Category Archives: Mind

Building the toolbox

“Thus I urge you to go onto your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do.” – Percy Cerruty As runners we often obsess over needing to tick certain training boxes, whether it’s intervals, hill repeats, a tempo run or a […]

I am not remotely interested in just being good

“We are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.” Vince Lombardi A little over a year ago one of our […]

Under-Trained and Over-Prepared

While geeking out over running videos on YouTube, I came across a team of elite runners in the US called the Tinman Elite. They were talking about the concept of being undertrained and over-prepared. The reference came about when they were asked about the training philosophy of the group and their coach Tom ‘Tinman’ Schwartz. […]

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 […]

Goals: when to keep at them and when to let them go

I’m a huge fan of having a goal or multiple goals. And as my own coach – David – has taught me, the bigger and scarier the goal, the better! I’m also a massive believer in being persistent, dedicated, determined and doing things ‘all in’ with as much self-belief and courage that can be gathered […]

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 […]