Author Archives: 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

Is cross training helping or harming your running

Manage your fatigue well and you will reap the benefits of your chosen cross workout. Continue reading

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Injuries can make you a better runner

Running per se has often unfairly got the blame for many injuries. Yes, the injury might have occurred while running, but lets get real, there are not too many injuries you can suffer while sitting on the couch. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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TAPERING: Looking at the bigger picture

The questions arise when the magic does not happen. I took a bit of a broader look around the and throw out a few additional questions that the runner needs to ask him or herself. Continue reading

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A Celebration of Journeys

“The amazing thing about running is that many runners may run the same road, but no one runs the same journey.” – facebook.com/distancerunners If you are a regular follower of my blogs you will be familiar with the phrase “it … Continue reading

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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Tips 12/12 – You’ve Got This

Welcome to paranoia week! Focusing on work is going to be a big challenge as your mind keeps drifting to Saturday and on every run those little buggers doubt and fear are going to want to torment you. You have … Continue reading

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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Tips 11/12 – KEEP CALM (unless being chased by a zombie)

We have arrived at the final phase before race week, The “Freak Out” phase! If you live with an ultra runner, good luck. In the second last week before the race, your biggest challenge is that you have way too … Continue reading

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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Tips 10/12 – Taper Time

This is the phase where all your hard work can be converted into a great race or completely undone… Continue reading

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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Tips 9/12 – Maintain

With just under 4 weeks to go until race day, you have just entered a bit of a no man’s land period of your preparation. The big training is done, but it is not time to taper just yet. This … Continue reading

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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Tips 8/12 – Time to Knuckle Down

Race day is so close now you can smell the sweet scent of taper. Just two more weeks of digging deep! Keep moving! At this stage of your preparation there are two dangers: Firstly – Losing momentum: You might find … Continue reading

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