SUMMER = Rain, wind and cold ???
It is a Sunday late afternoon, the rain hasn’t stopped falling since early this morning, there are puddles everywhere. It is also very windy 😦
I can’t speak for all of New Zealand but down South, here in Dunedin we have NOT had a summer yet. It is so so disappointing. Everyone I talk to feels ripped off. Last year was also not the flashest summer either. The forecasters predicted that this year was going to be a wonderful hot summer, they got something wrong
We have had a couple of warmer and sunny days, but on the whole it has been terrible. Oh I hate being stuck inside on my days off work. I am suppose to be training for a big off road walking event coming up in two weeks time eeek. I entered it after a friend gave me a free entry that he won. It is worth $150 to enter, therefore great chance for me to enter. I have been doing a bit of tramping walking rather than my usual walking on the road. I have also been running through tracks on a Monday night with a few Harrier members and other like minded people.
A photo of Bailey below, taken the other night….’It’s a dog’s life’ 🙂
I have really enjoyed it, although my knees are sore, especially when going down hill. I ran years ago and had to give up after 7 years because of my sore knees. I then took up walking. I still love walking and I think I am better at that (not the hills though) than running. I am nearly always the last runner on a Monday night, but the group don’t mind, we have moments of rests and they are great encouragement. My Brother has also been coming along, so I see him more now.
He fell over heavily last Saturday, so is out of action at the moment. He ended up with a black eye, grazing on his knees, gravel in his hands under the skin and cracked ribs. He is still very sore. He tripped on a lace on his shoes. Blood everywhere. . Poor buggar. Rest is the only thing he can do to mend a suspected broken/cracked rib.
The photo taken below was prior to Christmas when it was a slightly warmer day = teeshirt and shorts. Myself with Turbo the cat, and Bailey in front of my VW
I am getting a little nervous about my walk/challenge/event. It is in two weeks time, near Invercargill. The event is not a race, a lot of people pull out and not finish as it is tough. They get airlifted out by helicopter with a $200 fee. 😦 Some of the walking is vertical, the chap that gave me the entry said he has done it once, but didn’t want to do it again. And he is a great long distance runner/walker. 😛 I am stubborn and unless I get injured I plan on trying my best to go as far as possible, and fingers crossed I will be aiming to complete it. It starts at midnight, walking not stop up a massive hill for around 6 hours, then down hill, along the beach, tracks, bridges for 62kms. I have never done night walking with a head lamp. Someone said it will take me around 16 hours??
I feel better now as I talked to another friend this morning about what to expect. He is a believer and stubborn like me and reckons I can finish it. I will give it my best shock if my body holds up.
Yesterday after a small run, I got home to Colin trying to make our shed we have started building prior to Christmas. The weather keeps putting a hold on it. It looks pretty cute so far. I have added a photo and also a photo of some poppies I took on a recent VW Club drive out of town.
The shed so far..
I will add a finished photo in a few weeks when it is completed. 🙂
Have a good week