Saturday, March 19, 2011

Return from Aotearoa! - Part 1

We arrived back in Canberra on Tuesday night after a lovely 11 day holiday in "The Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa)" aka New Zealand. We were lucky with the weather, the wedding was held in a beautiful setting at a winery in north west Auckland. We caught up with friends and family and refreshed our accents!

We hired a car a few days after the wedding and drove down to Wellington via Coromandel and Rotorua, stopping with friends in Tauranga and making overnight stops in Napier and Masterton. In each place I ran tried to stick to the marathon training program although last week was a little lighter than it should have been!
Sunday 6 March (morning of wedding)
Short run in rural Auckland (very undulating)
Total distance: 8.38km
Total distance for week 28 Feb - 6 March: 97km

Monday 7 March
Run rural Auckland (lots of hills)
Total distance: 18.7km
Time taken: 1:5:39
Average pace per km: 6:07

Wednesday 9 March
Run in Tauranga suburbs
Total distance: 12.14km
Time taken: 1:18:10
Average pace per km: 6:26 (slower than the hills!)

Thursday 10 March
Run in Napier (by the beach)
Total distance: 8km
Time taken: 47:32
Average pace per m: 5:56

Friday 11 March
Short Run in Masterton
Total distance: 7.6km

Saturday 12 March
Wellington - hilly!
Total distance: 7.23km
Time taken: 47:04
Average pace per km: 6:30

Sunday 13 March
Run with Barbara Tucker by the Hutt River (flattish)
It was fantastic to spend the day with Barbara who used to run with the speedygeese in Canberra before returning to Wellington a couple of years ago. Barb ran 19km with Mr B and me and I continued on for another 11km. Lots of catching up took place for the first 19km!
Total distance: 31.3km
Time taken: 3hrs 26mins
Average pace per km: 6:30
Total distance for week 7-13 March: 85km (8km less than planned)
  • wedding group of our family and relations on Mr B's side. The bride is his niece.
  • our grandchildren and flowergirl (great niece)
  • Mt Maunganui (in Tauranga)
  • Barb and Mr B studying flora and fauna in Zealandia Nature Park (Welllington)
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Wellington cable car

To be continued.......

1 comment:

  1. You did well with refreshing the NZ accent - it was perfect on the run yesterday. And thanks for bring back that lovely NZ weather :)

    P.S. Well done on updating your blog. I wish slacko CJ would get to hers. Know I can say that because she won't be reading this ;)