Week 3 Newsletter


Settle in and create the routine

We are just about into Week 3 of the programme, you have found your feet, you are getting used to the track sessions and are finding your way with the Pace Session.

By now you will be finding your flow within the programme so it's a good time to remind yourself that we need to look after ourselves post training with good stretching, hydration and nutrition. All this stuff helps you perform at a higher level.

The other thing we want to stress is how important consistency is with this programme. It progresses each week and consistency is something that we can control - try your best to tick each session off, you will thank yourself on race day! 


Important: Meeting Point change for Monday Morning Team
Due to the restricted parking on the Hagley Ave side of Hagley Park with current road closures, from Week 3 onwards, the Monday morning team will meet on the opposite side of the park for your Pace session (Deans Ave side). Refer to the sessions timetable below  for a map of this meeting point (the Wednesday morning session remains the same on the netball courts).

Race Day Nutrition

This week we will be sending you an email about Race Day Nutrition. In this email we have a video interview with Ien Hellemans, one of New Zealand's top sports nutritionists.

Ien talks about the importance of nutrition both pre race, during your race and post race and how it can massively improve your performance.

We send this information to you at this stage in the RaceTeam programme so you can prepare and start practicing your nutrition in your long runs coming up from Week 5 so come race day, you will have a nutrition plan in place that has been practiced and you know what works for your tummy. 

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Week 3 Sessions


  • Monday 27 September, 6.10am
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park

    Changed location: Meeting on Deans Ave side of Sth Hagley Park (there are toilet facilities at this location)
    Map of Meeting Point: Click here

    Pace Session

  • Wednesday 29 September, 6.10am 
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Track Session


  • Tuesday 28 September, 5.40pm
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Track Session

  • Thursday 30 September, 5.40pm
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Pace Session


  • Saturday 2 October, 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.


  • Some parts of this course is closed to cars, but not all of it! There will be cyclists on this course and expect vehicles too.

  • Watch your footing on this course, the surface is uneven in parts (especially as you get tired)

  • Please make sure you can hear what is going on around you.

  • Please always run on the "open" side of the road (not the hill side)

  • Please be alert for cyclists!!!

Course Description:

  1. This is a 90min out and back run.

  2. We start at the very top of Mt Pleasant Road and turn right onto Summit Road. Follow Summit Road all the way along towards Rapaki Track. 

  3. Continue along Summit Road all the way until the turnaround time. 

  4. Turnaround time: 45mins


Saturday's Course Map
Click on image to enlarge

This weeks quick tip: 

'Two keys to help reduce the risk of injury - body care work and stretch".
- Sarah 


Fuelling our bodies after long runs

In this week’s education we are covering what nutrition you should be putting into your bodies after the longer runs. This is an important part of your training as what you do post run will have an effect on how your body will recover and it’s performance over the following days. 

You want to refuel fast after a long run. Your body is very receptive to absorbing carbohydrates back into the muscles within 30mins of a long run. We also want to get some protein in as this assists with muscle repair. 

How much carbohydrate should you put into your bodies?
Ideally you want to get just a little bit less than your body weight in grams. For example: If you weigh 80kg you would aim to get around 75 grams of carbohydrate in: (1 medium sized banana = 25g of carbohydrates, 1 cup of rice = 60g of carbohydrate). 


Protein helps with the muscle repair process. There are some carb/protein drinks on the market that would be a good one-stop answer for the post run nutrition - or a banana smoothie. 

Within an hour of eating your post run snack you want eat a full meal. Aim for 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio here. Now you want the carbs to be complex carbs like rice, starchy vegetables (like potatoes). Mix this up with some lean meat and veges and you’ll be well on the way to being ready for your next session. 

And don't forget to re-hydrate with water!

There’s a lot more to running a half marathon than just pounding the pavement. Become great at planning nutrition around your key sessions so that you can refuel and start the repair process as soon as possible. This will increase the chance that you’re body will be in it’s best condition for your next run.

Race Day Nutrition

This week, we will be sending you an email with a video around race nutrition so keep an eye out in your Inbox!


Yoga as recovery

We all know that we need to stretch and keep our body flexible when we run to avoid injury, this is a great yoga sequence designed specifically for runners targeting hips, hamstrings and glutes - often tight and troublesome areas for runners. 

Other News

  • It's really important that you get to the physio asap if you have soreness that you feel is serious. Talk to us if you need a recommendation. 

  • It is early days in the programme - we have a wee way to go, so listen to your body!

  • Blister Free?
    Clare has give us a great recommendation for socks that guarantee no blisters!
    Wrightsock are the biz when it comes to socks to look after your feet and ensure no blisters interrupt your training - blisters can be very nasty! And the best news is - it is a New-Zealand based, owned and operated company ;o)
    Check out their website for more info: Click here