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Sep 09, 2014

When are heavy legs OK?

Duncan commented to me that his legs were heavy on Saturday’s long run, and asked me if that’s ok. He’s been very wary of pain or even discomfort, since his injury interrupted his training for the Queenstown marathon just a few weeks ago. He’s only just back on schedule now and wanted to avoid any other injuries.

Good on ya mate, you’re learning!

Awareness and noticing is the first step, (instead of ignoring).

Sep 03, 2014

Rise and shine

It’s 12 weeks now, half way to the Queenstown Marathon. Time to reflect, and to notice the improvements.

After 3 months, you’ll notice how training has become a healthy habit. But, it’s so much more than just adjusting to the discipline; it’s enjoying that feel-good endorphin buzz. On the bigger scale, you’ll notice the benefits of being healthier and the confidence and pride you’ve gained from working successfully to a very worthy goal.

Most of you will have seen a significant reduction in your time trial time as proof that it’s working.

Aug 28, 2014

No stopping you now!

This Saturday, (or which ever is your long day) we want to jog the entire distance with no walking, to teach your mind the discipline needed for race day. This will really boost your confidence too.  

You’ll need to pace yourself. Start nice and slowly, and then keep some energy in reserve to last the entire two hours. Recalling Duncan’s analogy of using gears (week 7), if you’re tempted to walk on any of the hills, just chop down to a really easy gear. Use short little strides, whilst keeping the same rhythm or cadence as on the flats.

Aug 20, 2014

The “I-word” :  Dealing with injury

Duncan’s injured. But no problem!

My job as a coach is to get Duncan, and you readers, to not only the finish line, but also the start line, uninjured if possible.

“To finish first, first you must finish”

There are many facets to this job as coach, including carefully designing a graduated schedule, advice on warm-up and warm-down, recovery, stretching and gear choice.

Aug 11, 2014

Developing endurance

This week with the increasing daylight hours we’re shifting the Time Trial to midweek, so we can use the weekend to introduce our bodies to the component of marathon “endurance”.

This endurance session on Saturdays, is one of the two basic components we’re teaching your body. The other basic component is speed or intensity, but we don’t need to teach this to your body until 9 weeks out from the event.