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RaceTeam - Return Week 7


WEEK 7 Newsletter



We are heading into the chunky part of the programme with your longest run coming up. 

At this stage of the programme, recovery is so important as is consistency. Stick to the programme team, once your longest run is completed the programme has not finished. If you want to be at the best of your ability come the Half Marathon, be consistent. 

This is your last opportunity to have a race day practice including pre-race day planning. 


Programme Note:

This week you have the last of your long Pace Sessions - so Monday morning crew you have your final 6am start and we have our last 7am start for everyone on Saturday. 




  • Saturday 3 March 7.00am * Note early start time*
    Meeting Point: Hansen Park, Opawa. Entrance off Hawford Rd
    Course Map: Click here

    Course Description:

    All roads are open, please follow the road rules 100% and be responsible for your own safety at all times.

  • This is an 8km lap course.
  • We start by running over the bridge at the end of this pathway.
  • Turn right. Follow Riverlaw Terrace all the way around. The river is on your RIGHT.
  • Cross over Ensors Rd, Wilsons/Waltham Roads, Tennyson St very carefully.
  • Follow the river all the way until you get to the small bridge marked by our cones on Palatine Terrace
  • Cross this bridge then continue straight up Malcolm Ave all the way to Colombo St. Turn right.
  • Run along Colombo St to Fisher Ave, turn right. 
  • Run down Fisher Ave to the river and turn left. You are now running on the opposite side of the river. 
  • Follow the river all the way back to Hansen Park. Repeat that lap. 
  • KM markers out: 1km, 2km, 3km.

20km runners: Out and back to 2km marker then 2 laps
22km runners: Out and back to 3km marker then 2 laps
26km runners: Out and back to 1km marker then 3 laps

Click on image to enlarge


Water Station

There will be 2 x water stations on this course.
1. Cnr Fisher Ave and Eastern Tce (approx 5.5km)
2. At the bridge at the start of each lap
Water will be provided at these stations, please carry any nutrition with you.


What is your personal challenge? 

Many of you have done RaceTeam several times, once you have achieved a goal of a half marathon once, it's hard replicate that experience, it is a pretty awesome achievement in itself but how do continue to find the motivation to push yourself?

The group environment is a great thing, but you also need to put some mental work in yourselves to find your own challenge, your own carrot that you are chasing to improve and perform at your best. 

You will have a goal you are chasing for this particular race. Whether it's a PB or whether your goal for this Raceteam has been to work on your nutrition, body care work or consistency, now is the time to refocus on this.

Take 10 mins and ask yourself some of these questions:

1. What have you done well so far?
2. Where can you improve?  
3. What are the habits that you know make you be consistent with your training and turn up to each session?
4. How are you going to work through to the end of this 10 weeks to the best of your ability?
5. Why are you doing this?
6. What is the goal you are going for?

Now is the time to put some time in and reflect and focus on that spark that gets you going, remind yourself why you are here, what your goal is and go for it. 

Here's a clip of Olympic champ Mo Farah talking about how he races.


  • Wanaka Post Race Function
    After the race we have arranged a post race function at Gin and Raspberry, 155 Ardmore Street 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Just drinks and a catch up..we will be asking for RSVP's from next week so keep an eye out.
  • Have you registered for the race?
    Make sure you have registered if not! Click here 
  • Our next RaceTeam is for the ASB Christchurch Half Marathon. This RaceTeam starts the week following your Wanaka race, so for those of you racing in Wanaka and who want to do Christchurch, we recommend you have a recovery week following your race and join in with RaceTeam in Week 2.

    We will be giving you a 9 week registration option so keep an eye out for that.

'Keep coming to the sessions even if you need to take it easy because you have had a busy day and are tired'-  Ange Soper

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