I’ve been seeking a new challenge outside of racing for a little while, and being roped into a half marathon by a friend at Christmas was the perfect chance to give something new a try.
I’m big on my fitness and in my early 20s I took part in regular endurance multisport events, but for the past few years I’ve spent more of my time in the gym.
Getting back out onto the pavement was a shock to the system at first, but regular training in the build up to the 2018 Air New Zealand Half Marathon had me well prepared as I took the starters gun, crossing the line one hour, thirty minutes and four seconds later.
I was surprised to have finished 24th overall, and ninth in my age group (20-30) – but even more surprised by just how fun it was running competitively in a pack, picking off ‘lapped traffic’ just like I would on the race track.
Yes, it’s fair to say I’ve got the running bug now. It’s the start of something…
So I’ve decided to enter more events throughout the year – on the road, off the road and on all other types of terrain including forests, rocks and sand.
I’ll be running for the animals, raising funds for the SPCA along the way as part of my new role and an Official #SPCAAmbassador for New Zealand.
I’ll be posting details of my online fundraising page for this in the run up to the next event – the Tauhara Trail Run (21km) in Taupo on July 1st.