Everybody complains of tight calves, runners and non-runners, but nobody seems to be addressing the question why! A few weeks ago I put this question into the Youtube search box. Normally you get hundreds of videos appear and indeed this time was no exception. However they were nearly all demonstrating stretches to ‘fix’ the problem,… Continue reading But WHY are my calves tight? I KNOW how to stretch them!
There seems to be an epidemic of knee pain, both amongst runners and the general population. Perhaps this is not surprising – the knee is an extremely vulnerable joint critically located between the ground and your hips. I guess it’s also a price we must pay for becoming bipedal. We also compound this… Continue reading Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.
The more you do of a particular activity the better you will become at doing it IN THAT WAY. This is probably so that your brain can be freed up for ‘more important’ tasks. So if you only run you will become ‘fitter’ for running (but not necessarily better at it). You will be able… Continue reading Run faster more easily by first addressing balance, posture and mobility, looking at the whole body in motion.
Obviously your ability to recover from training will vary enormously from individual to individual. It will depend on many factors including how well adaptedyou are already to the training you have been doing, your age, lifestyle factors etc. Here are my top tips to speed up recovery so that you get the most… Continue reading 10 ways to recover faster.
With a number of runners I’ve been working with currently preparing for Autumn half marathons, especially the Oxford half in October, I thought this might be a timely post. A lot of runners, especially newer runners, have been asking me about how to taper or wind down their training before a half marathon event.… Continue reading ‘Tapering’ or winding down your training before half marathon.
The scenario repeats itself, without failure, two or three times every week, at least. It gets to the point where you don’t really want to have the discussion because you know it will undermine faith in everything they’ve taken for granted for decades, as regards health and fitness. Nevertheless, it has to be said,… Continue reading Are you eating a ‘balanced diet’? Millions of years of evolution and we never realised that carbohydrates were crucial to good health!
A cadence of around 180 steps per minute. Most recreational runners run at too low a cadence, focusing on stride length instead of a quick turnover of the feet. Get the cadence right and allow the stride length to adapt accordingly. This is more efficient. Note that this may vary a little if… Continue reading My 10 top tips for great running form.
One of the most common problems we see in running and indeed walking is the tendency to not use the arms effectively. Many people seem to just not know what to with the arms. Although the arms contribute only a small amount directly in propelling us forward, they are massively important in the rhythm of… Continue reading Is your ‘armless’ walking and running style slowing you down?
Outside the comfort zone. Whilst I am a great believer in adopting a holistic approach to getting the best out of you as a runner, this should not be confused with thinking that you don’t need to do the hard running too. On the contrary, you will need to get out of your comfort zone… Continue reading Interval training for 5k speed. You must get outside your comfort zone to get faster.