Hello from New Zealand, boys and girls! Weeks 3 and 4 are going to be a bit unorthodox since I’m on vacation. I had originally not planned on bringing my running shoes on this trip (between those and my hiking boots, that’s a lot of valuable packing space), but I ended up having room for them. Coach says I had no concrete plan this week besides having fun and enjoying vacation, but I’ve been having so much fun with running and getting back into shape that I figured I would see what I can fit in! If you want to see what we’re up to each day, follow me on Instagram. I’m posting tons of stories and photos!
Monday, 1/23/17, 4.25 miles easy: After 27 hours of traveling, I was worn out and lacking energy. My laptop charger started sparking on the plane and wasn’t any better by the time we got to our hostel, so I decided to run – literally – to go get one while AJ took a nap! I was rewarded with a new charger and 4.25 beautiful hilly miles in downtown Auckland and a nearby park!
Tuesday, 1/24/17, OFF: There was no time to workout on Tuesday, as we had to be up at 4 am to drive up for a day cruise and didn’t get home til 11 pm! However, we did do a short but challenging hike during the trip, so I guess that counts as cross training. More details to come in my New Zealand recaps!
Wednesday, 1/25/17, 7 miles perceived effort: I woke up early-ish and decided to run 5 miles through Auckland before AJ and I headed to Waiheke Island for a day trip. I looked up a route, made sure to save the map to my phone, and checked it every few minutes. I still managed to get lost and ended up somehow adding an extra 2 miles to my route, but I had a blast exploring the city! My overall pace for the run was 10:26 including photo stops, some trails, and some tough hills. On the surface, I’d normally be upset with that, but I had some miles where I put in a great effort, some where I took a lot of pictures, and some in the middle. It was a run that I know I got a lot of strength and exercise out of, so I’m happy with it! AJ and I then headed to Waiheke Island where we hiked, biked, and walked all over the place. I ended up with 16 miles on my feet for the day!
Thursday, 1/26/17, OFF: The bulk of our day was taken up by flying from Auckland to Queenstown and getting lunch, grocery shopping, and getting settled into our hostel. We did do a walk of a couple miles, but it wasn’t anything exciting!
Friday, 1/27/17, 4.5 miles easy + 10 mile hike: I was dying to get out and run on Friday morning, even though I knew we had a long day of hiking ahead of us! Queenstown is so beautiful, and there are walking and cycling paths and trails everywhere. I woke up early to get a run in before our hike, and I was rewarded handsomely! We then did a 10 mile roundtrip hike up Roys Peak in nearby Wanaka – AJ’s longest hike ever! More pics to come on that, or check my Instagram!
Saturday, 1/28/17, 3.75 miles easy: Again, there’s just something about being here that makes me want to go run! I got up early before we headed out of town for the day. I was only planning on going 3 miles, but I ended up finding a trail along my way and I had to explore a little! If I had had more time, this run could have turned into several hours. That’s a nice problem to have!
Sunday, 1/29/17, 10 mile hike: My allergies (which I normally don’t have since moving away from Florida) have been bothering me the past couple of days, so no run this morning. We did, however, take on a 10 mile hike up Ben Lomond Peak! With almost 5,000 feet of elevation change on the way up, it wasn’t easy, but we had a blast! And of course, because it’s New Zealand, there were views on views on views.
Plenty more to come from New Zealand! We’re just getting warmed up.
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