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Running the Tan: Tips

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Published April 22nd 2012
The 'Tan' is an iconic 3.8 km track which winds its way around Melbourne's Botanical Gardens. This venue attracts hundreds of runners each day, from elite athletes to weekend joggers.

The track is well shaded by trees which line the course, and features the notorious Anderson Street hill, which claims over-exuberant victims on a daily basis.

The Tan is a great place to run, however there are a few points that should be kept in mind whilst making your way around:

1. Don't try and race someone if you think that they are likely to run faster than you.

2. The fastest runners always wear fluorescent colours. It might be time to invest in some flouro.

3. If Ron Clarke catches you running with an iPod, you had better watch out.

4. No matter how much you enjoy Jim Courier's 'all about me' style of tennis commentary, don't jump in the Yarra after a hard session.

5. If a 12 year old runs past you, don't worry. Some youngsters are really quick. Age will catch up with them in 40 years.

6. Don't look anyone in the eye. All the other runners are crazy.

7. If you are half way up Anderson St and don't think you can make the top, turn around and jog back down as if you are doing repetitions. This avoids embarrassment, while also making it look as though you are sticking to an elaborate training program.

8. If you are a football player in pre-season - wear something which identifies you as a football player, so everyone else knows that you play football and may know Chris Judd.

9. If you are a male, and feel compelled to take your shirt off - Don't. You will look like a tool.

10. If you run a fast time, tell everyone about it.
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