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, parties […]

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 […]

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 Times […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 taken […]

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 in […]

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 whilst […]

Build Your Discipline Over Time

Running to improve is a discipline more than it is a sport. Discipline cannot be created over night nor should it be, so cut yourself some slack and build your discipline over time. The idea for this blog came to me when I began my latest phase of training. A friend of mine commented on […]