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Edinburgh Trams not living up to expectations

Well not as a running route for me!

Okay the trams are still to start running ( 3 years late but who's counting?) but there is a section near my house that I have been spying out as a good running route. Not the tram line I hasten to add but there is a cycle/ walking path runs alongside it.

So I head out yesterday lunchtime, wind is really strong but I am determined to get to 5 k. After 5 minutes on my usual route I head onto the tram line, only to realise that tram lines can go up hills! I assumed ( stupidly) that it would be like a railway line - FLAT! So there I am running into a semi hurricane ( maybe a slight exaggeration there) and having to go up a long slow incline. Aargh!

I was jiggerd by the time I got off the path. I did continue running until I had to stop at 33 minutes when I ran out of energy. Looked at my Garmin, hopeful that I would have done at least 4.6 k... And it was 4.17 ! Slowest time yet. I am consoling myself that running into wind and up and incline must be good for building stamina and burning calories but I will be looking for a calm day before I repeat that route.

5 k is still my goal!

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Hi lizziebeth57! This sounds so much like my run 10 minutes ago! I tried to find a new route which had several inclines - new feature for me. Worked very hard at it all with my own Queen soundtrack which finished too soon. Just ploughed on in silence, convinced I had gone about 6km but checked and have only gone 4.35km in 50 minutes! Glorious sunny morning - really lovely - but very very cold. Wish I'd put gloves on.

I'm sure that running against the strong wind must use more energy! Hope it's easier next time!


50 minutes though... that's impressive. I will be keen to hear how you get on next time.


You're still faster than a tram! ;-) I regularly use the train from Edinburgh park and that looks one long long straight haul on the tram line towards saughton!


ha ha, I doubt if that will be the case for long! I am glad you think it looks like a long haul, because it really did feel like it.... Going another route today. Still wanting to get nearer to that magical 5k.


Hi well done for trying it running in the wind ain't easy! I live in Edinburgh and although I'm yet to sign up for a parkrun on the Saturday the blue start line is there all the time at Cramond so I have been running that ( the wind can be a killer). Like yourself I wanted the elusive 5k under my belt after graduation and a guarantee that I had actually run it so it might be an idea to try it if you haven't already done....


I often walk it, especially when I am looking after my son's dog, but have been waiting until i knew I could do the 5k before I signed up. Away this weekend, and usually have yoga on a saturday morning, but I know there is a Saturday in November the yoga is off, so that's decided then. Park run on Saturday 9th November...if I don't chicken out! Might see you there :)


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