Will O'Connor running

What’s faster; Run or Run-Walk?

The results are in, literally. I’ve completed 2 IAAF certified marathons one in which I used the run-walk method (read about that here) and the other in which I ran start to finish. Official Results; Hawkes Bay Marathon 13th May 2017 = 2:45:52 (Garmin file) Wellington Marathon 18th June 2017 = 2:43:18 (Garmin file) There it is, running a marathon …

Can I Run-Walk a Sub 2:40 Marathon?

The run-walk method is nothing new to running and a lot of it’s notoriety can be credited to legendary running coach Jeff Galloway. However, I struggled to find not only the scientific reasoning behind the run-walk method but also any data on runners going under 3 hours using this method. Personally I have successfully used the run-walk method to run …

Training for Red Bull Defiance

2 days, 6 Stages, 154 km, 4,000 m+ elevation gain Red Bull defiance has fast become a bucket list events for kiwi endurance nuts. The event takes place in the stunning Wanaka region and incorporates much of the areas natural resources, including the ridgeline traverse of Mt Alpha and Mt Roy. Training for an event like Red Bull defiance takes …

Runner coming back from injury

Running Back from Injury

If you’ve recently suffered a running-related leg injury that has put you out of running for a week or more you’ll want to be careful coming back to training. Runners often underestimate the amount of time it takes to adapt back to a full running schedule. It’s not as simple as thinking “I use to run one hour at a …

Run-Walk is back for 2018

Last year I got an overwhelming response to my “Can I run-walk a 2:40 marathon” experiment.  This year I’m adamant to come back and achieve what I set out to accomplish last year. This year I will be running the Buller marathon on the 10th of February. I will again use run-walk via the 19 and 1 protocol I established …

Walking the walk. How the run-walk played out.

Over the weekend I used the run-walk method to finish 2nd at the Air NZ Hawkes Bay International Marathon. I may not have been able to run my goal time of 2hrs 40min but as you’ll read below I was able to make up a 4min deficit at 31km to go from 4th to 2nd over the closing few kms. …

Train with Power for Mountain Biking

One of the main benefits of using a power meter in your training is the ability to track fitness throughout the season and across multiple seasons. While scientists have traditionally relied on laboratory measures of various metabolic thresholds, our lives were made much easier with the development of the functional threshold power (FTP) field test. This test is great – …