Don’t forget your handbrake
The surf was pumping this weekend so I skipped the Stairway from hell, but don’t worry I still managed to fit some weekend torture in. The second hardest workout in Buderim is definitely Somerset Drive. You know a hill is steep when you must drop back to first gear in your car to get to the top, well I have to in the Summit Mobile (aka Vanny McVan Face). The intensity of running up Somerset Drive is probably slightly lower than that of the Lara Drive Stairs but you’ll certainly find your maximum heart rate.
Somerset drive runs from Kerenjon Ave to Jones Road and if you run the full length of the hill you will travel approximately 600m with an 86m elevation. At the top, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous view of Maroochydore beach and Old Woman Island. I did the full length for a warm up but I prefer to do a shorter sprint.
Looking up at the huge climb from the bottom there is a parking lane on the right-hand side of the street. I prefer to run the length of the parking lane as fast as possible, which it is 220m long with a 36m ascent. I only managed to get 5 laps in but I think I was a little tired from surfing all morning.
If you are beginning a new fitness regime I would suggest walking the length of the parking lane 3 times and building up until you can do 10. For the fitter people out there try and sprint a minimum of 5, which took me between 1.5 mins and 2 mins to get to the top.
Personal Trainer Buderim