I am a 71 year old runner who competed intermittently in teenage and young adult life. I achieved national level as a marathon runner, but stopped running in my mid-twenties because hill-walking, mountaineering and all of life’s other activities got in the way. As the years went by, life’s other activities crowded out first the mountaineering and then the hill walking so by the time I reached sixty, I was becoming unfit. In the hope of slowing the rate of decline, while re-establishing some space in my life for time in the open air, I took up running again. By my age I have become very aware of the vulnerability of the body to injury – though in fact it is not just the older runner who faces the risk of injury. I have been impressed by the ideas and achievements of Gordon Pirie, and started this blog to invite comments from other runners on how to apply his ideas to running ‘fast and injury free’ – or at least injury free. I have subsequently expanded the content to cover diverse aspects of the physiology and practice of running.
I have worked as a research scientist in a diverse range of scientific fields over a period of five decades. My PhD is in physics though I have carried out research and published several hundred peer reviewed scientific articles in fields ranging from physics to biochemistry, clincal medicine and neuroscience. My current research is mainly in the field of neuroscience.