This post is dedicated to Taupo and all the wonderful people who design, build and maintain the public toilets. Yes, the humble public loo. For in Taupo they are plentiful and this Unsporty Woman is entirely grateful.
Training in Taupo
Here we are in beautiful Taupo New Zealand. Sounds cliché, but it’s true. This part of the world is simply stunning; beautiful, majestic, awe-inspiring. We are here in Pauly’s homeland essentially to visit his family but with The Great Ocean Road Marathon just around the corner (four weeks away) training must take priority.
Out of the 12 days that we are on holidays today was my day. Pauly took on the role of support and off I went for a 32km training run.
I ran around Lake Taupo – into town, then back out to the 19km mark, then back into town to finish up. It was the best long training run I’ve ever done. I didn’t feel like walking once. Great Ocean Road Marathon is 45kms and I could have kept on running to complete another 13kms. I’m feeling immensely encouraged!
What were the winning ingredients? The scenery was reviving. The weather was perfect: 18°C with a slight breeze. I was running somewhere different. But the biggest winner was that I managed to let go of home and worries and settle into the run like there was nothing more important in my life than running those 32kms. I let go. That’s such a hard thing to do, but just for this morning I let go.
Running gives precious time out no matter where we are and what’s going on. Running. Pure stress relief that is available without a prescription but has side effects that cause fitness, happiness and calm. Dosage? Whatever works!
Today I am one run stronger. Great Ocean Road Marathon, I’m a little more prepared to meet you.
What about the Taupo toilets? I’m in love with them. They are dotted around the lake in regular intervals. They are beautifully designed. They are perfect for runners with (ummm) issues. Three cheers for Taupo toilets! Taupo is THE benchmark for all things public loo. Thank you Taupo, you made my run a lot more (ummmm) comfortable today and I am eternally (and internally) grateful.
Happy running 🙂
PS On Saturday Pauly lines up for his second attempt at the Great PukeokaHu Man v Horse race. While my fingers have itched and twitched to register, I’ve successfully restrained myself. I will be support crew. I will not enter. I will not enter. No. I will not enter the horse race….But what if there is a team that needs a runner???…..I will not enter. I will not enter. I will not enter the horse race! I hope!
Debretts is wonderful. The pools are thermally heated with reviving natural minerals – it just bubbles up and out of the ground. In fact it goes through a cooling process before it gets to the pools. To find out more visit their web site.