How to tell a good running training plan from an average one?

By Hayden Shearman // A quick Google search revealed 825 million results for “marathon training plan” in just 0.36 seconds. That’s a lot of choice. And a lot of noise. And unfortunately not every training plan is made equal. And, worse, unfortunately not every runner is made equal … which complicates the heck out of[…]

Why do runners get injured?

By Hayden Shearman // The obvious answer to the question above is that something in your body—whether it be bone or soft tissue—can’t handle the stress you’re putting it under. For distance runners, that stress isn’t usually from a one-off exertion but a small repeated exertion over time. In other words, running injuries are usually[…]

What Runners Get Wrong in the Gym

The gym isn’t just about using the treadmill when the weather turns to custard or riding the elliptical on physio orders. Instead, runners can garner so much from the gym that will ultimately make them faster, smoother, more durable runners. So, I wanted to dispel some popular myths or behavioural tendencies that I see from[…]

Interview with 17-year-old Marathoner Haoting Ma

Haoting Ma is a familiar face at Auckland running races. His youthful smile and ever-present determination have seen him cross the finish line in countless half marathons and 10k events, but at the recent Christchurch Marathon, and at only 17 years old, he stepped up to the big 42 kilometre challenge … and dominated, running a[…]

Interview with 4x World Masters Gold Medalist: Christine Adamson

Last weekend Christine Adamson not only won her age group in the Waiheke Island 10k, but also was the first female overall and broke the course record. Pretty impressive for a 60-year-old!  She’s also just finished a campaign at the World Masters Games where she claimed four gold medals from four events. She holds Auckland[…]

Rotorua Marathon: Your Race Day Checklist

By Hayden Shearman // I don’t want to freak you out, but despite perfect training and ideal preparation, many a marathon has gone awry from forgetting something on race day. So here are the key things to remember and biggest pitfalls to avoid on marathon day. AVOIDING CLOTHING MALFUNCTIONS I’ve heard a story of a man[…]