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

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 athletes … Continue reading Being the Best (Runner) You Can Be: Part 3

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 is … Continue 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 ‘Nil … Continue reading The Road to Redemption: 10,000 hours of practice