Jo can now talk while she is run­ning

Mum and re­porter Jo McKen­zie-McLean is tak­ing on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of her life, train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km moun­tain run in March . . . She re­ports on her progress.

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5km runs and chats with my nice new friend Debby— she an­nounces with the stern­ness of school teacher—‘‘right . . . nice Debby has gone. It’s time to step this train­ing up.’’

Runs are go­ing to in­crease in fre­quency and dis­tance. At the weekend I have to do at least one ‘‘long run’’ and I need more, much more, hill work.

To achieve the lat­ter, Glen Chris­tiansen has stepped up to help out and has taken us on some pretty chal­leng­ing tracks.

If I thought get­ting up in the morn­ing was hard, get­ting en­thused to run up a hilly track in the cold and dark af­ter a day’s work is just as off-putting.

Our first night-time ad­ven­ture was up the Py­lon Track. De­spite taunts of 1980s hor­ror movie vil­lains hid­ing in the bushes, I wasn’t fright­ened. In fact, walk­ing at night was tran­quil and en­er­gis­ing, and the views of the Cen­tral Otago night sky were def­i­nitely worth sac­ri­fic­ing a cozy couch for.

■ The Py­lon Track is a pri­vate track and per­mis­sion must be sought from the man­ager of North­burn Sta­tion to ac­cess it.

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