Ironman Run Injury – Hacks to keep you injury free

You don’t need to be a super fast runner, you need to be a strong runner

Rob Cummins Ironman Bike

We catch up with Campbell Hanson on The Kona Edge today as we talk running and how a combination of strength work, gym work and the proper technique can result in improved efficiency.

We also talk about how you need to be a strong runner, as opposed to a fast runner, when it comes to long course triathlons.

(Read the transcription of our chat here)

Subscribe to The Kona Edge:

Subscribe on iTunes

Download via RSS

Transcription & Resources:

The Coach Parry Online Training Club

The Coach Parry Training Club is the essential resource for anyone, at any stage of their triathlon journey. Whether you’re just starting out in the sport and are training for your first sprint distance race or if you’ve been around the block a few times and are looking to take your Ironman performance to the next level, then the Coach Parry Training Club can help you.

Developed by Double Olympic and Commonwealth Games Triathlon Coach Lindsey Parry and Brad Brown the host of The Kona Edge, The Coach Parry Training Club is THE go-to online platform for your training needs. It’s like having a coach in your pocket.

Get 20% off when you join the Coach Parry Training Club by using the coupon KONA at checkout. Learn more about the Coach Parry Online Training Club by clicking here.


If you’re looking for world-class carbon wheels, that are UCI approved, come with a lifetime warranty and shipped free, worldwide then check out Wheelscience. Get all the performance at half the price and when you use the coupon KONAEDGE at checkout you’ll get an extra 10% discount. To learn more head over to to find out more

Podcast Transcription:

BRAD BROWN:  Welcome back onto this edition of The Kona Edge, time to chat some running now and we catch up once again with Campbell Hanson, Campbell, welcome back onto the podcast.

CAMPBELL:  Yeah, thanks Brad, great to be back.

BRAD BROWN:  Campbell, your run is very decent and I say that most people would love to have a run like you do. Obviously things don’t always go according to plan in an Ironman, Kona last year you blew up a bit on the back end of the run, what are some of the lessons you learnt out of that?

CAMPBELL:  Look, I think it felt like I went out slow and below the target place that I should have, but then my wife kept saying after the race, “You were running faster than everyone ahead of you in your age group.” I think that’s the way race day panned out. It’s hard to know what’s happening around you, so if I had that time again I’d probably hold things back a bit, be a bit more conservative early in the run and just try and hold it together in the second half a bit more. That’s racing and it’s hard to know and at the same time you’ve got to be prepared to lay it all on the line and I’ve done the same thing and run well in the past. I certainly wouldn’t call myself, I’m far from what I’d  call myself a runner, it’s definitely my weakest discipline.

I’m definitely a diesel engine as opposed to a greyhound but the reality is for long course triathlon, you don’t need to be a super-fast runner, you need to be a strong runner when you’re fatigued and I’m probably reasonably good at that, being a strong runner when I’ve had a hard ride. I try and train to work on that in training and use it when I’m racing.

BRAD BROWN:  What are some of the things you’ve done to improve your run?

CAMPBELL:  I think yes, so last year I worked with a run coach, again, as I was talking about on the bike, at the start of the year I said I’m going to go back to Kona, I want to do something different in all three disciplines to get an improvement and the running was looking at increasing my run efficiency and working on my run technique. I did a bunch of sessions with a run coach in Sydney which was really awesome actually. Gave me lots of little bits and pieces to work on and I’d take those away and most weeks I’ll have say two 10 minute blocks in a run session where I work on drills and technique stuff.

We did the video stuff before and afterwards and it made a big difference, so I think technique and efficiency was one thing. Then also as you get older, we want to, you start losing strength, so some work in the gym to maintain as many type two muscle fibres, maintain as much tendon stiffness as you can to optimize to your ground reaction force, reduce your ground contact time, again, improve your efficiency when you’re running when you’re fatigued.  So working on those things and I think a combination of the strength work, the gym work, with the technique results in improved efficiency and that’s what you’re trying to get, to run faster for the same effort really.

BRAD BROWN:  It’s almost like you were saying with the swim and with the bike, it’s a lot of little things all added up gives you a bigger bang for your buck as opposed to just doing that one thing. As far as favorite workouts go, what do you love doing run-wise?

CAMPBELL:  I get a lot of value out of, a session I’ll do going into an Ironman will be, it might be 16-17km session all up and it might have two 5km blocks at four minute km pace and then one km harder at say 3:45 pace. I’m sitting at threshold and then running something faster on the back of that. There’ll be 12km of work in there plus a warm up, a warm down, a little bit of recovery in the middle, so there’ll be 16-17km, that’s probably getting towards one of my longer runs out of my long run, but it’s definitely got some quality in there that I think lends itself well to Ironman racing.

BRAD BROWN:  Brilliant, Campbell, I look forward to talking about your nutrition, but we’ll save that for next time out. Thanks for joining me on The Kona Edge today.

CAMPBELL:  Great, thanks Brad.

About Us

Brad Brown is a 40 something age grouper that dreams of one day qualifying for and racing on the big island (He may have to outlive everyone in his age group though).

Morbidly obese in 2009, Brad clocked in at 165kgs (363lbs) at his heaviest.

He's subsequently lost a third of his body weight on the way to a half Ironman pb of 5:06 and a full Ironman pb of 12:21.


If you'd like to advertise on The Kona Edge, download our rate card.

Support Us

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a Patron of The Kona Edge, click here.

Contact Us

6 + 15 =