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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 Vlad. In this week's schedule it says 20 mins easy 20 mins at marathon pace, then it says the same again. I'm sure it's supposed to be doubled up but there's a full stop in there so I'm not sure. Is it a 40 min run or a 80min run all up tomorrow? Thanks!
Sarah 06 Aug 2019
Hi Vlad, this will be my first marathon, however, I have done 36 km trail and a couple of halfs, so feel confident that I will manage the distance. My problem is, that I never find a pace that is both doable and challenging. What I mean is, that at the end of a run, I usually "sprint" the last 3 km, I still have a lot of energy left and no sore legs the next day - a sign for me, that I could have pushed harder. At the beginning of a run and probably until 3 quarters in, I am too afraid to go too hard though as I fear, I won't be able to finish then. Is there a trick on how to notice limits and a good pace? Or do I just have to risk a few failures and try it out?
Mariam 06 Aug 2019
Hi Vlad, I would like to ask how to prevent calf or leg injury in general, I have been participating in City2Surf for 6 years, every time I would get some kind of injury, lately while training, I notice, after 10Km, my leg will start have tingling sensation and if I keep going, it will start hurting, I would like to ask how to prevent the injury. I really appreciate your advise. Regards
Hendri 06 Aug 2019
Hi, I am doing my first half marathon in 6 weeks time and am up to 30km per week, (1x 15km, 2x 7.5km per week) and was keen to run the distance three weeks prior to the race. I will then have a natural tapering fortnight as off snowboarding prior for a week and then then just light runs and stretching in the 7 days lead up to the race. Could you advise if this is a good idea? Many people have said to 'not do' the race distance prior to the race, but I think it will help me mentally with the race. Thanks for your assistance.
amanda 29 Jul 2019
Hi Vlad, I’m following your Blackmores marathon plan and it’s been great so far. Then today I had a 5km effort and felt super flat, just couldn’t hit a decent pace. Got home to find I have a fever. So do I scale back on tomorrow’s planned 180 min long run? Or just go slower than usual? Skip it altogether? Thanks for your advice and for a great training plan. Cheers, Jinni
Jinni 27 Jul 2019
Hi Vlad, I will be doing my first full marathon this year. I will be running by myself whereas I normally run with friends. I am wondering how to pace myself - do you recommend running with one of the pacers - I ran a 2hr 3 minute half-marathon in May and have entered in the 4.5hr and over group. All my runs get recorded by my apple watch so I know what paces I do but not sure how to use this info do come up with a strategy for the race
Annabel 27 Jul 2019
Hi Vlad. I’m following the Blackmores full mara training plan that you wrote (thanks!). On 11 Aug the long run says 170 mins fast finish 30 mins. I think that means 200 mins total? (Or does it mean 170 total?). Also great to see you at Fingal Bay parkrun the other week. Cheers, Bethany
Bethany 25 Jul 2019
Hi, I am following the training guide to complete the half marathon in the beginner wave. The long run on Sunday is 140minutes.... is that correct? It seems a huge jump from the previous week where the long run was 80mins. The longest run I have ever run is probably 80 minutes and that was hard enough, not sure I could have kept running for another hour after that as suggested on Sunday
Brooke 22 Jul 2019