Track their training
Both Shaun and Marco are determined to be marathon-ready and they’ll be getting lots of help from Unitec’s sport psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology and osteopathy lecturers.
Track our Unitec marathon runners' training, the challenges faced and how they are sticking to their goals! The two can be seen training around Unitec with their sponsored apparel and are lucky enough to have their entries covered for the big day.
We'll be bringing updates, photos, training tips and more on this page. Keep a watch out!
Sep, Week 2: Shaun & Marco underwent a progressive lactate threshold test at our Human Performance Lab to allow determination of work loads and heart rates corresponding to the Lactate Threshold (LT). This was done by Chris Lynch, Lecturer (Sport & Exercise Science) and was followed by a detailed report for each of them. They also had a session each on sports psychology with Daniel Stamp, Lecturer - Sport and Exercise Psychology, on ideas to build & maintain motivation.
Here's Shaun's update:
Human Performance Lab:
I have experienced a number of tests conducted at various well known facilities around NZ and so was quite keen to find out what the Human Performance lab at Unitec's Department of Sport had in store.
What unfolded was a rigorous 30min test which measured our Lactate Threshold levels from running on a treadmill with the speed being increased every 4 minutes to the point that one could not continue due to lactate build up.The test also measured heart rate.
The outcome of this test provided both Marco and myself with data that helps us plan our heart rate zones when training for the Marathon and shows us what our bodies can sustain in different zones. The lactate measurements where made by pricking us to extract blood... nasty!
While one of us was going through the lactate test (read hurtbox!), Dan Stamp was conducting some Sports Psychology to assist both Marco and I on meeting our goals, any current ideas we might be facing around motivation and performance anxiety.
The ability to maintain motivation and manage performance anxiety on race day can make or break you from reaching your goals or even getting to the finish line. Dan's expertise will provide both Marco and I the confidence in mentally making the Auckland Marathon a great day.
Knowing Unitec has these facilities, equipment and expertise, really does position our students and community with a resource that matches any others in New Zealand.
Sep, Week 1: Shaun & Marco got a basic osteo assessment at Clinic 41. This clinic is part of the Department of Osteopathy and treatment is carried out by Master of Osteopathy students. Here's a quick update from Shaun:
I have been to see many Physios in my time, the one obvious difference is that Osteos look at the big picture first when assessing you, rather than the Physio approach of injury, rehab or muscular recovery.
While there was nothing wrong with either of us, it was refreshing seeking advise on training and physical management. I feel the main message we received was injury prevention, physical wellbeing and maintenance are paramount when training for any event, let along a Marathon.
i highly recommend that you start your training with consulting an osteopath about your current state and how bets to prevent injuries. Investment in your wellbeing will provide greater return when you cross that finish line injury free.
Last edited: 18 September 2012