I have the most exciting news! Remember how I mentioned that my next half marathon would most probably only be towards the end of the year? Well, that might have been just a little inaccurate...
I've mentioned before that we've been completely blown away by Kiwi kindness since setting foot in New Zealand last year. And this past week has been no different. In fact, I'm now more convinced than ever that New Zealand might just be the kindest place on the planet. Because, you see, one of my fellow #keepitupnz buddies won a complementary entry into the 2017 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon that is taking place on 13 May in the Marlborough district of New Zealand's South Island. Complete with a complementary ferry ticket to get her from Wellington to Picton for the race. But, since she's already entered another race on the same date, she very kindly offered to transfer her prize to an interested #keepitupper.
|"Picton, New Zealand" by MrsGooding is licensed under CC BY 2.0.|
And, since 13 May is the weekend of my 40th birthday, I leapt at the chance and requested that my name be put in the hat along with that of other interested #keepituppers. And guess what? The absolutely incredible #keepitupnz community decided that I should get the prize in celebration of my 40th birthday - isn't that just overwhelmingly kind and generous?!
So, yes, I'll be heading off to the South Island on 13 May to celebrate my 40th birthday at the 2017 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon. I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am: A ferry trip through Cook Strait, my first ever trip to the South Island, and the perfect running adventure in celebration of this big life milestone. Wahooooo!!
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be using March to properly recover from Round the Bays and just maintain fitness, and then slowly start building endurance from the beginning of April. Here we go again...!
Thank you, Celia, for the birthday adventure of a lifetime!