A Runner’s Life

A Runner’s Life

By Marcus Brown
Capturing the conversations that Runner’s have and matter to them. The podcast is hosted by Marcus @themarathonmarcus and he explores the topics around training, racing and the impact running has on our day to day life’s.
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#16 - Alison Désir - Mom, Athlete, Activist, Mental health coach, founder of running collectives

A Runner’s Life

#16 - Alison Désir - Mom, Athlete, Activist, Mental health coach, founder of running collectives

A Runner’s Life

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#20 - Jan Corcoran
This conversation is with sub 3 hour marathoner Jan Corcoran, who started running marathons back in 2015 and completed her first marathon in that same year with a time of 3:43.44.  Five years and six marathons later and she has lowered that Marathon time to 2:52.39. In February 2020 she finished 2nd in the 50k National Championships / Donadea 50k in a time of 3:34.13 and achieved the International A Standard and could now run 50K over 10 minutes faster than her first Marathon (42.2K).  She has since been selected to run on the Women’s Team at the Anglo Celtic Pate. She was preparing to take part in her first 100k Race when she represents Ireland at the Anglo Celtic Plate in Boddington, England which has been postponed due to CV19. You can follow Jan on: Instagram @jantastic2  Facebook @Jan-tastic and Twitter @jantastic22  #jantasticjourney
1:22:51
June 1, 2020
#19 - David Wyeth
This conversation is with marathoner David Wyeth, who started running marathons in adulthood. What comes across is his focus and diligence which he used to train for his first marathon in under 3 hours, whilst juggling training around family and work. His drive and determination to give his best effort in races and push his limits is clear. As a such he is known for one of the most memorable finishes of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM). Where he had given his all and was struggling towards the end. It was at this moment that Matthew Rees and David captured a moment of true sportsmanship, and we speak about this dramatic joint finish which is forever an iconic moment of the VMLM. We speak about the setback at the 2019 Boston Marsthon, to learn how he refocused and returned to run his current marathon PR of 2:37:29, at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon which is a tough course, finishing 148 of 53,520 runners. David is a talented runner but he gets the work done, and I’m looking forward to seeing the development of his marathon journey.
1:25:26
May 28, 2020
#18 - Knox Robinson
Knox Robinson ran competitively at Wake Forest before moving to New York to work in music, where he managed indie artists and served as editor-in-chief of the music culture magazine, The Fader. Following the birth of his son he returned back to running, in a big way. He is a coach of Nike+ Run Club in New York City, captain and co-founder of Black Roses NYC run collective and a top 100 finisher in the New York City Marathon.  We spoke about the time he spent with Dr Maya Angelou at university, we also discussed his running journey. It was a real privilege talking and learning from him. You can follow him on Instagram under @FirstRun
1:27:58
May 25, 2020
#17 - The Runner’s Identity
Having a strong identity as a runner, in and of itself, isn’t a negative trait. In fact, it‘s an advantage when we are healthy and running well because being all in on achieving our goals can propel us toward being our best. However the pitfall comes when we allow our sense of purpose to fully hinge on our success, or lack thereof, as a runner.  By not holding our passion for running with a well-rounded sense of purpose, spanning all aspects of our entire being can bring mental challenges, during CV19, injuries, a race that didn’t go to plan etc. In this conversation, with Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein, we explore the ideas behind the runners identity, and give advice of how runner’s can positively deal with the challenges faced during CV19.
1:09:14
May 21, 2020
#16 - Alison Désir - Mom, Athlete, Activist, Mental health coach, founder of running collectives
