Whitney Dagg


Routeburn Classic Category:
Open Women

Location on earth of residence?
Dunedin, New Zealand

Current work interest?
Barista and part-time Sports Nutritionist

Favourite quote, motto or thoughts you try to life by?
Do what makes you happy. Never give up on something you love, especially running!

Favourite local training track, grounds, area’s, parks etc?

Mt Cargill

How long have you been a runner?

6 years

What do you love about trail running?
I love getting out of the city and exploring the countryside. Running trails tests your balance, co-ordination and agility. Its not just about putting one foot in front of the other as you do on the pavement. I enjoy the huge variety of terrain, ascent and decent that you get in a trail running race.

What type of running training do you do in the lead up to the Routeburn Classic?
I work on my uphill and downhill running. The routeburn is one of the shorter trail races that I compete in, so its more about working on my speed rather than endurance. Therefore
shorter more intense sessions are more valuable.

What advice would you give to a rookie / Routeburn virgin coming int the 2014 from a seasoned veteran of the event?
Look forward to the Routeburn because its a awesome track! So get excited! Make sure you
get out on some rugged trails and practice running over rocks and tree roots.

Any cross training, other sports you dabble in?

I do dabble in abit of mountain biking, mainly when I’m injured and can’t run. You can also find me in the aqua jogging lane at the pool during tough times of injury.

How important are the other performance factors in your training. Namely fuel types consumed and periods parked up in recovery mode?
Nutrition is super important. Eating the wrong types of food is like putting the wrong type of petrol in your car. In order to be a successful trail runner, you need to be both lean and strong. Recovery is also very important, because that’s where you become stronger from the hard training. It’s really important not to over-train as this can lead to injury and/or illness. Having a friend or coach write you a training schedule is a really great way to avoid doing too much and to help you make the most out of the time you have to prepare for an event.

What is it you love about the Routeburn Classic?
I love the technical aspect of the track in comparison to other trail running races. You
can’t really take your eyes off the track much, as you need to watch where your putting your feet.

What advice can you offer a new comer to the event?

Take your time on the uphill so that you can enjoy the descent down the other side. Have
fun and smile for the camera!

Parting comments and thoughts?
Happy running everyone 🙂