Back to ba­sics for ‘bal­le­rina’

Journo puts faith in trainer

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Never in my life have I been told to run like a bal­le­rina and walk like an ele­phant. I just about choked with dis­be­lief when Terry Davis, dur­ing our first train­ing ses­sion for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km Moun­tain Run, told me to take off my shoes be­cause we were go­ing to run on con­crete.

Ha? This man is nuts I thought as I peeled off my socks and hid my shabby shoes from view. Catch­ing me, he says he thought my shoes would be in worse con­di­tion.

Thank­fully, I wasn’t made to run the streets yelp­ing as I dodged glass and chunks of stone – we ran to­gether along the steps of Cromwell’s Al­pha St foot­ball club where he started with the ba­sics – form.

Skip­ping across the steps show­ing me how run­ning should be done, he de­scribes it as keep­ing my feet un­der my body, be­ing light on my feet and to kind of dance like a bal­le­rina.

Now, there is a rea­son I took up tap dancing as a child and not bal­let. I can re­late to the ele­phant in me and walk with my arms swing­ing like a trunk, but to run like a bal­le­rina? I am­more than 90kg (yes, be­lieve it), 178cm tall and clumsy – there is noth­ing bal­le­rina-like about me. But throw­ing dig­nity to the wind and prob­a­bly look­ing hi­lar­i­ous from the street, I at­tempted to run like a bal­le­rina. Once Terry was sat­is­fied with my at­tempt we did some gen­tle laps around the foot­ball goal posts.

Bik­ing home to­gether – me with a child seat on the back I hadn’t had time to take off and flat tyres I didn’t have a pump for (which Terry said glee­fully was fine be­cause flat tyres make you work harder) – I was feel­ing ex­cited and ready for change.

Terry gave me my first lot of home­work – to run around the foot­ball goals eight times be­fore I see him again, and to read New York Times No 1 best­seller, Switch – How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath.

Yes sir.

Bare­foot: Re­porter Jo McKenzieMcLean works on her form and tries to run like a ‘‘bal­le­rina’’.

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