• Running Injury Risks

    Running Injury Risks

    There are numerous health benefits to running, but of course it also carries an inherent degree of injury risk. Most injuries arise from overuse rather than trauma. Broadly, there are three main categories of risk considered to cause running injuries: biomechanical factors, anatomical factors and training error. Over the course of the next few blogs…

  • Why is slow running so damn hard !?!

    Why is slow running so damn hard !?!

    It is one of the more infuriating and counter intuitive aspects of run training, the reality that slowing our run pace down feels so much harder than we imagine. It just shouldn’t be the case should it, yet I am guessing that you too have experienced this phenomena. When the newbie runner first starts in…

  • Worry About What You Can Control

    Worry About What You Can Control

    Focus on the variables you can control. Whist this is tried and tested advice, should we just ignore the uncontrollable factors? Better is understand the opportunities some of these factors offer and then take advantage to improve our plans.

  • Running pace conversion App better than paper?

    Running pace conversion App better than paper?

    I originally wrote this app for myself as I “think” in kilometres but everyone else around me was talking in miles. I then had to estimate my finish time for half marathon race entry and… Well suffice to say that annoyed me enough to make me write an app so it would never annoy me…

  • Temperature Control

    Temperature Control

    Humans are homeothermic creatures, meaning that our internal body temperature must be maintained within a narrow range for us to survive. This can be challenging when faced with extreme temperatures. During exercise, heat is generated and needs to be eliminated from the body in order to maintain our core temperature with acceptable limits. If this…

  • Endurance Sport is Oxygen Delivery

    Endurance Sport is Oxygen Delivery

    Having looked at how muscles contract, and the way fuel metabolises down to ATP to be used for energy, the final part of the jigsaw is about oxygen and how it moves around. Probably the most often used terms “vo2”, max HR and Threshold training… But do you really know what they are, why they…

  • Understanding Cellular Respiration

    Understanding Cellular Respiration

    Fat adaption, increasing our lactate threshold, endurance training… all terms we have heard, probably used, and have some understanding of. But do we really know how all these concepts join together? Getting into the detail of Energy Systems helps us become better athletes and train more effectively and with purpose.

  • Powering Running

    Powering Running

    Understanding the relationship between the food we eat and how this eventual becomes a molecule of energy that fuels a muscle contraction is complex. But the more we learn about this the better equipped we are to plan our nutrition and understand our bodies capabilities.

  • Runners Guide to Muscles

    Runners Guide to Muscles

    Having a basic understanding of muscles helps us as runners understand what is going on! By which I mean how we move when we run, avoiding injuries and how to focus our training; both strength & conditioning as well as run training.

  • Top 5 Myths About Running

    Top 5 Myths About Running

    I often hear many arguments put forward as to why someone doesn’t feel they can take up running. And to be candid, 99% of the time it’s utter nonsense! Now, of course there is absolutely no reason why someone HAS to take up running if they don’t want to. There are many other forms of…