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RaceTeam - Return Week 8


WEEK 8 Newsletter

The training peak is nearly behind us

We are getting to the peak in our training and at this stage you are feeling fitter but you are probably feeling a bit tired as well. The good news is you only have a few weeks to go, all the hard work you have done will pay off on race day, just remember to  stick to the programme. 

Good luck with your long run, it's only 3 weeks to go team. 

Wanaka Half Marathon Post Race Function


Date: Saturday 24 March 2018
Time: From 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Gin and Raspberry, 155 Ardmore Street

RSVP's close Wednesday 21 March
All the details about the function are here including how to RSVP:

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  • Saturday 10 March 7.30am
    Meeting Point: Burwood Forest Carpark (entrance off Waitikiri Drive)
    Map of Run: Click here
    This map is for all of our groups, you will be doing a portion of this course.

    Course Description:
    All roads are open, please run on the footpath at all times and be aware ofyour surroundings. Stick to the road rules 100% team!

  • Starting at Burwood Forest carpark, we run out of the carpark onto Waitikiri Drive, turn left. 
  • Follow Waitikiri Drive all the way to Rothesay Road, turn left
  • Run along Rothesay Road until you get to Broadhaven Ave, cross over at our cones and follow Broadhaven Ave to Bower Ave, turn left which turns into Aston Drive.
  • Follow Aston Drive to the very end - Beach Road. Cross over at our cones and turn left. 
  • You will then be on Marine Parade. Follow Marine Parade until your turn around marker
  • KM markers out for RaceTeam: 7km, 8.5km

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With only weeks to go in the programme there are some big mistakes that we can make before race day. Here are some key points to stay focused on that will help you have the best performance come the race.  

 You have done enough: The closer we get to race day the more doubt we experience. This doubt can cause us to make decisions that will have a negative effect on our performance. Right now we are allowing our bodies to recover and build strength which will equal a good race, don’t add extra sessions in or catch up for ones that you have missed. You need to trust that you have done enough and just stick to the programme from here - but still come to all sessions, finish this off strong.

Stay away from extra cross-training exercise: Because your running is reducing at this point it can be tempting to think that you should add extra gym sessions or other types of exercise in. Doing this will hinder your taper and your race day performance.
If you desperately want to add extra exercise in, aim to do a stretch class, yoga or body balance class. This way you can tick your exercise box, help aid recovery and not damage your chance of a good performance. 

It’s time for great habits: When we are in our taper phase and the body is recovering we want to do everything we can to help it. Now is the time to make sure you are putting good nutrients into your machine ;o) It’s also time to catch up on some well needed rest, aim to get to bed earlier or allow yourself a longer sleep in a couple times a week if you can make it work. 

A big part of being a good athlete is knowing what to do when you aren’t training. This time is just as important as the time you have spent out on the footpaths. Remind yourself that your focus is on recovery and allow your body to build towards race day. By doing this you will increase your chance of having a race that you can be proud of.

With your taper coming up it is a good time to focus on your body care work as you lead up to the race. Here is a video series which highlights foam roller workouts. If you don't have a foam roller you can use a bottle wrapped in a towel.

  • Good luck for your longest run this coming Saturday. Be smart and run wisely ;o). Remember to practice your nutrition for this run. 
  • Become familiar with the race details including making sure you have registered: Click here

  • We are close team, stick to the programme and be great at consistency. 


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RACETEAM Christchurch 2018

Our next RaceTeam is RaceTeam Christchurch beginning the week following your Wanaka race. We are training for the Christchurch Half Marathon on Sunday 3 June. 

Registrations are open now: 

'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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