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Running – it’s my passion, it’s in my soul

Running, it’s in my blood and my soul. From my early days of sprinting, 800m, 1500m and cross-country, to half marathons and ultras in New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, I have always had a passion for running and adventures.
 |  Markus Pletts  | 

During the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I decided to tap into my wealth of experience and retrain as a Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Life Coach with the ultimate goal to help people achieve their goals through physical training, mindset training and better life choices.

Most of my achievements have occurred while working full-time as a landscaper and stone mason and around family time. This has helped me hone my skills for the ‘time crunched’ runner towards training smarter, emphasising quality over quantity. I soon realised we all have the same amount of hours in a day; it’s how we use them.

In the inaugural GB Ultras Snowdon 100 miles in 2018, I managed to be one of only 12 finishers using my training techniques both mentally and physically to push through 41 hours without sleep over 10,000 metres of ascent through the Welsh mountains. I have also entered two Dragons Back races billed as the toughest mountain race in the world through the mountain spine of Wales over 6 days, 380km and 17400m of ascent.

Now we are back in New Zealand after a 9-year absence and living in Whitianga. I am back landscaping again and my wife teaches at Mercury Bay Area School which my son attends.

The move back has presented new opportunities and new goals. My running events list keeps growing! With the Whitianga Run Fest fast approaching, I relish the opportunity to coach local runners to achieve their running goals and can offer personal training packages tailored to individual needs that includes training plans, strength and conditioning, mobility exercises and mindset coaching.

At 51 years of age, I am the fittest I have ever been and still able to complete events in the top quarter (and occasionally top 10) from half marathons to 100 milers. I put this down to; quality/smarter training, strong mindset and healthy lifestyle.

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