Category Archives: Body

Sprint training for endurance athletes

For most endurance athletes sprinting is what they last did playing wing for the fighting fifths in high school. The closest thing they get to it now is that annual corporate ‘friendly’ game of touch rugby or field hockey. Unfortunately, that feeling of reliving their glory days is soon replaced with a prayer to some […]

Desire and letting go … two paradoxically essential ingredients for victory

For a number of years now, Meg has been trying to convince me to run the Mnweni marathon (actually 38km) and finally this year things panned out and I managed to get out to the Drakensberg to finally see what she has been talking about. While my race most certainly does not validate a race […]

The lost art of Fartlek

Building on the concept of the intuitive runner is the topic of Fartlek or speed play. Fartlek sessions are one of our favourite tools in assisting athletes in becoming more intuitive with their running. True Fartlek teaches the athlete to learn to run on ‘feel’ and to ‘play’ with speed. A common mistake coaches and […]

The HR monitor and the journey to become an intuitive runner

As coaches we are often asked why it’s important to use a heart rate monitor when they join the Run Project. For athletes of all abilities this can be quite a scary prospect. We typically try to break down our rationale depending on the athletes running background. Inexperienced athletes with a short history of endurance […]

A daily movement practice: a step towards anti-fragility

‘Anti-fragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.’ Most runners view strength and mobility work as a necessary tool to minimize the risk of injury and perhaps even improve their performance. Very few, however, prioritize some form of daily movement practice as a way to […]

The Importance of a coach during the off-season

Many athletes struggle with the off-season. Getting the balance right between recovery and keeping some level of fitness and conditioning is tough for anyone. The reality is that, like all things in coaching, there is no one size fits all approach. Every individual is different and depending on the type of running you are partaking […]