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On the right path

On the right path

By Nick Parry-Jones

Health Wellbeing 


Explore the Main Yarra Trail to relax and escape the stress of city life.

Japanese author Haruki Murakami wrote of his love of distance running in his 2007 memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. He describes it as solitary and praises its ability to empty his mind, two elements that are essential to the modern lawyer. Life isn’t all client meetings and endless documents; we all need space and we all need something to take our mind off work.

The Main Yarra trail is officially a bike track though runners are more than welcome and come in droves (especially on a Saturday morning). The run can take you from Templestowe to Docklands, or anywhere in between. There are so many stops along the way, it’s really up to you. A jog in the early morning will bring you into the city as the rowers stroke before school, or maybe you want to head out of the big smoke and into the scenic Abottsford area, where the smell of the river competes with the aroma of coffee beans roasted at the convent.

In its entirety, the Main Yarra Trail is 38 kilometres long. With numerous hills and the occasional staircase, it should give even the most seasoned athletes a reasonable challenge. Most of the path is concrete and some parts of it are unlit at night so run at your own risk. Whether you’re into short sprints, a light jog or you regularly run, anyone can enjoy this trail from the heart of Melbourne to the edges of our urban sprawl.

Maybe you’ll find the main trail isn’t for you, but as Murakami said, “All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere.”

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