Monday, 21 November 2016

And then Mother Nature got angry... {Pile on the Miles 2016: Week III}

Yikes, what a week...!  Let's just say that I think I'm starting to understand why not that many people run here in Wellies, ha!  But I'm not about to give up, now or ever, so here's a quick recap of this week's running and other events:

Monday     ---> The plan was to wake up to my first New Zealand race day giddy with excitement and with a goofy grin on my face, but I'm afraid Mother Nature had other plans...  Instead of race day butterflies, we woke up to the bed literally rocking back and forth, blinds clanging against the windowpanes and J Bear's toy cars flying all over the place: Our first earthquake.  Seven point five on the Richter scale (later updated to 7.8), with over 400 aftershocks making sure that we know we're now in earthquake territory.  Wow.  School was closed for the day, as was Wellington's CBD, so we pretty much just hung out together, keeping an eye on the news.

For some crazy reason the race I planned to do on Monday evening wasn't cancelled on account of the earthquake or the heavy showers and gale force winds predicted for later in the day.  But I'm going to be honest: I just didn't have it in me to go.  The days' events were pretty overwhelming, even more so for someone who's never experienced any of it before, and I just had this strong desire to cuddle up on the couch with my family and be together.  You know?  So that's exactly what we did.  There'll be other races.         

Tuesday     ---> More severe weather warnings, with heavy rain and gale force winds predicted for Kapiti and Wellies, waaaaaaahhh!  And this time the weatherman hit the nail right on the head: It rained and rained and rained and rained.  Hard.  Will made it into the CBD for work, but then couldn't get home after work as a result of road and rail closures caused by flood damage.  Oi.  Still no running.     


Poor Will trying to get home...
       
Wednesday  ---> We woke up to a bit of sunshine, wahoo!!  I leapt at the opportunity and headed out the door straight after kindy drop-off (am I sounding like a Kiwi yet...?) for six wonderful kays.  I stuck to neighbourhood roads, as the beach and river banks were still a no-go after the quake and floods.


When the sun shines, and the earth doesn't rumble, YOU RUN!

Thursday  ---> Rest day.  We felt a few more rumbles, and there were more heavy weather warnings as well.  

Friday  ---> Sunshine!  4.23 happy kilometres.



Saturday     ---> parkrunday!  I held my breath for the event to be cancelled as a result of flooding, since it takes place right on the banks of the Waikanae River and the domain was closed to the public for most of the week, but it was announced on Friday evening that parkrun was on.  Hooray!

It was a weird run for me: I felt strong and fast throughout, but ended up clocking a not-so-great time...  Ever had that happen to you?  Looks like the puddles and slippery surfaces do slow me down quite a bit - I'm used to dry African soil, ha!  [I've unsuccessfully been trying to beat the elderly gentleman in the picture below (yellow vest) for the past six weeks and finally did it yesterday...  I guess he also had a bad running day...?]  


[Photo by Jeff Stark.]

Anyway, I ran to and from parkrun again to take my mileage for the day up to 10.66 km - my longest run in months!



Sunday   ---> We downgraded our planned family run to a 2.8 km walk around the neighbourhood.  It was a perfect, hot and sunny summer's day - who would ever have guessed that the week got off to such a wet and shaky start...?`


So that's two out of two for my Pile on the Miles 2016 goals for November - one week to go!

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Linking up with the lovely HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap again today.  What an amazing community of women!



Have a great week, everyone!


14 comments:

  1. Congrats on your parkrun! Even though it wasn't the run you were hoping for, at least you finished. Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was my 75th parkrun, so very chuffed with that :) .

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  2. Oh, wow, I'm glad you were OK during/after the earthquake. I totally understand why you stayed home instead of doing that race. LOL on finally beating that man -even though you had a slow day too. Hope this week is less exciting!

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    1. I really hope so too, lol! So far so good :) .

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  3. Oh my! I have never experienced an earthquake. It would definitely shake me up (and that pun really was NOT intended). Congrats on beating the man in the yellow shirt. I'm glad you were able to get outside in nicer weather and enjoy some running over the weekend. The picture of the river is very lovely! Thanks for linking, Karien!

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    1. It was our first earthquake too - such a weird and scary experience. At least we know what to expect now!

      Thanks for the congrats - I've been trying really hard to beat him, ha!

      Have a fantastic week!

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  4. Geez, an earthquake and then bad weather? Glad things settled down for you after that!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy - we're thankful too! Had some glorious runs and weather towards the end of the week - thankfully!

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  5. Gosh those earthquakes must have been super scary

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    1. They were, Cat! But I think what got to us the most, was the fact that we didn't really know what to do or where to go - we felt a bit lost, ha! But we're much better prepared now for if/when it should happen again.

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  6. Earthquake??? Nope nope nope. No can do. That must have been terrifying! I am glad you are ok!

    Great to see that the end of your week was much nicer than the start.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer - it was pretty scary! Thankful that it's over :) .

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  7. Baie bly julle is veilig Saar, en tog het jy steeds n paar goeie sessies ingekry! Dankie vir die lekker skryf! Xxxx

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    1. Dankie, liefste Saar. Alles darem nou weer terug na normaal. xxxx

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