Author Archives: Rene

Running eXperience Workshop – June 2016

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Two days, four workshops, one Running eXperience (RX). We now make it easier than ever to learn to improve your running technique, reduce you risk of injury and run further and faster. Once again our venue is the Brockagh Centre in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. You can pick the exact topic you need…

Knock half a minute off your 5k PB with less speedwork

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Regular readers know we have a big emphasis endurance training and proper technique. After a good first season I therefore recommended to a runner I coach and advise to step back from all speed-work for at least 8 weeks going into 2016 and doing almost every run below ‘MAF pace’. What is MAF? MAF stands…

Essentials of uphill/downhill running – mini-workshop

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Running on hills introduces three variables to running: uphill slope, downhill slope and change in terrain. In this interactive 1-hour workshop, we demonstrate the fundamentals skills required to run optimally on hills. The workshop covers the techniques used by Irish Mountain Running Champion Jason Kehoe and many others before him. When: Sunday 1st of May 2…

Why cross-trainers are the Devil’s work

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The short version of this article reads: go do something fun, real and natural before risking your body on some dubious gym contraption. I wrote this opinion piece in response to regular questions I get on cross-training. If you never go on another elliptical again after reading this article, I will have achieved my goal…

Mountain running training weekend 2016

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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…

Runners, could your sense of balance be holding you back?

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We teach proper posture for running as one of the first and most important aspects of avoiding injuries. Being able to hold the ‘correct shape’, which is what good posture is, helps your foot land much closer to your body with a greater degree of relaxation. This instantly takes care of most of the common…

Three things to know to start running well in the New Year

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I remember the time a girl in my team at work poked me in the stomach and said ‘aren’t you getting a bit soft’. That same evening I was out pounding the pavement until I got red-faced and my lungs screamed for mercy. That took me 20 minutes. I learnt a lot in the many…

Competence-based training for runners

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Could you be getting hurt because you put training volume and capacity first instead of your ‘competence’ as a runner? And what is competence anyway? We look into a ‘competence-based training’ for runners and why you should do it on our latest instalment of blogs on ‘Running.ie‘.   ‘Historically running training has focused on first…

CE strike twice in the mountains!

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Break the rules. Ignore conventional wisdom. Look long-term.  This was pretty much the approach when Jason Kehoe and Paul Tierney looked to return from their injuries in 2012. This weekend Paul Tierney secured victory in the Lakeland 100 mile race in the second fastest time ever of 20 hours and 42 minutes, making him the…

Running (technique) – simple, complex or just complicated?

Shouldn’t running just be about going out the door and putting one foot in front of the other? There is an old saying in soccer that it is ‘a simple game, complicated by idiots’? Have we done the same to running? As the science around running has expanded and the commercial interests in the sport with…