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...