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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 faster­fit­ness@gmail.com 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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Feel­ing fit: Boot camp in­struc­tors Claire, left, and Si­mon Dick­ens stretch with re­porters Janie Smith, cen­tre, and Jo­ce­lyn Rein.

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