Endurance Training

Are you training for an upcoming running event?

Thank you for joining James Kuegler Coaching and Run Wellington on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie.

Session slides of the event can be downloaded. Download the Endurance Training slides – Wellington Endurance Event March 2020

Whether you are a seasoned runner aiming for a personal best or a novice runner just starting out to complete your first running event we will provide you with expert training guidance on how to take the guesswork out of your training.

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  • Fundamentals of running
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Injury management and prevention
  • Nutrition and hydration for training and racing
  • Following a training plan to achieve your goals


Endurance Training

Endurance Training – Train for your next running event with Run Wellington and James Kuegler Coaching

Mel Aitken

Mel is a multi-talented runner who competes across various running events and distances ranging from road, track to trails. Mel has represented New Zealand at the World Trail Running Championships twice. She has won numerous local and Oceania events over the past few years and is coached by Craig Kirkwood of Tauranga. Mel is currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Mel will be sharing her experience in managing a full-time job and training, competing at an international level and her approach to training. She will be on the QnA panel for the evening.

Emma O’Loughlin

Emma completed her Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin 2013. She then moved to Singapore where she completed her rotations for two years in Geriatrics, Cardiac Care, Neurology and Sports. After leaving Singapore she was Physiotherapist for the 3000-mile bicycle ‘Race Across America’ in 2015 and 2016. She then moved to Switzerland to work with skiers in the prestigious off-piste resort of Verbier. Since then Emma had been working in private practice specializing in sports injuries and rehabilitation. Since moving to New Zealand Emma has pursued her love of adventure sports competing in several multi-sport and running events including achieving 2nd Place Tandem Coast to Coast 2017 and a 1st place finish at the Tararua Mountain Race in 2018. Emma is a member of the Wellington Scottish Athletics Club. Running is her passion and it is her knowledge of the sport that she has been lucky enough to incorporate into her physiotherapy when treating running and sports injuries. Emma is a PTTI (Pilates Teacher Training Institute) trained mat work instructor. Recently Emma completed the 2020 edition of the Old Ghost Road ultra-marathon (85km) on the west coast.

Emma is currently a clinical advisor for ACC and furthering her expertise as a Ph.D. candidate at AUT on female-specific ACL injury rehabilitation. Historically, most of the previous ACL rehabilitation research (and general rehabilitation research) has been conducted on male participants. Given this, there is a lack of research examining rehabilitation programs specifically for females. She will be sharing her knowledge in helping runners manage and prevent injuries as part of her session.

Andrew Thompson

After just missing out on a spot in the New Zealand Junior Development Squad for orienteering Andrew Thompson’s life steered away from running into university and a love of Drum & Bass, frequenting the amazing scene in Wellington in the early 2000’s and quickly becoming a DJ, VJ, and successful promoter and curator of Bass Drop, a popular NZ Drum & Bass forum. It wasn’t until years later when the spark for trail running was reunited. Fast forward some impressive results, a harriers club, taking on board a coach and Andrew found himself out in front with 12 kilometers to go in the 2018 trail running champs at the Crater Rim Ultra (Christchurch). Andrew dug in, crossed the line in first with his daughters alongside him and became the Aotearoa/New Zealand and Oceania Trail Running Champion for 2018 and went on to represent New Zealand at the World Trail Running Championships in Portugal. Andrew is also the race director of the Jumbo Holdsworth Trail Race.

James Kuegler

James Kuegler is a coach with a difference. Rather than static, compartmentalised training focussed on arbitrary kilometers or goals, James invites the athletes he coaches to move into a state of truly integrated wellbeing. A focus on process, and expressing health in the most positive and adaptive manner possible, will lead to increased outcomes and assist you to succeed at whatever you have in mind, be that a specific event, improving an area of your running or multisport discipline, or moving forward in a more global sense.

James gained a Bachelor of Chiropractic in 2013, which provides him with a sound physiological underpinning to his coaching style. Movement is not a process that happens in isolation, it is an integrated process. Over the years of experience, James has refined his coaching methodology to include six core strategies which will enhance success-

  • There is no single right answer
  • Experiment from success and failure
  • Patience is mandatory
  • Your body is the best teacher
  • Relaxation is the key to great form
  • You must enjoy the process

James himself is a highly accomplished endurance athlete, who competes at an elite level. James’ engaged and integrated training principles have seen a variety of athletes of all levels and abilities gain success and enhanced wellbeing.



  • Triathlon NZ Level II Coach
  • Athletics NZ Accredited Coach
  • Athletics Australia Level II Advanced Coach
  • Bachelor of Chiropractic
  • Diploma of Applied Science