Still, the idea that you can improve running economy—a trait that’s notoriously difficult to improve by “fixing” your running form—simply by smiling is remarkable. The most likely explanation is that smiling primes a more relaxed emotional state, in turn reducing sympathetic nervous system activity (which can influence heart rate) and muscle tension, allowing you to run more efficiently. There’s lots more research needed to confirm that idea, but for now, it’s a pretty low-risk intervention to try. Maybe someone will even smile back. — Smiling Makes You a More Efficient Runner
I was thinking just the other day that I've not seen much in the way of changes or enhancements to Strava other than the odd tweak here and there. I was starting to get the feeling that they were taking peep's cash and keeping things ticking over whilst sponsoring events and athletes in the name of growing their brand without actually offering any new features or enhancements to their paying users. Continue reading →
I've been struggling with tender achilles and heels ever since Comrades and really haven't managed to get back into full swing running as a result. That is until I discovered this exercise… Continue reading →
The time has come for me to acknowledge that I'm not worthy of being called a barefoot runner anymore 😞, and haven't been for quite some time. Accordingly, it appropriate that it's about time I change the name and domain of this site. I've changed a few colours here and there and optimised the site a bit too.
I'll continue writing all about running as I find things interesting and will still keep barefoot, natural and minimalist running in my repertoire, it'll just no longer be the name of this site.
Earlier this year I was in the market for a new pair of zero-drop racing flats to replace my last pair of aging and very thoroughly worn Inov-8 Road X-treme 138s. I searched the net high and low and didn't find very much so I turned to Twitter… Continue reading →
With just short of 2600km of dedicated training and racing over six months in my legs, I embarked upon the final test of all my training, and the ultimate purpose of it all: the Comrades Marathon, and what a fantastic race and event it was. Continue reading →