Train­ers make it hard to say no

Is a woman on a mis­sion – drop weight, get fit, com­pete in the North­burn Sta­tion 50km Moun­tain Run in March. She re­ports on progress.

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

It turns outmy train­ers for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km event are also match-mak­ers.

When race di­rec­tor Terry Davis isn’t tut-tut­ting how many cheese rolls I ate for lunch and send­ing me into pad­docks to run up hills with crazy farm an­i­mals, Chantel Knox, from NRG Health and Fit­ness has been flick­ing out her mea­sur­ing tape, set­ting me up with a gym pro­gramme and ar­rang­ing ran­dom ex­er­cise dates.

My com­mit­ment to this in­sane/ex­cit­ing chal­lenge has co­in­cided with the start of a 20-Week Chal­lenge so the gym seems to be full of women, like my­self, set­ting goals and keen to get back into shape.

‘‘The 20-Week Chal­lenge will be a great start­ing point for you,’’ Chantel says with a smile far too bright for the un­godly hour of the morn­ing I have man­aged to get there.

With bed-teased hair and half-crusted eyes I agree to an­other chal­lenge as I heave my way up a hill climb on the tread­mill.

When you are un­fit like my­self, it takes just about all your en­ergy and con­cen­tra­tion to keep one foot in front of the other on the tread­mill, so when Chantel is talk­ing I can see her lips mov­ing, but hon­estly I can’t hear much – it’s not re­ally reg­is­ter­ing. (I have since told her to write her key points down so I can read them later). How­ever, my ears pricked up when she sug­gested cut­ting out al­co­hol for the du­ra­tion of the 20-Week Chal­lenge. ‘‘Now, just hang on a minute there Chantel’’ . . . with a glare that must have been deadly . . . we agreed to ‘‘limit’’ my drink­ing – and she re­as­sured me I prob­a­bly won’t even feel like drink­ing once I get fit­ter and see the cen­time­tres de­crease.

So while we ne­go­ti­ate my al­co­hol in­take and how many ‘‘treats’’ I amal­lowed she in­tro­duces me to a woman be­side me on the tread­mill. Be­fore I know it she has snapped our pic­ture, posted it on Face­book and sent a mes­sage to an­other 20-week chal­lenger that we will meet her at the 45th par­al­lel steps on Sun­day.

She even went as far as writ­ing our re­spec­tive phone num­bers down for each other and run­ning out the door wav­ing it in the air for me to put in my pocket.

Terry is just as keen to set me up as Chantel. While plan­ning out an ex­er­cise plan for the next few weeks – he de­cides his friend Debby Wal­lis would be a per­fect run­ning part­ner. He cold calls her and puts her on the spot – awk­ward! She ob­vi­ously can’t say no with me lis­ten­ing in on the speaker-phone con­ver­sa­tion.

Un­der duress, she agrees and he sets a date up for a 6am run the next morn­ing.

There is no muck­ing around with Terry, and as our ses­sion wraps up, he leaves me with the wise words from Yoda ( Star Wars): ‘‘There is no ‘try’. There is only ‘do’ or ‘not do’.

Get­ting fit: An early morn­ing ses­sion with Chantel Knox from NRG Health and Fit­ness.

High hopes: Re­porter Jo McKen­zie-McLean on a hill climb ‘‘date’’ with other Catch Fit­ness 20-Week Chal­lengers to help with train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km Moun­tain Run in Cen­tral Otago she is do­ing in March.

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