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Emma Gribben


What event are your training for and what is your goal?
Training for the 2016 Queenstown Marathon – my first full marathon. I just want to complete it but under 4hours if the body allows me to and see if I can finish in the top 100 of my gender and age category of 20-29 years (based on last year’s results for Full Marathon runners I need to have a time of around 3:56:00 to achieve that.  Last year my half marathon Queenstown results were a new Half Marathon PB of 1:54:01  (position 308 out of 2756 females running the Half & 897 out of 4273 half marathon runners, 109 out of 693 runners in the 20-29 age group)  Also going to be training for the Motatapu Off-road Marathon 2017 (I was going to be doing this in 2018 but figured I may as well do it next year with all the training I’m doing now).

What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?
I have done 5 or 6 half marathons now and when I ran the Queenstown Half last year and saw people twice my age (I was only 27 at the time) coming across the finish line after doing the Full marathon I thought why they heck am I not doing that too.

What is your background and how did you get into your sport?
I grew up playing team sports like Soccer, Netball and Rugby.
I’m regularly in the gym weight training.
I used to HATE running. I had a few friends doing 5k, 10k and half marathon events so joined them in their training and found I was able to keep up with them and actually found it enjoyable and I’ve really grown to love it.

What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
Favourite event so far has been the Queenstown Half Marathon 2015.

Why?
It was a well organised event and such a beautiful place to run. The weather was excellent. The people I ran with were amazing. I had friends running with me. We all ran different times but it was great to have us all supporting each other when we came over the finish line

What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
I just love to run. I don’t care where it is, what the weather is doing, just as long as I can get out and go as far as I can. I don’t always run with a goal in mind. Sometimes it’s just to get out and have a look around and maybe stop and take a few photos if I see something spectacular like a great sunrise or sunset.

Who is your inspiration?
I am my own inspiration. I’ve never run for anyone other than myself – when I achieve a PB or just notice that I’m improving with each run it makes it all worthwhile, even on those training runs or events when you’re just not feeling it

Who is your biggest fan?
Most probably my Parents. They rarely are there to support me in person at events as they live in the North Island. I do get a message from them but it would be nice to have them support me in person. I’ve been able to entice them to come along and support me for the Queenstown Marathon this year.   However, I’m generally alone during training and at events so I’ve had to learn to become my own fan. I’ve had to learn to cheer myself on and stay positive to avoid hitting the wall. At time’s it’s tough but I manage. It’s even that much more sweeter when I achieve a PB, but also learning to take the positive out of the negative when I have a ‘bad’ run by trying to stay focused on what I did do well and not dwelling on what I didn’t achieve or do well.  In training though I do have a wonderful group of ladies I run with every few weeks. We all provide great support for each other and help push each other along,  We don’t always enter the same events, but when we do, we make sure we have a good de-brief over a beer.

Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
I was frequently underestimated as a teenager as I was overweight so one of my favourite inspirational quotes is:

“When someone tells you “You can’t”, turn around and say “Watch me””.  As I mentioned earlier, don’t dwell on why you didn’t do well or what you didn’t achieve. Take the positives out of the negative and focus on what you did do well – be grateful for the effort you did put in. Even a bad run is still a good run. Why? Because you got out there and you ran.

What is your favourite recovery food?
Just my normal every day food. Depends what time of day I run. If I run in the morning I’ll have poached eggs, avo and my homemade slaw with seeds (I avoid eating bread – I eat my oats though before I run).  If I run in the afternoon then it will be steak and veg.  After an event I’ll treat myself to something a bit naughty like a burger (burger fuel only), a beer and maybe a slice of cake/cheesecake.  After I complete the Queenstown Marathon this year it’s going to be the Hawaiian Swine Burger from Ferg Burger and a Beer from the Tofino Brewery Company on Vancouver Island that I brought back with my from my recent trip to Canada