Author Archives: Rene

‘Running economy’ workshop – statement of interest

Following up on ChampionsEverywhere’s joint talk with Barry Murray, owner of OptimumNutrition4Sport, here’s a chance to state your interest in a follow-up workshop that will cover all the topics in more detail.

FREE TALK: Optimising running economy through lifestyle and nutrition

Great Outdoors shop

Running economy is the big forgotten variable of most runner’s training plans – ChampionsEverywhere are delighted to team up with Barry Murray BSc MSc, performance nutritionist to present on how you can improve lifestyle and nutrition to boost your performance.    Click here to register (note there is no charge) Talk on Monday 8th September 6:45-8:45…

Interview with Kesh Patel, author of ‘Complete Guide to Bodyweight Training’

Complete guide to bodyweight training

We continue our warm-up to the much-anticipated release of the book ‘Complete Guide to Bodyweight Training’ with an interview with the author – Kesh Patel. For the previous instalment read Kesh’s guest article ‘Why train with bodyweight’.   Kesh, for our readers, perhaps you can briefly sketch out your coaching background and how it led you…

5 reasons your running injury won’t go away…

Running injury

Injuries are the scourge of the running community today. Depending on what study you read 50 to 90% of all runners are injured every year and despite all the ‘advances’ in medical science and shoe manufacturing, nothing has made the slightest dent in this trend. So the constant irritation and frustration of injury remains hanging…

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 running form

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…