Mick - think it's neat that you have your Bonnie to ride when resting up a bit - still getting a blast in the great outdoors!
Busbar - great to be able to follow up your marathon with a very good half!
Columba - great description of the art you went to see and pleased that you didn't have to stay out too long on your marshaling duties!
Graham - not nice, but hopefully it was just the flu injection. I had one this year, and it didn't sit well with me either!
john bateman - have you had your eyes checked lately? I was having a bit of trouble working out levels before I had my cataract operations - whole new world!
Torque Steer - it was a case of having to be sensible or I wouldn't have been able to go the distance. Feel like I have run a marathon! Yes, thought I'd better spend the money or the voucher would sit in a drawer and that would be the end of it.
I know it was a very soft time to receive a prize for it, but I was happy to take it anyway!
It was a big event, nearly 10,000 runners from around the world spread over the marathon, half marathon and 10km.
I live in the North Island so not affected by the earthquake although Wellington was. Queenstown is very near the bottom of the South Island so wasn't hurt by the earthquakes either. I would hate to see what would happen if it did! It is the jewel of our crown as far as tourism goes - very mountainous and picturesque! You couldn't take a bad photo of the scenery down there!
Some great running still going on here, but big congratulations must go to Busbar - 3.43.26 - fantastic!
As you know a while ago I said I was going to do the Queenstown half marathon again. I did it last year and not long after that came down with all my leg problems and I had my meniscus tear in my knee operated on earlier this year. I hoped to get around - walk if necessary as my running has been very light. I kept telling myself to relax and take it easy and not push myself.
I was very happy to make it home without any major difficulties, stopping at drink stations, and walking up one long hill. It is mostly off-road and very scenic, but I was mainly looking at where I was putting my feet! I was very surprised and pleased to get a time of 2.10.56, which was about the same time I did last year! But this year, I placed 3rd in the W60 - 69 runners. That was most unexpected. I got a $50 voucher to spend in a sports shop in Queenstown, so I put it towards a very nice jacket.
Ceal - now I can see why you have been spending so much time on your art and singing - you are injured! Hope you get sorted quickly. It isn't very much fun walking is it? Although in saying that, I usually only walk to a cafe and have a coffee and a muffin. No wonder I am putting on weight.
I am not running that much, maybe 3 days a week, but I did do a decent off-road run/walk on Saturday. I have a half marathon to complete next month in Queenstown, same one I did last year before my leg/knee started to pack up.
Good to see all the same people doing good stuff, Graham and John doing some great Parkruns, and Mick with some good stats even some under 6 min kms - I wish!!
Columba - see you are still on top of things - have you found out anything more about your knee?
Torque Steer - sorry about your friend, but looks like he really made the most of his life.
Hi guys - just a quick post from me! I thought the thread had disappeared like me too!
Had a lovely time in Rarotonga - it was a bit of a running/walking holiday. We did a 5km fun run, then I did a 10km while my son did the 31km and then we did the Nutters' run.
Yes, you did have to be nuts! Up and over the island. Parts of it were real hands and knees stuff, clinging on to tree roots and hoping they didn't give way. There were ropes to hang on to in parts, and streams to cross.
It was very hot and I felt sick at the top and dreaded the thought of going down! Went down quite a bit of it backwards like climbing down a ladder. Very slow but I wanted to get to the end in one piece.
It was a lovely holiday, and I don't think I have hurt myself! Which is always a big plus. Ran 9km with my friend yesterday. No run today. I have been running very sparingly so I don't upset my knees too much.
Some good running going on here. Sorry you still seem to be injured Torque Steer, and good to see you are swimming again Columba.
Great that Mick has a parkrun and big congrats on turning 70!
Torque Steer - yes I may be crazy - think that's a song isn't it
I've managed to get a cold now, even though I've only had short walks the last few days.
Mae has nearly finished her anti-biotics and I couldn't notice her limping yesterday, so maybe she doesn't like the cold weather either, has lost her get up and go. She is still on 7 thyroid tablets a day.
My most exciting news is that I'm going to Rarotonga - Cook Islands with my son in September. He has entered the Round Raro 20 miler - there is a 10km option.I'm sure it will be hot!