63.3 Challenge Update

Wow, seems like its ages since I wrote anything about anything here. And it’s exactly two weeks to the Berlin Marathon on the 28th September! Since the last update of the Tauhara Trail Half in Taupo I have also competed the two other halves on the 63.3 series. Here is a quick recap of the two races.

Taupo Half Marathon 2014 – 03rd August 

This was my third year in doing the Taupo Half and the day was considerably very wet and rained from the start. However I managed to run a 1:26:38 thus running about a minute quicker and bettering the Wellington Half Marathon time of 1:27:37. All good indication that my training was actually showing results.

Taupo Half Marathon 2014

Taupo Half Marathon 2014 – wet and cold but with a PB!

The race was pretty much a very even affair and I managed to keep even splits all through out. The highlight was running in a pack of six guys who seem to be part of a training group and they kept alternating the lead as a group. I joined in and that kept our sixsome pretty even right until about 18km marker when a couple of the guys started fading away. My last two km’s were not even but I was of course stoked about running a minute quicker PB on that course on that day which was wet and miserable. Comparatively last year in Taupo I ran 1:34:40 so a huge improvement.

Kinloch Off Road Half 2014 – 6 – September

The final event of the 63.3 series was in Kinloch. The hlaf marathon course took the W2K track and the headland loop before returning to Kinloch. This trail was not steep but quite undulating and I found it most challenging from the other two as there was a constant up and down rolling nature of the trail. With not many weeks to Berlin I didnt want to push too hard on this course but just wanted to finish so I can claim my 63.3 Finisher T-Shirt. My final time was 1:44:49 with a 5th placing in my M40-44 category and overall 26th.

Kinloch Off Road Half

Kinloch Off Road Half

 

There it is – 3 half marathons completed in 3 months and I am in my taper for the Berlin Marathon on 28th September!

Tauhara Trail Half Marathon recap

Bit of a delayed recap of the Tauhara trail half marathon which was held on 6th of July 2014 in Taupo. I ran this race once in 2011 just as I was starting to run and didn’t do particularly well as I remember back then.

This event being in winter was essentially added on as a training run and also I have been wanting to complete the 63.3 Run Taupo series. Basically 3 half marathon in 3 months of July, August and September.

Race day was a pretty decent winter morning with the sun coming out with a few clouds but nevertheless a bit chilly. This was the first year Hoka One One has come aboard as a sponsor and they had a good selection for shoes and gear on display at the start/finish area.

View of race start - with Ben and the guys from Wellington Running Meetup

View of race start – Me with Ben and the guys from Wellington Running Meetup (Orsi, Alan and Barry)

The race started off with everyone kind of standing by a side of a grassy field and a countdown. The start was a bit congested and I got into a slow start but made my way steadily through and kept a good pace. Being a typical mid pack runner I was not ever going to be at the pointy end anyway.

The Tauhara course is actually a pretty decent trail run where all of the course is runnable. There are really not many ‘hill’s however the course is quite undulating with a total elevation gain of 700 meters. Around the 5th km marker to 9 km marker is uphill but nothing too serious, which incidentally is also a bit of an out and back so the climb soon becomes a downhill. You also get to see some of the other runners go past you. I was running with a group of runners up the hill so was sharing the work so to speak. After this you turn into the bush around the half way point onto some sweet single trail and a last grunt for about 3 kms through 18, 19, 20kms and then a screaming 1 km downhill on a grassy paddock filled with cow poo to the finish.

Tauhara 2014 Profile and run data

Tauhara 2014 Profile and run data

I totally enjoyed this race and managed to run this in a decent 1:49:52 (official) and was the 22nd runner. In my age group M40-44 I was 5th.

Some photos thanks to Photos4Sale.

Tauhara Trail Half Marathon

Tauhara Trail Half Marathon 2014

Tauhara Trail Half Marathon