Alison's nickname is Powdered Feet, which comes from the Haitian Kreyol, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world, and by The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans ages 25 to 45. Alison is a mom, endurance athlete, activist, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, author and mental health advocate, who is passionate about community, mental health and fitness. Her impact on community and culture is wider then just running. There’s so much that’s she’s done, that we could of spoken about. However for this interview, I focused mainly on her recent article titled “Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World’’ for Outside Magazine which I’d recommend everyone to read. The link is below. https://www.outsideonline.com/2413115/ahmaud-arbery-murder-whiteness-running-community#close This article covers the division of race within the running community, and it has resonated with so many and myself. Links Instagram: @alisonmdesir Website: http://alisonmdesir.com She is hosting a series of free virtual fitness and mental health dvents called Find Meaning Through Movement. To sign up, click the link: https://www.meaningthrumovement.com
48:46
May 18, 2020
#15 - Race directors - How are they navigating CV19?
As runners, we‘re feeling a range of different emotions as races are postponed or cancelled. This episode aims to give an insight into what race directors are experiencing, as the events and sporting industries have paused due to CV19.   In episode 13, I spoke to Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events regarding the 40th Virgin Money London Marathon, to get an insight into the challenges that his team and their global partners face, in organising international races in a changing landscape.   In this episode, I speak to Matt Wood a co-founder of Run Through, a popular UK based series of races for varied distances across the U.K. Pre CV19 they held approx. 2 races per week. I also spoke to Sam Heward co-founder of Ultra X who organise a series of global ultra races in various locations including Mexico, the Azores, Jordan, Sri Lanka, to name a few. This episode will give further insight from a race directors perspective, in regards to the current climate. Run Through https://www.runthrough.co.uk Ultra X https://ultra-x.co Marcus - Instagram: @themarathonmarcus  -  https://instagram.com/themarathonmarcus/ -Website: https://marathonmarcus.com
1:09:49
May 13, 2020
#14 - Liz Warner, Run to Reach - 30 Marathons before turning 30 to support NGOs that empower women
Runner and philanthropist Liz Warner is running 30 international marathons, before turning 30 in June 2020. She plans to cover 786 miles, and raise $100,000 for women-focused international organisations.  We dive into why she runs, then why she started the challenge, plus explore the logistics of putting this challenge together. Liz has completed 28 marathons before CV19 and is planning to finish the final 2 virtually. To get involved for the Run to Reach Virtual Marathon ‪on May 24th‬ - the details are below. However you don’t have to run a full marathon, all distances are welcome. I’ll be doing my normal training run to support. Use hashtag #R2RVirtualMarathon, tag @runtoreach to get involved.  The Run to Reach, 30 in 30 challenge partners with 20 local Non-Governmental Organisation’s. Each one empowers women in it’s community to become independent, take control of their futures and fight in the face of vulnerability and discrimination. An example of this is Free to Run, which currently operates in Iraq and Afghanistan, where in 2018 it made connections with over 500 girls from various ethnic backgrounds, conducted nearly 700 sports sessions, led over 250 leadership seminars, and organised 22 volunteer sessions in 4 provinces across the country. In a country ranked among the world’s lowest for educational opportunities, life expectancy, health, and access to justice, Free to Run is paving the way for women and girls to make strong impacts in their communities.  Links: Liz Warner  Virtual race: https://runtoreach.typeform.com/to/bmhHt5  https://www.instagram.com/runtoreach/  http://runtoreach.com/about/  To donate: https://fundly.com/runtoreach

