Re­porter runs out of self-es­teem

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

If there is ever a call for zom­bie ex­tras in a Cen­tral Otago film or pro­duc­tion— I am your girl.

I have zom­bie moves per­fected af­ter spend­ing three days walk­ing part of the Cardrona-Roar­ing Meg Pack Track in the Pisa Con­ser­va­tion Area.

I was a bit re­luc­tant to go on the Satur­day morn­ing walk as I would be join­ing two pretty fit women.

It was a stun­ning Cen­tral Otago day – the sun was shin­ing, there was no wind and, as we got higher, the view was amaz­ing.

Re­porter Jo Mcken­zie-McLean takes a break walk­ing the Cardrona-Roar­ing Meg Pack Track with Kar­leigh Di­mond.

I am­not sure whether I was keep­ing up with the oth­ers, or they were keep­ing to a pace I could han­dle, but I man­aged to stick pretty close and huff and puff my way up.

Off-road shoes would have been help­ful. The higher we climbed the more slip­pery it got as we started slosh­ing through melted snow, skid­ding on ice and putting our feet through big drops hid­den un­der snow.

Hav­ing de­cided we had reached the top, we stopped for some scrog­gin and started to make our way down, which it was de­cided we would at­tempt to run in part. Gulp. No wor­ries.

It should come as no sur­prise to read­ers that less than 10 min­utes into the de­scent, af­ter nu­mer­ous shrieks and mir­a­cle saves, I flew into the air and, with mem­o­ries of my first race play­ing through my mind, I landed with a thud in a pud­dle of wet mud.

● Mu­mand Mir­ror re­porter Jo McKen­zie-McLean is train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km moun­tain run in March 2015.

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