Running the Abel Tasman

Running the Abel Tasman

Posted on 7th Jun 2016

Working and exercising together is just what Hiking NZ Marketing Coordinator Michelle McConnon and I do. We try hard not to talk about work when we are out running and cycling (Instagram posts don’t count) but talking about exercise at work is perfect! It is all part of our company health and well-being programme.

Running the Abel Tasman was proving to be a bit of a nemesis for Michelle. A bunch of us girls spent a weekend there in 2013 and ran a portion of the track in a day, but unfortunately Michelle took ill and had to spend the day in bed while we all ran. We tried to relieve her FOMO (fear of missing out), but you can only talk down endless golden sand beaches and a perfectly undulating trail for running so far.

This time was going to be different – it had to be! We gathered five of our usual #midweekmission girls to hit the road after school drop off on the Friday morning, and within 20 minutes, the first coffee stop was already called for.

As with any good weekend away in rural New Zealand, the first night needs to be spent in the local pub. Being in the very heart of winter, there wasn’t much choice in Kaiteriteri, but then again we didn’t need selection as the ‘Beached Whale’ provided everything we needed – roaring fire, nice pinot and tasty wood-fired pizza.