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Seasons are changing and so it's the start of the season for flu vaccines (flu-jabs). So many runners are wondering if the flu-jab will help keep them illness free and therefore fit and healthy to stay training. Should runners be getting the flu vaccine and if so, when is the best time to get it in relation to your race? Coach Parry gives you the answer in today's episode of Ask Coach Parry
Today's question for Ask Coach Parry comes from the Coach Parry Facebook group and with it being a down run at Comrades this year; many runners are asking this question - What is the most efficient way to run downhill? Is there a trick to it? Coach Parry answers this question and talks about things you can do to minimize the damage in your legs during the race as well as different things you can do during training to prepare yourself to get stronger for the downhills.
Do you feel like you want one-on-one coaching but you're not "elite" or fast enough? It's a question we get asked often here at Coach Parry - "Will I benefit from one-on-one coaching even though I'm not an elite athlete?" Coach Parry gives you his answer to this question and also discusses who wont benefit from coaching. If you want to hear a little more about our coaches' coaching philosophy then have a listen to this...
Following on from last week's episode about side stitches; today's episode of Run with Coach Parry is all about breathing while running. Is there a correct or incorrect way to breathe while running? How should we be breathing to maximise our performance in both training and racing? What is the best way to breathe and stay comfortable while running. Coach Parry answers all of these in today's episode.
Many runners have experienced the pain of a side stitch (whether in the ribs or abdomen) or a stitch under the collar bone. Does this pain come from breathing incorrectly or eating/drinking too much before a run? Coach Parry discusses what causes stitches and the most successful techniques to get rid of them.
Learning to run slower to run faster... While it sounds contradictory, one of the biggest mistakes recreational runners make is running their easy runs too hard. Following on from two of our previous #FastFriday posts on this topic, Coach Parry delves deeper the most common mistake recreational runners make.
Are you racing the Two Oceans Marathon and wondering what is the best way to taper for the grueling 56kms that lie ahead in 2 weeks time? If Comrades Marathon is your main goal, do you even need to taper for Two Oceans? Coach Parry shares his tapering advice specifically for Two Oceans as well as what is best for Comrades training after Two Oceans, on today's episode of Run with Coach Parry.
Running alone when training for any race is tough. Coach Parry provides some insights into what you can do to keep motivated if you do not have a running club / group to train with and most of your training runs are done on your own. What is the best way to keep things interesting and hold yourself accountable without negatively affecting training load and intensity in the build up to your race.
Coach Parry shares some tips on how to care for your running shoes to ensure you get the most mileage out of them. What is the best way to clean and dry your shoes and other general care ideas. Also, what is the optimum amount of mileage you should have in your shoes before tackling a race? All this is answered in today's episode of Run with Coach Parry.
Chafing ("friction burn") is one of the most common problems runners face. And every runner has heard sage advice and remedies from other runners on how best to avoid this. From vaseline and ointments to plasters and finger-toe socks. If this is something you struggle with, then today's episode of Run with Coach Parry is for you. Listen to Coach Parry share his tips on how best to avoid chafing and blisters.
We're sidestepping from some specific training topics onto some running nutrition on today's episode of Run with Coach Parry. Do you struggle to eat during marathon and ultra-marathon races? Many runners battle with this even after practicing it on some lower intensity training runs. Coach Parry provides some advice as to how to get over this struggle.
You've seen athletes like Caroline Wostmann use the run/walk strategy very successfully. In this episode of Run with Coach Parry; Lindsey explains the intricacies of how to make the run/walk strategy work for you whether you're a faster or a slower runner. Not only for Comrades Marathon distance but for races ranging from 10km all the way to ultra marathons. Coach Parry also gives some other tips on pacing, talking about even and negative splits for you to calculate your race paces.
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