Ladies, on your mark ... get set ...
It’s crunch time. We challenged our reporters Janie Smith and Jocelyn Rein to ditch their couch potato habits and get into training for the 10km run of the Auckland Marathon. With just two days until they hit the start line, do they have what it takes to go the distance? Find out next week how they fared.
By Janie Smith
It’s only two sleeps until the big day and I’m not freaking out nearly as much as I expected to be.
Most of my confidence, which may yet prove unwarranted, comes from the intensive boot camp sessions my fellow runner Jocelyn and I have been doing.
Fitness trainer Simon Dickens kindly invited us along to take part in the last three weeks of a five-week programme which has seen us running up and down hills, pumping weights and doing squats.
It also achieved the minor miracle of getting me out of bed before 7am.
Simon and wife Claire set up Auckland Boot Camp Fitness earlier this year, running five-week programmes for people of all fitness levels.
The sessions take place at 6am three mornings a week in One Tree Hill Domain and combine cardiovascular exercises like walking and running with high intensity training.
The couple have been working in the health and fitness industry for more than a decade and use their experience to motivate people and help them achieve their goals.
“I love being outdoors. What we’re doing with group fitness, we’re doing with a view to help people achieve amazing results and get more out of life,” says Simon.
In the future, he would like to help people prepare for specific sporting events and also run wedding fitness programmes for people looking to tone up before tying the knot.
They are also running two more intensive twoweek courses in the lead up to Christmas.
As for me, the extra training has definitely lifted my fitness levels and left me feeling as prepared as I’ll ever be for the biggest run of my life to date.
Auckland City Harbour News readers have a chance to win a two-week course by emailing the name of the park where the Auckland Boot Camp is held to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday.
Don’t forget to include your name, address and daytime phone number.
For more information contact Simon on 633-0055 or 021-855-555.
By Jocelyn Rein
This week there is news and bad news.
The good news: I good successfully completed a trial 10km run on the weekend.
Thanks to the help of www.mapmyrun.com I have found the perfect route on which to improve my technique and whittle down my time.
The bad news: After sustaining a hip injury during the aforementioned run, I will no longer be able to use this great route, instead resorting to plenty of bed rest, gentle walking and sports massage in the hopes of recovering in time for this Sunday’s race.
And things were looking so good as well.
Three weeks of intensive boot camp with Simon and Clairetraining has seen us hitting the slopes of One Tree Hill Domain three mornings a week.
When you get past the 6am starts, slogging our guts out is really not so bad when surrounded by a tranquil park and lots of baby lambs.
The sessions have challenged us to the extreme but have been totally worthwhile and until last weekend I was feeling fit and confident.
I’m hoping the hip will come right with plenty of TLC and rest. Fingers crossed I make it to the starting line.
Feeling fit: Boot camp instructors Claire, left, and Simon Dickens stretch with reporters Janie Smith, centre, and Jocelyn Rein.