Since the Molesworth I have been steadily getting back into training. I have been running 80-100 km per week which is more than what I was running at this time last year when I was also trying to fit in training for the Tarawera 100.
The Molesworth run took more out of me than I anticipated and it took about 2 weeks before I could jog and 3 weeks before I could run at a respectable pace.
I even ran on Christmas day which was a first so I indulged less than usual over the festive period. We had a wee holiday in Wanaka with Moira doing the Lake Wanaka Half Ironman, so fitted in some hill runs there.
The Blue Mountain event organisers sent me a DVD of the event which left me with the feeling of "what have I let myself in for"! The ascent and descent is 5000 metres as well as being 101 km long. They also advise a compression crepe bandage in event of snake bites, which my UK based medical training did not really cover.
Today I did a 4 hour run up the Mt Hutt Ski road as I have neglected uphill runs in the last three weeks. The road itself is a bit dull but the views are great and the descent through black beech forest, makes it one of my favourite places to run. I am a bit daunted that the ascent/descent of the Blue Mountain Run is the equivalent of running up and down the ski road x4. Mental note to tackle that small matter when I get there.
Tomorrow involves a 3 hour run incorporating a 18 km run along the Ashburton river track as part of the Ashburton River Track Challenge event, so will be very familiar stomping ground.