1:20:24
May 11, 2020
#13 - Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events
This Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) is the biggest one day charity event in the world, in 2019 it raised £66m. Since it’s inception in 1981 over £1billion has been raised for charitable causes. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic it was postponed. After running 3:00:19 in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon, the 40th VMLM was my next race attempt to break the sub 3 hour marathon. However what’s clear is racing for times and personal goals, isn’t a priority right now. As societies collective priorities have changed. Health and wellbeing are now first place. A positive thing to reflect on, is the current fundraising initiative, the 2.6 challenge https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/ in which people can complete a task comprising the numbers two and six. The aim is to support charities whose incomes have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode I spoke to Hugh Brasher the Event Director of London Marathon Events. What is clear is he wants to do the best for society, for the integrity of sport, and honour the core principles of the VMLM, started by his father Chris and John Disley. This conversation provides an insight into the challenges that his team and their global partners face, in organising international races in a changing landscape. This podcast will give you further insight from a Race Directors perspective, if you were taking part in VMLM or a similar event.
48:45
May 7, 2020
#12 - Aoife Cooke, Irish National Marathon Champion, 2:32:34
Aoife Cooke had a promising junior Cross Country career that brought her to Arkansas Tech on a scholarship. She initially had success at college, but she struggled with osteopenia, the resulting injuries cut her college time short and she returned home. With the pause in her running career, she dropped off the radar, and she went through a challenging time as her running future looked uncertain. We dive into this and explore the steps, she took to have run the fastest marathon ever run by an Irish woman in Ireland in Dublin 2019 2:32:34. Coached by John Starrett, she has run the 5th fastest marathon time ever recorded by an Irish female runner. Her goal following Dublin is to achieve Olympic qualification. She needed more than motivation, to be the runner she is today. And I know you’ll leave this conversation feeling inspired.
1:40:06
May 4, 2020
#11 - Karina Junker, Hollywood Actress & 18 time Marathoner and Pacer
Karina Junker is best known as a succesful actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after voice-over artists. She is graduate of Columbia University and has a master's degree in clinical psychology. Junker had to overcome tremendous odds in her 20's. Her mother, Leticia Junker, was involved in an automobile accident in 2004 that left her in a vegetative state for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, Leticia passed away from complications in 2013. However, Karina attributes her extremely hard work and ethic to this tragedy and has expressed that had it not been for her mother's car accident, she would not be the person she is today.  This significant event was a key factor in her starting her running journey, combined with working in Hollywood. This means that she is very practical, positive and a resilient person. She takes these fundamentals into her running. She's an 18-time marathoner, a pacer for the New York Road Runners and a former pacer for the LA Marathon. Junker has ran over thirty races around the world, including TCS New York City Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon,  LA Marathon, Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, BMW Frankfurt Marathon, Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon, Chevron Houston Marathon, among many others. You can follow her journey on Instagram @karinajunker
1:11:32
April 30, 2020
#10 - Heidi Bye Svartangen, Ultra Runner, Entrepreneur, Mum, Healthcare Professional, Race Director
Heidi’s running mantra is to enjoy the journey, and to live life as the great adventure that it is. She has a super positive and optimistic outlook on life. We discuss her ultra running journey, including a 100 mile race, lessons learnt and kit advice for various multi stage races including the 2018 Half Marathon des sables Peru which we both took part in. Whilst being a Mum and owner/practitioner of a successful animal muscle therapy practice, she’s also a race director. Due to CV19 she is hosting a virtual race in absence of the planned race called Elevation Ultra 2020. The plan is to cover 45k over several days, with the aim to get as much elevation, as possible over the set distance. It’s happening between May 7-10 or June 5-7 click the link to find out more. https://www.hoyjordrundtogrundt.no/elevation-ultra-virtual-race/
1:11:36
April 27, 2020
#9 - How you can run more efficiently, with Coach Mike Antoniades
Mike Antoniades is the founder & Director of The Running & Movement School. In this conversation we dive into why he started the business. Mike’s passion really comes across as he looks to make each person he works with, be the best and most efficient runner that they can be. Mike has over 35 years coaching experience working with elites through to everyday runners and kids. We dive into what makes an efficient running technique, the myths of foot strike, the impact of technology and shoes on running. We also cover strength work and mobility tips that you can do today. To help you run more efficiently the Running & Movement School will be offering 20% off their analysis sessions online and in store, you can use the code: runnerslife20 Online: https://myrunningschool.com/courses/online-analysis/ In store: https://runningschool.com/product/biomechanical-running-analysis/
1:10:21
April 23, 2020
#8 - Winthrope Wellington, 2:43 Marathoner
