Not exactly bionic – yet
With just three weeks to go until the Auckland Marathon, we check in with self-proclaimed couch potatoes Jocelyn Rein and Janie Smith to see how they’re going with their challenge to Push Play. Has police reporter Janie got the legs to go the distance or will arts reporter Jocelyn outpace her?
By Janie Smith
With only three weeks until the quarter marathon, hitting the gym has become serious business.
I’ve taken to hogging a treadmill and refusing to budge, turning redder and sweatier by the minute as other people come and go.
My running is moving ahead, perhaps not in leaps and bounds but at a nice steady jogging pace. After trying out 5km and finding my lungs still working, I went for 7.5km.
Reaching that three-quarter mark gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.
As I forced my legs to keep moving for the last 100 metres, I felt like an Olympic athlete, a medical marvel, the Lance Armstrong of the running world.
That is until I emailed a friend to boast and he told me he’d run 34km the same night. In the face of such fitness and stamina, I went back to feeling like a mildly enthusiastic slug.
But I’ll keep up the cycling, boxing and jogging and hold out for the buzz of finishing the whole 10km, which will be the farthest I’ve run in my life.
By Jocelyn Rein
I’m ashamed to admit it, but getting out of bed on a Saturday before 11am is pretty rare.
Rising at 8am and going for a run? Unprecedented.
But the big day is drawing near and it’s time to get serious.
That’s why last weekend I found myself pounding the pavement in the early hours alongside a surprising number of fellow joggers and dog-walkers.
Who knew there was life before noon on a weekend?
The great thing about running, I’m finding, is the sense of comradeship. It’s almost like a secret society. Normal people by day, transformed into athletes in their local streets.
And there’s also a runners’ etiquette. You must never pass a fellow runner without acknowledging them with a smile or a gasping “hi”. Each smug in the knowledge that we are out testing ourselves while others sit at home.
I found great benefit this week in advice on breathing from a co-worker and runner. Slowly in through the nose and out through the mouth for the first kilometre is key.
So 9km down in just under an hour. What’s one more?
Push play: Jocelyn Rein, left, and Janie Smith are put through their paces in preparation for the 10km Auckland Marathon on November 2.