Canyon

From Pai to Pai Canyon: 7.3km (one way)

Pai Canyon 7.3km

Pai Canyon 7.3km

Pai to Pai Canyon, 7.3km (map courtesy of Google maps)

To finish the year with a real run-venture, here is the first leg of what I had envisioned as a glorious jogging daytrip around the hillside hippie idyll of Pai.

Pai Buddha

Pai Buddha

People do not brave the notorious ‘762 curves’ of the journey from Chiang Mai to Pai for the action and adventure. There is some to be had; ziplining and rafting are advertised, and exploring the cave system under the mountains is a popular daytrip, but mostly Pai seems to be one of those holiday-from-your-holiday type places. A place to relax, enjoy the scenery and the vibe, and eat organic food. Having spent so much time recently cooped up and not enjoying scenery or getting enough exercise, the perfect way to enjoy the natural bounty of Pai seemed to me to be on foot and running. More

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