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