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The half-marathon coach: Jane Vongvorachoti

What’s your favorite strength exercise for runners?

Stability ball single-leg bridges.

How would you describe your running philosophy?

Be the biggest believer in your capabilities because you are stronger and faster than you think.

What’s the piece of running gear you couldn’t live without?

Compression socks are a must for hard workouts, long runs, and races.

How are you training for the London Landmarks Half-Marathon?

I am working with a coach and training through this race for the London marathon (in April). My workouts include some kind of speed session, either fartlek or tempo, a couple days of easier effort runs and double runs on some days, along with a long run, which can have pace changes or a steady pace on different terrain. I also always have strength training at minimum once a week.

Music or no music?

I don’t listen to music so I can focus on my form and rhythm. I need to listen to my body as I run.

What’s your go-to recovery technique post-race?

Icing my legs and putting them up after a race is very important to getting them to recover. Good nutrition afterwards is also critical to help repair muscle tears that occur from a race.