Running injuries are Load management issues

I see quite a few running injuries in clinic. They basically boil down to overload – either in the short term or long term. Short term overload/ trauma: Fall over and hit a rock, twist an ankle, tweak a knee – that tends to be a short term overload. You know you’ve done something specific to a particular thing because you remember the thing that happened. Trauma is a bit of a dramatic word to associate with it, but it is the one that we tend to use. Long term overload/ training error The other end of the scale is … Continue reading

Inevitable decline?

I hit a “significant age” in 2019. This, along with the people I see in clinic on a weekly basis has made me think a bit…. If I gave you a list of things that in 20/30/40 years you might not be able to do – would you be scared? Well, here is a list of things that I’ve seen people not be able to do…. Sitting on the floor and then standing up. Standing up off a chair. Standing up off the toilet. Walking up the stairs. Walking down the stairs. Walking to the end of the road. Walking … Continue reading

Training Error- a catch all term.

Training error. It’s a catch all term which you may or may not have come across. The phrase has been coined relatively recently to provide a bit of guidance as to the reason why some people end up with so called “overtraining” injuries. To get an idea as to why this is “Training Error” we need to think about how training works. In effect, no matter what your sport, you are looking to get stronger, faster or more skilled. In order to create this change you want to be challenging your body and mind to encourage adaptation. As you rest … Continue reading

Does the exercise matter, or the mindset?

I remember growing up and seeing all these training books about how to train like the SAS, or the Marines, or the Seals. All the fitness magazines with new ideas on how to get strong within 4 weeks… Helpfully, in the next edition, 4 weeks later, there would be another article telling you how else to train to get fit in another 4 weeks. These days we have magazines telling you the shortcuts to success, how to train like Kilian, the killer workout that will make you look like Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa, how to train harder for your … Continue reading

Into the Wild

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was the one saying “I’d love to swim outdoors but brrrr the water must be freezing”. Well back in 2018 I decided that I was never going to give wild swimming a go without a wetsuit, so off I went and bought one. I was totally open in saying that if I really didn’t like it I would just sell the wetsuit and be absolutely content knowing I had given wild swimming a decent go. I took myself off to a well organised swim in a local reservoir – safety kayaks … Continue reading

Nuture the seed

We came across a funny thing the other day which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that funny (haha) at all. It concerns people who want to run and exercise who are really quite embarrassed about getting out and doing things. They are worried about what others might think of them, and so seek positive affirmation through running with groups. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with that – in fact, anything which enables people to get out and do things and have a more positive mindset about exercise is an excellent thing as far as I am concerned. The … Continue reading