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A Runner’s Life

A Runner’s Life

By Marcus Brown

Capturing the conversations that runner’s have offline and matter to them.

The podcast is hosted by Marcus @marcus_runs and he explores the topics around training, racing and the impact running has on our day to day life’s.
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#150 - Jonathan Albon - Training insights that will improve the amateur runner
#150 - Jonathan Albon - Training insights that will improve the amateur runner
In episode 150, I spoke to British professional runner and coach Jonathan Albon. We talk about; His reflections after defending his title at the World Trail Running Championships in Thailand. How living in Norway has influenced his training in application and philosophy. Training with Kílian Jornet and sharing one workout that you can try. Looking at the nuance of the 80/20 rule for runners. Talking not getting stuck in fashionable training methods and what are the key principles that amateurs can learn from the elites. Advice for specific marathon training including strengthening work. Plus lots more. You can follow Jon on Instagram at @jonalbon Thank you to everyone that supports this podcast and this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. You can support the show by becoming a patreon at www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:11:19
February 04, 2023
#149 - Fiona English - Changing the Boston Marathon deferral policy
#149 - Fiona English - Changing the Boston Marathon deferral policy
In episode 149, I spoke with Fiona English who posted an open letter to the Boston Marathon in January 2023 to ask them to review their deferral policy, for women like herself who earned a Boston Qualifying (BQ) entry before becoming pregnant. The Boston marathon and the qualifying time is held in high regard globally. After running 17 marathons, through hard work and determination, she qualified running a BQ time at Paris Marathon in April 2022 running 3:27:05, after running 5:47 for her first marathon. When this podcast was recorded, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) policy had a strict no deferral policy. However during the recording of the podcast unbeknownst to Fiona and I, the B.A.A. posted on Instagram noting they changed their policy to allow for entry deferral post pregnancy. This is thanks to everyone that spoke following the post, but more importantly the pioneers before that made this final push possible. There’s definitely more that needs to be done, one of those things is focused on the remaining three marathon majors, to follow suit in having progressive deferral policies. Further information on resources to create a level start line for women include: She Races https://www.sheraces.com &Mother https://andmother.org You can follow Fiona on Instagram at @englishruns Thank you to everyone that supports this podcast and this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. You can support the show by becoming a patreon at www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
43:51
January 25, 2023
#148 - What to Know About Running and Your Heart with Dr Harkin
#148 - What to Know About Running and Your Heart with Dr Harkin
In episode 148, I speak with Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC Cardiologist, and Founder of Whole Heart Cardiology. This episode came about from using the Apple Watch, which has health features to help the users, monitor heart rate to alert you if it’s too high or low. Last year my Apple Watch notified me several times of an irregular heart rhythm, with a heart rate under 40bpm. Dr Harkin and I talk about the role that technology has to empower people with their health information. If you’re a fan of technology wearables and you’re concerned about your own heart health, this is the episode for you. We clear up some myths and leave you with some tangible action points to empower you moving forward. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife You can follow Dr Harkin via text following channels: Instagram: nicoleharkinmd Website: www.wholeheartcardiology.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/wholeheartcardiology LinkedIn: http://us.linkedin.com/in/nicole%5C-harkin
45:32
January 07, 2023
#147 - Andy Waterman - Lessons from a sub 2:40 marathoner
#147 - Andy Waterman - Lessons from a sub 2:40 marathoner
In episode 147, I speak with Andy Waterman Andy is a runner and journalist who heads up the editorial output at Tracksmith. Having returned to running in his 30s, in 2022 he ran PBs in the mile and the marathon, going sub-2:40 at Berlin. We talk about training, the importance of having mates help spot you in your training, to see your blindsides. Plus so much more including why there’s been a dip in the popularity of running. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife You can follow Andy on instagram by searching: watermandy Or you can follow him on Strava. https://www.strava.com/athletes/104389
01:11:14
December 22, 2022
#146 - Valencia Marathon Sub 3 - Diary of the weekend
#146 - Valencia Marathon Sub 3 - Diary of the weekend
In episode 146, I give an unfiltered account of my race weekend, pre and post race. I talk about some of the challenges in the buildup and reflect on the race and share what is next for me race wise. Thank you to Tracksmith and my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
18:29
December 07, 2022
#145 - Ask me anything episode hosted by Matt Chittim
#145 - Ask me anything episode hosted by Matt Chittim
In episode 145, I speak with Matt Chittim host of the Rambling Runner Podcast, in this ask me anything episode. We are team-mates for Relay a collaborative paid platform hosted by elite athletes and running creators, who produce regular running content each month, check out this link to sign up for $9. https://www.patreon.com/relay This episode is a full free sample from this platform. We discuss and answer questions submitted via Instagram stories, in this ask me anything episode. Thank you to Tracksmith and my patreons who support the show.
