Running is a pastime for most, but for Jason Re it’s a platform to raise awareness for a cause that is close to his heart – He’s a man on a mission to “actively introduce and encourage running to young New Zealanders on the Autism Spectrum”

Jason Re

Ohawe Beach – South Taranaki

49 years of age

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY OF RUNNING?

I had very bad Asthma as a child and was in and out of hospital lots. This meant I was unable to do any running at all or I would get a bad attack. At 16 I started running gently and built up so that by 19 I ran a full marathon. By 20 I was done and moved overseas and running has only become a part of my life again since I was 48.  I still get Asthma (was denied two years running to an Asthma studies and research as my Asthma was deemed too severe) but I carry lots of inhalers and med’s and its not a problem or ever an excuse.

WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB?

Special Needs Teacher.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT RUNNING YOU ENJOY?      

I enjoy the peacefulness, the loneliness,  and the feel of the earth beneath my feet.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE DAY TO DAY LIFE / FAMILY WITH YOUR RUNNING?   

I try to get a run early but I am more an afternoon runner, my long runs I do when the family is busy doing other things, sometimes I try to sneak out the door! But my wife is very supportive and proud of my achievements.

WHAT DOES A USUAL TRAINING WEEK LOOK LIKE?     

I always try to train 50-55km a week, which is about 5 days. Building up to something big like an Ultra last year I did 90km weeks but I find for me that 50km a week is a good amount and doesnt wear me out at all.

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO YOU DO?           

I do short 6km runs and 10km runs and put in a big run weekly. I throw in speed sessions in the middle or end of my runs depending on how I feel. Mostly I train slow, I enjoy the running rather than pushing myself constantly.

GOALS FOR FUTURE RUNNING?      

I am best time wise  at 5km where I got down to 18:50 last year,  but I prefer Marathons and further where I am very slow and near the back runners. I just like to run slow and far. I want to run Naseby 100km one day in the future.

PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2017?   

Tarawera 62km is my biggie, and I will run Wellington marathon and Cigna round the bays!  I have a big virtual run in the planning for charity. I run for an Autistic charity called running on the spectrum that I founded. This year is about running some events to raise money to buy Autistic children running shoes and I am passionate about inclusiveness and special needs children being included in everyday activities.

 

Follow Jason on instagram @runningonthespectrum  (https://www.instagram.com/runningonthespectrum/?hl=en)