Rotorua Marathon Blog: Time to Get Going!

By Hayden Shearman // Your training for the 2017 Rotorua Marathon should be in FULL swing now. If it’s not … here are five much needed kicks up the proverbial. 1) Going Long The weekends beginning 1st, 8th, and 15th of April are critical for banking mileage and inching closer to your target distance. As I’ve[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: The Hills of the Rotorua Marathon

By Hayden Shearman // If you’re running the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon for the first time, you’ve probably heard one of two stories about the course: “It is flat and you will run a PB without a problem” (the people who say this spend most of their time trail running and consider Wellington an “undulating”[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: How You Should Feel When Training for a Marathon

By Hayden Shearman // How should you feel when training for a marathon? The short answer is this: tired. Training for a marathon is hard work. Your body will be experiencing a physical stress that is comparable in many ways to pregnancy or long term illness. You’ll have muscle pain, stiffness, cramping, blisters, raw skin[…]

Avoid this Common Running Mistake: The LSD Hang Over

In a well-designed training plan, a weekly long run should not leave you depleted for the following week of training. Yet many runners make the mistake of running so hard on the Sunday or Saturday long run that they can’t get any quality training done for the following six days and so they’re only scoring 1-out-of-7 on the training[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: 100 Days Till Race Day

By Hayden Shearman // As of Wednesday 25 January we are only 100 days to go to the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon. In other words, it’s action time. So here’s a heads up timeline of where you want to be and when:     100 Days: Go Shopping Now is the time to whip out that[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: Santa gives many gifts but fitness ain’t one of them

By Hayden Shearman // No matter how many FitBits or GPS watches or fancy new running shoes you get this Christmas, the gift of fitness is something that only you can give yourself. So let’s get busy preparing for yourself that gift of amazing training and racing in 2017. There are no lucky finishers at the[…]

30-Day Challenge: No Treats Till Christmas

The festive season has arrived and, with it, the double jeopardy of less time to train and more temptations to indulge. It’s little wonder that come January we’re often beating back the battle of the bulge. So here’s a challenge for getting a major head start on those New Year’s resolutions … the No Treats[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: Do Run to Eat or Eat to Run?

By Hayden Shearman // I love to eat. But I also love to run. And it just so happens that, on the whole, these two pastimes have an incredibly complimentary relationship. But, with the festive season upon us, this relationship, and our waistlines, can get a little strained. So here are some tips for balancing[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: Know When Not to Run

By Hayden Shearman // Injury, illness, fatigue, life stress, niggles … there are many perfectly valid reasons to skip a scheduled run. But there are also plenty of times when we just need to swallow a concrete pill, harden up and get the thing done. So how do you know which is which? Should I run[…]

Technique: Running When Tired

It’s one thing to have great running technique at the start of a race but what about when you’re 15k into a half marathon or 32k in a marathon? Does your posture collapse or cadence slow? Knowing your tendencies and having a strategy to combat them is a great way to push through those though[…]