|Hardened CXWORX Athletes (photo: LES MILS)|
|Something like what I look like after CXWORX|
After the CXWORX class, I went for a trail run. I have been expanding my knowledge and repertoire of the running trails available where I regularly run, so I can comfortably cover more than 10km of mixed terrain in the heat of the day, and always have beaut views and wild surroundings in which to enjoy my run. It is awesome to feel my fitness levels increasing, even just in the last week, some extra training and distance seems to be improving my speed and stamina.
Excitingly, I have sorted out my flights and accommodation for the Routeburn Classic. It is a relief to have everything booked, and to know that my supporters (cheers M & D) will be coming to cheer me on at the finish. Alternatively they can join the search party to look for my exhausted and kea-pecked carcass if it turns out that I have bitten off far more than I can chew....maybe I should wait to jest until after the event! The only major thing that I have left to sort out is whether or not to purchase the tailored nutrition plan that is offered specifically for Routeburn Classic runnings. I think that the plan sounds pretty comprehensive and I would be a rather worth while investment, especially as I am still feeling my way a bit with the race-fueling side of things.
|Introducing my new "ROADIES"|
|...and my faithful trail companions|
I haven't quite worn out my old pair, so I will keep using them for trail running, and then break in the new pair, and hopefully have them nice and limber in plenty of time for the ROUTEBURN CLASSIC!
And last but not least, I have been entering a few more races, the Porirua Grand Traverse, which is a couple of weeks before the Routeburn, and a few trail races for the months after. Now that I am back to being an impoverished university student I am tossing up between traveling (often quite a distance) to races (can be a bit pricey), but which I love (atmosphere, motivation, people, practice), or saving my pennies and training on some of the fantastic near-home training grounds that I have discovered over the summer. It is really nice to have some fab hills, and some great views to run with.