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.
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.
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?!!
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
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?
Scott’s Story. All his life Scott had been postponing that moment of supreme achievement. Now 55, he was a high achiever and most would say he had a successful career. He had a supportive wife and two great kids, now grown up, but still he felt strangely unfulfilled. Most of his peer group regarded… Continue reading Running further and faster with less effort – at any age. Scott’s Story.
Scott’s Story. All his life Scott had been postponing that moment of supreme achievement. Now 55, he was a high achiever and most would say he had a successful career. He had a supportive wife and two great kids, now grown up, but still he felt strangely unfulfilled. Most of his peer group regarded him… Continue reading Don’t waste your life being ordinary!
76 year olds outrunning 20 year olds! It’s true! I have a 76 year old client who regularly knocks out intervals at in excess of 12 km/hour pace on the treadmill just for fun. Lucky he doesn’t like to compete outside otherwise he’d be embarrassing a lot of twenty somethings with his pace and stamina!… Continue reading 76 year olds outrunning 20 year olds! Age is NOT a barrier unless you want it to be.
I get it, I absolutely do! You’ve been running for some time now. You love running, or at least how it makes you feel. That sense of absolute liberation when you’re out running and the wonderful exhaustion you feel afterwards as you soak in a hot bath. Your mind is calmer… Continue reading Distance running success for the older runner.
Here’s a story. A 52 year old guy, very overweight, binge drinker, hadn’t taken much exercise for quite a few years due to parental and work responsibilities, decided he wanted to do an ironman distance triathlon. In truth, he had thought about it in his thirties, when he had flirted briefly with… Continue reading 6 steps to endurance success at any age.