Coach Ray

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Marathon Coaching New Zealand

How Jamie Took Over 2 Minutes Off His 5km Time In Only 4 Weeks

Jamie came to me wanting to improve his running and stay injury free for ultra-running events. he has a few goals lined up in the coming 12 months.

I’ve set up a structured programme for him that is going to progress him towards his goals. Like most busy people holding down a full time job and have a family that they need to spend time with he has struggled in the past with fitting his training in and then has ended up winging it on event day.

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Qwik-View: Dr Joe Piggin

QK: Not too many of my readers will be familiar with you and what you have achieved. As educated readers I’m sure they are potentially going to Google your name and will discover that you are an academic in the…

Beginner Training Ironman Training Marathon & Half Marathon's Nutrition Triathlon Training

How to Fuel For a Half Marathon

This post started out as an email response to a question about fuelling for a half marathon: Previous advice during a race is not to drink the sugary electrolyte drinks and stick with the water. This stops the energy system…

The Tarawera 50km Off Road Race

I like big hairy audacious goals, the ones that scare you to bits.  The ones that in the back of your mind you are scared you may not achieve, but it keeps you going.  So I chose the Tarawera 50km.

The Goat Tongariro

It’s not for the faint hearted!  It’s tough. One of the toughest off-road runs in New Zealand and I love it! From Whakapapa ski field to Turoa ski field across the mountain.

Ironman Training Marathon & Half Marathon's Training Methodology Triathlon Training

Periodisation of a Season

There are a number of methods to periodise a training build up for an event. Some of the more prominent coaches and academics in this area include Tudor Bompa, Joe Friel & Jon Ackland. They have all written numerous books…

Client Stories

Oonagh and the Sunshine Coast Marathon

To endure 42.2km’s, on a flat warm Queensland course was the goal.  Executing effective training when you do Fly In/Fly Out work 2 weeks on/off, working 13 days in a row was not going to be easy.  Neither was training…

Client Stories

New Zealand’s Newest Marathon Course – Taupo, NZ

Listen to your Coach… Listen to your Body! These are words that I used to pay lip service to, but eventually they rang true.  I have written previous articles about completing an Ironman or completing a Half Marathon, etc with varying results….

Client Stories

Wellington Half Marathon

This time around this event would be part of a handful of confidence boosters in my build up to Challenge Wanaka 2016 (first ever iron-distance). I wanted to run this event in 2.30 hrs (even-though previously I’d done it faster),…

Client Stories

Christchurch Marathon and Half Marathon

Gerard is training hard as he prepares for the World 70.3 Triathlon Championships, this involves swimming 1900m then cycling 90km prior to finishing with a half marathon. As part of his goal setting for the world champs he set a…

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