Busselton Runners Club


‘Trained by Champs’ is an online program that gives you a unique opportunity to be trained by a sporting champion and Australian marathon legend Steve Moneghetti. In three decades, Steve developed a freakish never say die attitude to be at his best at all times. At the ripe age of 52, Steve still manages to be at the peak of his performance and continues to inspire and train runners around the globe. Whether you are training for personal fitness or attempting to RUN a marathon, Trained by Champs has a program for you. Steve himself put his expertise and passion in developing these programs to help you achieve your ultimate goals. Trained by Champs is a fun and challenging fitness program for runners everywhere. With detailed program instructions, tips and insights from a running legend, you know that your hard work will reap great rewards as you continue training with Steve. Trained by Champs is an online community for runners who are serious in achieving their goals, regardless of skill level or experience.
This is intended to be a weekly series that follows the progress of one of our club members following the Trained by Champs program in the lead up to the SunSmart Busselton Half Marathon.

Trained by Champs — Week 14

This has been a week in two parts.

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Trained by Champs — Week 13

Much has been made of runners ‘hitting the wall’ in marathon running. Covering 42 kilometres on foot puts the body under enormous stress and everything has to go right to finish strongly.

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Trained by Champs — Week 11

There are many different reasons why people run, and lots of different ways to do events like the upcoming Busselton Half Marathon and associated fun runs. Some are happy just to finish the event within the cut-off time of three hours, while others will be aiming for a particular time e.g. to go faster than last year or to finish in under 100 minutes.

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Trained by Champs — Week 12

Those who don’t run think that it must get boring, and sometimes it does, but there are lots of ways to keep it interesting.

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Trained by Champs — Week 10

This has been a good week in terms of coming back from my injuries with five running days in the last week, plus a good swim and some running in the water too. A new pair of aqua shoes from Santa has helped to overcome the slippery lining in the pool.

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Trained by Champs — Week 9

As it heats up over Christmas and New Year, it is important as a runner to keep the fluids up, not just during a run but throughout the day.

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Trained by Champs — Week 8

The last week has been a test of patience for me as I gradually return to running after a minor hamstring strain.

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Trained by Champs — Week 7

The countdown continues with just ten weeks remaining before the Busselton Running Club’s Half Marathon I am still nursing a dodgy hamstring and feeling just a bit jealous of all the super-fit iron persons in Busselton this week.

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Trained by Champs — Week 6

So here I am just twelve weeks out from the start of the Busselton Half Marathon and about to begin my Trained By Champs program…and I am injured. Not a serious injury – only a mild hamstring strain, but enough to keep me off the track for a week or two. As usual it was caused by a combination of failing to stretch or warm up enough and trying to run too fast, too soon, in this case as part of a club event on the weekend.

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Trained by Champs — Week 5

Alan Sillitoe famously wrote ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ in 1959. His story was about more than running, but the need for company can still be an issue for runners today. If this detracts from your enjoyment of running, you might start off by getting a wearable device. There are a myriad of styles and designs available, but for those who want to, it is possible to listen to music or podcasts or even to conduct phone conversations while on the move. In addition, many of these devices enable you to map and record various metrics related to your run such as cadence and heartrate. These can be displayed on your phone or computer and enable you to track your progress. Some devices also offer on-line ‘communities’ that you can join and share chats with. Luckily Steve Moneghetti’s Trained by Champs program includes a similar on-line community to share experiences with or to ask questions about running related issues. If you prefer real chats with real people, then join a parkrun community or your local running club for even more support and friendship from like-minded individuals.

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Trained by Champs — Week 4

Spring is in the air and it is a wonderful time to be a runner. Having more hours of sunshine makes finding a suitable time to run easier, but there are other benefits to being outside at this time of the year too.

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Trained by Champs — Week 3

You may have heard the saying that ‘you play the way you train’. A fellow runner recently commented that doing long, slow runs had turned him into a slow runner.

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Trained by Champs — Week 2

The longer days with more sunshine make it easier to find time for training, but it has still been pretty chilly this week!

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Trained by Champs — Week 1

Having just registered for the 2018 Busselton Half Marathon and Fun Run on February 10th I have decided that I should start to do some training to get me from here to successfully completing a half marathon. I will also be blogging about my experiences along the way.

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