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: 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: 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[…]

Coach Hayden: North Shore Marathon

By Hayden Shearman // The success of yesterday’s North Shore Marathon all hinged on a small stretch of pavement in the centre of Takapuna: the 35th kilometre of the marathon. It’s the one I failed to complete in the Queenstown Marathon after rupturing my left achilles two years ago. So today was all about righting the[…]

Kiwi Running Show – 014 – North Shore Marathon Preview

You’ve set running goals but how do you get after them and make them reality? This week Hamish and Hayden draw on everything from personal experience and Tony Robbins quotes to demonstrate the importance of combining strategy and desire to reach your goals. We also catch up with Tom Walsh’s ground hog day national record[…]