Marathon ef­fort to write a blog

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Marathon man: Hay­den Shear­man is writ­ing a blog to help run­ners train for the adi­das Auck­land Marathon.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lo­cal Blogs to read Run­ning Auck­land.

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