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.
What is the difference between preparing for marathon and half marathon? In reponse to questions about how to prepare for marathon – specifically how fast should the long runs be and what should I eat, my response was to learn to burn fat for fuel to avoid hittibg the wall (sugar crash) and to do… Continue reading Your questions: Preparing for half marathon. Training intensities and nutrition.
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?
Many many runners come to me complaining of back pain when they run. Even before I watch them run I can normally predict their running form and even what shoes they wear with some accuracy. They usually run very upright with a considerable heel strike. Many have been taught to run this way or have… Continue reading Your running posture may be contributing to your back pain.
Get your feet talking to your glutes for stability and power. Once you understand the relationship between the feet working properly and glute activation you can become massively more stable and powerful and this can have a big impact on your running (and all other upright activities). Even in walking you suddenly find yourself… Continue reading Your big toe and your glutes must be talking to each other for stability and power.
Improve your 5k time by working with gravity and the elasticity of your fascia. Human movement is fascinating. As a PT I was trained to think of movement being the result of muscles and tendons pulling on bones. However this totally fails to take account of gravity which is actually the main player since… Continue reading Run faster by understanding the role of fascia and gravity.
What is the easiest way to run a faster 5k without training longer or harder? Lose weight! Reduce body fat – consume fewer processed carbs and more natural fats, whilst eating when hungry. For me personally, addressing this brings a gain of around 50 seconds per kilo over 5k. This is the easiest way… Continue reading What’s the easiest way to run faster without training longer or harder?