Introducing matt oliver
- Where are you coming from?
I am coming from just down the coast a bit in Kapiti.
- Which event are you signed up for?
The big one. I’m doing the Marathon.
- What made you want to sign up for the Great Forest Events?
As a non-runner (I’m a cyclist at heart) I announced in December that I was going to train myself up to running a marathon. Originally this was to be the Wellington one at the end of June, however several people had said I should check out the Great Forest Event as it was just as close to home, and was all off road. Also being in April the weather should be better than Wellington in the middle of winter.
- What are you doing for training?
I found a plan online from some site that I downloaded, spent a lot of time looking at and then didn’t bother following. I have just been getting out trying to do about a 5-7k run early in the week, about 10-12 midweek and then a long run on a Saturday morning, building up to several weekend half-marathons in a row, and one extended run to 25km a few weeks ago. Last Saturday I completed 33km, which was a huge boost mentally, as it came just a couple of days after a setting a personal best for 10km. Most of my training has been on the Waikanae River track which has a convenient 9km loop, so getting extra drinks from the car is easy.
- Any motivational tips for other participants?
I am not fast, there is no need to be fast. I think any first timers to any event are challenging only themselves. To me this is about proving to myself that I can do it. I used to have a major weight problem, rolling in at 130kg. I got myself off the couch and got on a bike about 6 years ago. I’ve done the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 5 times in a row, and now I’m going to a run…..a long run. I won’t finish in the top ¾ of the field, and may even be one of the last marathoners home, but I will finish. That’s what I believe and that’s what you can believe. You can do it! Never give up