You've heard of supershoes but have you heard of superpants? I really want a pair of superpants? These are definitely the next thing in running technology to make you go faster. Find out more about the science behind them on the podcast or, alternatively, follow the links in the excellent article from Outside magazine https://www.outsideonline.com/health/training-performance/running-exoskeleton-research-2022/
23 Jan 2022
Running in the dark
Do you like running in the dark? What about if it's cold and wet and dark? I've really struggled this past couple of weeks getting out and running when it has been dark.I tried to find out if there was anything in the scientific literature to support my case against actually running in the dark. Alas, I found little of significance. I did, however, come across an interesting story which, I think, gives me a perfect excuse for not running in the dark. Find out more in this episode of the podcast.
11 Dec 2021
Having the right mindset
I ran in the Manchester Area Cross Country League yesterday. The weather was miserable and I didn't really run all that well. But, can we blame the weather or was something else coming into play.I discuss having the right mindset and how I might be able to improve my results in future races.
5 Dec 2021
Does running in the rain improve performance?
Do you like running in the rain? I don't but I know that quite a lot of people absolutely love it. It made me wonder whether the weather, particularly rain, made any difference to your running performance. To find out, I took a look in the scientific literature.I came across two papers, by the same groups, looking at performances in the Berlin Marathon between 1974 and 2019. They looked at the weather conditions for the races and assessed whether the weather had made any impact on the times. You can find the papers here (from May 2021) and here (from July 2021).Perhaps we will have to do our own research to find out the ideal conditions for our own performances. As for me, I will, no doubt, continue to be a bit of a fair weather runner, avoiding the rain wherever possible.
21 Nov 2021
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Keeping going against the odds
Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever got to a race and wondered why on earth you even entered? I felt a bit like that in the race on Saturday but, the words of a friend inspired me to continue. Those words were about an athlete who, despite the circumstances, refused to give up - I bring you the story of John Stephen Akhwari, a marathon runner from Tanzania competing in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.
14 Nov 2021
How running uphill can improve your 5km Parkrun time
This week we delve into the science behind running uphill. Can running uphill help you to run faster and will it improve your 5km Parkrun time? I looked at a few papers from the sports science literature to find out if there was evidence out there to show any benefit to hill training and what those benefits might be. I looked at a study where sprinters trained on hills of different gradient, a study involving 32 Ethiopian distance runners and a study where 20 well trained runners did uphill interval training under 5 different conditions. Did they see improvements in performance outcome and what were the benefits to this type of training?Our own athletes have been busy running, skipping and bounding uphills and anecdotal evidence suggests that this is beneficial. There are plenty of guides out there to help you start doing uphill training. The main thing is not to try to do too much too soon 5-6 hill repeats of 50-60m would be a good start progressing to an increased number of reps and/or increased distance as the weeks go on. Incorporating some training drills (like the skips and the bounds) will also help improve running form and running economy over time. It's also fun to do something a little bit different from a normal steady run and with the warm up and cool down, you will find that you actually cover quite a lot of ground in the session.
6 Nov 2021
Alice Wright runs for an hour
Welcome back to the E=MC2 of running. Having mostly recovered from an ankle problem, I'm back running again in earnest and looking forward to racing over the winter. In this episode I talk about Alice Wright's British Record attempt on the 1 hour track record, I report on the Javelina Jundred 100 mile race and follow up on the Kearney family world record attempt on the half marathon mother and daughter best time. Here's the link to Alice Wright's 1 hour run https://youtu.be/PyqrxqH9Za4
31 Oct 2021
A World Record Attempt
In this week's episode, Maggie interviews Sarah and Aileen Kearney. They are going to attempt to beat the world record for the mother and daughter combined time for a half marathon. As part of this challenge, they are raising money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kearney-worldrecordattempt. I've also got news of another world record and, of course, the sorry plight of my own running, which is beating no world records at the moment.
28 Apr 2021
Do you fancy a Paddy Buckley?
There was an interesting challenge this weekend, an attempt on the Paddy Buckley Road. Could Kim Collison beat Matthew Roberts time of 16 hr 37 min to cover the 47 Snowdownian peaks in Wales? Another challenge was the Olympic qualifying time of the marathon. With the NN Mission Marathon in Hamburg being cancelled, the event was moved to The Netherlands. Could Eliud Kipchoge run fast enough to secure his place in the Kenyan team? I also delved deeper into the use of exercise in cancer treatment. The results were really fascinating. Why have I never heard of exercise being used in cancer treatment before?
21 Apr 2021
Could you have run on the Titanic?
On the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I wondered whether you could have run on board and that led me to search out whether running on a modern cruise ship is possible and whether there were any recommendations for running while on a cruise. I also give my advice on training around the COVID vaccine, I look at a world record attempt over 50 km and investigate what macronutrients might be most important for masters marathon runners.
14 Apr 2021