When all is said and done


In our modern age of information overload we have so much
training advice at our fingertips that our challenge is not finding a training schedule, but deciding which advice to follow.

Over the years of my own training, coaching and researching the methods of other coaches, I have seen that there are a number of similar threads that run through every successful coaches’ programmes:

  • Regular daily running.
  • The greater percentage of training is long easy running.
  • Easy training is easy and hard training is hard.
  • Recovery is prioritized.
  • There is a periodic rhythm of training and rest.
  • The programme builds slowly.
  • Endurance and strength before speed.
  • Training pace is mostly based on effort and “feel”.
  • Training sessions are simple to understand and implement.
  • There is always a hill session in there somewhere.
  • The weekly LSD is a cornerstone workout.
  • The training emphasis and types of sessions vary throughout the year.
  • A lot of training is done on soft surfaces.
  • Attention is given to mobility, stability and rhythm work.
  • Nutrition is balanced and simple.

The conclusion of the matter is this: Keep it simple, run far, run often, run happy!

Coach Kathleen


About Coach Kathleen

Coaching since 2004, I have coached both young and old athletes from those achieving provincial and national medals in track, biathlon and cross country to runners running their first ever half marathon or marathon. I am a specialist in youth coaching and my coaching philosophy is to not only help each athlete achieve their best with their athletic talent but to guide each athlete in developing character and transforming their lives beyond the track. As an athlete I have competed at high levels across all the running disciplines, track, road, cross country and trail running as well as internationally in triathlon. I have a personal best of 2 hours 45 min for the marathon and have twice been part of the winning ladies team in the AfricanX trail race. Qualifications IAAF Athletics Lecturer Level II Distance Running Coach SAQ Fundamental Movement Certificate ACE Certified Personal Traininer Personal Running Performances
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