Thursday, 22 January 2015

Summer running. Not for everyone.

I have enjoyed some lovely sights of late:

View of the sunrise from the Okahu Bay boat ramp

View from the bridge across Tamaki Drive

West Auckland goodness

Hamilton Track

Pipeline Track

Just beautiful

Jacobsen's Tunnel

More of the awesomeness that is Waitakere/West Auckland

Slightly less exciting view towards the iconic toilet block (on the right) and Hammerheads Restaurant, across Okahu Bay 

It's not the toilet block I'm photographing, I swear!  It's the pretty-coloured sunrise!

Good morning Auckland!

And this is what my run will look like on Saturday:

Although there is probably no snow since, y'know, it's the middle of summer.  I'm running the 26km Tussock Traverse, and we are expecting a heat wave.  Temperatures are likely to be around 28-30 degrees celsius, and 95% of the course is completely exposed to the sun (the last 2km of the course has trees for shading, but that's it).  There are no aid stations on the course, so runners need to be entirely self-sufficient in terms of water and snacks.  There is absolutely no water access before the finish line.  And the run starts at 10am.  I'm expecting it to take around three to four hours, so it is going to be HOT!

Running in the middle of the day?  Not my strong point.

Running in the middle of the day, in the middle of summer, during a heat wave on a completely exposed alpine track?


Wish me luck...

1 comment:

  1. Good luck!
    Last year I used 2.5l of fluids, and was conserving it towards the end. Take plenty! And sunblock too as you burn so easily at altitude. It was also quite windy and cold on the Tukino side before the race, despite being perfect weather at the Chateau, so you might want to keep that in mind.
    Have fun!