39:09
November 28, 2022
#144 - Corey Joyner - Your best days are ahead
#144 - Corey Joyner - Your best days are ahead
In episode 144, I speak with Corey Joyner. In the last 4 years he has taken his marathon time from 5:01 to 2:52. We connect shortly after his 2022 Chicago marathon PR. Sport is a huge parallel to life for Corey. The same principles of success apply. So beyond race times we really dive into what a runners life means to him, and we explore several ways, where he has learnt and grown through difficult moments in life and in running. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
53:49
November 19, 2022
#143 - Which is the best race of the six World Marathon Majors?
#143 - Which is the best race of the six World Marathon Majors?
In episode 143, I recently conducted a poll on my Instagram page and asked what was the best race from the six World Marathon Majors. The results from the poll were as follows. London NYC Chicago & Berlin Boston Tokyo  As a six star finisher, I will use my experience of all six races to add some balance to the comments from the polls in the episode. But this episode is a light hearted take on reviewing the races. It is an impossible argument to agree, because each race means something special to that runner, but what I can say, regardless of the major you run, you will have a phenomenal experience. Let me know your thoughts on the order and if you agree or not, by reaching me on Instagram at @marcus_runs
23:54
November 08, 2022
#142 - Kate Jayden, world record holder, & endurance athlete tells her story about neurodiversity
#142 - Kate Jayden, world record holder, & endurance athlete tells her story about neurodiversity
In episode 142, I speak with British endurance athlete Kate Jayden who raised more than £35,000 for Trussell Trust, The Hygiene Bank and The Refugee Council. And in the process she achieved the Guinness World Record for completing the most marathons in consecutive days, running 106 total marathons. Whilst this was never the aim, we explore why she started this challenge. Although this is a running podcast, most of the podcast we don’t actually talk about running. We explore our neurodiverse experiences living in a neurotypical world. This is one of my favourite podcast conversations that I’ve had. As it shines a light on things that we typically don’t speak about in the running community. Following the 106 challenge a MRI scan discovered that Kate completed most of the challenge with a fractured knee. We touched upon it in the conversation, but I wish Kate the very best in the recovery process, and thank her for speaking so openly in this conversation. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife 
01:14:10
October 29, 2022
#141 - Coaching Simon Fearon to his first Sub 3 hour marathon
#141 - Coaching Simon Fearon to his first Sub 3 hour marathon
In episode 141, I speak with Simon Fearon an athlete I’ve been coaching and working with. We reflect on the journey to running his first sub 3 hour marathon at the 2022 London Marathon. And we discuss what’s next. We talk about the buildup, the race and the aftermath. Whilst there’s some serious parts of the conversation, there’s also some funny moments showing the behind the scenes of a coach and athlete relationship. In regards to diversity it is important for me to get other diverse people into the sport, so when the opportunity to coach another black runner, who wanted to run a sub 3 hour marathon came about, I had to take it up. To provide some context, in 2021 I ran the London Marathon in 3:00:06, and understandably I was disappointed. But things happen for a reason. In 2022 I helped Simon run his first sub 3 in 2:57 and I ran my first London sub 3 in 2:58 (Taking into account this was a week after running sub 3 at the Berlin Marathon). Thank you to Simon for the opportunity to be part of your journey! Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patreons who support the show. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
47:58
October 21, 2022
#140 - Joan Benoit Samuelson and Liz Yelling - London Marathon 2022
#140 - Joan Benoit Samuelson and Liz Yelling - London Marathon 2022
In episode 140, I speak with Joan Benoit Samuelson and Liz Yelling at the London Marathon 2022. Thanks to Abbotts Global for providing the opportunity to do this. In this episode we speak about Advice to new and experienced runners of the London marathon. Mental tips and tricks that can be used in the final 10K of the marathon. Advice post marathon to manage potential marathon blues. Joan’s role as a pioneer in the sport and talking about who inspired her. Advice to young people and parents getting into running. Key lessons that running has taught Joan in the last 12 months. I ask both about what parts of running today, make them feel excited, and where would they like to see running go in the future. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patrons who support the show. Please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com I captured my some key moments in my Berlin and London Marathon training in my YouTube series, below is an episode recap. Episode 1 Berlin Marathon - Course Tips and Overview - https://www.dropbox.com/t/zkJO1GgWQSteKmBJ Episode 2 Berlin Marathon - Nutrition Tips with Laura Tilt (Registered Dietitian) - https://youtu.be/kwJLqiK3cJs Episode 3 Berlin Marathon - Find my marathon pace with a Pro Lactate Threshold test - https://youtu.be/JfJ59gYNi_U Episode 4 Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 LONG TERM REVIEW - Berlin Marathon Training - https://youtu.be/ubnkx_klpjQ Episode 5 I ran 2 Sub 3 hour marathons in 7 days (Berlin & London) Ft Eliud Kipchoge, Joan Benoit, Liz Yelling - https://youtu.be/Jm15VxdfzxE
