A perfect holiday for me is a mixture of exercise and shopping amidst a backdrop of spectacular scenery, and my 3 days in Queenstown ticked all 3 boxes. I found my favourite denim brand, G-star, at a shop called Detour. I must have spent nearly an hour trying on almost every G-star item of clothing that they had in store. I left with 2 skirts, 1 jumper, 1 vest, 1 dress and a belt (oops and a pair of Italian shoes).
Having breakie every morning at Vudu was a great way to start the day and fuel those bones for the all important half marathon. The short drive to picturesque Arrowtown is worth a look; as well as hopping on the TSS Earnslaw (the vintage steamship) for a tour around the mountains and Lake Wakatipu. It is so true what they say – ‘don’t leave home ’till you’ve seen the country’.
It was a pity for all us runners on Saturday that the heavens unfolded with enough rain and puddles to scare away even the most hardened of ducks who were sheltering for cover as we all sloshed by. We were wet, cold, muddy and not remotely interested in enjoying the scenery and magnificent views that were the major attraction for running the race. To not skid down the ramp towards the finish line was an accomplishment, however my lovely white, clean and fairly new Nike running shoes will never be the same again. Can’t wait to run it again next year.