Winthrope @throp ran a 2:43 marathon PB at the 2019 Boston Marathon. He’s also recorded a half marathon PB of 1:19 and run a 17:06 5k. In this conversation we dive into how he did this, discussing the bumps in the road, the mindset developed. We cover his nutrition and race day fuelling that’s brought him success. Plus he talks about the impact that his father has on his running. Episode #8 is available on Podcast platforms including Apple podcast, Spotify, Anchor etc. This episode is supported by Maurten. If you want to win 1x @maurten_official 160 Drink Mix box (18 servings worth €39.20) answer this question, which is answered in this episode. What 3 exercises did Winthrope’s father do in the morning? Once you know the answer, direct message me on Instagram @themarathonmarcus and I’ll pick a random winner by May 3.
1:25:40
April 21, 2020
#7 - Amritpal Ghatora, 2:51 Marathoner & Six Star Finisher
As of April 2020 there’s a total of 6,611 Abbotts six star world marathon major finishers, there’s 667 finishers from the UK, I earned it in 2018 and I’m joined by fellow UK six star finisher Amrit (2019). We’ve had the opportunity to run together and I’m inspired by what he has done and how he goes about things. He’s gone from a 4:42 marathon down to a 2:51. We dive into how he did this, discussing the bumps in the road, the mindset developed. We cover his nutrition and race day fuelling that’s brought him success. Plus we talk about the influence his wife has had to make him a better runner. Follow his running journey on Instagram, check out his profile @amritpalghatora 💥Competition time💥 If you want to win 1x @maurten_official Gel 100 box (12 gels worth €40.32) answer this question, which is answered in this episode with Amrit. What does Amrit eat and drink for breakfast on the day of the marathon? Once you know the answer, direct message me on Instagram @themarathonmarcus and I’ll pick a random winner by 26/4/2020 (original date of the London Marathon).
1:21:02
April 21, 2020
#6 - Ian Morgan, Ultra Runner
I’m in conversation is with ultra runner Ian Morgan who’s based in Chile with his partner Fran. Ian led a conventional life in New Zealand before becoming an athlete, competing in international races. There were a number of significant life events including a heart attack which made him take stock and change direction to the life he leads today. We talk about these areas, the impact of CV19, and the lessons he’s learned in running and life. It was an open conversation and I’m grateful to share it. To listen to the podcast conversation it’s available on iTunes, Spotify and Anchor. Ian’s on Instagram as ian.morgan and his website is www.runtravellove.com
1:14:52
April 21, 2020
#5 - How to reduce anxiety and stay socially connected during CV19 - Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein
This podcast is a conversation with Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein who has over 30 years clinical experience. She has worked in inpatient facilities, psychiatric wards, plus rehab centers in the United States and internationally. She talks about the anxiety created by the coronavirus. She provides insight, understanding and practical solutions to help people on the frontline through to the general public, during this challenging time.
1:17:52
April 21, 2020
#4 - Kieran Alger, Sub 3 Marathoner, Ultra Runner & Running Journalist
I’m in conversation with runner Kieran Alger, he’s run 43 marathons, including breaking the sub 3 marathon. He’s going for the 6 World Marathon Majors medal and Tokyo is his last marathon major left. He’s also run 12 Ultra’s including finishing in the top 100 of the 2015 Marathon des Sables. In this conversation we talk about his running, including the Tokyo marathon which was postponed due to CV19. We discuss his motivations, get an insight into running kit and technology, through his work as a running journalist.
1:01:06
April 21, 2020
#3 - Coronavirus: Physiotherapy Q&A How to become a stronger runner Ft. Adrian D’Costa
In this episode I interview Physiotherapist Adrian D’Costa from R&D Physio. In the first part of the interview Adrian interviews me about how I’m preparing for a postponed race. For the second half I interview Adrian to explore what essential elements runners can implement in their strengthening programme during the CV19 pandemic, to become a stronger runner.
42:43
March 30, 2020
#2 - Coronavirus: How to strengthen your mental focus for your running Ft. Duncan Foster
In this episode I interviewed my performance mindset coach Duncan @dsfcoaching from DSF Coaching. He has worked in coaching, sport science and sport psychology for 15 years. He has worked with runners, athletes, coaches and teams from club level to international level. We firstly discuss the work he does to get his clients to work at their best, and secondly how runners can strengthen their resolve during these unprecedented times. He shares applicable tips that you can use for your running.
57:00
March 27, 2020
#1 - Coronavirus: How to run safely and stay motivated Ft. Coach John
In this episode I interviewed my running coach John Starret, to ask the questions runners have been wondering during these unprecedented times. We discuss: - The ways that runners can stay safe to themselves and those around them. - How they can modify their training to gain results. - How to stay motivated and connected to both their running community and wider community. - What opportunities runners can seize upon and develop. - And much more... John can be contacted via the following: - https://stazzasstable.com - stazzastable1965@gmail.com
41:17
March 24, 2020
Welcome to A Runner’s Life
A short introduction to the podcast, which captures the conversations that Runner’s have and matter to them. The podcast is hosted by Marcus @themarathonmarcus and he explores the topics around training, racing and the impact running has on our day to day life’s.
01:24
March 23, 2020