The one with goat running and how times change

Home sweet home in New Zealand.

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Got reacquainted with my cat

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And reacquainted with a whole lot of sheep (more sheep than people by far in our weird/awesome little country… chasing them out of our garden is always a good time)

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Obsessed over my sisters hair skills

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And went for a run and got chased by the goats as usual.

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There is just something so special about running the hills of my childhood.

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I learnt to drive on this road, came home from school and ballet along it every day, got held up by cows crossing, and now have been pounding the pavement with my running on it for the last 7 years.

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Whenever I run here again now I always reflect on where I am in both my running and my life.

I’ve run it and been obsessed with getting faster and thatย was awesome.

Now I run it and don’t think aboutย pace and time and endurance. I walk a few hills. I take photos of the pretty sheep. I gaze at the green hills and think of my childhood here. I run only for enjoyment and that’s pretty awesomeย too. I feel slightly amazed at my lack of drive to push myself for a faster run. There are definitely times when I enjoy running fast like a sweaty beast but when I’m home in the green rolling hills, I just want to drink in every second.

I feel like this is inextricably connected to my yoga practice. Before running was something to constantly do better in, which was awesome and I certainly cranked out runs faster than I do now. But yoga has pushed me more into letting go, into non-attachment to the final result and into more focus on the feel of the moment, the here-and-now of the running experience. Neither is better than the other, just different.

How times change.

I wonder where I will be in my running journey in another seven years?!

 

Finished off the day with a delicious home cooked meal

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And baked an apple cake to be enjoyed by a nice fire. Skillful, I know. I’ll let you believe that until I post the recipe tomorrow and you realise that there are basically three steps.

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It’s good to be back.

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How has your running changed over the years?

Do you care about different things with your running now than you did a few years ago?

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I'm a kiwi girl travelling the world and staying grounded through yoga and running! Come hang out and be besties with me while I attempt to navigate my crazy life :) For more details check out my About page!
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20 Responses to The one with goat running and how times change

  1. I want all of your home cooked meals. Especially that cake. Looks like you are having a wonderful trip home!! I can’t imagine how gorgeous it must be to run in NZ!

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    • I love running here- sooooo fresh and peaceful and brings me right back to my early running days! Come here and I will take you for a run in the hills but you will definitely have to slow down for me unless you want me to pass out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely day girl!

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  2. Loved this post and the photos. I have lots of childhood memories at your place too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Aw thanks darling! I have heaps of lovely memories of us there too- seven year olds searching for Norbert and important things like that! Good times! ๐Ÿ™‚ We all totally need to recreate one of our sleepovers with those books that we used to write in sometime- I found one a while ago and it was a total blast from the past! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Yes, post that recipe!! I enjoyed your beer bread recipe, and that cake looks delicious too. Love the picture of your cat. What a fuzzball!!!

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    • So glad you liked the beer bread! I am totally on the easier the better bandwagon when it comes to cooking/baking haha. Less room for me to mess up! ๐Ÿ™‚ She is such a fuzzball right? Sooo sweet and cuddly too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Vanessa says:

    Excuse the yelling:
    – Your cat is GORGEOUS, LOOK AT THAT
    – Running WITH GOATS? I’M MOVING RIGHT NOW.

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  5. babycrow says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pics! I loved your thoughts about how yoga has changed your running. And the way your memories are held in the landscape are so beautiful. Gods own country indeed!

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  6. Your cat is SO FLUFFY! What a cutie pie. And your apple cake looks amazing, 3 steps or not. I care a lot less about time at the moment in my running but I’d love to get back in really great running shape again…just not sure I can currently devote the time to it to make it happen..

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    • Sooo fluffy right? We actually gave her a bath not long after that! And then she went and laid in the dirt again… lol. I totally know what you mean, there is something wonderful about being in great running shape too! And I’m totally with you on the time thing…. I’m like hmm maybe while I’m in grad school it isn’t the time to pressure myself about it? Can feel lovely to take the pressure off too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. k8macdo says:

    Great pics. Visiting NZ one day is one of my dreams! It looks soooo beautiful. (Like that cake – !)

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  8. You’re so lucky your cat let you stroke him! My cats can be assholes, especially when you’ve been away for a while.

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  9. Jason says:

    It’s so beautiful there!!!

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