Rotorua is a relatively small city. If you like retail therapy this isn’t the place for you. A Sunday afternoon drive however does have its benefits. We are after all rich with many natural wonders that tourists flock to see. Being surrounded by 16 lakes, each abundant with over sized rainbow trout is a big draw card as are our many hot pools, geysers and sulphuric mud baths. With the city set in a caldera, a drive in any direction for long enough will eventually get you to a point where the view is simply breathtaking. Today I had that same loss of breath only this time it was the result of a climb/run with my car nowhere to be seen!
The launch into my Auckland Marathon training program required a 30k Sunday run, 90k for the week. With the longer distance, I was keen to get in another hill and this was one which looked doable in the car. Let’s face though, breaking Usain Bolts 100m world record looks doable in the car too! This ‘mountain’ was around 102m over 3k and the third hill I tackled in this new route – total elevation for the day, 232m.
Fueling todays run alone required 2518C. These numbers don’t mean a lot to me but I have noticed my food intake creeping up. Maybe I need to step back and ask, am I eating correctly? See what you think. In any given week I routinely have for breakfast 2 pieces of toast with a cup of milo. Lunch, 2 large ham and lettuce sandwiches, a handful of non salted almonds, energy chocolate and two cups of milo. For dinner … it just seems easier to show you with an image depicting volume. Eating late into the evening isn’t ideal I know but after a long day at work followed by a run … I just can’t help myself!
A solid training week. Really enjoyed my long run.