I've signed up for the Coastal Challenge next weekend - an adventure run around the North Shore beaches. (Click the link to check out the amazing pictures!) I did this race a few years ago and loved it immensely - it follows the coastal track around the Shore, running along white sandy beaches and clambering over black volcanic rocks, combined with a bit of water interaction if you are lucky. I'm doing the same 11km race as last time, from Milford Beach to Devonport, but there are other distances (6, 17, 23 and the 33km Full Monty all the way from Whangaparoa Peninsula).
|This similar route is actually part of the Te Araroa Trail|
The Coastal Challenge clings even closer to the coastline!
Oh, and I remember I got my first and only running blister on that race. Sand + Water = Blisters! I plan to stick some Vaseline on any potential blister spots prior to the race, but I notice the aid stations have Vaseline for any blister emergencies. I will be wearing my trusty Supernova's as I haven't managed to buy trail shoes yet. They are starting to feel well worn in, so I decided to tally up the distance I've run in them so far and it is 440km - time to start looking for a back-up pair already.
OK - I'm starting to get excited about this race now!
- Have you ever done an off-road coastal race before? Tell me about it!
- What about encouragement from other runners - have you ever been a receiver, or do you give it? I came across a tweet from Women's Running that said the best running gift you could give was encouragement - it worked for me!
- Blisters - what are your magic tricks for preventing them?