Category Archives: Darren Barclay

Running Economy Part II – Biomechanical Factors

In a previous article, we presented the topic of running economy (RE) and how important it is for both elite and recreational runners. Running economy is a complex, multifactorial concept that combines metabolic, cardiorespiratory, biomechanical (movement) and neuromuscular characteristics during submaximal effort. By improving your RE, you will be rewarded with more enjoyable running for many years.…

Why Should I Care About Running Economy?

Running is a popular recreational and fitness activity enjoyed by hundreds of millions or people around the world. Its accessibility is arguably only surpassed by walking in terms of financial investment, equipment and skill required to reap its rewards. The rewards of cardio vascular exercise are many, and well documented. As in life, were there is reward there is risk, and the most common risk from running participation is the development of an overuse injury.…

How to Choose Your Child’s Shoes

A new school term often means new school shoes are necessary for your children. Children’s feet can grow fast, often going through as many as 20 shoe sizes! Ensuring that you chose the proper shoe can help reduce the risk of painful complication such as in grown nails, blisters, and bunions. Here is a quick overview of a child’s foot and some tips on getting your child fitted for good quality shoes.…