Runners reject cross-training like a wild animal rejects defective off-spring. Every other form of exercise is considered a lesser species. There’s probably some truth in this; in that no other form of aerobic exercise has a higher energy expenditure for a given time cost. Running is weight-bearing uses most of our muscles especially the big … Continue reading Cross-Training for the Runner (that actually works!)
Note: This piece is also published on campus.ie. Ireland's largest student web-site with 28,000 followers. I imagine a coffee-shop conversation: ‘Isn’t that awful about the famine in Africa?’, to which the reply comes, ‘Yes, those poor people, I put some money in a collection for them just yesterday’. Our imaginary friends would then progress to … Continue reading TED, why are we such awful people?
Work in academia? Peter Francis gives us ten reasons why a sabbatical can be perfect to reignite your career. Fashion designers, world leaders, chief executives and academics have long recognised the importance of sabbaticals of varying duration (normally weeks to a year) to provide clarity of thought. However, before their first sabbatical, I doubt any … Continue reading AN ACADEMIC SABBATICAL: TEN REASONS WHY IT WORKS
There are two types of ‘confident-idiot’ when it comes to giving runners advice. The first is really sure of their opinion. The second is really sure of their opinion and read a research article that supports their opinion. The second is worse because they carry the research paper around like a baton - to beat you … Continue reading Beyond Stretching: Why Yoga is Good for Runners
Low fuel availability to our working muscles during running causes us to slow down. A lesser mentioned fuel reserve is the one we have in our brain; when our brain reserves are depleted, it can also compromise our performance. The part of your brain that has a limited fuel reserve is also the part you … Continue reading HEAD-SPACE: The Difference between Running for Exercise or Training for Performance?
The Boom Times You can never take it back. The first day you lace up those shoes and head out the door, you become a runner. No matter the level; you cover a distance that can be recorded in time. It could be up to the top of the road or a carefully measured 10km … Continue reading Memory of the Boom Times making the Runner Go Bust?
Campus.ie Ireland's largest independent student web-site with a following of over 28,000 published a piece I wrote this week. The piece focuses on how our education system, free from economic influence, develops resilient members of a progressive society. I have worked in the education sector in Ireland, England, Qatar and most recently New Zealand. My … Continue reading Why Ireland must say no, nay, never to a capitalist education system
They would shuffle out the Cork road whilst scuffing paint off the hard shoulder; almost as if instructed by the council to clean it off for a new coat. Gosh I thought, it must be hard to run when you’re old with legs like wooden poles. The decline is slow, usually beginning in your 30’s … Continue reading The Achilles Tendon: Lives Fast, Dies Young
‘A room with a view’, is an overused expression on accommodation web-sites, they can’t all have it but WHY retreat does. The view in the pictures is what I see every morning as I wake up, every-day I write in the lounge, every time I do a Yoga class and last thing at night. In … Continue reading Why go to WHY retreat Whangerai Heads?
‘You can have one good training session now or two good races later’, is what I imagine the runner’s version of the Marshmallow Test would be. The Marshmallow Test describes a test given to young children to test their self-control. Over many years of research, children were offered a treat. The treat was often placed … Continue reading The Theory of Self-Control: Key to Consistent Running?