25 August 2016

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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”[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Technique: Forwards Lean

We all lean forwards to some extent when we run, but how much is too much and what should that lean look like? Hayden explains … Technique: Forwards Lean from TempoFit on Vimeo.

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Technique: Pacing Without a Watch

GPS watches and KM markers are great for telling us how hard we’re working on flat, straight courses, but what about in hills or under trees or over twisting trails? How do you pace yourself when your splits don’t tell the full story. Here Hayden Shearman shares his tips for running pacing without a watch.[…]

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Rotorua Marathon Blog: How to Avoid Running Injuries

Running injuries typically don’t involve any broken bones or blood or even bruising; they’re nagging pains or discomfort that can make running torturous and put a major road block on our marathon training journeys. As with most things, preventing running injuries is always better than looking for a cure. So how exactly do you avoid[…]

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Technique: Running Tall

One of the best things you can do to help the efficiency of your running and also the confidence you feel when running is to stand nice and tall. Check out this week’s technique tip for keeping that posture sorted (and think: “Tall hips, shoulders relaxed back and down, head tall, and spine neutral”).  […]

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Rotorua Marathon Blog: The Habit of Getting the A into G

By Hayden Shearman // We’re eight months out from the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon and, yes, it’s time to get that caboose off the couch! But nothing spectacular needs to happen once you’re off the couch, it’s the getting off that counts. Here’s why … The following applies if you’re running the marathon (if you’re[…]

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Warm Up Routine For 5k Races

If you’ve been running a while, the challenge of running a 5k race won’t be so much around the distance but about the speed you’ll need to run. For this reason it’s vital to have a warm up routine that gets you ready to roll and firing on all cylinders from the gun. The following[…]

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How to Prepare for a 6-Week TempoFit Season

So I’m keen to do a 6-week season of TempoFit, it’s a couple of weeks out from start up, so what should I be doing? And what if I’m beginning … like, literally just rolled off the couch and clicked on this website? Well, we’ve put together three 2-week training plans to help get you[…]

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The 30 Most Motivational Running Quotes

We all have those times when motivation wanes and we struggle to get out the door with trainers on. Luckily, some of the greatest runners and running personalities have shared the same struggle and have offered their thoughts on how to stay motivated with your running. RUNNING IS ABOUT CONSISTENCY Fall in love with the[…]

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Are You All About That Base?

By Hayden Shearman // No, this isn’t an article about “that bass” nor the other “bass”. The base I’m talking about is the running training we do in the off-season, when we’re not gazing down the barrel of an upcoming half marathon or marathon. For most of us running spring or autumn marathons and half[…]

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