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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, first time HM this year and sticking to your 16 weeks training. Looking at your training program and you mentioned about "Drill" can you please give me example of what does it cover?
Hi Vlad Have just competed in the Canberra marathon. it didn't go to plan, had to pull out with severe knee pain. i think it is runners knees from over training coming into the event. i want to get started on training for the sydney marathon and would like to know how long you think i should rest for and what sort of strength training i can to help prevent this from happening again. thanks for your help Brett
Hi Vlad, this will be the first time entering a marathon event for me so i want to train to the conditions of the sydney event to maximise enjoying the race and finishing it well ........i have heard the sydney race is hilly and some say it is flat. Looking at the race profile its got quite a few high hills 60m above sea level in the beginning then its down hill from there. we dont have any hills that big where i live so would climbing stairs help just as much?? do you have a recommended routine? or am i better off sticking with my weights routine which as deadlifts, squats, leg press and lunges in it for leg day??cheers
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 :)
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!
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?