Campus.ie: Peter Francis recounts a recent conversation with a friend that left them both more tolerant and informed. “I don’t like [insert crime], it makes me really uncomfortable and I don’t want to watch any films that contain ‘it’. A decision about a film to watch was the beginning of a conversation between Jess and … Continue reading THE CONVERSATION THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD
Consistency Consistency is number one, with good reason. You cannot achieve anything worthwhile without it. Consistent running has put me in a position whereby I can get 'preferred entry' to start at the front of large scale road races. I feel justified wearing a race singlet and a pair of flats, rather than a t-shirt … Continue reading Translating Consistent Running into Performance Outcomes
‘Hi man, how are you?’ said a soft spoken voice from behind my left shoulder. It was 7:30 am, coincidentally on the morning the Lions would arrive in New Zealand, and I was sat at the edge of a breakfast bench in the Auckland Blues training ground kitchen. I was waiting for my contact from … Continue reading Learning Humility from the Greatest Rugby Players in the World
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