I’ve had this on my mind a lot over the last couple of weeks. Ever since I went to see Helen Hall I’ve struggled to run properly. Initially my foot strike felt flat, awkward and rear-foot first. My achilles really hurt – to such an extent I couldn’t run and needed to take time off, … Continue reading Why we run, why I run?
Having pinged both achilles (again) on Saturday and then more so on Monday – leading to soreness that made running only possible at a slow shuffle – I knew that the best thing to do was take a big step back, look at how I’ve trained recently, what’s missing and what needs to change. It … Continue reading Rest, change, recover.
It’s better to introduce regular strength training in my running. Having developed pretty sore achilles tendons (again) in both legs I don’t think I can avoid replacing some of my easy running with general leg strength. I’m certain the achilles tendon pain is coming from overwork here, due to a lack of work elsewhere. Common … Continue reading Things I’ve considered or learnt this week
I’ve been battling with a motorway driving phobia for around 6 years now. Going from spending a lot of time in a car (much of which was on motorways in the mid 00’s) to triggering a motorway phobia was unexpected and pretty bizarre. I can pinpoint when it started, driving at night, stressed due to … Continue reading Reframing fear
I spent a great (if not overwhelming) afternoon with the wonderful Helen Hall. Generous with her time and wisdom I learnt a great deal, a lot fo which I am still processing – both as there was so much to take in and a lot of it neurological, leaving my brain feeling confused as it … Continue reading The wonderful Helen Hall
Our diaphragm has 3 roles, respiration, digestion and stablisation. All equally important, all key to how we work. All wonderfully related and connected by our bodies. What I hadn’t considered, and have been musing on is the challenge the diaphragm has in doing more than 1 job at the same time, ie stablisation and respiration. … Continue reading Things I’ve learnt this week
Having been running injury free (in terms of mechanics and muscles) since I begun my recent half marathon block, and making good progress it was frustrating to injure my one / some of my hamstring muscle group on Thursday. Exactly why it screamed at me could be a number of things – overload from too … Continue reading Listening to pain & learning about the breathing mechanism
I’ve finished this book, this week and considered some of the areas it discusses whilst running. The two that I have been trying to understand better are meta cognition (the idea of thinking about thinking) and perceived effort. The first I have tried on a couple of occasions this week, when running round Regents Park. … Continue reading How we think, when we move
There are so many wonderful pieces of advice / wisdom within this book I’ve started folding pages when I read something that resonates. The first page I did this to was in response to a combination of Victor Frankl and Edith Eger: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of … Continue reading We can always choose how we respond
Last weekend was not fun, Friday night though to Saturday morning I had serious stomach pains – in what seemed to be focused around my right hand side. The spectre of appendicitis reared its head again, so to be safe I went to A&E on Sat morning, using the new found positivity learnt from Victor … Continue reading Breathe to heal