A marathon ef­fort in­deed

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Auck­lan­ders are be­ing urged to give up their couch-po­tato habits and Push Play this month. So re­porters Janie Smith and Jo­ce­lyn Rein vol­un­teered to go head to head in a 10km run. Will arts re­porter Jo­ce­lyn show her style on Novem­ber 2, or will po­lice re­porter Janie lay down the law?

body parts stop wob­bling in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions and de­cide to move in har­mony.

A girl can dream. “the begin­ner’s marathon”.

The last run­ning race I en­tered was the in­ter­me­di­ate school crosscoun­try when I was 11.

My for­ays into run­ning since then have been few and far be­tween and haven’t re­sulted in much more than a pair of red, itch­ing thighs and the be­gin­nings of shin splints.

And un­til a year ago, the thought of ever en­ter­ing an­other was laugh­able.

But here I am, one Les Mills mem­ber­ship, about a hun­dred cycling classes and a few crash di­ets later, en­ter­ing for the first time into the ma­nia that is the Auck­land Marathon.

Even though I ac­ci­den­tally-on-pur­pose missed out on reg­is­ter­ing for the half marathon, or “mara” as the pros say, I feel the 10km op­tion is a solid start­ing block.

Af­ter get­ting over the ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment that I won’t be al­lowed to run over the har­bour bridge, I’m quite ex­cited.

A friend re­cently com­pleted a whole marathon. All 42 kilo­me­tres of it. How hard can 10km be?

The only thing left to do is start train­ing, some­thing I’ve never tried but which sounds in­ter­est­ing, and a lot more pro­fes­sional than “go­ing for a jog.”

Any train­ing hints and tips would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Hard slog: Re­porters Jo­ce­lyn Rein, left, and Janie Smith start train­ing for the 10km quar­ter marathon.

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