25 August 2016

Training Tips

Recent Training Articles

Are you playing the long game?

By Hayden Shearman We’ve just passed the 100-day mark to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. For those athletes selected and competing, the next 100 days represents the final stage in their lifelong goal of competing at the Games. This 100 days is the final stage of at least 12 years of competing and training and is[…]

How to recover from hill workouts

By Hayden Shearman Hills add another dimension to your training that can lead to injury if you’re not careful about recovering properly. Here are four tips to make sure you’re banking away the savings from a great hill session.   48 Hours Easy … At Least! The absolute key to recovering from any hard running[…]

How do I become a running coach?

The world needs more running coaches! They help runners of all types get the most from their sport and navigate all those pitfalls like injury and self-doubt. So, how do you become a running coach? Here are a few tips from my journey: Start by Coaching Yourself: Become a student of your own sport. Keep[…]

Should we burn fat or glycogen when we run?

By Hayden Shearman When you do an easy run, you’re primarily burning fat. When you do a workout or shorter race, you’re primarily burning glycogen. So, what’s best? Not to disappoint right off the bat, but asking what’s best is probably the wrong question here, because the truth is that both energy systems have their[…]

How to Transform Your Love for Running Hills

By Hayden Shearman // When you encounter hills in a workout or race, how should you tackle it? How should your technique change? And what about downhill is that different to uphill? Here’s five points to give you more confidence to be strong in the hills. Look Up & Stand Tall: Avoid the temptation to[…]

Let’s be clear about goals

By Hayden Shearman // One of the biggest mistakes we can make as runners is having too many goals, entering too many races and, as a result, confusing our training with competing goals. This is where the newly crowned 5000m world record holder can help us out. I recently heard an interview with Joshua Cheptegei[…]

Dealing with Setbacks

// By Hayden Shearman // In the space of 14 days I’ve lost four days out with a cold and two (so far) with a tweaked neck. Super frustrating! But, as runners, it can be easy to get down about these setbacks. So how can we deal with them when they do come along? Here[…]

How to Decipher the Unbelievable from the Unreal

By Hayden Shearman Last weekend, in Monaco, the men’s 5000m world record was broken by Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda in running a mind-exploding 12:35! However, within hours, the inevitable rhetoric came out online that it could be doping or that it was the shoes. As fans of athletics, it can be tricky to decipher the[…]

The Hills of the Auckland Marathon

By Hayden Shearman // One of the many frustrating things about running is the incredibly vague and contradicting uses of the terms “hilly”, “undulating”, “rolling”, and “flat”. Every runner has a different take on what these terms mean and even with a course elevation profile it’s difficult to make out the real magnitude of the hills on[…]

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[…]

My Favourite 30-Minute Workouts

By Hayden Shearman For many of us, we were attracted to running initially because of its convenience. And, luckily, we can get a hang of a lot done to build fitness through just a 30-minute workout. So here are some of my favourite 30-minute smash-it sessions. They should each include at least 10-15 minutes of[…]

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[…]

Recovery: One Easy Day for Every Mile Raced

To carry on our race recovery theme, the other day I was live on Facbook (see below) sharing tips for bringing your body back from the hell you’ve just thrust it into by racing a half or full marathon. I mentioned the golden rule that for every mile raced you need a day of rest[…]

How to Nail (and Not Nail) Your Race Recovery

By Hayden Shearman Two weeks ago I raced a half marathon. Thanks to a good downhill battle to chase down the leader over the final few KMs (btw, I just missed the win by an agonising 5 seconds) my body was left pretty beat up.  But my mind was ready to knuckle down into the training[…]

Crushing it from only three runs per week

Thanks to the stresses and commitments of life, you can only run three times per week, how can your maximise that limited time, become as fit as possible and enjoy every step of your running training? Hayden spelt out how he typically recommends people to make the most of a 3-run training week in the[…]

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[…]

How to Pace a Race Like a Jedi Master

By Hayden Shearman // Pacing your race well, with even splits, is undoubtable the number one thing you can do on race day to maximise your performance and enjoyment of the race.  Whether you’re pacing yourself in your own race or you’re a pacer guiding others to their goals, the same techniques apply. So here are[…]

Rotorua Marathon Blog: How to Taper Like a Pro

By Hayden Shearman // Training is all about striking the perfect combo of training stress (i.e. running lots) and recovery (i.e. running less). The taper is where that balance swings more towards the recovery side of things to get fresh and ready to roll for race day. Right now, you should be coming towards the end[…]

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[…]