Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Zealand vacation with a marathon thrown in

On Friday June 3rd we left Singapore for another New Zealand vacation. This time Tori went with us.

On Sunday Jakeb and I were scheduled to run the SBS Christchurch Marathon. I wrote in my previous post about our plans to run easy so we could run later in other places in New Zealand. Well … Jakeb ran 4:01:53 and I ran 4:03:57 - so much for taking it easy. Andrea, Tori and Anna walked the 10k. It was cold and sometimes rainy. The race is very well done, especially this year since they had to move it from Christchurch to Lincoln Township because of the earthquake. The course was rural and small town and I liked it a lot. There is nothing like running a marathon in New Zealand.

After the marathon we loaded up in our rented RV and drove first to Lake Tekapo. The next day we went to Mount Cook where Jakeb and I found the energy to run a little over 8 miles on the Hooker Valley Glacier Trail. Surprisingly we both felt pretty good.

Then on Thursday we walked (mostly) and ran some up to the summit of Ben Lomond and back – almost 10 miles and over 5000 feet of elevation gain. The summit is 5735 feet.

The rest of the time we saw a beautiful country from the widow of the RV and as we walked through it, we ate good food, drank good wine beer and cider and had some awesome family time – just the five of us…