Life after Running, Running from Injury & Everything Else…

The pursuit of pleasure at the expense of pain, known as hedonism, is often considered the philosophy of the wreckless. Live for today, at the expense of tomorrow. The trouble is that tomorrow usually comes and the pursuit must begin again or the pain returns. If you’ve already conjured up images of alcohol, drugs, parties […]

The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy

On a 6-month sabbatical in beautiful New Zealand (2017) with Professor Grant Schofield, I set out to perform a review of studies aimed at identifying the most common running injuries. Around the same time, I observed kiwi boys running barefoot on a tartan track. We designed a study to better understand the barefoot activity of […]

Titles and links to all running blogs

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 […]

Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?

Modern living is said to be killing us. A cocktail of concrete, sugar and screens is mixed with a lack of physical stress which can make us ill. Nature, natural food sources and physical exercise are often suggested as the antidote. Although our modern lifestyles are associated with a lack of physical stress, they promote […]

Vivobarefoot Research Partnership

Researchers from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University have launched a partnership with minimalist footwear company Vivobarefoot. The partnership involves two fully funded doctoral scholarships being offered, jointly funded by Leeds Beckett University and Vivobarefoot. Please see here for more information; the closing date for applications is 31 May 2019. […]

Tapering for the Leeds Half-Marathon

With little over 2-weeks to go, there will be three types of runners preparing for the Leeds half marathon. Those who have their training in the bag and are managing a descent toward the start line, those that are trying to make up for lost time and those who have done some good training but […]

Variability a Runners Best Friend

Running is short on variability which means finding ways of introducing it, is key to injury prevention. Interval running, barefoot running, tempo running, park running, road running, beach running, bike ‘running’, yoga applications, plyometrics and conditioning exercises are some of the ways I attempt to maximise variability during a week of running. This blog comes […]

Running to Feel: The Key to Improving Running Fitness

Once a runner understands what a ‘normal’ effort feels like for a given type of run or workout they should stick to it. The watch will vary considerably day-to-day for a given perception of effort, but how the runner feels represents what their physiology is capable of that day. Fighting physiology to try and somehow […]

The Flexible Mindset: Key to the Design of the Consistent Run Programme

A flexible mindset allows you to make better training decisions that are based on your needs as an athlete rather than what is written on a piece of paper. This allows you to cope more effectively with set-backs or deviations from the plan without feeling as though you are failing. The flexible mindset allows you […]

Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance

Slow and Slower Relative to a maximum sprint, runners spend the majority of their time running slow or variations of slow to moderate. The long run is slow. The recovery run is slow. Even the tempo run, if we compare it to the sprint is slow. If you’re not engaged in any interval work or […]