Marathon effort to write a blog
Hayden Shearman is hoping to steer both novice and more experienced runners in the right direction in the lead up to the adidas Auckland Marathon in November.
Starting from today he will be writing a weekly blog called Running Auckland for the Central Leader.
Preparing to run a marathon is a journey in itself, Hayden Shearman says.
‘‘The mental thing is really big.
‘‘Setting yourself a goal and achieving it is so satisfying and the benefits you get in other aspects of your life are huge.’’
The running coach and author has been running for seven years and training runners professionally for the past year.
He is currently guiding 12 runners on the path to reach their goals.
‘‘Running can be a mild form of torture sometimes and so it’s really cool to have someone guiding you through it,’’ he says.
He will be sharing his own experiences, those of the runners he has coached and coupling that with the latest research in running science to help people prepare for the adidas Auckland Marathon.
For Shearman the journey started seven years ago when the former surfer was searching for a sport that allowed him to spend more time with his new wife and less time searching for waves.
‘‘I discovered running, did my first fun run and was hooked from there.’’
It was while running shoulder to shoulder with world mountain running champion Melissa Moon on that first run that he decided to carve a career out of pounding Auckland’s pavements.
The sport does come with its challenges, he says.
Chafing, hospitalisation, dehydration – it’s not always a walk in the park.
But for those who sometimes find it hard to stomach the thought of getting out of bed and on to the tarmac it’s not all bad news.
‘‘Often you’re actually telling people to rest a bit more,’’ he says.
‘‘You’re kind of reining them in because often if people have set themselves a goal they are pretty determined to reach that goal.’’
Shearman is hoping to complete this year’s adidas Auckland Marathon in a time of about 2 hours 30 minutes.
With his advice, race tactics and a little bit of inspiration he hopes some more Aucklanders will be running alongside him in November.
Marathon man: Hayden Shearman is writing a blog to help runners train for the adidas Auckland Marathon.
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