In a recent one-on-one coaching sesh within an esteemed online training club, a dedicated member had a real heart-to-heart with a seasoned coach, diving deep into all sorts of running stuff. 

This chat covered a bunch of topics, from managing energy levels and stretching to the ins and outs of running slow to race fast. Let’s break down the gems from this chat.

The Runner’s Journey

This runner spilled the beans on their journey into running, starting from random treadmill stints and slowly building up to gym classes and fun park runs. Even after tackling some pretty tough marathons, there was this itch to push past limits, focusing more on pace and shorter distances to notch up the performance.

Navigating Training Approaches

Embracing “Running Slow to Run Fast”

The coach broke down the idea of building up your aerobic capacity by taking it easy on your runs. By focusing on steady aerobic efforts and gradually adding in intervals or hill runs, you’re basically training your body to be stronger and faster while reducing the risk of getting hurt.

Mastering Energy Management and Nutritional Balance

When it came to feeling drained during runs, especially after skipping meals, the coach gave some solid advice on pre-run fueling. They stressed the importance of having a light dinner and sipping on energy drinks during runs to keep fatigue and cramps at bay.

Cultivating Stretching Rituals and Recovery Regimens

To tackle muscle tightness and prevent injuries, the coach recommended stretching after most runs. They suggested aiming for at least two stretching sessions a week to keep everything limber. Plus, they highlighted the benefits of regular visits to massage therapists or physiotherapists for that extra TLC.

Pinnacle of Progression

This coaching chat was like a lightbulb moment, showing how personalized guidance and community support can really take your running game up a notch. By addressing individual concerns and tailoring training plans, the coach creates a roadmap for holistic growth and lasting improvements.

If you’re looking to level up your running game, the online training club is where it’s at. With custom training plans, access to top-notch coaches, and a tight-knit community, it’s the perfect place to up your running game and connect with fellow enthusiasts.


With a passion for high performance sport – Lindsey Parry is one of South Africa’s most widely recognised coaches. Having led a team to the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, the Gold Coast & Birmingham, and coached both triathletes and runners onto podiums of some of the world’s most illustrious races, Lindsey has a unique ability to understand what it takes to succeed at any level and thrives on coaching, motivating and inspiring others to do the same – whether it’s on the track, on stage or behind a mic.

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