Distraction: An underutilised tool to enable consistency and performance

“Distract. Distract. Distract.” My grandmother used to say to my mother in relation to my brother and I when we were tormented babies and tormenting all around us. We use distraction to negate an unpleasant experience. Watch a child who bangs its hand. The child’s parent instinctively either blows on it or rubs it furiously. … Continue reading Distraction: An underutilised tool to enable consistency and performance

How to Recover from the Runners Achilles Heel?

Pain is the major source of confusion and patience is the major source of resolution for the achilles heel. Pain and Function Recent literature demonstrates the relationship between pain and function or tissue health is not straightforward. The problem is that intuitively we feel like it is. This is an evolutionary defense mechanism. If you … Continue reading How to Recover from the Runners Achilles Heel?

Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 3

‘When do habits which appear as excellence to others become normal to me?’ Habits Habits protect the process. The process takes care of the outcome. What threatens the process? Instant gratification and boredom are the two major threats to the process and subsequently, the performance outcome. It’s hard to tell which comes first. Many athletes … Continue reading Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 3

The Anxiety of Athletic Injury

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

In the Pursuit of Excellence: A Training Camp Sure Can Help

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