The one with my last day in NZ and why running in Sydney is awesome

My last day in NZ was a blast. I went on a kayaking adventure with my family and it was so much fun. My sis recently graduated from uni with a degree in law and science (she is a smart cookie) and as her graduation present to herself she bought a kayak (we are all a little random in this family πŸ˜‰ ).

We went to an amazing river/kayaking/water sports place and rented some kayaks so my sis could paddle hers and my mum and dad had one to share while I had my own. We had a family kayak adventure up and down the river, taking in the scenery and getting a good arm workout. Kayaking is no joke guys, my arms were really feeling the burn on the way back up the river.






Post – kayaking involved:

An incredible salad and adorable bunny at the cafe we went to (I twisted my ankle a little bit the day before hence the bandage, don’t worry she will be as good as new in a few days πŸ™‚ ):





The cutest necklaces ever at the boutique next to the cafe:



And pizza on the beach to refuel properly:




So now that I am back in Sydney (get ready for my life to get a whole lot more boring now that I am working and studying again) I am getting excited about what this means for my running:

– Getting my sweat onΒ in a major way. I actually don’t love running in the humidity and I am a bit scared after my heat exhaustion experience the other day so I am trying to look at the positives of really hot Australian weather and focus on how it means my skin will glow like a goddess (haha I wish) because of all the sweating I will be doing during my run. I will also hopefully be motivated to get my run done early in the day because there is no way I am giving myself heat exhaustion again, it is not fun.

– Re-visiting my favorite running spot. The waterfront in Sydney is pretty darn gorgeous and there are so many people always running there and walking their dogs too.



– The abundance of water coolers all over the place. Sydney council people have apparently noticed that it is kindof a little boiling hot here and have accommodated the runners of Sydney with water coolers all over the place. It is very considerate and highly appreciated by me and I’m sure by everyone else who sets foot outside when it is almost 40 degrees C.



– Interval sprints whenever I see the aforementioned water coolers.

-Cross training in the form of waitressing. Walking 20,000 steps in 4 hours is a pretty good leg workout FYI. My arm is quite hairy, sorry about the close-up πŸ™‚



– Getting a tan, oh wait, I have the fairest skin ever so I will put this down only for my bestie who is obsessed with becoming “tanned sexy like a caramel”. Whatever incentive you need to run with me, girl.



Refueling courtesy of my job at the French restaurant. The food they give me after a shift is worth gold to me.



How do you like to refuel after a run? -I actually love milk and cereal after a run (ok, I always love this) but I will never say no to a profiterole like the one above.

Have you ever been kayaking?

What is something you LOVE about running in the area you live in?



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13 Responses to The one with my last day in NZ and why running in Sydney is awesome

  1. I am so jealous of the kayaking. I went kayaking in Jamaica and I loved it, but I don’t have anywhere near me that I can do it 😦


    • It’s so fun right? In NZ we are lucky cos it’s basically an island surrounded by water so kayaking is pretty common! Having said that I definitely don’t do it as much as I would like to!


  2. TechChick says:

    Our family has found kayaking to be an awesome ab workout too! I was really feeling the burn last time I did it. So, finally back to reality eh? Bummer, but hey, routine is good too! I was beginning to feel like I should be flying to different continents every other week like you, so maybe I won’t be so jealous anymore. haha! πŸ™‚ Of course with the beautiful land there in Sydney I think I still will be!


    • That is so true, I forgot to mention that! I was really feeling it in my abs! Hahaha yeah this is not exactly my normal life, jet setting can only go on for so long πŸ™‚ Now I will just have to continue being jealous of your incredible ski trips! But absolutely, a bit of routine will probably feel quite nice! πŸ™‚

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  3. Jessica says:

    oooh Kayaking. I would love to try that someday. πŸ™‚
    the bunny is on a leash.! haha. too cute.

    The thing I love about running in my hometown/ area is the country roads and gorgeous views, I never get tired of it. I love to refuel with coffee and a a donut. haha. I know, not the healthest, but the sprinkle donuts just make me soo happy.!


  4. ollieruns says:

    I usually have a yoghurt or something after running but I find it hard to eat much right afterwards. And have been kayaking before and it was hard yakka! But so fun with others. And I love that it takes ten minutes for me to get to the gravel roads- a break from civilisation and I have made good friends a long those roads if you consider sheep and cows friends?? 😊


    • Yeah it’s definitely fun with others because it’s easy to talk, unlike running! But by myself I would probably need some music or something to be entertained πŸ™‚ A yoghurt is great for refueling! Carbs and protein πŸ˜‰ Sheep and cows are definitely my friends when I run in NZ, the goats are my mortal enemies though, do you ever come across them? They are so aggressive!

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