Distance runner enjoying her new challenge

Drastic changes in nine months

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 05:00 03/09/2014
 Blenheim body builder Renee Craw
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FIRST TIME: Blenheim body builder Renee Craw, left, came second in the novice women’s section of the Top of the South Classic 2014 Regional Body Building Show in Nelson during the weekend.

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Blenheim woman Renee Craw's life has changed drastically since she started body building about nine months ago.

First, it was totally removed from her usual exercise of running long distances.

Second, she had to radically change her diet, sticking to porridge, egg whites, protein shakes, chicken, fish and cottage cheese.

"It's very strict . . . at the start it was hard but now I just know [what to eat], it's just a habit now," Craw said.

The 30-year-old competed in her first body building competition on Saturday.

She came second in the Top of the South Classic, in Nelson, securing a spot in the national finals in Palmerston North next month.

She competed in the novice women's class against three other first-time competitors.

"I didn't really go into it wanting to get anywhere . . . I just wanted to do it for myself," Craw said.

"But when I saw the trophies sitting up there I thought, ‘I wouldn't mind one of those'."

Craw had been spending up to two hours in the gym, five days a week in preparation for the top of the south competition.

"I used to do a lot of running, half marathons and things so this is a different type of training but I really enjoy it," she said.

She was planning to up that to six days a week for the next five weeks ahead of nationals.

"I'm feeling good, I'm excited, I just want to get there and do it."

Three of the 40 competitors in Nelson on Saturday were from Blenheim. Reece Hawkey took out the teenage men's class, after he was the only entrant in the section, while Jetti Omkar placed sixth in the class 2 athletic section. kat.duggan@mex.co.nz

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