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 … Continue reading Project 33: Coming Full Circle
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 … Continue reading Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One
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 … Continue reading Titles and links to all running blogs
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 … Continue reading Build Your Discipline Over Time
Click here to listen Episode Notes Peter Francis PhD is a sports scientist, runner, and Musculoskeletal Science Lead at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about running, managing pain, achieving consistency, and barefoot running amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had an achilles problem then you need to listen to his advice on managing that … Continue reading Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis
I was asked to write a piece for 'The Conversation' web-site to explain the results of a recent study we published and what they might mean. The article can be accessed here Cheers, Peter
One of the quotes on social media I find most annoying goes something to the effect of “athletes don’t see it as a sacrifice, they want to do it”, sometimes followed up with “it’s a privilege, if you don’t like it, get out”. Firstly, all of these quotes are an over-generalisation. They ignore the nuances … Continue reading Strategies to Manage Loss of Hunger in the Runner
I wrote a piece entitled 'How much training for the sub 35-minute 10 km?' in April. This is the follow-up. Both blogs are a component of what is now 78-weeks of consecutive injury free training; that consistency, is the real answer to the question I pose in title of this blog. The individual components of … Continue reading How much training for the sub 34-minute 10 km?
Low fuel availability to our working muscles during running causes us to slow down. A lesser mentioned fuel reserve is the one we have in our brain; when our brain reserves are depleted, it can also compromise our performance. The part of your brain that has a limited fuel reserve is also the part you … Continue reading HEAD-SPACE: The Difference between Running for Exercise or Training for Performance?