My Awesome Weekend Completing the Queenstown 2015 Marathon - Coach Ray

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My Awesome Weekend Completing the Queenstown 2015 Marathon

Marathon Training NZMy name is Barb Frost. I am 46 years old and I have been a runner for 10 years. I have never felt the need to enter any running events previously but 2015 has been a big year of change for me. I decided I needed a challenge at the start of the year and entered the Hanmer Half Marathon which I completed on the 2nd of May in just under 2 hours.

Not satisfied with that I decided I needed a new goal and planned to enter the Queenstown Half Marathon BUT in what I later call my moment of temporary insanity I registered to do the Full Marathon. I enlisted the help of Ray as my coach 6 weeks out from the Queenstown Marathon as I felt my current level of training was burning me out.

The scenery on the course was stunning.  The camaraderie among the athletes was unexpected for me and the whole experience was amazing! I am excited to say that I completed the full marathon in under my original time estimate of 4 and a quarter hours, coming over the finish line at 4.07.40. The early morning training runs in the freezing cold and pitch black of winter were WORTH THE EFFORT! I have now set myself a new goal – the Motatapu Off Trail Marathon on the 5th March 2016.


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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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