I have always liked a challenge and this year isn't any different - I have signed up to run my first ultra marathon - an off-road trail run in Rotorua, New Zealand - The Tarawera 50km. I have a training programme all sorted (thanks to coach Sue Brewster) and a great training buddy (Simone Guy). Sue and Simone have also signed up to run the 50km so we hope to have a blast.
|Taking a break on a Saturday morning training run|
I have run (jogged/walked) a number of marathons over the years but they have all been on the road - so trail running is really new to me - I entered a couple of trail events over the last few months and it is so much more fun than pounding the pavements (apart from the day I lost my running shoes in the mud at Riverhead). NZ is such a beautiful country and I am continually surprised by the many trails around that I never knew existed.
Training is now underway with just 14 weeks to go until the Tarawera 50km and early this morning Simone and I headed up to Long Bay, just North of Auckland, for a 2 hour training run - the weather was a bit gloomy with patches of heavy rain and hail (what can one expect in the middle of winter) - but nothing was going to dampen our enthusiasm to hit a new trail - the views were amazing and well worth getting up so early for. Until next time…..
|Heading towards Okura|
|On the way back to Long Bay Beach|