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”

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”

Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 1

Was there anything else that I could have done today that would have made me a better athlete? An athlete who can say no (to the best of their knowledge) will be at peace for the evening. To be the best that you can be, I think you need three key components. They may beContinue reading “Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 1”

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 enhanceContinue 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-shirtContinue reading “Translating Consistent Running into Performance Outcomes”