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

Distraction: An underutilised tool to enable consistency and performance

“Distract. Distract. Distract.” My grandmother used to say to my mother in relation to my brother and I when we were tormented babies and tormenting all around us. We use distraction to negate an unpleasant experience. Watch a child who bangs its hand. The child’s parent instinctively either blows on it or rubs it furiously. … Continue reading Distraction: An underutilised tool to enable consistency and performance

Beyond Running Economy: Why Strength & Conditioning Training is Good for Runners

A systematic review published by colleagues of mine, at the University of Limerick, demonstrated quite nicely, that strength training enhanced time-trial performance and economy in endurance athletes. In science, we like systematic reviews because they help us pool information from a number of studies to answer a specific question. In this case, does strength-training enhance … Continue reading Beyond Running Economy: Why Strength & Conditioning Training is Good for Runners

Translating Consistent Running into Performance Outcomes

Consistency Consistency is number one, with good reason. You cannot achieve anything worthwhile without it. Consistent running has put me in a position whereby I can get 'preferred entry' to start at the front of large scale road races. I feel justified wearing a race singlet and a pair of flats, rather than a t-shirt … Continue reading Translating Consistent Running into Performance Outcomes