A podcast where we hear from everyday people who manage to fit running in to their normal day, high achievers, those running for a cause and running personalities that person we all know of but don’t really know their story?
Nick Marvin can lay claim to being a key member of building the Perth Wildcats into the worlds most successful sports teams. It was no fluke as Nick talks us through what it took and what it takes to build a successful culture. Nick shares his story of where his life started and where he is at now.
On this episode we were lucky enough to interview the 9 times and king of comrades Bruce Fordyce. Bruce shared many stories of his journey in running and provided great advice for all runners out there. We also got news this week of the cancellation of comrades so the panel discussed how this has impacted them and what they may change for next year.
David Bryant the catalyst dietitian is back for another epsiode and this time we focus in around nutrition and covid nutrition. Check David out on all the social platforms for more insightful information.
The team are back from episode 11. Another week of running under the belt everybody shares their highlights of the week and how they block out the noise. We were lucky to be joined by Joasia Zakrzewski who shared plenty of wisdom and answered questions.
The Panel is back for Episode 10 of The Road to Comrades. We chat about about highlights of the week, the Comrades decision and then the next experts edition with Coach and Comrades finisher Tina Ingraham.
Episode 9 of the road to Comrades is back with the usual discussions. We also add something new where we will bring in an expert to discuss and take questions on their area of expertise. On this episode we have the coaches corner with Tony Smith a highly accomplished runner in his own right and now a full time running coach. Tony answers questions about planning and goal setting.
The teams back to go through another week in their lives and and talk all things running. We touch on all the usual areas, how adaptable is their training and how do you tackle running solo. As usual follow the guys on strava, their socials, join the Stimulate Run strava club and shoot through any questions you want the team to answer.
Surprise! The team is back for episode 6. We have gone a weekly offering for a couple of weeks with the aim to provide a little escape from the current situation we are all faced with. These episodes will be shorter but weekly means there is not as long a wait. I this episode we discuss every bodies week back as per usual, the explosion of peanut butter slugs, how the virus is impacting everyones running and Jaqui shares info on the Stimulate Run Spotify playlist. As mentioned Tag @stimulatehealth in your pics on instagram & Facebook so we can see where you are joining us from. Share the podcast with others especially in this time where solo running is going to be more common than ever. Join the strava club to keep in touch with other runners in the community https://www.strava.com/clubs/stimulaterunpodcast.
We are back for another episode of Road to Comrades. Darren, Sandy, Jackie and Wayne give us an update of what they have been doing for the last few weeks as they continue to prepare for Comrades 2020. At this stage we have no announcement regarding the cancellation or postponement of the 2020 race so we continue as usual. As mentioned our thoughts go out to those who have had races cancelled and also been impacted by the virus.
Episode 4 of Road to Comrades. We discuss where everybody is at in their training. Darren is asked a couple of listner questions regarding his training. The group discuss a few listener questions relating to the different training for up & down.
We speak about the first quarter of the race and what everybody will be putting in place to get through this section successfully. Couldnt be as detailed with the description so take a look at the YouTube videos for more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5yJFvS8a3g&t=141s
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Jessie and Jordan take us on their journey of how they got to where they are today. Both share what running means to them and what they get from it. Both being qualified Physiotherapists and Jessie a Doctor we speak common mistake people make and how these might be prevented. We discuss their future plans. Check them out on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/42kswiththejs/ and youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUClqGn8ZQ.
Welcome to Episode 3 of the Road to Comrades. Sandy, Darren, Wayne and myself were joined by Jackie Kellerman. Jackie has completed 3 Comrades and will be returning in 2020 as part of the Murray and Robert Elite team.
On this episode we check in to see how everybody is going at the start of February and a few listener questions.
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Cynara Stelenhoef is my guest for this episode. We Sat down at the end of 2019 where Cynara shared her story of being a parent, wife, her introduction to runner and what she has planned for the future.
This was an outdoor interview so it was pretty windy early but stick with it as the wind dies down. We also had a couple of local seagulls drop in for a chat too.
Episode 2 of The Read to Comrades I catch up with Wayne, Sandy and Darren to see how the fortnight has gone since we last spoke.
