Author Archives: Rene

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…

***TECHNICAL THURSDAY*** – Track sessions (Technical and Intensity work)

old school track

Track running workouts are some of the most over-used, misused and misunderstood workouts. Join us for this special series where we approach the workouts with the respect it deserves . We apply our unique attention to the technical perfection of running with the intensity that is required. This series will introduce you to how to…

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…

“Putting my best foot forward…” – The Irish Times’ John Collins reports

Jason Irish Times

Irish Times journalist John Collins attended the first day of the September “Masters of Running” workshop, read an excerpt from his article below or hop on over to the Irish Times for the full piece. Available in print in tomorrow’s edition of The Irish Times.   “This was not what I had expected. I’m squatting…

Q&A: Common criticisms of natural eating and the Paleo Diet

Food pyramid

Are you an advocate of a more natural approach to eating, perhaps what is today often called “The Paleo Diet”? Or do you have concerns that you need answered? We have compiled some answers to many of the most common criticism of this type of eating so you have some answers ready the next time…

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…