Humans have a deep aversion toward uncertainty. Our brains are primed to be highly sensitive to threat, at the expense of opportunity. Athletic Injury Athletic injury brings with it both ‘threat’ and ‘uncertainty’ provoking an evolutionary emotional frenzy. It first enters consciousness when the niggle appears or gets worse. At this point the brain is … Continue reading The Anxiety of Athletic Injury
The loneliness of the long-distance runner can be interrupted, if only for a week, while on training camp. A break from the solitude can bring renewed vigor and purpose arising from shared experience. Going it Alone At senior level, the majority of national and international standard athletes do not earn a sufficient living from running … Continue reading In the Pursuit of Excellence: A Training Camp Sure Can Help
Written by Peter Francis and Brian Carson Somewhere between the chasm of the physically inactive majority and the high-performance minority, reside a lesser known group of individuals who are serving a life sentence. I am one of them, as is my colleague and co-author of this piece Brian Carson. We share a large cell with … Continue reading Exercise the Life Sentence
Running from Injury - Why do runners get injured and how do we stop it? An interactive seminar held between 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday 31st January, 2018 at Leeds Beckett University. It was open to runners, coaches, clinicians, scientists and members of the general public. Due to the event being a sell out … Continue reading Running from Injury: RECORDED
Consistency is something that enhances and protects our future selves. Better health, career progression, a secure retirement and a stable family are some of the many reasons we need consistency. Readers of this blog will know – consistent runners become faster runners further down the line. Why is it so few of us can master … Continue reading Consistency: Why everyone wants it but few can master it
Somehow, a guy who has coached athletes to the last 3 Olympics, whom I have met once, writes my run training now. How does that happen? It’s a long story, but to summarise: he took an interest and I trusted him. I met Andy when we had both been invited on behalf of the Athletics … Continue reading What a Difference a Coach Makes…..
Did the new shoes cause my heel pain? ‘What happened when we took the shoes from 9 well trained runners?’ A short blog to translate the science Who best to ‘fix’ my running injury? How much training for the sub-35 minute 10km? The Theory of Self-Control: Key to Consistent Running? Memory of the Boom Times … Continue reading Consistency: The Story So Far (Titles and links to all running blogs)
On Wednesday January 31st I will host a free event at my University to address the topic - why do runners get injured and how do we stop it? Intended to be an interactive seminar between 6 - 8pm, it is open to runners, coaches, clinicians, scientists and members of the general public. The only catch … Continue reading Running from injury – why do runners get injured and how do we stop it?
One of the quotes on social media I find most annoying goes something to the effect of “athletes don’t see it as a sacrifice, they want to do it”, sometimes followed up with “it’s a privilege, if you don’t like it, get out”. Firstly, all of these quotes are an over-generalisation. They ignore the nuances … Continue reading Strategies to Manage Loss of Hunger in the Runner
The Power of Habit ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change’, by Charles Duhigg, is a book I read recently which describes habit formation in humans. Duhigg explains a habit is composed of a three-step process: a cue (something that triggers us), a behaviour (the action we take), … Continue reading The Power of Habit in Producing Consistent or Consistently Injured Runners