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.
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.