TRAINING: Three tests to measure your running potential

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Have you ever started a training schedule not quite sure of where you are at fitness-wise and having to make an educated guess? This poses a big problem for runners – over-estimate your ability and you may over-train and under-perform. Under-estimate your ability and you may sell yourself short and not get the training stimulus…

REVIEW: VivoBarefoot Primus and Primus Trail

Vivo barefoot review

Coach René Borg runs the rule over the new VivoBarefoot Primus and Primus Trail – a shoe review fresh out of the box! Highlights: More breathable mesh Meets the standards of the American College of Sports Medicine: No heel to toe drop No excessive cushioning No toe-spring No motion control Reasonably wide toe-box – Primus…

ARTICLE: Fix your one-leg stability, THEN run!

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The one leg stance test is familiar to any runner who has ever sprained an ankle. I fully understood the importance of this after learning Lee Saxby’s ‘Born to Run’ running screen which places this as one of the crucial milestones to master. You cannot expect to do thousands of one-leg jumps without injury risk,…

ARTICLE: Your daily run won’t kill you

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The practice of insisting on near-daily running probably started with Arthur Newton – the pioneering father of ultra-running. In modern times the recommendation to run ‘7 days per week’ put forward by Arthur Lydiard made most runners shake their heads and write the training approach off as crazy. On top of this recent research has…

Learn the essentials of uphill and downhill running

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Listen to the recording of our talk in Lynham’s Hotel, in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, from Sunday 2nd of May. Listen now

The injured runners guide to killing time


Whether you habitually run 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes for your weekly workouts (or even more), few things fill a runner with more frustration than ‘having to cut back’ because of niggle or injury. We present an obsessive-compulsive selection of aspiring athletes at times and having to go out and limiting ourselves to…

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…

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


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


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 ‘‘.   ‘Historically running training has focused on first…