New Goals

With a lot of us working from home or minding kids we find ourselves having a bit more time to exercise. This is a great opportunity to create some new goals. People who normally frequent gyms are now running roads and trails they have never done so before.

Motivation to exercise or run can be difficult for some. A lot of us are asking the question, “what am I training for”?  If you are a runner, you all had goals or should have had, before covid-19. The only thing that needs to change is the goal. It’s now more important than ever to have something to aim at, even if it’s just to keep you in the game.

With this lockdown, challenging and tangible goals are still achievable. Our focus needs to shift from what we can’t achieve (due to restrictions) to what we can.

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Lactic Acid or Rather Lactic Build Up

Lactate/Lactic Acid

Most of us who run have felt that burning sensation in our legs during the end of a heavy tempo session, or a few repeats from finishing a session of 400’s. You’re urging your legs to keep going despite the very obvious slow down in pace. The session finishes and you walk off the track. The talk about the session as you gather for your cool down is how tough but good the session was. Your mind is screaming, “well it wasn’t good for me”. You chip in your two cents worth about how difficult the last few reps were. “I was fine, then all of a sudden my legs began to burn and I couldn’t keep the pace up”. Club mates nod in knowing agreement. “That’s the lactic acid in your legs” It slows you down when you go above your lactic threshold. You’ll probably be a bit sore tomorrow”.

Running – Older But Faster!

Running – Older But Faster!

Running began for me as a young child. I fell into it, I was a boxer first, but through my training I discovered that I was a fairly good runner too. I was one of those athletes of decent ability who fell through the cracks during college, which led to a long time out of the sport. Although I never lost my love of fitness and endurance sports. I tried my hand at triathlons for a few years, but the love of pure running never left me. I’m back running five years now, after a ten year sabbatical.

Marathon Week

Marathon Week – How to manage your thoughts & feelings

Marathon week is probably the hardest week of all the weeks leading up to the race. This is the time when you starting doubting yourself, feel niggles, thinking  your legs are heavy and have a general lack of energy. The upshot of this is, its normal to feel this way. In fact if you aren’t feeling a little off-centre, I would question if you are truly switched on for what is about to come.

Build Your Aerobic Base!

Aerobic base

An aerobic base is the cornerstone of any running related sport. You cannot build a sound physical condition without a sound aerobic base. The natural progression of movement from birth is to roll, crawl, walk, run. Endurance sports are no different. Weather you play football, soccer, hurling, running, triathlon, tennis, it is irrelevant. The basis for achieving your potential is grounded in a solid aerobic base. Only then should you engage in anaerobic training. Continue reading “Build Your Aerobic Base!”

My Toil With Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy

Anyone who runs knows a little bit about or has heard of Achilles tendinopathy. It is a frustrating over-load induced injury. Different factors contribute to tendinopathy. The site of irritation may be a clue, as insertional tendinopathy is commonly viewed as a compressive overload injury where midportion is viewed as a tensile overload injury. Although there is some evidence to suggest plantaris may have a compressive effect in mid portion Achilles tendinopathy (source). Traditionally both midportion and insertional were treated the same way. New research has highlighted the possible differences (source). With that come different loading strategies.

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Junk Miles – Running

There is no such thing as junk miles.

Junk miles have been talked about for years with various perspectives on them. Often junk miles are viewed as running for the sake of running, with no particular target or goal in mind for that run. They are the fillers around the speed sessions and long run. For me those fillers are not junk. They provide and important function by adding to your aerobic base, if carried out correctly. Continue reading “Junk Miles – Running”