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ARTICLE: All about the Achilles (tendon)?

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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

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“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…

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

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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

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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…

HELL & BACK Natural Movement Classes

Jumping: Nail every jump with confidence and speed!

** NEWS: You can now buy a spot on the remaining 4 classes for €62 with training plan** The first course of its kind to be run in Ireland, the ChampionsEverywhere MovNat certified coaches and the winner of HELL & BACK Apollo 2013 (Jason Kehoe) have designed a custom 6 week movement journey to prepare…

Jasons Blog: Cross-country running preparations

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Summer is at an end and there were many highlights. Too many to recount here but I’m just back from hiking in the Alps in Austria last weekend. It was my first real hiking experience since scouts. Being a rather chubby 13 year old (yes rather chubby!) I was certainly not fond of our infrequent 1…

AOIFE’S BLOG: The 39 min 10k…

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I’ve been trying to break 40 mins for 10k now for years.  10k was the very first distance I ran and remained my favourite event until I discovered cross country and hills.  In 2009, I fully believed that I was on my way to breaking the 40 mins (having run 41.35 twice in early 2008…

TRAINING: How to manage stress and your workouts

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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)

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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…

Natural workout sample – Gate Protocol #1

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This workout can be used by any runner who has been instructed in basic jumping, balancing, vaulting, lunging and sprinting techniques. I came up with it on the August Bank Holiday as a quick morning workout that takes less than 30 minutes including warm-up and cool-down. Equipment needed 1 x gate (1m high or so)…