Week 7 Newsletter
The Long Run
Big sessions coming up
We have our longest run in Week 7, this is a great opportunity for you to practice every thing that you are going to do on final run day. In this week's education we are going to give you some tips on how to be successful.
One of the most important things to consider over the next weeks of training is making sure you look after you body after the long run. After your long run your body will be extremely tired so it is at this time you want to do everything possible to help it recover. This will include good nutrition, a long stretch, a massage if you can get one sorted, and an afternoon nap will help as well. It's all about looking after yourself and aiding your recovery as best as possible.
Week 7 Sessions
Monday 14 August, 6.00am
Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts
Wednesday 16 August 6.00am
Meeting Point: Outside Zeroes Cafe, 81 Cashmere Road
This run is an out and back run based on time - 135mins
You will run up Hackthorne Road to Dusk Cafe. Cross over carefully onto Dyers Pass Road (please refer to maps below).
Run up Dyers Pass Road to our cones where we will cross you over onto Harry Ell Track.
Run all the way to the top of Harry Ell track.
Once at the top of Harry Ell track, turn left and run along Summit Rd.
If you get to Rapaki Track - don't run down Rapaki, continue along Summit Road until your turn-around time.
The second half of the run will be mostly downhill spend around an extra 7-9mins on the way out.
There will be a water station on Summit Road at approx 6.5km into your run (see course map below). Water will be provided at this station, please carry any nutrition with you.
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Dyers Pass/Hackthorne Rd Intersection Map
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This week's quick tip:
''Remember to keep working on the downhill sections, protect your body by engaging your muscles and maintaining control".
Tips for the Long Run
To make the most of your longest run you want to prepare well so you can use it as a practice day. Here are some key things to do in your preparation, during and after next Saturday's run.
Nutrition: After watching the Nutrition Seminar video you should have a plan in place around what you are going to do in the lead up to and during race day. You want to practice everything on this plan for this long run.
Pacing: Because this is a hill run, using time as your way to pace may not work. For this reason it's a good idea to use perceived exertion, this is where you are using your breathing, heart rate, and feeling of intensity to control your work effort. It's even more important because you are on a hill, that you take this easy in the first half. Listen to your bodies feedback and stay controlled.
Mind Strategy: Remember to practice your mind strategies in the run as well. By now you will know the bad habits that creep in as your body fatigues, learn to identify them early and practice using the question: 'What can I still control to make sure I get to the finish line".
The long run is a great opportunity to learn some valuable lessons before the big day. Treat it seriously and you will have a much higher chance of being successful on our Epic final run day.
Recovery: Ice baths, nutrition, gentle stretching, massage are all key recovery strategies you need to out in place after your longest run. Plan ahead to make these happen. Your body needs to recover - and get ready for your next session.
Look after your bodies, you are working hard! Get a massage and recover well as we head into the longest run and the next few remaining weeks.
This is a cool clip of some guys running up Glenfinnan in Scotland. It's a pretty hill!