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”

Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 3

‘When do habits which appear as excellence to others become normal to me?’ Habits Habits protect the process. The process takes care of the outcome. What threatens the process? Instant gratification and boredom are the two major threats to the process and subsequently, the performance outcome. It’s hard to tell which comes first. Many athletesContinue reading “Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 3”

Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 2

‘Could I do better if I made more time for the goals I am pursuing?’ ‘What is stopping me from making more time for something that I find meaningful?’ Headspace Headspace allows you recover from today, prepare for tomorrow and plan for next week. Recover An athlete who is in full-time work or study hasContinue reading “Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 2”

The Anxiety of Athletic Injury

Humans have a deep aversion toward uncertainty. Our brains are primed to be highly sensitive to threat, at the expense of opportunity. Athletic Injury Athletic injury brings with it both ‘threat’ and ‘uncertainty’ provoking an evolutionary emotional frenzy. It first enters consciousness when the niggle appears or gets worse. At this point the brain isContinue reading “The Anxiety of Athletic Injury”

The Road to Redemption: 10,000 hours of practice

“When an athlete gets injured, it’s akin to amputating a chair’s leg and expecting it to stand. The leg which supports them, defines them, disappears” – Cathal Dennehy, Sunday Tribune, 2007. Ironically, I had been coaching at Cathal Dennehy’s parent club Emerald AC for some months when I read his award-winning piece of journalism ‘NilContinue reading “The Road to Redemption: 10,000 hours of practice”