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Got a training question? Ask Runlab founder and marathon runner, Vlad Shatrov below!

With over 10 years’ experience training runners together with competing at the highest levels in distance running, Vlad Shatrov knows what it means to be a runner.

After completing the 2016 Berlin Marathon in a PB of 2:18, Vlad knows what it takes to set a goal and really work towards it. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained by racing numerous prestigious events abroad, at home, on road and on the trails. Vlad has a passion for running like no other and has trained with many of Australia’s best runners and coaches. Plus, he's running this year's Blackmores Half Marathon alongside many of you!

Vlad is also the founder of Runlab, a leading provider of group interval training sessions, group functional strength classes and personalized running analysis and programming. He has trained runners of all abilities, so whether you’re looking to run in the Family Fun Run, smash the Bridge Run, step up to the Half marathon or finish the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, he can help you with your training.

His running career started slowly – after undergoing surgery at the age of 10 to alleviate joint fusions in both ankles, he was told it was unlikely that he would be able to make a career out of the sport that he loved yet caused him so much grief. Undeterred, as a young teenager growing up on a sheep property in South Eastern NSW, he continued to push his body, enjoying the freedom that running provided.

Not only has he successfully competed in many individual road races, but he has helped many people, from absolute beginners to seasoned runners, achieve personal bests in both running and triathlons.

Got a question for Vlad? Ask him in the comments section below!

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Hello Vlad
I am following the Half Marathon Advanced program. I have a query regarding the running drills and what you would recommend. In last week's session I did high knees, A-skip, B-skip, butt kicks (2 variations), straight leg bounds and carioca/grapevines. Are these good drills and how many reps of each or time spent on drills would you suggest?.
Thank you, Colleen
Colleen 23 Jun 2018
Hi Vlad,
I can't follow the program exactly as it's designed. Is it ok to change up the order of training types within a week, and apart from the long runs, which are the next most important ones not to miss? I'm aiming for sub-5 hours.
ruth 12 Jun 2018
Hi Vlad, I am planning to break my PB and get as close as possible to 3hr at full marathon. I am religiously following a running program for breaking PB. The plan has more slow long runs than speed training, and in a progressive way as we go. Does it sound like a right plan to you? Wondering if I should switch to another one before it gets too late.
Reza 12 Jun 2018
Hi Vlad

I have signed up for the Half Marathon but am having problems downloading the free training program. Sorry to trouble you!
Carol Ann
Carol Ann
Carol Ann 05 Jun 2018
Hi, I am a first time marathon entrant and run every week. I recently downloaded the marathon beginner program but am already doing longer runs than what the program suggests. Do I scale back and follow the program or continue with my own long distances? Thanks.
Kurush 04 Jun 2018
Hi Vlad, I just download the Marathon program. One run I cant make sense of is the Race pace specific long run on August 26 with all the surges. By my calculations inclusive of all surges I have 125mins of running for that session (assuming 5min pace long run pace sections).
Is that ok or does It seem a little low considering 3 weeks out is usually the peak long run? and the week before this is a 210min run. Cheers, James
James 28 May 2018
Hi Vlad,
Sunday will be my first half marathon. Im ready and excited! I have been following the Blackmores Half Marathon intermediate training program which has been fantastic. Tomorrow I am required to do 6 x 200 hard/200 float continuous. What is float continuous?
Fiona 11 Sep 2017
Hi Vlad,
Unfortunately haven't been able to do any training the last 4 weeks due to chest infection follow by a mid/upper back pain, I have missed my long training, my longest one was 24kms in July 23, follow by 21 on July 30. Done a few short run but my last one was 10 August ....everyone is telling me not to run the full marathon but I feel I could just try and not challenge myself with my pace.....could you please advise me if this is wise to still do it with so little training?
Thank you,
isabelle 04 Sep 2017