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Bring on the Tarawera 50K

Monday, July 18th, 2016

I’m back! Last year my BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) was to complete the Queenstown marathon, which I ticked off not necessarily in style, or in the time that I was aiming for, but got the job done anyway. For anyone who is contemplating doing this run – do it! Not only is it a beautiful scenic run, […]

Job Done – Jennifer McBride

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Running a marathon is hard. That may be an obvious statement, but it is really hard and I think that there are few experiences in adult life that require such a sustained force of will. How do I know this….. Saturday 21 November saw me lining up with 2000+ runners for the Queenstown marathon. I […]

Trusting the Process – Jennifer McBride

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Five more sleeps…… I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous….Even though it has been months in the making, it still feels like marathon day is coming around way too fast! Last week was my first of two taper weeks and it feels very odd to be having at least […]

Charlene Smart: Respect the Run

Monday, November 9th, 2015

I am now less than two weeks from The Ultimate Goal and my last long run was yesterday. I completed my 7th half marathon race – the Selwyn half marathon. My goal for a long time has been to do a half marathon under two hours, it has always been in the back of my […]

Charlene Smart: The Final Countdown

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

It seemed like just yesterday that I committed to running a full marathon, it was actually nearly 11 months ago and we are now heading for the final countdown! It is just over two weeks to go before I can officially call myself a marathon runner. The Queenstown Marathon has been my focus for nearly […]

Time to taper – Emma Hayes

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

It is now only 12 days until race day or you might say 288 hours or 17,280 minutes or perhaps 1,036,800 seconds. The last of the long runs happened during Labour weekend and it was 28 wonderful kilometres along the Little River Rail trail. The previous week I did a 30km run along Summit Road and […]

Rainbows and Unicorns – Jennifer McBride

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

I was going to write this update last week but due to unplanned events my head space wasn’t where it should have been.  Recently I have become acutely aware of that all-important mental aspect to persevering when things get difficult and the thoughts and the self-talk that goes on in my head can seriously affect […]

Melbourne and Moët – Pauline Lay

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A few years ago my husband Mike ran the Gold Coast marathon, I ran the Half. We had bought a bottle of Moët duty free and had it waiting on ice in our hotel ready to pop the cork and celebrate our success after the race. Unfortunately Mike ended up on an intravenous drip after […]

Charlene Smart: The life of a professional runner

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

At this current moment I am a professional runner, and by professional runner I mean that I am currently not working so have all the time in the world to run…. I was recently made redundant and finished working last week. I said to Richard until I manage to get myself another job that I […]

Get Emma to 50km

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

I look and cringe as to when I last blogged and it was 20th August!! Time really does fly. It has been a really, really REALLY busy time which has made for interesting training times and locations over the last month. August We had Spring Challenge on 30th August at the Raspberry Cafe in Tai […]