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Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara tells us how her race plan usually pans out

In anticipation of competing in the Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon this weekend, I’ve been contemplating the ideal race plan. I’m taking this week’s event as a good opportunity to check my fitness levels and test out some different gear and nutrition strategies. We all have our own necessities and rituals when preparing for a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:04+00:00 February 14th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent gives us the lowdown on his longest race yet

Over Auckland Anniversary weekend I successfully traversed the Tussock in the Icebug Tussock Traverse. This was my longest race thus far at 13km and an ultimately enjoyable experience. As this was out of town and over the long weekend, the call was made to take the families and make a road trip out of it. [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:05+00:00 February 11th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob gives us his hard-learned tips on how to get through the tough bits of a race

In my head… I had just shuffled back into the driveway after my first ever continuous road run in excess of 30km and I was feeling pretty shattered, but rather pleased with myself. It was a few weeks out from my first marathon and the 30km mark had been a significant milestone on the training [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:07+00:00 February 9th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara tells us the best way to recover well from our long runs.

Hey there, sorry we haven’t spoken in a while. Between work, training, and social occasions, life has been pretty full on and it’s left me pretty exhausted. You know when you’re about to go out for a run but your whole body is tired before you’ve even started, so you know you’re in for a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:07+00:00 February 5th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent tells us about supporters …and how to keep them supporting you!

Supporters, what is it that they say? Behind every great person there is a team waiting to take the credit? Honestly though, we all rely on a support network to help us with both our training and on race day. Some of our supporters help us as training buddies (or as my daughter says “rumming [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob takes inspiring to a new level

Last Saturday was my ‘Beast run’ day. I wanted to give my legs a real workout, and get out in the heat for an extended period. I think I achieved that with a 5:30ish loop from Lone Kauri Rd carpark via Zion Hill, Muir, Gibbons, Omanawanui, Puriri Ridge, Walker Ridge and back via Odlins. It [...]

By | 2016-02-01T22:02:42+00:00 February 1st, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent gets us up close and personal with… well, with Brent.

Since things have been going well and we’ve been getting to know each other a bit better over the past few weeks, I think that we can get a little bit more serious for a moment, but only a little as I’m not that kind of guy. My thinking is that if I’m meant to [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 January 29th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|2 Comments

The very experienced Icebug/CEP Inspirer Rob gives us trail running tips

Technically Speaking… When I began trail running seriously and set out to research and read as much as I could about the subject, one thing that puzzled me somewhat were all these references to ‘Technical Trails’. I couldn’t quite reconcile the term ‘Technical’ with my own experience of wilderness paths and wild landscapes. My background [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 January 21st, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|3 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara ponders ‘why run?!’

It’s 6:15am and I’m in my running gear, standing at the laundry door, watching the sun rise through sleepy eyes. My body still feels like it’s back in bed and I’m sleep deprived from staying out late with friends the night before, but I’m about to put myself through 90 mins of physical exertion that’ll [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 January 20th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer sorts out his running. And his breathing.

“Right,” said Claire, “Lie flat on your back and breathe.” “Ok”, I thought, “I can do this.” As it happens, I can’t. (Or at least, not very well). Apparently something the rest of the human race learned on arrival and relegated to automatic behaviour escaped me for some reason. This bodes not well for my [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:09+00:00 January 18th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Inspirer Zara let’s us all in on her training secrets

In the build up to any event, planning your training can be a finicky thing. There’s always the questions of how fast, how often, and how far, to determine that little sweet spot between training enough to improve your fitness without over-exhausting yourself or causing injury (although I’m no expert at getting this right. In [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:10+00:00 January 14th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Inspirer Brent faces some home truths in preparing for his longest run yet

So as we launch into 2016, at full speed (that's about 9:30min/km for me), some home truths are starting to sink in; in 2 weeks I have the Tussock and in 6 weeks, I would have popped my proverbial Hillary cherry and will be enjoying an ice(bug?) cold beer. To say that the nerves aren’t [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:12+00:00 January 13th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob puts his new Icebug Anima’s to the test

At the western end of Ohope Beach, where the Gorge Road curves away up and over the hill to Whakatane, there is a small car park on the left and a carved gateway marking the beginning of a track. It is late afternoon of New Year’s Eve and the temperature is up in the high [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:13+00:00 January 10th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent tells us of great gear …and earworms

And now for my second trick I shall wow you with tales of new shoes and earworms. First up the Gear Review: I'm going to jump into the IceBug section of the to be expected sponsors gear review quite early for a number of reasons which I'll cover off as we go. When I signed [...]

By | 2016-01-08T22:42:31+00:00 January 8th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Inspirer Zara’s ‘How To Guide’ to Long Distance and Trail Running

If you aren’t an avid runner already, you may be reading this blog to find out how to get into long distance or trail running. It’s simple really - if you want to become a trail runner, find some trails and run them. Boom. Trail runner. If you would like to become a long distance [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:14+00:00 January 8th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments