Women are not great 5k runners?

Of course a controversial title. I’m watching the Women’s Olympic Marathon (London 2012) and they’ve just gone through the 5km mark in 17:20. And Brendan Foster says they’re running at ‘not a quick pace’. So the next time you’re commenting on others’ peformances remember that. On that token I wish I was a ‘not great’…

Barefoot Running and Proprioception

People will often use barefoot running (which involves normally wearing minimally protective shoes) and forefoot running synonymously. Forefoot running means essentially landing on your toes first. <Here> is a link to [Proprioception-Making-Sense-of-Barefoot-Running] an introduction to this topic in more detail, written by a “barefoot shoe” manufacturer. I have tried such shoes on a treadmill and…

5k parkrun – well off my PB…why?

Today wasn’t one of my most glorious performances. I managed a sneaky PB in around October last year. I’ve been training reasonably well since then. Certainly enough to have improved. Yet today I knew that I had only managed a long run 6 days previously. And before that I’d been focusing on building up my…