Harcourts Beach Series Coastal Run

Last week I went for a run with Nick from the Harcourts Beach Series and Jason from Triathletes Corner on the new 8km Coastal Run, which is one of the events at the weekly beach series returning on November 3rd.

The other events are the 5km and junior 2.5km beach runs; 500m, 1000m, 1500m and junior 250m ocean swims; and 1km & 3km stand up paddle events.

The only time I’ve ever run along the coast on the North Shore was a few years ago when there used to be a Run Auckland from Milford Reserve which ran along a section of concreted pipeline at some stage on the course, and further north at Whangaparaoa for the Xterra run at Shakespear, so this was all new ground for me. And it was a lot of fun!

It was a fairly dismal day, overcast and a little rainy, but quite possibly perfect conditions for a spot of coastal running. There’s a little bit of everything on this run: beach running, concrete coastal paths, a water crossing, and a bit of rock hopping every now and then.

The nice thing about the course is it’s not too long and it’s not too technical, so it’s a great place to start if you’re new to coastal running. It’s also a great way to try out and see if something longer like the North Shore or Tawharanui Coastal Challenge is for you.

And being part of a weekly series means you can come back each week and see how you improve over the series, and try the course out under a variety of conditions. The Beach Series keeps a full record of your times over the course and you earn series points; to be eligible for the points competition you need to have competed in at least 10 of the 18 events over the course of the series.

The only thing that might have put me off from entering the series is the drive from the eastern suburbs over to Takapuna on a weekday afternoon/evening, but Jason (coming from St Heliers) says it only ever takes him 20 to 30 minutes to get over there so don’t let that put you off.

To find out more, go to http://beachseries.co.nz/ – entries open on September 1st.

Here’s my Strava activity of the run, and the official course map and some pics below.

Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk

A couple of days ago I posted up two music videos of the song “It’s My Life”, the first by Talk Talk and the second a remake by No Doubt for their singles collection, after hearing the No Doubt version on the radio.

It was such a familiar song, but the band Talk Talk didn’t sound at all familiar, so I thought I’d better check out their other songs. None of their most popular songs rung a bell except for “Life’s What You Make It”, which I had thought was a much more recent song.

Lyrics

Baby, life’s what you make it
Can’t escape it

Baby, yesterday’s favourite
Don’t you hate it

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]

Baby, life’s what you make it
Don’t back date it

Baby, don’t try to shade it
Beauty is naked

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it

Baby, life’s what you make it
Celebrate it
Anticipate it
Yesterday’s faded
Nothing can change it
Life’s what you make it

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Yeah yeah
[Everything’s all right]

It’s My Life by Talk Talk & No Doubt

I heard No Doubt’s It’s My Life while driving Jamie to his music lesson tonight and knew it had to be a remake, but who? I knew it was something from my youth; Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music was my guess but it turned out to be Talk Talk. Who? I’ll have to go listen to their other music now.

So here’s Talk Talk’s original version:

And here’s the No Doubt version:

Despite the nostalgia factor when it comes to Talk Talk’s original, I think I like No Doubt’s version better (music, not comparing the videos), although it’s a close call as they are¬†almost identical. But then I am always more partial to female vocalists…

There’s quite an interesting story behind the No Doubt version over at Wikipedia:¬†https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_My_Life_(Talk_Talk_song)