Even Better than the Real Thing?

Barefoot Strong Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona 26th and 27th October 2019 EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING with Dr Peter Francis,  Join Dr Francis as he shares his research on how existing musculoskeletal conditions can be improved by reverting to minimalist footwear, allowing the foot to move and interact with the ground closer to how itContinue reading “Even Better than the Real Thing?”

Life after Running, Running from Injury & Everything Else…

The pursuit of pleasure at the expense of pain, known as hedonism, is often considered the philosophy of the wreckless. Live for today, at the expense of tomorrow. The trouble is that tomorrow usually comes and the pursuit must begin again or the pain returns. If you’ve already conjured up images of alcohol, drugs, partiesContinue reading “Life after Running, Running from Injury & Everything Else…”

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 ofContinue reading “The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy”

Titles and links to all running blogs

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 TimesContinue reading “Titles and links to all running blogs”

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 promoteContinue 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 comesContinue 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 orContinue reading “Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance”

What are the most common running injuries?

We pooled injury data from 36-studies in which 18,195 runners reported 10,688 injuries. The purpose was to find out what the most common running injuries were. This is called a systematic review of literature. Our review has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. In total, this process has takenContinue reading “What are the most common running injuries?”

Project 33: Coming Full Circle

What a journey it has been. Running for 140 of the last 148 weeks after almost 10-years plagued with injury. That in itself 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 10-km runner in 2015, before improving inContinue reading “Project 33: Coming Full Circle”

Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One

A greater focus on conditioning and cross-training this summer allowed me to experiment with some ideas I had about running. One of the hottest summers on record meant that all of my usual grass running routes were almost rock solid. I wondered whether, over time, I would be able to increase pace and distance whilstContinue reading “Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One”