Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One

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 whilstContinue reading “Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One”

Build Your Discipline Over Time

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 onContinue reading “Build Your Discipline Over Time”

Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis

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 thatContinue reading “Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis”

Strategies to Manage Loss of Hunger in the Runner

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 nuancesContinue reading “Strategies to Manage Loss of Hunger in the Runner”

How much training for the sub 34-minute 10 km?

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 ofContinue reading “How much training for the sub 34-minute 10 km?”

HEAD-SPACE: The Difference between Running for Exercise or Training for Performance?

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 youContinue reading “HEAD-SPACE: The Difference between Running for Exercise or Training for Performance?”