The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy

On a 6-month sabbatical in beautiful New Zealand (2017) with Professor Grant Schofield, I set out to perform a review of studies aimed at identifying the most common running injuries. Around the same time, I observed kiwi boys running barefoot on a tartan track. We designed a study to better understand the barefoot activity of … Continue reading The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy

Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?

Modern living is said to be killing us. A cocktail of concrete, sugar and screens is mixed with a lack of physical stress which can make us ill. Nature, natural food sources and physical exercise are often suggested as the antidote. Although our modern lifestyles are associated with a lack of physical stress, they promote … Continue reading Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?

Variability a Runners Best Friend

Running is short on variability which means finding ways of introducing it, is key to injury prevention. Interval running, barefoot running, tempo running, park running, road running, beach running, bike ‘running’, yoga applications, plyometrics and conditioning exercises are some of the ways I attempt to maximise variability during a week of running. This blog comes … Continue reading Variability a Runners Best Friend

Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance

Slow and Slower Relative to a maximum sprint, runners spend the majority of their time running slow or variations of slow to moderate. The long run is slow. The recovery run is slow. Even the tempo run, if we compare it to the sprint is slow. If you’re not engaged in any interval work or … Continue reading Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance

The Importance of Doing ‘Enough’ During Rest Periods for the Runner

Mentally and physically runners need a break, especially from the rigours of routine. The problem with complete rest is that returning to training represents a massive increase in loading and therefore, risk of injury. There is a minimum dose of training that enables the runner to reduce the risk of injury and detraining associated with … Continue reading The Importance of Doing ‘Enough’ During Rest Periods for the Runner