There has been a quiet exodus of thousands from the city as the population shrinks there to swell the smaller towns in Canterbury and beyond.
Work has been strangely normal and even quieter, as people are pre-occupied with matters other than what they normally would see their doctor about.
This week has been my last long mileage week , with 120 kms in the past 7 days. My legs had been pretty heavy after back to back runs of 45k/35k last weekend and 15k runs either side. However a run in the hills up Woolshed Creek, shook out the tiredness this morning and helped suppress any worries that chances of finishing the Tarawera run might be something less than 50/50. It was also surprising to encounter a fellow competitor out training, who will be starting the same race in 2 weeks time. It is always comforting to meet up with like minded people out there.
The local newspaper ( Ashburton Guardian ) interviewed me on Wednesday. They printed a good wee photo and piece about the running for Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa in today's issue.
It is 2 weeks to the Tarawera run. The race starts at 7 am 19th March at the Redwood Visitor centre in Rotorua and hopefully finish by 11 pm on the same day. Moira and the children will be driving and following around along the route where possible. If anyone is travelling to the event, we look forward to seeing you there.