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Are runners just too lazy to practice technique?

Are runners just too lazy to practice technique?

As a technical coach it is tempting to blame resistance to the idea of ‘technical’ training as opposed to ‘just running’ on inherent laziness in runners. I could bemoan that runners just want to ‘run, run, run and think of nothing else’. Superficially this seems to be true for many runners – they just want…


5 reasons your running injury won’t go away…

5 reasons your running injury won’t go away…

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…


RADIO PODCAST: Running surfaces and running technique

RADIO PODCAST: Running surfaces and running technique

Jason and Rene appeared on RTE’s Ray Darcy Show and Matt Cooper’s ‘The Last Word’ last week to join in on the debate about running surfaces, injury and running technique. If you missed the interviews, listen back below and don’t forget to read our detailed response to Ger Hartmann’s article in ‘Roads are not to…


Road running is not to blame, YOU are…

Road running is not to blame, YOU are…

      This article was written as a response to the radio interview ‘Road-Running will leave joggers on the scrap-heap’ with Ger Hartmann. We will discuss our view here on TodayFM tonight at 18:30 GMT.     You’re driving along, inattentive, shortly after acquiring your driver’s license. As you look up from your mobile,…


ARTICLE: Fear, stress and injury

If you’ve ever had one of those injuries that seems to ‘come and go’ or be ‘ok one day worse the next’ even when you’re not running on it then there might be an explanation. When the body prepares for a stressful or dangerous situation it creates noredrenaline (the fight or flight hormone) and cortisol…


TOE DRILLS (TOE-GA)

TOE DRILLS (TOE-GA)

Toe drills or ‘toe-ga’ is a series of drills invented by Lee Saxby and taught as part of the VivoBarefoot Coaching certification education. Please find in this article a simple video showcasing coach René Borg executing some of the moves.*   Read our full article on the topic here Note the drills shown here are…


Should runners train their upper bodies?

Should runners train their upper bodies?

The short and snide answer to the titular question could be: Because you will look better. But vanity aside, the real answer is more interesting and no less true. We need to begin by abandoning the notion that running is primarily a lower body exercise, when in reality it is a ‘full-body movement’. We will…


Information sheet

Information sheet

Thanks to everyone who attended and took the time to listen to our team’s talk. We have put together the most relevant links and a few of the more ‘information-hefty’ slides for you below for your reference. Learn more about the full workshop experiences here   Further reading – books This list is by no…


FARTLEK step aside! It’s time for RYTMLEK

FARTLEK step aside! It’s time for RYTMLEK

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…


ARTICLE: All about the Achilles (tendon)?

ARTICLE: All about the 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…


WORKOUTS: Ferocious fartleks!

WORKOUTS: Ferocious fartleks!

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

TRAINING: How to manage stress and your workouts

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)

SPOTLIGHT ON: Plantar Fasciitis (running injury)

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…


The Mile Distance – how to use it

The Mile Distance – how to use it

The World Championships in athletics are on and today our “Masters of Running” graduates are running their first “Technical Mile Time Trial“, so what better time to have a close look at the mile distance. It is not a distance that get’s much attention in these marathon-days and most of our own clients are not…


Bring true quality in your running training

Bring true quality in your running training

Traditional training programmes are often shown as a pyramid and most often with a “base” at the bottom consisting of high mileage endurance focused training. Then follows layers of more and more race-specific work until the peak is reached. This way of training is consistent with the ten principles of old school running that we have…


Should cadence increase in sprinting?

We participated in a recent Facebook discussion around cadence and barefoot sprinting. Barefoot Beginner posted the key points of the thread.  Excerpt on sprinting: ….essentially what we teach in our coaching model about the difference is this:   Sprinting involves much higher forces than running and thus you have to land on your toes (rather…


Beat the mileage trap – count outputs not inputs!

Beat the mileage trap – count outputs not inputs!

Imagine yourself at the centre of a process that has inputs and outputs. The inputs are the training challenges you expose yourself to: time, miles, intensity, complexity, terrain and so on. The outputs are the outcomes and the results – the PBs, the times, the finishing positions, how fresh you feel, how strong you feel…


Don’t take the LSD! (Long slow versus Long steady distance)

Arthur Lydiard first popularised the term “LSD” meaning “Long STEADY distance” as one of the mainstays of a successful athletic development programme. Unfortunately, over the years the concept came to mean “Long SLOW distance” which combined with the often misused phrase “miles make champions” started the descent into “logging miles for the sake of it”…


Myths: Chronic cardio

Chronic Cardio. Where did that term come from? Browse websites supporting the fitness system CrossFit, fitness writer Mark Sisson’s “Primal BluePrint” site and other Paleo-inspired exercise sites (Paleo Sprint, Paleo Hack, Primal North, the list is long) and you’ll find warnings about  “Chronic Cardio” The concept of “Chronic Cardio”seems to be used  to help distinguish new training…