A Run in the Rain.

Our holiday down in Sedgefield is slowly coming to an end. This morning I set out to do a 21 k training run. Sedgefield is a small town, so you need to get out on the main road which links Knysna to George to get that right. I chose to go in the George direction. There is a petrol station on the route which allowed me to pop in and buy a bottle of water to drink along the run. It started to rain just after my petrol station stop.  Continue reading “A Run in the Rain.”


Sedgefield Open Water Swim.

Thoughts on the Sedgefield Swim.

You might have picked up from the last post that we are on holiday now in Sedgefield. Sedgefield has its own lagoon, which makes for some wonderful open water swimming. This year, the mouth is closed. It’s most often open, and that allows its waters to flow into the Indian Ocean. It also means that the lagoon is affected by the ebbs and flows of the sea tide. However, there is none of that this year with the mouth closed. I have done a few swims in the lagoon during this holiday season. The primary reason for these swims is that I am doing the Midmar 8 Mile event again in February, and I have approximately 7 more weeks to train for that.  Continue reading “Sedgefield Open Water Swim.”

First Holiday Run Done.

My first run of my end of year holiday has been done. We as a family have been coming to Sedgefield in the Eastern Cape for several years. I have run most roads in the area over this time. So, here is the thing – while in Jozi, while thinking of my holiday, I imagine my first run here. I love the beach, lagoon, scenery, quaint shops and walks, but when I think of the holiday, I imagine that first run. I guess that is proof of this being more than a sport: it’s an addiction.  Continue reading “First Holiday Run Done.”

What is an ITB injury and how do you recover from it?

IT Band Syndrome is an overuse injury. It is commonly found in both runners and cyclists. The pain most often occurs on the outside of the knee and is very painful. The pain ‘switches’ on and makes running impossible. The pain results from the IT band rubbing against the lateral epicondyle of the knee.   Continue reading “What is an ITB injury and how do you recover from it?”

Ten mistakes I see on a weekly basis – A look at what to do with an injury.

Each week at SBR is different, in that each person that we work with is unique, and yet, each week is the same, in that there are mistakes that I see being repeated on a regular basis when looking after people. And so with that in mind, I want to look at what to do with an injury.  Continue reading “Ten mistakes I see on a weekly basis – A look at what to do with an injury.”

What others have said.

LeRoux ******* Had a 15km training run on Saturday. Did a 10km PB (45:03) within the 15km. After the leg assessment and getting the correct running shoes my times have improved so much, because the niggling injuries is a thing of the past. Thanks Mike.

Hayley ***** Thank you for releasing mine yesterday, Mike!!! Made a huge difference to my back pain – I literally walked out feeling like a new person.  Continue reading “What others have said.”

The Sword of Damocles

I read this story the other day and spent some time during this morning’s run thinking about it. The story is about a man who meets up with his king. The man tells the king how lucky he is to be king. He goes on about his power, throne, food and all the luxuries he enjoys. The king agrees to switch roles with the man for a few days. The man turns up on the designated day to take his place on the throne and sees above the throne a large sword hanging by a hair. He enquires of the king what the sword is all about, obviously not being too keen to take a seat under it. The king explains that he lives his life in constant fear of assassination and that at any moment his kingdom could be snatched from his by his closest political advisers.  Continue reading “The Sword of Damocles”