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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.

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Hi, my daughter is training for a half marathon and bought new mizuno shoes, but her feet have been heating up, she has now purchased kayano's but they have been doing the same but not as bad. Is this normal for long distances? Thanks :)
Annette 01 Apr 2019
Hello Vlad. I just wanted to say thank you for the training plan (advanced half marathon), it was a great plan. I managed to run my second fastest half marathon and not that far off from my PB!! I really enjoyed the run and hope to come back one day. I had a taper week off after the half and have picked up with the same training plan ready for my next half!
Colleen 26 Sep 2018
Hi Vlad, After running the Sydney Marathon I have experience a metallic taste in my mouth. I have done some 'google doctoring' and general research tells me it is normal. The question i have is 'how long does this metallic taste, iron, last for?. It has been over a week and i am unsure whether it has improved. many thanks tim
Hi Vlad
Just completed the Sydney full marathon on sept 16. I started getting quite bad leg cramps from 35 k mark onwards and I had walk mostly after that with some running in between when cramps subsided temporarily. Till the 35 k, I was doing well for my own race strategy , but the timing got spoilt after that.
Two questions:
Any strategies to prevent or reduce the
occurrences cramps for future full marathons.

When is ideal time to resume training after a full marathon

Many thanks for your help
Hi Vlad, doing my first half marathon. I am confused about the taper. I did my last long run on Sunday, should I not run at all in this final week or just do a few short runs to keep cardio and legs ready?
guy picone
guy picone 10 Sep 2018
Hi Vlad,
I spoke to you not long ago about an injury that I had. After 15 years hiatus I started training again last year in November. I started at 1km, 3 times a week till i hit 14km about 3 times a week in late march.
On a morning i was setting out to do 16km I left pain in my calf and apparently tore my calf muscle at about 7km mark. I stopped running as I heard a grade 1 tear would need about 3 weeks to recover.
3 months later I started runnign again and had 3 weeks to train the city2surf.and did not too bad at 79min.
Now it has been about 6 weeks in training for this half marathon also. Last saturday was my first ever 2 hour treadmill run at slightly slower pace (6.45min/km). I was pleasantly surprised that i managed it.

I would just like to know do we really need to taper the last week especially in my case as I have not been training the entire 14/16 week intermediate training plan? can i continue to run the last week?

Thanks heaps,
Eddy 04 Sep 2018
Hi Vlad,
Please would you give me some advice ... I am running the Sydney marathon on the 16th September - I did my last long run 32km on Saturday 25th August. I set out on Saturday, I was very surprised to find the first 4km very hard with burning calves ( the route I took was my normal 4km speed training circuit) and then towards the end I really found it hard to keep going the last 10km and felt I'd run out of fuel, my legs were heavy but no pain. I was consuming endura sports energy gels every 7km about every hour with 240ml of water each time. - should I up the consumption of gels? I look forward to your reply - Sarah :)
Neil Clements
Neil Clements 27 Aug 2018
I completed a half marathon on the 29th July but been sick with a chest infection since then. I’m just about recovered but I have another half on the 16th September. I’m concerned that I won’t have enough running done prior to this next race. Where do I start off again on my training program?