Each year we try to get to know some of the lovely people who have accepted the challenge to complete Great Forest Events.
First up we follow Contact Energy’s Nikita Roe, on her journey to become fit and fab while chasing her goal of becoming a half marathon runner in the Great Forest Event on 8 th April. Nikita is a CSR, so she’s usually based behind a desk at Contact’s Levin Call Centre, however, to pull this off she’s had to get out from behind that desk as often as possible, and move even more.
She believed she could, so she did! This is her story...
In March 2016, I decided to try to get a little bit fitter for hockey season and asked my friend and
colleague Janie Evans (who is also Contact’s volunteer on the GFE organising committee) for help.
We started with some light training, as I couldn’t even run to the end of the street without
struggling. As I started gaining some fitness, I felt a lot better within myself. Janie had said to me
that she would get me running 10km within 4-6 weeks and I just laughed, as I didn’t believe it was
possible. Within a couple of months I ran my first 10km, I was absolutely amazed at how well I had
I then thought it would be really cool to run a half marathon (21.1km!), and thought yeah, I could do
that. With Contact having sponsored The GFE races with a $10k donation for the last three years,
The GFE seems like the perfect opportunity to run my first half marathon, and to top it off, it’s all run
in a safe off road setting!
To get ready for this event, I’ve started running 2km almost every lunch break, with longer runs in
the weekend. Janie and I have even started entering mini events (running races, duathlons and
triathlons) to try to get me used to the feel of a big event. I recently completed the 6.5km run at
Wellington Round the Bays. Coming in at a time of 59.09, was a massive achievement, and I’m
feeling pretty proud and on track to be ready for the big one at the GFE.
Training has been physically hard at times and mentally challenging but I’ve never given up. The
amount of support I have had really makes it all worth it. I started a Facebook page called “She
believed she could, so she did” for that extra bit of motivation and for others to follow my journey to
becoming a “half marathon runner”. With only four weeks to go until my first half marathon at the
GFE on 8 th April, I may not be the fastest or fittest out there but I will be trying my absolute best to
reach my goal of crossing that finish line, and to have all the Contact volunteers cheering me on.