Week 8 Newsletter
5km Time Trial #2
You have 3 weeks of RaceTeam Epic to go. Time to focus on these last 3 weeks and your consistency with your training.
The Epic Half Marathon is a tough challenge both physically and mentally, you have prepared well so far - but every single session counts from here on until race day. Let's finish this off strong and stay focussed, stick to the plan and enjoy this last part of your Epic journey.
This Wednesday you have your second 5km time trial.
Week 8 Sessions
Monday 21 August, 6.00am
Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts
5km Time Trial Course Map
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Saturday 26 August, 7.30am
Meeting Point: Summit Road - at the top of Mt Pleasant Road. Click here
(No toilets at this meeting point)
There is limited parking at this location. We recommend you car pool with each other from the bottom of the hill if you can, you could park at Barnett Park (toilet facilities available here). Use our Facebook page to connect with each other.
Course Map: Click here
Warm Gear! It can be very cold up on Summit Road so please have warm gear/layers with you.
Parts of this road is closed to cars but the majority is open so please be alert and expect cars and cyclists at all times. There can be large packs of cyclists along this road.
Keep to the side of the road and please don’t run in packs
Some of the surfaces on this course are uneven so take care especially in the first section.
Run on the OPEN side of the road at all times - NOT the HILL Side.
If you choose to wear a listening device, it’s at your own risk and you must be able to hear what is going on around you.
Be alert at all times, your safety is your responsibility.
Follow Summit Road all the way along towards Rapaki Track (do not go down Rapaki Track).
Continue along Summit Road all the way until your turnaround time.
Watch out for uneven surfaces on this course.
Turnaround time: 45mins
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This week's quick tip:
''Recovery is so important at this stage of the programme. Listen to your bodies and get any niggles checked out asap".
Tips for the Long Run
Like we were saying at the top of this newsletter, this is an important time to stay focused in the programme. We thought we would share some tips on how to do this.
Remind yourself of what you have done well to this point. Reflect back on last 7 weeks and identify what you have done well. Look for the positives and allow yourself to own them.
Identify the challenges your see in front of you. It may be a busy time at work, cold mornings, or you are feeling tired. Have a good look towards the next 3 weeks and dig deep to find the challenges that could make you less focused and then...
Plan for these challenges. Once you have identified the challenges put strategies in place for you to overcome them. An example would be that if you are busy you could ask someone to support you to take some of the load off. By pre-planning what you will do to overcome your challenges there's a much higher chance that you will be successful.
Think about how you will feel when you have finished the session you may be struggling to get to. If you find you have a day where you are struggling to turn up remind yourself of how you will feel when you get to the end of the session. This may give you the kick you need to get up and do it.
Go to what you know about yourself. This is probably the most important tip. Think back to when you were focused in the past, what were the things that you did at those times that helped you be successful? Implement them now as you know they work.
If you stay focused in the next 3 weeks running up those hills on race day will seem easier. We won't say easy, just easier than they would be if you lose focus. This is what being a great athlete is all about.
Epic Half Marathon Course 2023
You will be sent all the details for race day as Week 10 gets closer.
For now - here is the course: Click here
By the end of the 10 week Epic programme you will have done the entire course in sections, on race day you just need to put it all together ;o)
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What's next after Epic?
Our next RaceTeam starts 11 September and we are training for the Queenstown Half Marathon on Saturday 18 November. This is the last RaceTeam for 2023.
Registrations for RaceTeam Queenstown are open now:
Extra Mile Runners Members:
If you have a 6mth or 12mth membership, this programme is included in your membership, registrations are open now:
(Please register before the start of the programme and just double check that your membership is valid for the duration of the programme).
We have 3 weeks to go - every single session counts!
Body care work is important in these last few weeks. Massage, rest, heat packs for sore bits - looking after yourselves and listening to your body is key to getting to the end of Epic in the best possible way - you are stronger both physically and mentally so focus on these last 3 weeks and let's do this!