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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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