Jan 18, 2020

On Thursday I ran a bit of an extreme session. I basically ran up every hill I could find in the immediate district. I used to do something similar every day when I was training for the Run to the Sun back in 2009, a 58 km race from sea level to the top of the Haleakala volcano on Maui, at over 10,000 feet in elevation (I ended up placing 9th in that race).

However, not having concentrated on hills for some time, Thursday’s session has left me quite sore in the glutes (from the uphills) and in the knees (from the corresponding downhills). Nothing I won’t recover from quickly, but I will need to be careful in future sessions. I intend to do something similar on a weekly basis.

Today photos are from the region around Kaikoura, on the east coast of the South Island of NZ. I ran through the district on this date in 2012. This is truly a fantastic place to run, although it was narrow at times, as you’ll see, and with several tunnels. The video is worth watching.