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.
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.