Wayne speaks about successfully won the Australia Day Ultra 50km race and bounced back well the days after.
Sandy speaks about starting to build consistency and the confidence she got from completing her recent long run.
Darren also speaks about getting consistence, he has started his exercises and he can see an improvement in his running already.
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The Comrades Marathon is the world oldest and largest Ultra Marathon. The direction of the race alternates each year between the "up" run (87 km) starting from Durban and the "down" run (90km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.
For this years race we will have an arm chair ride which will follow the preparation of 3 runners:
Wayne Spies - 9 time finisher and best time of 6:21
Sandy Roux - 11 time finisher and best time of 9:55.
Darren Purnell - Novice.
We will hear from them on a fortnightly basis and check in on how the preparation is going.
Dan like most threw his shoes on in the pursuit to shed some extra kilos and all those years later he is still going. A council ranger by day Dan like many has also fought mental health battles over the years being diagnosed with depression which we discuss and the role he plays in trying to grow awareness. If you see Dan at your local Parkrun or doing his daily 5-10km dont be shy and say hello.
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Like many of the guest before him Andrew has an amazing story. Andrew is a runner, parent and also a fighter after being diagnosed with Lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2017. In the episode Andrew shares the timeline of his battle, how running has helped and what he has learnt about himself along the way.
This is also an episode for the non-runners to have a listen too.
Kat Watt started running as most kids do at little athletics, after a long break she rekindled her love for running once she became engaged and to assist in dropping some post European holiday weight. Fast forward to 2019 Kats progression graph is just going higher and higher in October this year winning the Perth Marathon and achieving the elusive sub 3hr marathon in the process.
Kenyan born Isaac Birir sat down to speak all things running from starting his running in Kenya, heading to Europe to race everything he could to chase Euros and now living in the worlds most isolated city Perth Western Australia. Isaac tells us what running in Kenya is really like, what makes Kenyans so good and why the want has to be there to achieve success. Isaac shares a few tales about his time in Europe where his early plan was to race everything in sight to earn as much money as possible. Isaac has now gone full circle living a very quiet life on the West Coast of Australia and not racing too much at all. Isaac explains how he has had to adopt the real world thinking of race today and back to work tomorrow as he did after winning the 2019 Melbourne Marathon in 2:16:31.
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David shares his journey towards becoming an advanced sports dietitian, his journey as an athlete and shares some wisdom on nutritional practices which the everyday person can follow.
Find David on Instagram and Facebook at The Catalyst Dietitian or visit his website at http://www.catalystdietitian.com.au/.
Hazel Moller has done it all in the world of ultra running – multiple 100 milers, back to back 100 milers, 17 comrades finishes and what she is best know for is 10 comrades in 10 consecutive days for charity. Hazel also was happy to share her journey of running deep into her pregnancy and then going on to complete comrades 7 weeks post birth.
In this episode we go back to where it all started, where she is at today and she shares an exclusive for next year at the end of the episode.
Adrian Fabiankovits is a Perth based distance runner who is also living with cystic fibrosis and diabetes. During our chat we speak about his life with CF, he provides us with information on what CF is and his running life to date.
On this episode I got to chat to Suzanne McMahon about her time growing up in a sports mad family. We talk about the last three years and the emotional and physical challenges she has faced and how she has let her legs do the talking.
Mark Lee we finally got to sit down together it’s been months in the planning. Mark turned pro footballer at the age of 16, won the WA footballer of the year in 2005, spent three years on the Perth glory roster and now runs a successful coaching business. Mark is one of the nicest and most genuine people you will meet and the popularity with people joining his programs shows what people think of what he offers. When it comes to running mark is no slouch running a rapid 5km and 10km while squeezing training into his busy lifestyle. For any parents out there who have kids looking for a soccer or sports program I urge you to take a look at what mark offers.
Former Wallabies and ACT Brumbies rugby player now turned runner. Ben talks about his rugby career, the conversation his parents had with him that turned his career around, his grandmothers advice and his new passion which is running.
