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This week sees the start of my training programme for the 2013 Tarawera Ultra.

I am following a back-to-back long run philosophy this time around, with a long, flat run each Friday morning followed by a long, hilly run each Saturday.

The idea behind this approach is to build a solid endurance base (the Friday runs) and to enhance stamina during long hill sessions (the Saturday runs). I use back-to-back runs in order to get good mileage each week without running myself into the ground. The aim is to cruise through the Friday run (easy pace), and then push myself during the Saturday run (easy pace, but pushing myself on the hills).

The Tarawera course is not known for its hills – there is really only three or four climbs of note – but hill training in general is excellent preparation regardless of the amount of climb on race day.

You can download my training programme by clicking here: Tarawera-2013-training-programme
It is in MS Excel format. Read it, change it, share it – but please let me know if you intend to follow it 🙂

 

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Okay, so I have been very slack with updating this blog over the past year and a half. My biggest omission over this time is not posting about the Tarawera Ultra race. This 100km event takes runners from Rotorua to Kawerau in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island. The course follows some of the country’s most beautiful single track, taking runners through Redwood forest, around (and sometimes through!) stunning lakes, and passing dramatic waterfalls and gorgeous rivers.

Satellite view and elevation profile

Satellite view and elevation profile

The race has an entry limit of 400 runners, which looks like being reached for the first time in 2013. This is great news as 100km races are few and far between in New Zealand, so it is wonderful to see Tarawera meeting such tremendous success. It is one of the few races in the country where mid and back-of-the-pack runners can rub shoulders with professional rock-star class runners in a truly international field.

Me with good friend Brendon Keenan at the start of Tarawera 2011

Me with good friend Brendon Keenan at the start of Tarawera 2011

There are plenty of race reports available for Tarawera – so I won’t provide a full race report here. Suffice to say that if you enjoy well organised, brilliantly supported races with bags of stunning scenery, then this is the race for you.

The Damage Done - the aftermath of Tarawera 2012

The Damage Done – the aftermath of Tarawera 2012

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