Jan 31, 2012

Distance today = 46.60 km; Total distance = 1574.22 km; Location = Hamurana –  38 01.600′ S, 176 12.948′ E; Start time = 0826, Finish time = 1513


Firstly, in my tired state, it appears that yesterday I wrote over the top of the previous day’s blog, and forgot to change the date from Jan 29 to 30. Unfortunately, I think the blog for Jan 29 is now gone forever, but I have at least corrected the date for Jan 30.

I have also reverted to the link as you see above, as I was informed (by the very capable Jimbo) that not everyone could view the link as I had it set out. Hopefully everyone can now see all my daily run data details.

OK, so now to today’s run. I started near the famous Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, and will hopefully have a video related to this area downloaded later. There is steam coming out of the ground in thousands of locations, with occasional boiling mud.

I had a bit of sore tendon behind my right knee today, so I experimented a bit and found that it only hurt when I was running slowly, but not when I picked up the pace a bit (or walked). A bit of a no-brainer, really. I simply increased my pace – not that it was fast; just faster than I have been running – and I had a good run as a result.

I passed through Rotorua, with a quick stop for some photos for the local newspaper, and headed off to the northern end of the lake, where I was picked up by the support vehicle in Hamurana. Tomorrow it’s on to Tauranga.

Today marked the end of the first month of my run around the world. The 1574 km covered so far is ahead of my expectations, so I will probably take it a little easier during the final week in New Zealand. Distances will be more like what I did today.