Prague Marathon Training, Week 4

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Lucky me, we spent this week in New Zealand, too! Although two weeks might seem like a long trip to some people (my mom says it feels like we’ve been gone forever), there is really so much to see and do here that we are struggling to find the time to take in even one tenth of what we hoped to experience! The days have been crammed full of activities, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Monday, 1/30/17, Kayaking: My core had been a little neglected since arriving here in NZ! Normally, I try to do some barre3 core work several times per week, but that hasn’t been happening here. A kayak tour of incredible Milford Sound was just what I needed! We had to wake up at 3:45 am to make it out to the Sound in time for our tour to start, but holy moly – it was so worth it. We ended up spending about 6 hours out on the water! So much more to come about this in my NZ trip recaps, but just know that it was one of the best days ever and one of the most beauti places I’ve ever been!

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Lunch break from our kayaking tour of Milford Sound

Tuesday, 1/31/17, Hiking: I’ve been struggling with terrible allergies here in NZ for some reason, and I woke up feeling especially terrible this day. I thought about running, but I could barely breathe and I had some stuff I needed to do for work, so I didn’t end up going. The weather was looking ominous, so we couldn’t do a long hike. Instead, we opted for a shorter one up Queenstown Hill (about 2 hours) and watched the storm roll in.

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Watching the storms roll in from Queenstown Hill. It was totally clear when we started our hike an hour earlier! Shirt by KUHL

Wednesday, 2/1/17, Hiking: I hope hiking is good cross-training, because I did an awful lot of it in New Zealand! We hiked nearly 14 miles on the Routeburn Track, which is one of New Zealand’s 8 “Great Walks.” Suffice to say we got a great workout and the views were, as usual, breathtaking! So much more to come about this hike.

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Seriously, how is this real? Shirt and pants by KUHL

Thursday, 2/2/17, Hiking: Crazily, all of our hikes and activities this we67ek involved waking up super early to drive to where we needed to go, and Thursday was no exception. We made the 2.5 hour drive down to Bluff and then caught the ferry to Stewart Island to hike part of another of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” the Raitura track. We didn’t have the best weather, but the scenery was still beautiful, of course! 7-ish miles in the books for the day.

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I took this picture especially for my mom – she loves hydrangeas! Pants by KUHL

Friday, 2/3/17, 3 mile run: I finally had time to make it out for a run! I was bone tired when I woke up on Thursday morning, but I knew it was my last chance to run in Queenstown before we flew back to Auckland. I think I was still asleep as I laced my running shoes up, but I was definitely awake when the run was over. It was a perfect way to close out our time on the South Island, but I was not ready to leave!

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Queenstown is absolute perfection. Leggings by DanaLouFIT

Saturday, 2/4/17, 6 mile run: Knowing we’d be traveling home for 26+ hours, I made sure to get out the door for a decent run in Auckland on the morning we left. I wasn’t used to the much warmer weather and my legs were worn out, but I’m still glad I went! Even had a 9:51 pace to round things out with a faster last 2 miles.

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This was the least beautiful run I did on my entire trip. Not too shabby.

Sunday, 2/5/2017, 5 mile run: Man, I did not want to run today! We traveled for more than 26 hours and hadn’t slept in something like 36 hours when we got home late Saturday night, and I really lacked energy on Sunday. I had no desire to go run, and my training plan had an “open” day…but AJ told me he wanted to go running! You know how often that happens, so I took it as a sign and got my butt in gear. One neighborhood loop with him and one by myself for 5 miles at 9:36 pace! So glad we went, although it wasn’t quite the same as running in New Zealand!

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Shout out to AJ for getting me moving!

Overall, I’m ready to get back to a good routine and excited to see where the next few weeks take me! Coming up next week, I’ve got my first race of the year – the Green Valley 10 Miler!

LEAVE A COMMENT: What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever run? What is your vacation running/exercise routine like?

8 thoughts on “Prague Marathon Training, Week 4

  1. I feel like this trip was made for you and for your marathon training I just hope you are able to adjust when you come back home! Paris was a beautiful run, for sure. It was morning, and before the city had “woken up” and just magical!

    1. I agree! I think knowing how strong and powerful I felt after I came back from Nepal (where I did no running but obviously hiked my face off) helped me to really feel good and confident about spending a lot of time on the trails and not panicking about getting runs in. It was a blast!! Running in Paris sounds stunning. I’d love to do that marathon one day!

  2. Good for AJ getting you out and running! Will he become a runner now?

    I’m incredibly jealous of this trip. I hope to go to Oz and NZ one day. Maybe next year if it continues to be that my own trips parallel yours. Coincidentally for the last few years, I vacation where you do a few months to a year after you went there. I swear it’s not that I’m copying your travels, but the opportunity to go to that country comes up and I scratch my head and say, “Didn’t T-Rex just go there?” 😀

    1. I hope so! I’m not holding my breath, though. He really enjoyed hiking in New Zealand (after the first one, where I thought he might kill me) and I think he likes feeling stronger and in better shape. He’s trying to keep the momentum going, so who knows? I would love it if he did!

      Hey, if you WERE copying my travels, I wouldn’t be upset about it! I’ve loved all the places I’ve visited and New Zealand is no exception, obviously! We considered trying to visit Australia as well but there just wasn’t enough time on this trip. That will have to be a separate adventure!

  3. Running after no sleep is awesome!
    I generally try to be active while on vacation, but don’t put too much pressure on myself to run, or train. If I want to run, I will, otherwise, I’m content with lots and lots of walking.

    1. I totally agree! I used to obsess over it when I traveled, but not anymore. It was nice to feel like I actually wanted to run this time (undoubtedly due in part to the gorgeous scenery and perfect weather) but I definitely didn’t feel any pressure. Not everywhere I travel is conducive to running, so it is nice to take advantage of the opportunity when I can!

  4. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved seeing your pictures and posts while I was in “nearby” Hawaii 🙂 I know I tell you all the time how much I love your adventures but truly, they are amazing. And, the fact that you do SO much on one trip is really fantastic.
    For the record, 2 weeks is not that long for the distance you traveled and all that you accomplished. I’m also stunned you were able to run that much on Sunday. You’re such a bad ass!

    1. Thanks, Allie! Your pictures are amazing, too! I can’t wait to see everything from Cuba. I feel like I do so much on my trips because I’m never in one place for that long (and I know I’m not likely to be back anytime soon) so I’m motivated to do a ton! I’ll sleep when I’m dead, I guess 🙂

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