A Week in Cross-Training

Varied, logistically feasible and requiring a consistent moderate effort. The concepts that underpin a successful cross-training programme are the same as those that underpin a successful run programme. If you already have non-run training (strength & conditioning, yoga, alternate cardio) as part of your programme, when you pick up a niggle the transition can beContinue reading “A Week in Cross-Training”

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”

Running from injury – why do runners get injured and how do we stop it?

On Wednesday January 31st I will host a free event at my University to address the topic – why do runners get injured and how do we stop it? Intended to be an interactive seminar between 6 – 8pm, it is open to runners, coaches, clinicians, scientists and members of the general public. The only catchContinue reading “Running from injury – why do runners get injured and how do we stop it?”

The Power of Habit in Producing Consistent or Consistently Injured Runners

The Power of Habit ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change’, by Charles Duhigg, is a book I read recently which describes habit formation in humans. Duhigg explains a habit is composed of a three-step process: a cue (something that triggers us), a behaviour (the action we take),Continue reading “The Power of Habit in Producing Consistent or Consistently Injured Runners”

To Shod or Not to Shod: Are We Asking the Right Question?

This week I wrote a piece for the sports & exercise medicine practitioner journal co-kinetic: The article explores the most prominent running injuries and associated risk factors with a view to explaining how barefoot running may alter load to the tissues most affected by running injury. It explains the difference between barefoot running and gaitContinue reading “To Shod or Not to Shod: Are We Asking the Right Question?”

Do I run in shoes? Of course.

First Blog of the New Season Hi all. Welcome back. The plan for the next couple of blogs is to use a training phase from the blog ‘How much training for the sub 34-minute 10km?’, to discuss issues surrounding the training that runners might be interested in. Diet, footwear, pace, heart rate etc. DISCLAIMER: IContinue reading “Do I run in shoes? Of course.”

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”

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”

Cross-Training for the Runner (that actually works!)

Runners reject cross-training like a wild animal rejects defective off-spring. Every other form of exercise is considered a lesser species. There’s probably some truth in this; in that no other form of aerobic exercise has a higher energy expenditure for a given time cost. Running is weight-bearing uses most of our muscles especially the bigContinue reading “Cross-Training for the Runner (that actually works!)”