It’s 6pm. You’ve just got home after a hard day at the office. You feel stressed and stiff. You know that a good run in the fresh air is the only way to put this right. After you will feel better, more relaxed, enjoy a good meal, maybe a drink or two and fall… Continue reading Are you training in ‘black hole’ territory?
Grains – why are we still being told these are a healthy option, despite all the evidence?
For years we have been exhorted by those ‘responsible’ for public health to base our diet around starchy carbohydrates, especially ‘wholegrain’ food-like products, like bread and pasta and rice. By now it should be abundantly clear to everybody that, however well-intentioned this advice probably was (and certainly it was massively beneficial to the American… Continue reading Grains – why are we still being told these are a healthy option, despite all the evidence?
Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).
More and more long distance runners, cyclists, triathletes etc. are coming to understand that the conventional advice for fuelling endurance effort is simply wrong. For years they have been told that carbs are the primary fuel source for going long and that anything less than a full blown pasta fest pre race or workout,… Continue reading Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).
6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.
Mike came to me the October before last, seeking my help. 56 years old, he had taken up running a few years ago for general health and fitness – specifically to destress from his busy but sedentary business life and to lose some belly fat which had been growing steadily for the previous 10… Continue reading 6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.
Why runners of all standards are flying with the Running Gym Method
At the Running Gym I have devised a method for improving performance and minimising injury risk that works. We see massive improvement in all our runners, most smashing their previous PB’s out of sight and our injury rates are much lower than the 70-80% per year quoted as the norm for runners. How… Continue reading Why runners of all standards are flying with the Running Gym Method
Why a ‘stronger core’ for runners begins with the feet, not sit ups and planks.
The majority of runners dislike the gym. Most just like to be outdoors running in the fresh air and that’s brilliant – in many ways it’s much better for you than being indoors under bright lights, breathing in everybody else’s germs. If a runner comes to me in the gym it’s… Continue reading Why a ‘stronger core’ for runners begins with the feet, not sit ups and planks.
Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.
I bet loads of people raised their hands yes? OK, so you guys don’t need to read further – leave social media now and do something more useful. For everybody else, here’s the story: We are runners. We don’t like being inside. We don’t like lifting heavy weights. We don’t enjoy brutal painful gym workouts.… Continue reading Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.
What use is that vibrating platform thing to me as a runner?!!
One of the great benefits for runners of using the gym for training is to be able to use the power plate (a vibration platform). Most people have no idea what to do on it and many just use it for massage. Once you understand the overriding importance of your feet (you’d think… Continue reading What use is that vibrating platform thing to me as a runner?!!
How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon
Here is a story that might prove helpful to all distance runners, but especially those tackling marathon and beyond. The story is real but I have changed the name to protect his identity. Tom was typical of many runners. He loved his gadgets and attached great value to the statistics they gave him. He… Continue reading How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon
What’s the most efficient way to improve your run times?
Imagine a typical recreational runner. Let’s call her Linda. Linda is a 50 year old working mum with limited time due to work and family commitments. She can only spare 6 hours a week on her main love – running. She’s trying to get faster over 5k. How should she train optimally to… Continue reading What’s the most efficient way to improve your run times?