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Reporters Michael Fox and Victoria Robinson have dusted off their running gear to begin training for the Round the Bays fun run on March 18. Follow their training progress here.

Running's not as simple as it looks

05:00am 17 Feb 2012 0 comments

MICHAEL FOX AND VICTORIA ROBINSON

Our Round the Bay runners Michael Fox and Victoria Robinson continue their training for Round the Bays.

MICHAEL

Running might seem like a simple thing.

You don your shorts, t-shirt or singlet, socks and runners and an iPod for the modern trotting enthusiast, and you head out the door to log a few kilometres.

You lumber or leap around your designated course, nodding at fellow exercisers, work up a sweat and return home.

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A hard-hitting dose of reality

05:00am 10 Feb 2012 0 comments

Our Round the Bay runners Michael Fox and Victoria Robinson face some hard truths in week two of training.

VICTORIA

Three days in, two runs down and 36 muscles I never knew I had. Or didn't have, as the case may be. I am so sore and stiff I have been hobbling all week and cursing this blog and all my let's-get-fit-and-go-running-and-do-marathons-and-maybe-one-day-I'll-climb-Mt-Everest enthusiasm of last week.

It started out well. I'm following the Round the Bays' running schedule, and it seemed achievable. The very first day was a rest day - that's my kind of training plan.

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Run with us Round the Bays

05:00am 03 Feb 2012 3 comments

Reporters Michael Fox and Victoria Robinson have dusted off their running gear to begin training for the Round the Bays fun run on March 18. Follow their progress in their weekly blogs. Today they explain why they're taking up the challenge.

VICTORIA

I'm not going to lie: you couldn't quite call me a "runner". I consider the term "fun run" to be little more than an amusing oxymoron. Occasionally I'll come across a friend's Facebook status update boasting: "Just did 10kms today. Think I'll do a half-marathon in a few months!" and my first instinct is to block them from my newsfeed for making me feel bad about sitting on the couch with a cold beer.

When an email sent around the office called for volunteers to enter Auckland's Round the Bays 8.4km run and blog about it, I actually snorted out loud. And then some strange inner-voice I have been blissfully unaware of until now reminded me of my New Year's resolutions.

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