Chapter 10: Mind the Gap

10. Chapter 1 referred to a 12-year period of on-off injury beginning in 2004. This period was not without glimmers of hope. In 2008-2009, I ran for a 16-week and 25-week stretch having been introduced to strength and conditioning. In 2010-2011, a combination of strength & conditioning and barefoot running on grass led to aContinue reading “Chapter 10: Mind the Gap”

Chapter 9: Denial

9. I limped off the playing fields and back to my car with considerable pain in my heel. What made me stop running that day? I’m not sure. I guess it always reaches a point when you just know, the game is up. I had been using pain killers for several weeks which had slowlyContinue reading “Chapter 9: Denial”

Chapter 8: The Marshmallow Test

8. I ran for 40 weeks uninterrupted during the 2010-2011 season, the longest streak between my first brush with injury in 2004 and eventually becoming consistent in 2016. This was partly due to discovering the benefits of barefoot running on playing fields in 2010. Very quickly, every physiological measure (heart rate, lactate threshold, body composition)Continue reading “Chapter 8: The Marshmallow Test”

Chapter 7: No brain no pain

7. I had conquered most of my running injuries but for the remnant of one, my Achilles heel. The pain in my right Achilles tendon hung around, reminding me of sins from my past. It didn’t stop me running, usually, but intermittently it would flare up in ways that would force me to modify trainingContinue reading “Chapter 7: No brain no pain”

Chapter 6: I’m a foot get me out of here

6. Once I became a serious runner in 2003, I always had serious shoes. Variants of structured, semi-structured, arch supported or neutral shoes but always highly cushioned and usually highly expensive. There is only one thing that can make a running shoe more expensive and that is the orthotic you put in it. This wasContinue reading “Chapter 6: I’m a foot get me out of here”

Chapter 5: The devil makes work for idle legs

5. It was December 2017, and I had been running for two years consistently. I had just completed a physically and mentally demanding block of training in preparation for a race, which was ultimately cancelled due to snow. My body and mind were tired and Christmas was approaching. I granted myself some rest in theContinue reading “Chapter 5: The devil makes work for idle legs”

Chapter 4: Use it lose it

Come back next Monday May 3rd for an extract from Chapter 5: The devil makes work for idle legs. Pre-order the book now on amazon, out June 28th 2021.

Chapter 3: Before you knew what was wrong with you

Come back this Friday April 30th for an extract from Chapter 4: Use it or lose it. Pre-order the book now on amazon, out June 28th 2021.

Chapter 2: Someone that I used to know

Come back Monday April 26th for an extract from Chapter 3: Before you knew what was wrong with you. Pre-order the book now on amazon, out June 28th 2021.

Chapter 1: Too much of a good thing

Come back this Friday April 23rd for an extract from Chapter 2: Someone that I used to know. Pre-order the book now on amazon, out June 28th 2021.