Nath and Ash two amazing people who share their story of what running means to them and what running has given them. We talk tips about balance. Nathan and Ashlee speak about sarcoma research which is close to them losing a close friend. To make a contribution to 70.3 for Stoney visit the everyday hero page https://give.everydayhero.com/au/SSAS
Jon share his history in running and where it all began. We speak more in-depth about Jon’s 2019 running year and how he has managed to run 5 marathons, just as many ultras and manages to back up every time.
Jon shares information of an event he has been chosen to be an ambassador for in October. Visit the following website for further event information. http://squashworks.com.au/?page_id=5816
Ryan shares his story of the weight loss roller coaster, how he knew he had to make changes and how he actioned those changes. Ryan speaks about his running journey and his remarkable results to date.
Wayne is a former member of the Australian Army on this episode he shares his story in the military, the challenges serviceman face when returning to civilian life and what more us civilians can do. Wayne discusses how running helped him join a community when his goal was to run away from joining one. Wayne shares his upcoming event that he is a director for and how we can assist in creating awareness for the cause.
Hannah and Allison are two trail runners based out of Sydney who share a love for nature, living life to its full and sharing their experiences with others.
In this episode they both share how they got into trail running, we speak about their careers and also whats still to come.
Look them up on instagram @sydneytrailsisters.
Vlad Ixel professional Trail runner for the North Face Team and coach based in the Perth hills. On this episode we speak to Vlad about how he got into trail running moving away from running to the bottle store for his nightly 6 pack. Vlad also gives some insight into his plant based diet and gives reccomendations to those also looking at going plant based.
Caitriona Jennings holds a Marathon Personal best of 2:36 which qualified her to represent Ireland at the 2012 Olympics. Her most recent achievement is placing Third Female in the Comrades Marathon which is the world’s oldest Ultra Marathon in a time of 6:24:12.
During this Episode I speak to Caitriona about how ecstasy quickly turned to agony during her Olympic marathon due to injuries. Caitriona speaks about her decision to take up rowing in the aim of partnering her sister to an Olympic games.
Caitriona speaks about her professional career and how she balances it with running.
We touch on Comrades with Caitriona providing some insight into life of an elite Comrades runner.
At the end of the interview we are joined by somebody Caitriona met in the closing stages of Comrades during a time she had a real fear of not making it. Wayne Spies was on hand to provide Caitriona with extra motivation to push through to claim her gold medal. The two of them haven’t spoken since that moment on race day so I was glad I could facilitate the reunion which encapsulates the true Comrades Spirit.
Tony is a well known runner and coach in perth. In this episode we talk about his own running specifically his consistency and also his coaching or as he calls it his hobby business. If you are interested in finding out more of Tony’s coaching and running visit his website https:/www.tonysmithruncoaching.com or find him on Instagram and Facebook.
Kevin Matthews aka “Big Kev” as he is known by most sits down to chat all things running, how he got into the sport, the methods he employs to keep his sub 3 streak going and what his running future holds.
Wayne first started his running at high school after his teacher recommended he give it a try. He first attempted the Comrades Marathon as a 18 year old which resulted in a DNF 28 years later he has returned run 6:21. During my chat with Wayne we find out how he managed such a remarkable improvement, what principles he follows, he gives advice for other runners looking at finding improvements and obviously we speak Comrades 2019.
The annual pre-comrades breakfast which takes place every year at the completion of the final longish run before the runners head to Durban. In this bonus episode I talk to some of the runners going over to run comrades this year and year about how their build up has gone.
Refreshing interview with Michael Hayes gone from 120kg to a 16:30 5km and 35 minute 10km. Michael explains how for him running is a vehicle to overall happiness and well-being. We talk about how his passion for fitness, mental well-being and running came about and where he would like to go from here. You can find him on Instagram/Facebook at mental health fitness coach or the_oversized_runner. Michael's future running goal is to one day run a 2:30-2:45 Marathon.
Clint Slomp ultra runner who is training for ultra trail Australia. Client has had a history of mental health in the episode he speak about it, the journey he went on and the journey he is still on today. He speak about his training, what it looks like and how he fits it in. Clint is also the founder of a running group in his local area which attracts around 50 people weekly. Enjoy the episode.