Route, gear, food and training - Te Araroa Trail Planning
I did a lot of reading, research, preparation and planning for my Te Araroa trail hike 2017/18 season. I love preparing for a trip (any trip!) It's half the fun of the journey for me. Other people simply throw some things in a pack and go for it.
I started with reading many other peoples Te Araroa trail blogs, and watching Youtube videos. It's a really useful way to get a feel for the trail. Next I downloaded the previous...
Training for Te Araroa Trail
To quote a recent “Runner’s Worlds” Facebook post, I would say I was 20% athlete and 80% cake. I could have trained a lot more but then again, I’ll have done more than some. My normal routine is 30 mins of living-room yoga at 5.30am, a 5k run a few lunchtimes per week, a 10k race once a month, and up the Hakarimata steps (1349 of ’em) as many times as I can.
Recently I’ve added the occasional pre-work 5k with a loaded pack, and in this final month I’ll be doubling the Haks effort (warm up climb + pack climb per session) plus upper body strength training at the gym.
I will also be making a concerted effort to eat more cake…