Author Archives: Rene

FARTLEK step aside! It’s time for RYTMLEK

Cadence

We’re big into our wild and wacky Fartleks in ChampionsEverywhere – these workouts are a staple part of every athlete we trains weekly training during the general practice and conditioning period. First engineered by Swedish coach Gösta Holmér, Fartlek means ‘speedplay’ and is a way to shake yourself out of that metronomic trance that can…

What pace will trigger glycogen depletion on long runs? (a response)

Peter Snell running

Earlier today a runner wrote me an email: “René, congratulations on you contribution to coaching. I am following Lydiard’s philosophy – 2 years now. I read an article by (ed: Peter) Snell on the long run – he said you need to run the 20 milers at 7 min pace to recruit the 2II fibres after glycogen…

ARTICLE: All about the Achilles (tendon)?

achilles (tendon)

The life of the Greek hero Achilles ended in tragedy and mention of the proverbial “Achilles tendon” tends to invoke more fear than joy when brought up in conversation with modern athletes. Yet, the Achilles tendon is a crucial part of the success in running – at least when it is done properly. Heel-striking and…

OLD SCHOOL Long runs – Now in Dublin and Wicklow

old school long run 1

“Lower aerobic effort, while it may be fine for joggers and fun runners, does not exert the desirable pressures on the cardiac and respiratory systems that an athlete needs.” – Arthur Lydiard, Running with Lydiard Once upon a time long runs where more than mere social affairs. Group runs over legendary courses such as Lydiard’s…

HILL SKILLS CLASS: “Downhill running” in Glendalough (14/12/2013)

Amidou natural running

Looking for a 3-hour tour-de-force on how to handle difficult descents and implement your technical running skills on race-specific terrain? Our second guest class of the year (and the last) just in time to practice over Christmas! Our new  class: a downhill specific session is planned for Saturday 14th of December from 10am to 1pm…

Mountain running training camp – Kerry weekend 2014

Faha Ridge

We are organising another Kerry mountain running training camp weekend  following up on the successful ones that have been held over the last number of years. This is not a professional event, but simply a trip organised by friends for friends and other mountain running enthusiasts (new friends in other words!). Usually, a great crowd…

“Masters of Running” workshop coming to Kerry

rene and jason

The ChampionsEverywhere coaching team will be travelling to Kerry for our first workshop in “The Kingdom” on the 30th of November and 1st of December 2013. The official press is below. To sign-up simply go to our sign-up page.   OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ChampionsEverywhere to host “Masters of Running” workshop in Killarney The first weekend…

WORKOUTS: Ferocious fartleks!

Fartlek in Marlay Park

Autumn cross-country is almost upon us again and there is no better time to experiment with “Fartleks“, the Swedish concept of “speedplay”. When I look around the internet there are many examples of Fartleks but in our opinion, the format is still not being used to it’s full potential. This is a session to be…

TRAINING: How to manage stress and your workouts

stressors at work

The world is full of stressors: toxins, lack of sleep, emotional outbursts (that nasty boss or evil-eyed spouse!), physical exertion and more. Every time we are subjected to stress our mind switches into a state controlled by a part of your nervous system called the  ”sympathetic nervous system” – our “fight or flight” response. The…

SPOTLIGHT ON: Plantar Fasciitis (running injury)

Darwin

In this new recurring column we take a new look at common running injuries through the prism of the new science of Darwinian of Evolutionary Medicine that informs our work at ChampionsEverywhere. We show how “mysterious” injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis and tarsal tunnel syndrome are not so mysterious after all. Read this…