What are the most common running injuries?

We pooled injury data from 36-studies in which 18,195 runners reported 10,688 injuries. The purpose was to find out what the most common running injuries were. This is called a systematic review of literature. Our review has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. In total, this process has taken […]

Project 33: Coming Full Circle

What a journey it has been. Running for 140 of the last 148 weeks after almost 10-years plagued with injury. That in itself would have seemed like a pipe dream just a few years ago. Consistency brought about performance improvements. It started with accepting I was a 36:40 10-km runner in 2015, before improving in […]

Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One

A greater focus on conditioning and cross-training this summer allowed me to experiment with some ideas I had about running. One of the hottest summers on record meant that all of my usual grass running routes were almost rock solid. I wondered whether, over time, I would be able to increase pace and distance whilst […]

Build Your Discipline Over Time

Running to improve is a discipline more than it is a sport. Discipline cannot be created over night nor should it be, so cut yourself some slack and build your discipline over time. The idea for this blog came to me when I began my latest phase of training. A friend of mine commented on […]

Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis

Click here to listen Episode Notes Peter Francis PhD is a sports scientist, runner, and Musculoskeletal Science Lead at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about running, managing pain, achieving consistency, and barefoot running amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had an achilles problem then you need to listen to his advice on managing that […]

The Importance of Doing ‘Enough’ During Rest Periods for the Runner

Mentally and physically runners need a break, especially from the rigours of routine. The problem with complete rest is that returning to training represents a massive increase in loading and therefore, risk of injury. There is a minimum dose of training that enables the runner to reduce the risk of injury and detraining associated with […]

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. […]

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 […]

Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be Part 4/4

An internal locus of control, headspace and habit formation were identified in the first 3 parts of this series as key components to being the best you can be. The idea for the post came when I was on a training camp attempting to be the best I could. I was planning how the weeks […]