Northburn 50k & Summer Blog

We hope you’re Autumn is going great! For us, it means one thing: Feijoas! ???? Well, that is one of the main things, right? It’s one of our favourite things about Autumn anyway!

Our summer season ended up being a bit weird because of the ongoing Covid disruptions.

For Charlotte, this meant that she did the Northburn 50k instead of the 100k she had trained for. Luckily it was +4 weeks out from the event when we were notified of the change (the day before she was due to do a key 8-hour run!), so we could adapt her training to have more of a 50k focus; this is a significant advantage of being 1:1 coached instead of following an off-the-shelf training plan or self-coaching. Just saying! ????

The ladies’ field was stacked with some serious mountain goats! The course, a mountainous, rocky backcountry and 4 x 4 trail on Northburn Station, near Cromwell. It was an epic challenge, Charlotte came in strong, paced herself really well, and ended up finishing 8th fastest female with a time of 7 Hours 17 Minutes. She was super happy with her performance

She has now moved into a recovery cycle, followed by an off-season cycle of less taxing, shorter and faster stuff. Having the year broken up into different events in an annual training cycle is super valuable and critical to seeing year-on-year improvements in our running.

She has now moved into a recovery cycle, followed by an off-season cycle of less taxing, shorter and faster stuff. Having the year broken up into different events in an annual training cycle is super valuable and critical to seeing year-on-year improvements in our running.

Planning your race season is essential. Otherwise, you risk coasting from event to event, never really base-training, peaking, tapering, and recovering. You just plateau ???? Be sure to check out our article below on ‘How to Plan Your Race Season’.

You may have seen on social media that I (Chris) have been dealing with some ongoing autoimmune and skin issues. It doesn’t sound like much on paper, but it has meant that I’ve had to avoid the heat, sunlight, and sweating – which doesn’t bode well with running and enjoying the outdoors!

For now, I’m focussing on some light maintenance stuff – gym work, cycling, and short runs. The silver lining is that I get to work on being stronger, more mobile, recovering from a couple of long-term niggles, and focusing on different things in life.

Acceptance is the key to training setbacks, huh!

Until next month, happy training!
Chris and Charlotte.