Monthly Archives: March 2018
Laszlo’s Tarawera story
Date :11th March, 2018
Published By :Paul Charteris
I didn’t really start running properly until about 5 years ago, I had done a couple of 10 km and half Marathons before hand but had not really committed to anything,
But saying that about 6 years ago I had said to my wife Lynette that my so called running days were over because everything was constantly sore; my legs, back etc, and they never seemed to improve.
I had decided to join a gym and then a boot camp up in Auckland. From their my Fitness and strength went up , being part of X10 was amazing and got me in shape.
From there I joined up with 808 house of training, OMG , This place took me to another level ( and still is )
A while later a couple of friends and I decided to tackle Oxfam , I loved it. I loved it so much I went back and did it again a year later.
Then my sister in law (Sharon ) gave me a ring one night and said we should do the Tarawera 60km ultra, hmmm , sounds good , OK
And then I asked her to tell me about it , Wow , sounded exciting
So we both signed up for it and started training, I decided to get help from James Kuegler.
I had never run any further than 21 km , I didn’t really know what I was getting myself in for.
I had trained my behind off for this and now it was race day
It was wet and muddy and it had been raining a lot the night before ,
I didn’t think it was that bad on the day but my wife and my supporters said it was bad
I had finished my first ultra , I couldn’t believe it , I swore I would never do it again
Within a day I was talking about doing the 100 km next year
Sure enough I had signed up for the 50km in November and the 100km in February
I finished the 50km and thought to myself holy shit , how the hell am I going to do the 100 km
But I did
The 100km wasn’t a good day for me everything that could go wrong went wrong
I was throwing up , I had hit the wall very early in the race ,
And with the support of Lynette and my pacer Abe I managed to finish it,
I was done with the ultra, never again
Within Two hours I was planning the next race
I had signed up for the 42km , my official first Marathon , and then the 87km
The 42km was a good run , still had a lot to work on but with the help of Abe Dyer, 808 house of training, who is training me I knew I could do it
The last distance of the 5
The 87km , another wet and muddy day , I had learned a lot over the last couple of years, and It was a bit slower than I wanted to do but it was a good day , felt good,
A special thanks to Abraham Dyer for pacing me for the 100 km and the 87 km
It meant a lot to me having you there
The Tarawera Ultra has been life changing for me , it has pushed me further than anything I had through I could do
I couldn’t have do this with the support of my amazing wife Lynette,
Thank you my sweetheart
Who knows what lies ahead
Just need to keep pushing the boundaries as long as I can