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The Trick is in the Taper

The Trick is in the Taper

29 April 2015 - With the Comrades Marathon just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the common mistakes runners make when it comes to tapering in the final weeks before a big race. ...
Stick With The Programme

Stick With The Programme

06 March 2015 - Hop on to your search engine, type in the phrase ‘training programme’ and you’ll find dozens of helpful yet overwhelming results, so make sure you understand and can keep going wi...
Slow Down to Get Faster

Slow Down to Get Faster

16 October 2014 - You’ve been running for a number of years and PB’s seem to be a thing of the past, so you tell yourself that “Age is catching up with me,” but a simple change to your traini...
Lift, Squat, Run!

Lift, Squat, Run!

09 June 2014 - Attempting pull-ups, burpies, the perfect squatting technique and more, all while running 400m in between sets… let’s just say that the Modern Athlete newbies weren’t the prettie...

Slow down to go fast

11 April 2014 - I don’t know about you but I always thought that in order to run faster you needed to do some speed work? Right? Maybe not. On today’s Ask Coach Parry Podcast the question was asked as ...

The Key to Running Downhill

03 April 2014 - When thinking of running a marathon or an ultra-marathon it is often the sheer distance that scares many people. If you then take into the account the terrain that you will need to traverse, that p...

The Speed Dilemma

02 April 2014 - There is always a lot of talk around how fast your long slow distance (LSD) training runs should be in preparation for races like the Comrades Marathon or the Two Oceans. The big question however i...
Build for the Big Ones

Build for the Big Ones

01 April 2014 -   With Two Oceans upon us, it’s too late to start introducing strength work into your programme, but if you’re running Comrades or another long race, make sure you get yours...
Start Pedalling

Start Pedalling

30 January 2014 - Most of us know that there are many health benefits to running, including a healthy heart, mind and body, but the one disadvantage to running is the impact on your bones and joints. There is a fine...
Turn up the Heat

Turn up the Heat

06 January 2014 - Chances are that most of your training has been done in cool moderate temperatures, either at the crack of dawn while the rest of the country is only thinking about getting up, or after work. I rec...
Start Slow... Finish Fast!

Start Slow... Finish Fast!

01 December 2013 - A Modern Athlete reader, Allistair Meyer, recently asked the following very interesting question: “As simple as it might sound, I have tried to apply the ‘start slow, finish fast’ ...
Run Better… by Swimming

Run Better… by Swimming

01 December 2013 - Swimming to cool down after a hard run in summer is always a treat, but swimming offers so much more. For starters, it is particularly useful for recovery, as the water has a cooling effect on muscl...
Ready, Steady, Oceans!

Ready, Steady, Oceans!

31 October 2013 - Your legs are beginning to feel the strain of the continual pounding of each step as the sun climbs ever higher and the heat begins to take its toll. You feel like you've been running for hours, when ...
There’s Always Time

There’s Always Time

31 October 2013 - Come the end of the year and there’s usually a mad rush in the form of end-of-year closing, long working hours before going on leave, family get-togethers, last-minute Christmas shopping, and ...

All in the Mind

30 August 2013 - Acclaimed sports coach Matt Fitzgerald has a simple motto, “Train the brain and the rest will follow.” And we’ve all heard the Comrades experts say that the race is 40% physical a...
Rest is Best

Rest is Best

01 August 2013 - In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes about this scenario: You come upon a man in the woods, working feverishly to saw down a tree. “You look exhausted! How long ha...
The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

01 August 2013 - Run short, run fast... This is definitely not the motto of most runners who are looking to compete at marathons, ultras and the Comrades, which are all races that require you to run slowly, but for ...
REST IS BEST

REST IS BEST

01 July 2013 - Regardless which group you find yourself in, running 87km put a strain on your body. Not to mention the hours spent belting it out on the road in preparation for race day. The biggest mistake you c...
Up up and away!

Up up and away!

28 May 2013 - You’re having the race of your life and feeling strong, even though you’re running just inside your own red line. You’re on for a PB, but then the inevitable happens: You turn the ...
Wonder Workout or Marathon Miss?

Wonder Workout or Marathon Miss?

29 April 2013 - The standard marathon is the globally recognised standard of distance running, with your running ability and level judged by your current and best times for 42.2km, not to mention your qualifying ba...
Beat the Brrrrrr!

Beat the Brrrrrr!

04 February 2013 - For most of us who take a sabbatical during the winter months, the motivation to start training again comes when we wake up one morning and suddenly realise our favourite outfit no longer fit...

Take on the 5150 Tri, Part 2

10 January 2013 - I am pleased that you took up the 5150 Triathlon Challenge! I trust the training has gone well and you will finish the first five weeks of the programme towards the end of June. You would hav...
What to do Next…

What to do Next…

30 November 2012 - For the last six to eight months, Comrades consumed your mind and your time, and now suddenly there seems to be this big void. Despite the pain and suffering endured on the 3rd of June, it...
Taper Tactics

Taper Tactics

30 October 2012 - When it comes to tapering for Comrades, most of us find ourselves in one of two groups: ?         PACMAN RUNNERS: Like Pacman, these runners are never sa...
Take the brrrr out of Swimming

Take the brrrr out of Swimming

26 September 2012 - There is already a nip in the air and before we know it we will be wearing sweaters and struggling to get out from under the duvet! And we will put swimming training on hold, as we mostly percei...
The BARRY HOLLAND Bus

The BARRY HOLLAND Bus

27 July 2012 - February spells Marathon month and this means during the course of February you need to get a qualifying marathon done. In our full training programme (published in the December edition of Modern A...
Two Months till Two Oceans

Two Months till Two Oceans

27 July 2012 - ENTRIES UPDATE Half and Trail Entries Blitz, Ultra Filling up Steadily Entries for the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon closed in a record time of nine days in November, despite t...
The Barry Holland Bus

The Barry Holland Bus

30 May 2012 - Marathon for the first time this year or want to dust off your running shoes after a long retirement, this is the training programme for you. Not only will it help you earn that special medal, you wil...
Dis-Chem 2012: Happy New Running Year!

Dis-Chem 2012: Happy New Running Year!

30 May 2012 - Remember that no entries will be available on race day and you have to register and pick up your race number at registration venues beforehand. The main 21.1km event will start at 6am and the 5km Dash...
The Training is Done… Time to become an IRONMAN!

The Training is Done… Time to become an IRONMAN!

30 May 2012 - It’s been one of the most exciting journeys Modern Athlete has yet embarked on: In October last year, after being overwhelmed by applicants, we chose 10 novice triathletes to be coached and trai...