Sport Scientist Phil Hayes, PhD on How the Science of Running is Changing

Sports science provides data-based evidence related to exercise. How can we make the best use of that information and apply it for ourselves? Today’s podcast episode helps us do just that.

Phil Hayes

Getting to talk to scientist is a special treat of the Strength Running Podcast. We get to dig in to the actionable parts of their research and level up our running.

Science paired with anecdotal evidence drives change in the field. You can see the evolution in how we now understand:

With data often comes the very natural question: but will it work for me? That’s where we have to experiment and see what yields results.

Some of us may have the guidance of a coach, some of us have a community to reach out to, and others may be training on their own. Regardless of your situation, today’s podcast brings new ideas on methods to try and ones to let go of (we’re looking at you, ice baths).

Phil Hayes Sheds Light on the Research Data

Professor Phil Hayes is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University where he spent 14 years as the leader of the Applied Sport and Exercise Science Program. He researches muscle strength and how it affects running performance, form, and injury risk.

Phil is a UK Athletics Level 4 running coach and has experience coaching kids, adults, and world-class athletes. His new book, The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance Running, weaves together sports science and the art of coaching runners.

Today’s conversation is a highlight of those principles and an exploration of how they can be applied. We can all stay up to date on the best practices of the sport and experiment wisely with our sample size of one, as a coach would:

In this episode, we cover many topics from how to structure a training plan to outdated approaches. We talk about:

  • Significant of a training log and which metrics to pay attention to
  • Periodization and progression over time
  • Dynamic warm-ups versus priming activities
  • New frontiers of running such as fatigue resistance

You’re sure to have some great takeaways from this podcast. Check out the full episode below.

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