Ultramarathons. What , why and how are the questions I'm most commonly asked. Hopefully you find some answers here from my own personal perspective. My other blog at www.mile27.com.au/blog is full of information on running and health and fitness in general.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Core Training - The Top 6 Training Mistakes

There is a lot of focus on core training at the moment with athletes from all kinds of sports proclaiming its benefits. The Internet is full of videos and articles from various “experts” showing you a number of different exercises to strengthen your core. Unfortunately not everything you read is correct. In fact there are numerous studies that show core training for runners has NO effect on running performance or injury prevention. Here are some qoutes taken directly from research papers. Continue reading

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

How to Strengthen your Glutes

A wile ago I wrote a blog on how ineffective exercises like the clam and side lying leg lifts are in improving glute med function during running or walking I have finally got around to showing the exercises on video here

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Why less flexible runners have better economy

Despite the focus of many runners on flexibility the resrearch shows less flexibile runners have greater running economy. How is this possible? This blog explains why.

Monday, 23 April 2012

What Causes Running Injuries?

Almost all runners suffer them at some stage but what are the underlying causes of running injuries? If you thought it is simply training too much or increasing your mileage too quickly then you may want to have a read of this blog

Monday, 12 March 2012

Speed Training For Ultra Runners - Essential Or A Waste Of Time

New blog on speed training for Ultra Runners

Dynamic Calf Stretching

New blog on how to dynamically stretch your calves.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Top 3 Training Mistakes

Whether you are training to run a marathon or lose weight, tone up and get fit there are three basic training errors that can hold you back from reaching your goals. Every client I have ever worked with has been making at least one of these. Have a read and see if any of these apply to you.

To read the rest of this article click here.

Is flexibility dependant on your age?

Have you ever looked at a child and marvelled at how flexible they are? Been jealous of their ability to fall over and bounce right back up again? Have you ever wished that your body still had some of that youthful elasticity that kids demonstrate every day? Have you ever wondered how much better you would move, walk , run and play now if you did?

To read the rest of this article click here.

Downhill Running

The downhill sections of marathons or ultra marathons are where you can either gain or lose a lot of time depending on your training. Whilst many runners incorporate uphill repeats as part of their training very few target downhill running. Running downhill is a skill that needs to be trained to improve. It also places a greater load on the legs which unless you have trained for will destroy your quads and leave you with legs barely capable of a shuffle.

To read the rest of this article click here.

How to Dynamically Stretch and Strengthen your Glutes

Following on from an earlier post on Dynamic Stretching this weeks video blog explains how to stretch your glutes in a dynamic manner specifically for running .

To read the rest of this article click here.

How to ensure you stick with your new years resolutions

January is a time where the the new year still has a myriad of new possibilities and many of us have thoughts of making positive changes in our lives. Unfortunately by March most of us have fallen back into our old routines and the new year becomes much like the old. Our best intentions have fallen by the wayside, that flash of inspiration we had at the end of last year where we caught a glimpse of what might be has gone. The motivation we had for a few weeks in January has faded away and we are left with the routines and habits of 2011.

To read the rest of this article click here.