Running from Injury in Ultra Running

The Ultra Running Podcast is a platform to inspire and educate people around Ultra Running. Learn about the ultra running world and about strength and conditioning for Ultra Running. You are going to hear from experts, all types of runners and abilities. I will Give you an actionable tip on each episode which you canContinue reading “Running from Injury in Ultra Running”

Peter Francis Ph.D- Running From Injury, The Role Of The Foot & Information Overload

In this episode of the show, I chat to Peter Francis Ph.D on all things injuries & performance in runners! Peter takes us through his 12 year battle with injuries to performing at his very best! His new book “Running From Injury” brings his learnings and research together to help runners from all backgrounds!

Chapter 18: A little less information

18. I still do it now: set myself a target (albeit a less ambitious one) for my running; wear a watch so that I am fed a constant stream of information about pace, distance, and heart rate; compare that to where I was, where I am and where I’m aiming for; I notice what otherContinue reading “Chapter 18: A little less information”

Chapter 17: Being barefoot

17. I was in pain and living in a desert with no access to physical therapies. I knew what was wrong. It was plantar fasciitis, the familiar heel pain that had taken months of rest and shockwave therapy to resolve previously. I was teaching English in Qatar, the year after my first degree and runningContinue reading “Chapter 17: Being barefoot”

Chapter 16: Limit your options

16. I was once asked at a talk what was the first thing I did when I was aiming to run well. Without thinking I answered, ‘finish work by 4pm’. I think the audience member was expecting an answer that involved a specific training routine, but the answer I gave was a serious one. WithoutContinue reading “Chapter 16: Limit your options”

Chapter 15: Slow and steady wins the race

15. In chapter 12 I tell the story of my first personal best in a very long time following 8 weeks of a very unconventional run programme. The average running volume for those 8 weeks was 32 miles and in later years it reached 40 miles in similar programmes. I calculated the average weekly mileageContinue reading “Chapter 15: Slow and steady wins the race”

Chapter 14: The new normal

14. Sprinting up that hill as fast as I could, I knew it wasn’t possible for there to be anything ‘wrong’ with my legs. Yes, my tendon was a bit sore, but it was clearly working extremely well. This was further confirmed by my ability to hop and bound; to perform calf raises with 100-kgContinue reading “Chapter 14: The new normal”

Chapter 13: Variability, an athletes best friend

13. I had never really felt my buttock muscles working before until I was walking upstairs the day after performing squat exercises for the first time. My glutes were sore, yet I felt as though my new-found muscles were powering me up the steps at the same time. Perhaps because I could feel them, IContinue reading “Chapter 13: Variability, an athletes best friend”

Chapter 12: Becoming an athlete in training

12. I remember an unfamiliar sense of pressure the night before the 2016 Abbey Dash 10km (Leeds, UK). Never before had my training preparations gone exactly as I had planned. At the same time, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because the running programme I had used to prepare looked nothing like a runningContinue reading “Chapter 12: Becoming an athlete in training”

Chapter 11: The road to redemption

11. What a journey it has been. Running for 140 of the last 148 weeks after almost 12 years plagued with injury. That 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 10km runner in 2015, before improving inContinue reading “Chapter 11: The road to redemption”