Combining running with a busy life can be challenging. When time is as scarce as a kind word from your boss fall back on a simple training plan to keep it together. Here’s a six week program that does just that.
Running technique coaching for children playing team ball sports is an emerging niche because many young people have not developed the skill and strength to run well. Kathleen O’Connell is a sprint coach that does a great job coaxing out the inner runners in youthful competitors. In this article Kathleen shares observations on why children […]
Improving your 5km personal best time can help you run faster at the marathon distance. It’s also a great way to benchmark your fitness. The community running movement Park Run is a great way to do just that.
Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist Nick Willis has been tweeting his build-up to the London Games. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by to summarize the final stages of his preparation as reported on Twitter.
The Australian Institute of Sport has a neat strength & conditioning methodology that I learned about at a recent course. This often overlooked training for middle and long distance runners take careful planning.
Give yourself permission to enjoy regular easy running, especially if you need to unwind from the rest of your stressful life. Running easy will help you relax and build the foundations for long term success.
Last week Mark and I attended the The Athlete’s Foot conference in Melbourne, giving talks and demonstrations about how we use a gradual minimalist running transition as part of our running technique coaching. Interacting with one of the biggest shoe retail outfits in Australia has given us an interesting insight into where minimalism is or […]
Some recent images taken of runners’ foot-striking patterns during the US Olympic Trials 10,000m events gives a rare insight into variability even amongst the elite. For now I’m going to say little and let these outstanding images taken by Dr Iain Hunter of Brigham Young University do the talking.
Those readers struggling to keep up your running whilst in the grip of a cold southern winter might want to avoid this post. Lisa Biffin, currently relaxing in the sunny Maldives, provides some tips on motivation and enjoying some much needed training variety when on holidays.
A recent study measuring changes in muscle activity as a result of lifting the stride rate of a group of recreational runners suggests that increasing cadence could lead to improvements in running technique. This is a useful finding, but like all research needs to be interpreted with caution.
Beginner runners can often over-do high volumes of long, very slow running in the early stages of their training programs. But working on strength, coordination and technique is just as important as building fitness. This is where understanding the benefits of training at different paces can help you improve performance and build resilience against injury.
The new 2012 Nike Free range: 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 was eagerly anticipated by runners, but now they have arrived a slightly confusing picture has emerged for runners and retailers to understand, Mark Gorski and I have a go at explaining how it all fits together.
Before you adopt extreme training measures in pursuit of performance gains, consider mastering tried and tested training approaches. Combine this with some strategic adjustments to the running training levers and you have all the elements to be successful in chasing your goals.
Specialty running retailer & coach Mark Gorski share his thoughts on the evolution of the running shoe industry towards minimalism. From a shoe retailer’s view he sees an abyss between minimalist skeptics and passionate barefoot advocates that should be filled with the lightweight trainer category.