Episode 7: Flexibility vs Stiffness & 5km Speed Training

Dec 2, 2013   //   by James Dunne   //    //  No Comments  //  Affiliate Disclosure  

This week, James and Neil discuss the important interplay between mobility and stiffness in runners, as well as speed training for 5km racing, amongst other topics.

Episode Resources

The Demise of British Distance Running

I’ve managed to track down the clip on YouTube from Alex Vero’s documentary containing the comments from Bruce Tulloh, as mentioned in this week’s podcast episode…

‘RUNNING TO THE LIMITS’ – Part 1

‘RUNNING TO THE LIMITS’ – Part 2 – CLICK HERE

‘RUNNING TO THE LIMITS’ – Part 3 – CLICK HERE

More from Bruce Tulloh – CLICK HERE

Dr. Christian Barton – Patellofemoral Pain

Here’s the link to watch Christian’s brilliant presentation on current research into Patellofemoral Pain.

RunBlogger.com – Thanks Pete!

Just a quick ‘tip of the hat’ to Pete Larson of Runblogger.com, who has kindly added our blog to the blogroll on his excellent site.

Well worth a visit. If you’re not already a fan. You will be…

Mobility vs Stiffness

The Lunge Test

With this test, we’re looking for enough ankle dorsiflexion for the tibial angle to reach 35-38 degrees (versus vertical), with the heel still on the ground.

Ian Griffiths gives a great explanation of the Lunge Test in this article on his blog.


Stiffness & Mobility in all the right places…

Neil recorded this video while working with the Kenyan Team before the London 2012 Olympics. It beautifully shows the mobility available at the hips, combined with the ‘spring’ or appropriate ‘stiffness’ at the ankles.

Twitter Question of The Week

This week’s question is all about structuring your sessions to develop 5km speed…

About The Author

James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.

 

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