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Run Your A… Eggs Off

Posted on 11/04/2019

The Festive season is one for family time, relaxation and food – lots and lots of food. The Easter holidays are no different. An abundance of delicious chocolatey goodness, those creamy crème egg, a moorish marshmallow egg, a silky smooth Lindt bunny maybe. All of the above even. It is certainly easy after smashing a couple Easter treats to get to the python stage of lazy and loose sight of those training goals. It is with all of us in mind who have no self-control when it comes to the good things in life – and following on from our FestiveFifty – that we at Run have come up with another fe(a)stive running challenge.

The RunYourEggsOff Challenge.

RunYourEggsOff goes off the principle that it take approximately 60 to 70kCal of energy to run 1km. 1 Moorish Marshmallow egg is around 60kCal. So if you were me and can guzzle down 30 marshmallow eggs in one sitting – then to keep things guilt-free I would need to run 30km.

So lets set ourselves a goal then. Lets run our ass, uh I mean eggs, off this Easter with the Run Stores #RunYourEggsOff. We challenge you to run over the 5 days of the festive season at least 6km per day to reach that 30km goal and be rewarded with all the happy endorphins and all the Marshmallow Eggy (or creme egg, whatever gets you going) goodness you beating heart desires!

Keep us updated on your egg busting business by tagging us @run_storeza and using the run festive hashtag #RunYourEggsOff.

Needing some inspiration? To help you along the way we have below 5 Destination Runs that you cannot miss this Easter. So what you waiting for?

  1. Yzerfontein Park Run (5km)

Windhoek Farm, Darling, West Coast 

With a mixture of single and jeep track, this 5km route starts with a slow climb, rewarding you at the top with views of the majestic Table Mountain, Meeurots, Dassen Island and Langebaan. From there on, its downhill to the finish. A great, social run to kick of the weekend.

Link to the GPX route here.

  1. Paternoster Nature Reserve (15km)

Paternoster, West Coast

A favourite destination for holiday goers down the west coast is the quint sea side village of Paternoster. This 15km holiday easter egg shredder has you starting in the heart of the town and taking you out on tarred road before reaching the Paternoster Private Nature Reserve, a beautiful little reserve that incorporates some hard sand running and jeep track that takes you into a quiet and picturesque setting of wild life, sea views and an oyster farm. Once you have run through the reserve you can loop back around and take the coastal beach route back (because who doesn’t love running on beach sand and rocks). Mind blowing views make this final push worthwhile as you hug the coast and finish at the popular beach front Voorstrand Restaurant for some fresh mussels and beers.

Link to the GPX route here.

  1. The Kranshoek Trail (5km/9km)

Kranshoek Picnic Site, Knysna, Garden Route

The Kranshoek Trail is not for the feint hearted – the trail starts at the Kranshoek Picnic site at the top of a waterfall then winds through the forest, following the stream from the falls to the coast. It then heads along coastal trails back to the viewpoint at the picnic site. The trails have a good mix of indigenous forests, fynbos and breathtaking coastal views. Take this one slow and soak it all it! Nervous to tackle the 9km trail? Don’t fret, there is a shorter 5km option that loops back after reaching the coastal trail section – so you still get treated with the glorious views before heading back.

Link to the GPX route here.

  1. Robberg Point (2km / 4km / 8km)

Plettenburg Bay

The route around the Robberg Point is roughly 8km, but can be shortened if you’re not feeling up for that distance. There are also marked routes of 2km or 4km if you want to take the family out for a stroll.

Be prepared, Robberg boasts some of the most spectacular views and is a great place to go see the menagerie – Cape fur seals (you’ll probably hear them before you see them), dassies, dolphins and duiker are a few of the animals you can expect to see. Besides the wildlife the huge sandstone boulders with brightly coloured lichen are a must see and runs near a vertical rock face along a technical single track. A trail runners dream! Top it all off with a dip in the sea and a beer (and an egg – you earned it) at one of the local spots in Plet and call it a GREAT day!

Link to the GPX route here.

  1. Fernkloof Trails (800m – 60km)

Hermanus

Just a mere 90 minutes out from Cape town lies the beautiful Overberg town of Hermanus where there is an abundance of activities for the family over the Easter weekend. One of them includes exploring the ±60km of trails in the Fernkloof Reserve. Grab a map at the Visitors centre and set off along one of the colour coded paths. Choosing between an 800m walk to a stunning waterfall, or a ‘slightly’more challenging summit of Aasvoelkop at 824m high.

There are many routes to choose from so plenty time to log those kilometres and reward yourself with chocolate eggy goodness. The route below starts at Galpin Hut and is a solid 13km that will take you along some spectacular trails, with views to match.

Link to the GPX route here.

We are all about community here at Run, so if you have any other amazing coastal running routes you’d like to share (so we can indulge in a few more eggy snack and see some more rad places), we would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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