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.
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.