Hi there, happy runners. It is with a great deal of regret that I need to tell you that the damage to the tendon in my ankle has not recovered well enough for me to attempt the full marathon.
I have done everything in my power to get back to 100 per cent, but it just hasn't worked out the way we had hoped.
I am being referred to a sports physician in Dunedin so, hopefully, I will be back to 100 per cent soon.
This doesn't mean I'm down and out, though.
I am still allowed to run, but it has to be within the limits of the tendon.
So some days that's 2km, and some days it's 5km.
I will continue to train as best I can and, after my appointment with the sports physician, I will know which event in the Ascot Park Southland Festival of Running event I can enter.
That's one of the great things about the event - there really is a distance option for everyone, no matter what your fitness level.
Make sure you look after yourselves out there and stay hydrated during and after your runs.
It's getting warmer and it's very easy to forget to account for the change in temperature.
Keep up the fantastic effort, we are almost there.
The Ascot Park Hotel Southland Festival of Running is on Sunday, November 17, and entries are open online now at southlandfestivalofrunning.co.nz. You can take your pick from the full marathon, the Allan White Sports Shoe Clinic half-marathon, the McDermotts Coachlines 10km or the Sport Southland 5km - and there's the SBS Bank Kids' Mara-Fun-Run for those aged 5-12.
Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon and Allan White Sports Shoe Clinic Half Marathon
Sunday: 60min easy
Monday: 30min very easy (slower than usual training pace)
Tuesday: 45min easy
Wednesday: 30 min easy running
Thursday: Sport Southland 5K Series at the Waihopai Floodbanks (see 5kseries.co.nz).Now is the time to push yourself a little - this is an effort training run - you need to be breathing hard but not panting. However, add 20min easy running before and after the 5km.
Friday: Rest or 30min brisk walk
Saturday: 20 - 30 min easy run
McDermotts Coachlines 10k
Sunday: Up to 45min
Monday: 20min very easy
Wednesday: 45 mins
Thursday: Sport Southland 5K Series at the Waihopai Floodbanks (see 5kseries.co.nz). Now is the time to push yourself a little - this is an effort training run - you need to be breathing hard but not panting. And add 15 mins of easy running before and after the 5k
Friday: Rest or brisk 30 min walk: Saturday 3km at your goal pace.
Sport Southland 5k
Sunday: 30min easy
Wednesday: Walk or slow jog 30min
Thursday: Sport Southland 5K Series at the Waihopai Floodbanks (see 5kseries.co.nz). Now is the time to push yourself a little - this is an effort training run - you need to be breathing hard but not panting.
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