Wednesday, 23 November 2016

I took the plunge!

After saving up a bit, and then waiting and re-considering and saving some more, I took the plunge and entered my first big New Zealand race - wooooooot!!  It's the Cigna Round the Bays Half-Marathon, which takes place in Wellington on 19 February 2017 - training starts next week!  

And although I couldn't be more excited, I must admit that my pocket is burning right now...  Race entries are expensive in the land of the long white cloud!  The half-marathon race entry fee set me back NZ$68 (about R680 at the current exchange rate) - and that's without any extras like an event t-shirt or cap...  Ouch!  The event shirt is really stunning (you can view it here), and although I would have loved to get one, I just can't justify spending another NZ$45 (R450) on a race on top of an already steep entry fee...  Plus I already have more than enough running gear, right?  Right.  (Sob.)  Anyway.

I've also entered the #StepItUpNZ initiative that encourages entrants to challenge themselves for Cigna Around the Bays 2017 and motivates and informs them right up to race day.  So how am I challenging myself for the race?  By shooting for a half-marathon PB (i.e. anything below 01:56:12) - again!  Jip.  I'll be turning 40 next year (what??), so I guess it's time to go big or go home.  I'm giving it one more shot.

#StepItUpNZ participants also receive a free 12-week training programme, which I'm really excited about.  It looks like a great plan (it's time-based as opposed to distance-based) and I'm especially excited about getting in some cross training workouts on non-running days.  Race entrants get a free 10-session class pass to one of three LesMills venues in Wellies, which I'll be using whenever we're in the area - wahoo!   

Fingers crossed now that the kindergarten germs, earthquakes and tsunamis all behave leading up to and on race day...  

Happy running!


  1. Yikes very expensive, have a great race

  2. Blimey, do you have to pay for your Finishers Medal too? Sounds a right rip-off. Anyhow, train hard, have a great race and come away with a nice PB to get your money's worth and make it all worthwhile. You can do it!

    1. Hehe, luckily the finisher's medal for the half-marathon is included, Gordon, but all the other race distances have to pay extra for theirs...!

      Thanks so much for the good wishes - I'm going to give it my best shot!

  3. Leeekker, iets om na uit te sien! Great Saar. En ja, die entry fees buite SA en Nam is verruklik, ek het ook R500 tot R700 betaal vir halmarathons in Kanada. Hectic! Xxxx

    1. Ons is regtig bederf met die lae inskrywingsgelde in SA en Nam... In goeie ou Kimmies was dit meestal R20 - R50 vir 'n plaaslike wedloop...! Maar, nou ja, dis 'n avontuur wat 'n mens graag wil meemaak, so dan betaal ons maar, ne? xxxx


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