Reporter runs out of self-esteem
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.