Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Race= entered

I have entered a race! I have entered the 5km distance at the Whangamata run walk festival. It is on the 6th September 2014, and I have competed in this race before. It's nice and close to where I live, so thought it'll be the perfect starting point.

Whangamata is a gorgeous beach town on the eastern coast of the Coromandel peninsular, only about an hours drive from my house. Quite often busy in the summer, it is a great holiday destination. My partner's family have been going every year for a long time now, so they know Whangamata quite well. There are a great range of shops, in particular, the surf shops are excellent!

The course of the 5km is all on-road and is a loop, starting and finishing at the Whangamata area school. 

From the website, 'All three courses take in spectacular views of ocean beach & pristine bush-clad hills along the way. The pride of the Coromandel, Whangamata, boasts a wide range of recreational choices including:  surfing, fishing, kayaking, tramping, mountain biking, birdwatching as well as plenty of shopping, arts and crafts, plus great cafes, restaurants and bars!'

I did this same race in 2010 with a time of 36 minutes, I'm aiming to better this time with 35 minutes or less, I would be really happy with 34 minutes! 

Currently, I can run 5km in about 40 minutes, so will work on increasing my speed with incorporating speed intervals into my training runs. I'm hoping that now I'm slowly getting better, I'll be able to get back into a good running routine.


  1. Congrats!!! And good luck! But remember not to be too hard on yourself regarding finishing times - if you're running 5km in 40 minutes now, dropping a whole six minutes off that time within two months is quite a task, although certainly not impossible. Speed work will definitely help with that, and remember - hills are speed work in disguise, so it can't hurt to throw in a few of those too ;) The most important thing is to have fun. I look forward to hearing how you get on!

  2. Thanks for your tips kreachr! I really like to give myself a challenge, especially in a race as I'm pretty competitive! And know I usually run faster in a race too. But, it's just something to aim for, if I don't do this race in that time, I'll just have to enter another race :-)