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
This week I take a look at the strategies I have come to adopt in terms of the composition and the timing of my food intake in a run programme. As always, I will try to illustrate the concepts and how they are applied rather than prescribe specific recommendations that may not fit within the … Continue reading High this and low that: What’s a runner to eat and when?
This week I wrote a piece for the sports & exercise medicine practitioner journal co-kinetic: The article explores the most prominent running injuries and associated risk factors with a view to explaining how barefoot running may alter load to the tissues most affected by running injury. It explains the difference between barefoot running and gait … Continue reading To Shod or Not to Shod: Are We Asking the Right Question?
First Blog of the New Season Hi all. Welcome back. The plan for the next couple of blogs is to use a training phase from the blog ‘How much training for the sub 34-minute 10km?’, to discuss issues surrounding the training that runners might be interested in. Diet, footwear, pace, heart rate etc. DISCLAIMER: I … Continue reading Do I run in shoes? Of course.
Last Sunday, I ran 15-miles, barefoot and without breakfast. I was reminded all over again of what made me fall in love with running and want to study sports science at the age of 16 – the capacity of the human body to adapt. I would meet great minds and mentors at the University of … Continue reading The Capacity of the Runner to Adapt
Whether you want to break your park run best or qualify for your first Olympics; what all of us runners, across that spectrum, have in common is the desire to do something that we’ve never done before. Most runners, beyond their initial ~6-month honey moon period, whereby progress occurs on an almost weekly basis, will … Continue reading Routine: The key to winning YOUR race before it starts