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Epic - Week 1


WEEK 1 Newsletter

Welcome to Epic 2019

Over the next 10 weeks you are going to be challenged both mentally and physically, there will be days where you wonder if you can go on, where you will find your limit.

We are all working towards the same goal - the Epic Half Marathon which will push you to your maximum and whilst this will challenge you it will also grow you in ways that will be so rewarding. Well done for signing up and let's get ready to find that next level.  

Welcome back to those of our team who have done Epic before, to those of you who have done other Extra Mile Runners programmes before and to our runners who are joining us for their very first time - you are stepping into a very supportive and welcoming team.

Welcome to Week 1, your Epic team is ready to go!

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This Week's Sessions

  • Monday 24 June, 6:10am
    Meeting Point: Hagley Netball Courts, Sth Hagley Park (hospital end of courts)
    HIIT/Track Session
    (Optional: Bring a mat or a towel to this session as some of the HIIT circuit is on the ground)

  • Wednesday 26 June, 6:00am* (note earlier start time)
    Meeting Point: Outside Zeroes Cafe, 81 Cashmere Rd.
    Hill Repeats (refer your programme)
    The session starts with a 20min (10min out and back) flat warm up followed by 30mins hill repeats up Hackthorne Road.

    > Warm Up Course: Click here 
    (Please use the zebra crossing by the playground to cross over Cashmere Road in both directions. Turnaround at 10mins and return to the bottom of Hackthorne Road, do not stop - take note of your time and start your hill repeat section).

    > Hill Repeat Course: Click here
    The Hill Repeat course is straight up Hackthorne Road to approx 250m. There will be a cone at the turn around point for you.  Run up to the cone, turnaround and run back down to the bottom of Hackthorne Road. Please keep left on footpath at all times and watch out for other runners. Repeat. You do as many hill repeats as you can for the time specified on your programme. 

  • Saturday 29 June, 7:30am
    Meeting Point: Opposite Zeroes Cafe, 81 Cashmere Road
    Course Map: Click here     
    Session: 10km Race

    Course Description
    All roads are open, please run on the footpath at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Stick to the road rules 100% and be responsible for your own safety. 

  • Starting opposite Zeroes Cafe, run towards Princess Margaret Hospital following the riverside pathway.

  • Continue along, past the Cashmere Rd shops. Turn right into Hoonhay Road.

  • Run up Hoonhay Road to Rose Street, turn right.

  • Continue up Rose St all the way to Barrington St. Turn right.

  • Run towards the hills and at Ashgrove Terrace, turn right. Follow the river all the way along to Ferniehurst St, turn right and the 5km marker will be along here.

  • KM markers out: 5km

Saturday's Course: Click on image to enlarge



"Check in" and Roll Calls: 
Weekday sessions: When you arrive, please "check in" with the coach taking the Epic Roll Call. They keep attendance via a phone App (they aren't checking Facebook ;o)),

Saturday sessions: When you arrive please "check in" by ticking yourself off the paper roll call which will be on a table at the session. 

You have 3 group sessions per week. An outline of each session is below.
Please remember to bring a GPS watch or Stopwatch to every run.

Key Bag:
We have a key bag for your car keys and will look after these for you during the session. Any other gear that you bring is your responsibility, we haven't had anything go missing yet (touch wood!) but just so you are aware. 

We will take you through stretches at the end of your session then you are free to go!

What to bring to the sessions:

  • Headlamp: Please bring a headlamp to every run - this is mandatory

  • Watch: with stopwatch function that you can see in the dark!
    (GPS ideally but not compulsory)

  • Mat: For ground exercises in HIIT/Track Session (Monday morning)

  • Warm gear for pre-post run

  • Knowledge of what each of your sessions involve

RaceTeam epic Programme

Please download your programme now - PDF or .xlsx versions available. 

Epic 2019 Progrmme

Download Programme (PDF)
Download Programme (.xlsx)

Within this programme there are 2 different levels you can choose from: Intermediate or Advanced.  You can choose which level you do, the main difference between the two is the Advanced level has a Sunday run.  

There is also a comments page where you can put your daily comments on your training and a fridge checklist that you can print off, put on your fridge so you can give yourself a tick each day you complete your training.

Session Outline


Monday Morning: 6.10am
Location: Netball Courts, South Hagley Park
Description: HIIT / Track
What to bring: Headlamp, mat or towel

We start with a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) section first (approx 9mins) then we go straight into the Track session. It will be intense. For the first couple of sessions just take it easy on the HIIT component if you haven't done these movements before. By Week 3 - start to pick up the intensity.

After your HIIT section we go straight into the track session. There are cones set out on the netball courts that you run around. Refer to your programme for these sets, you don't need to remember them as the coach will direct you at the session but it's a good idea to be familiar with the session before you begin. Our coach will be guiding you through this session calling out your intervals for both the HIIT and Track component. 

Hill Repeat Session

Wednesday Morning: 6.00am (earlier start time on Wednesdays)
Location: Meet at Zeroes Cafe, 81 Cashmere Road
Description: Hill Repeat Strength Session
What to bring: Headlamp

The Hill Repeat session is your strength session. We start with a flat warm up and then hit the hill. There will be a cone approx 250m up Hackthorne Road that you run up to, turnaround and come back to the start. Repeat. You do as many hill repeats as you can in the allocated time within that session (refer to your  programme each week). From Week 5 we introduce some sprinting within the hill repeats.

Please keep your own time within this session. 


Saturday morning 7.30am
Note: There will be some 7am starts for the long runs within the Epic programme. We will let you know when these are in the weekly newsletter for those relevant weeks. 
Location: Various

This is your long run session. You will see on your programme that the distances increase each week until we get to the longest run in Week 7.  Refer to your programme and weekly newsletters for each week's session. 

These Saturday runs will cover the sections of the Epic Half Marathon course so by the end of the programme you will be familiar with the entire course for race day. 

Epic Half Marathon Course 

Below is the map of the Epic 2019 Half Marathon that you will do on Saturday 31 August. By the end of the 10 weeks training you will have done every section of this course so on race day you put it all together ;o)

Note: This course is subject to change and will be confirmed closer to race day. 

As we get closer to race day we will send you a full course briefing and description. This map above gives you an idea of what you are working towards over the next 10 weeks. Just remember - focus on one session at a time.

Body Care

Over the next 10 weeks you are going to be pushing your bodies to their limits. It is crucial that you spend time on body care throughout the programme. 

We highly recommend you visit the Runners World Yoga Centre and get into the habit of doing 2-3 of these stretch sequences a week, they are free to access:

You are going to feel like you are being pushed to the edge with RaceTeam Epic. This week's inspiration is an example of some runners going to that edge!    

  • Make sure you bring a GPS watch to every session.

  • Please bring a headlamp to every session.

  • Please bring a mat/towel to the Monday morning session.

  • Good shoes! These are the tool of your trade for the next 10 weeks. If you haven't had new shoes for a while, make sure you go to a good shoe fitting retailer (we recommend Shoe Clinic at Westfield Riccarton) and get yourself fitted into the right shoe. At the Shoe Clinic, mention you are from Extra Mile Runners and they will give you a discount (we don't receive any commission from any sales, we just believe these guys know what they are talking about when it comes to running shoes).

  • Please bring warm gear for before and after your session and layers - it is winter and it will be cold, wet and possible sleety.

  • There will be a lot of new people joining our team next week. If you have been a part of the team for a while make sure you give them a great Extra Mile Runners welcome.

'Keep the chart on the fridge. Tick off each day as you achieve. Be proud to tell people.' - Pauline Sullivan

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