Tag Archive: running

Knowing I wanted to get back into Ironman Triathlon this year I started to change the way I was training and decided to invest time and money into running. Running used to be my best leg of the triathlon and sadly had slipped to be my worst. I gained some relief that all was not lost when I read this article “You’re only as old as you run” by Tom Sims published September 23rd, 2011 in the New York Times. Given I’m turning forty this year it came as a pleasant surprise to know I’m in the largest growing age category for runners completing marathons.

What particularly resonated with me in this article was the fact that many runners were looking for ways to be lighter, faster and more focused. Of those interviewed, there was a common thread touching on issues like nutrition, mindset, shoe selection and common runners injuries.

Surprisingly there was no comment or even a mention on technique. I’m fascinated that many runners choose to run the way they claim they were born to run. How many swimmers swim the way they were born to. If that was the case there wouldn’t be many swim squads and the mind boggles at how the beginning of a triathlon would look with such a lack of technique.

Part of the dilemma is that many coaches and trainers only look at how to improve running times with fitness, not technique. Obviously there are

those like the ones mentioned in the article world record holders, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie who have enormous talent but what about the other ninety plus per cent, the weekend warriors.

Pose Method of running developed by Dr. Nicholas Romanov may offer some solution. For the last eight months I have been working on my technique using the pose method. I’m running injury free and no longer taking anti-inflammatory medication. I’m in the best running shape of my life. Pose method is simple in theory but does require drill ( see previous post) practice in order to achieve the correct balance of technique. That is pose, fall and pull. Pose refers to the correct running stance, fall is the use of gravity to increase or decrease speed and pull is the term used to describe lifting of the foot with the hamstring.

For those wanting to start running as an enthusiast or for competition take a closer look at pose method, you might surprise yourself.

IsaLean bar

When i recently competed in the Cairns Challenge Ironman i had a hard time with energy, bloating and decided to look for a better option for race day nutrition. Post race reflection lead me to believe that the bar i was using wasn’t the best option for me. I had left it to the last minute to get some bars at the store and i guess so did everyone else. So i grabbed the last few remaining bars.

I had been eating the bars (sometimes its nice to chew something) on the bike preparing for the run. As i started to get some rhythm in the run, i noticed how bloated i felt. The first part of the run is quite exposed through the cane fields onto the highway and into town for the last part which consists of 3 laps then onto the finish line. I found it difficult to take on fluid and stay hydrated, i just wasn’t comfortable and it was hot.

When i started looking for options i came across Isagenix and their range  for athletes. I found some amazing products.

Years ago i had immersed myself in the 40/30/30 mindset when looking at how i balanced my dinner plate,but never found an off the shelf sports product that met the percentages. 40/30/30 is a trademark of the popular “Zone Diet” by Dr Barry Sears and the hunter/gatherer diet from the paleolithic era. 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30 % fat approximately.

Finally Isagenix have come up with some great tasting products that are nutrient dense and easy on the stomach. The IsaLean Bar has many flavors available and they are 40/30/30 . Awesome.

Below is a PDF comparing the nutritional value with Powerbar. Enjoy.