Email = bionicrunner1971@gmail.com

MY MacMillan Cancer Support OFFICIAL SPONSORSHIP FUNDRAISING RUNNING PAGE LINK :-

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyConnor


FULL 42.2km MARATHONS RUN & PLANNED

CITY
COUNTRY
DATE
COMPLETED
NOTES
1
Auckland
New Zealand
Nov 2015
4:01:11 gun
2
Rotorua
New Zealand
April 2016
3:55.38 gps
3
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Aug 2016
4:38:00 gps
4
Sydney
Australia
Sept 2016
3:59:45 gps
5
Auckland
New Zealand
Oct 2016
3:53:58 gps
6
New York
USA
Nov 2017
3:48:52 gps
7
Las Vegas
USA
Nov 2017
4:14:15 gps
8
London
England
April 2018
4:00:17 gps
9
Taupo
New Zealand
Aug 2018
3:44:33 gps
10
Tauranga
New Zealand
Sept 2018
TBC
11
Auckland
New Zealand
Oct 2018
entered
12
Tokyo
Japan
Feb 2019
APPLIED
13
London
England
April 2018
APPLIED
A
-
tbc
SOUTH AMERICA
2019
TBC
(5th Continent)
-
tbc
AFRICA
2020
TBC
(6th Continent)
-
tbc
ANTARTICA
2021
TBC
(7th Continent)


WORLD MASTERS GAMES 2017 - April

a
Auckland
New Zealand
April 2017
1:39:04
22/4/17 - Half Marathon (21.1 km)
b
Auckland
New Zealand
April 2017
0.30
25/4/17 - 200m Track Sprint Race
c
Auckland
New Zealand
April 2017
43.58
27/4/17 - 10000m Track Race (10km)



Auckland Harbour Ocean Swim 2017 - November

d
Auckland
New Zealand
Nov 2017
a long time !
18/11/17 - 2.9km Ocean Swim



My second Charity based from New Zealand is :-

MY WORLD VISION NZ OFFICIAL SPONSORSHIP FUNDRAISING RUNNING PAGE LINK :-

https://give.everydayhero.com/nz/andy-s-team-world-vision

With the UN 23:1 Food Program in conjunction with World Vision,
every $1 you give gets $23 worth of food to the world's hungriest children


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THE STORY


The start...
After being told a few years ago by my 2 daughters I had big man boobs ( actually the exact words were 'Dad you got bigger boobs than us' ), I decided to go on a diet and went from 79kg to 66kg in about 8 months using my own diet which consisted of 5 cups of coffee a day and one huge evening meal with heaps of vegetables and glasses of water. No other food apart from some sporadic almond nuts was consumed and NO food during the day ( coffee was the replacement ). Press ups, pull ups and chin ups were increased daily from the measily 3 to start with (all I could manage) up to 50 sets of each per day in a 10 to 15 minute workout.

Then....
Got tested for cholesterol a year after I started the diet and it was very high despite all the dieting and exercise.

The answer - Quarter & Half Maratons.....
Took up running on 17th March 2015 running home from work for about 4km. Nearly killed me! Then did a 10km beach run for fun followed by a 10.5km Orewa Quarter Marathon a week later. Next up was the Rotorua Half Marathon on 2nd May 2015 about 1 month and a week after I started running. Despite serious runners knee problems because of poor training techniques and over enthusiasm, I ran 1.53.17 for the 21.1km non stop at an age of 43 years old. Nearly cried with a sense of achievement after that first major run.

New challange - 1st Full Marathon......
Next decided to enter a full marathon running for World Vision at the Auckland Marathon in November that year. I had stopped running after Rotorua to build a special show car for the CRC Speedshow then back into running on 18th July 2015. As part of the marathon training I competed in a completely washed out North Shore Half Marathon running 1.52.50 then the Devonport Classic 25km run in 2.11.12.  After 510km of training, I completed the Auckland 42.2km Full Marathon at 44 years old in 4.01.11 which bummed me out as wanted to break 4 hours but I ran non stop for all that time with no walks or breaks. That was just to prove to myself non-stop running was possible for 4 hours. I also slept in my people carrier vehicle in the Devonport car part the night before to beat the rush to the start.

The future ......
Well into my running now and completed multiple marathons in 4 continents so far and plan by 2021 to have run every continent. I have no real desire to run Boston USA marathon which everyone wants to run but being as you have to qualify for it with a fat time (currently 3.20 for my age category) I would like to run it just knowing I qualified if that makes sense.

My running times....
To be able to run long term, a good pair of gel running shoes is required and I found that Asics Kayano 21 shoes were perfect for me. I actually brought another 2 spare pairs for when the others run out they were so comfortable. It actually incresed my my ability to run faster as the knees and ankles faired better from the shock. I run a reasonable 44 minute 10km, run a 3.45 minute 1 km, half marathon in 1.39 and full marathon in 3.48 (goal to break 3.30) so I may get better or I may have peeked so I'm not a competitive runner as still very new to running but do it to prove to myself that once you turn 40, you can still do what ever you want and not let anything hold you back.  Hope to carry that into my 50's, 60's etc. Eventually it will all catch up but when it does, i'll do something else or hope its been inspirational to others who think as you get older you slow down. The other thing I found is finding a good sports energy drink that you actually like as on long runs over 21.1km half marathon distance, you need to re-hydrate a lot and gain some much needed extra energy. I found the red Powerade does it for me. I tried other brands but didn't like them. I also steer clear of zero sugar energy drinks because you need the sugar boost. I don't drink them at any other time though, just for running. Diet Sprite is for everyday drinking :-)

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