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
Written by Peter Francis and Brian Carson Somewhere between the chasm of the physically inactive majority and the high-performance minority, reside a lesser known group of individuals who are serving a life sentence. I am one of them, as is my colleague and co-author of this piece Brian Carson. We share a large cell with … Continue reading Exercise the Life Sentence
Running from Injury - Why do runners get injured and how do we stop it? An interactive seminar held between 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday 31st January, 2018 at Leeds Beckett University. It was open to runners, coaches, clinicians, scientists and members of the general public. Due to the event being a sell out … Continue reading Running from Injury: RECORDED
Consistency is something that enhances and protects our future selves. Better health, career progression, a secure retirement and a stable family are some of the many reasons we need consistency. Readers of this blog will know – consistent runners become faster runners further down the line. Why is it so few of us can master … Continue reading Consistency: Why everyone wants it but few can master it
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…..
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?