DIARY: Irish Times coverage

Today’s blog post which was supposed to be all about my last few weeks of “technical training” and exciting “old school” sessions such as today’s 10x1 km reps with 30 second drill intervals. Instead I wanted to share my excitement that ChampionsEverywhere was featured in today’s edition of The Irish Times.

2013-10-15 19.16.01The article “Putting my best foot forward to embrace natural running” has already been published online and is written by John Collins who attended the first day of our last weekend workshop (“Masters of Running” in September). With the next workshop having almost filled up with a month to go, you could forgive me for taking a second to lean back and reflect on the hard work our team has put in over the last two years to get to this point. But that would be poor timing on my part: we launched this program because we think it has the potential to end the injury scourge among runners – but to succeed what we teach needs to be made even more accessible in the future and our numbers need to continue to grow, because running is a social sport. National coverage like this is very welcome, but for the team and I, it’s not so much a case of “job well done” as “now the real work begins”.

Make the journey shorter

When you start a new project with a mixed team that all have to shoulder multiple commitments, progress does not always happen at the pace you wish.  For every well-wisher you meet detractors but you cannot be discouraged if you believe what you are doing is worth doing. If I had a genie in a lamp with three wishes, then every coach in the world would be equipped with the skillset to teach quality movement and we would have thousands of runners on every street running rhythmically and erect like Kenyans and purchasing broomstick handles as part of their standard kit.

But there are no genies. All you can do is keep refining the process by which you create consistent results a a coach or educator. This process never end – no process is ever perfect. People are quick to point this out with new processes and quick to forget it with old processes (such as stretching). As a coach, you can always make the journey shorter and easier for those who decide to go on the path. You will also have to accept that some people will simply never agree to walk the path you propose for them. That’s the work that lies ahead of us – how we can we make it even easier for every runner to get back the skillset they were born with. I cannot promise you that I and the other members of this team will succeed-  but I can promise you that we’ll continue to do what we have done so far – devote an obsessive amount of time to figuring out the methods and processes to get there!