41:35
October 08, 2022
#139 - Running to reclaim the streets and beyond with Alice Light
#139 - Running to reclaim the streets and beyond with Alice Light
In episode 139, I speak with Alice Light, a runner who is soon to be an Integrative Health coach and nutritionist. You can follower her on Instagram @alice.light.731 she is soon launching www.byalicelight.com where you can find information about her journey and work. This episode carries a trigger warning talking about rape, suicide and mental health. Don’t worry, we don’t go into too much detail in respect of the three points.  But if this is an uncomfortable topic for you, please be mindful of this. If any of the topics relate to you, please do take care of yourself and get the help that you need. Please don’t suffer in silence. Speak to someone. In this episode, we go back to the start and talk about Alice’s background. We then move onto the challenges that she has encountered. We then conclude with where she is today and the amazing steps that she’s taking forward in her life. It is a really inspiring conversation which shows how running, or movement can be the base for people to grow and express themselves in other areas of their life. Thank you to Tracksmith, who supported this episode and thank you to my patrons who support the show. Please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
01:22:47
September 27, 2022
#138 - Berlin Marathon - The Buildup
#138 - Berlin Marathon - The Buildup
This podcast was recorded six days out from the Berlin marathon. I discuss the build up, my marathon block, lessons learned from my last marathon, nutrition, race day plans, current news and much more. In the second half of the podcast I speak with Philipp Baar, who has a marathon PR of 2:16. In this episode we talk about his new role as the Berlin Adidas Captain. Philipp shares some great course tips for those running the Berlin marathon, plus he shares an interesting point of the course that you might want to look out for! In this conversation with Philipp we talk about running drills, click the link below to see five running drills that you can add to your routine before you tackle a workout or a race. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiVYvGHK12J/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY= I recorded this interview with Philipp live in Berlin a few weeks back, I am currently preparing for the Berlin Marathon and I did a course recce, I did a short YouTube video (link below) providing 5 key tips for people running it titled: Berlin Marathon - Course Tips and Overview https://youtu.be/-4-lmen6hr8 There are several other episodes of the YouTube series, covering nutrition, and how I work out my pace by taking a lactate threshold test etc. So be sure to take a look. I also mention the new work I’m doing with Relay, it’s a new platform paid platform that I’m working with other content creators to bring more value to the running community. Click https://www.patreon.com/relay to listen to the podcast with 2.20 marathoner Nick Bester. Photo credit: @berlinmarathon Thank you’s! Thank you to all everyone that listens and supports the podcast. Standard! You're all amazing! Thank you to the supporters of the podcast from the Patreons to the sponsors including Tracksmith. You can use the discount code Marcus15 to get $15 off of your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. In preparation for the London and Berlin marathons head over to https://www.tracksmith.com to find out and join the marathon activations. Tracksmith will open there second store, located at 23-25 Chiltern Street in London's Marylebone, the store will open its doors on Friday, 30 September. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
30:59
September 20, 2022
#137 - How to fuel your marathon training with Laura Tilt (Registered Dietitian)
#137 - How to fuel your marathon training with Laura Tilt (Registered Dietitian)
In episode 137, I speak with Laura Tilt who is a Registered Dietitian, health writer, brand consultant, author of Get Gutsy and creator of The Gut Loving Podcast. You can follower her on Instagram @nutritilty In this episode we talk about: The essentials runners need to consider for marathon training Clearing nutrition myths What a typical training week looks like (using me as example) How to plan your nutritional needs for the last week of your marathon Plus much more. This episode is supported by SportsShoes as I prepare for the 2022 Berlin Marathon. Have a look at episode 1 titled: Berlin Marathon - Course Tips and Overview In this episode I provide some on-site course tips live from Berlin to help you run your best Berlin marathon. You can watch it by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/-4-lmen6hr8 This episode with Laura is featured in episode 2, as I detail my training which includes running the Big Half marathon where I earned a PB. Please have a look at the resources below noted in the conversation IOC booklet for athletes https://www.olympicsil.co.il/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/EN-Nutrition-Booklet.pdf Gatorade sports science institute https://www.gssiweb.org/en/sports-science-exchange/all/carbohydrate My sports science website e.g. hydration https://www.mysportscience.com/blog/categories/hydration Sports dietitians Australia factsheets https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/ Calculate sweat rate https://www.mysportscience.com/post/2017/07/14/how-much-do-you-sweat Louise Burke for low carb high fat diet and sports performance discussion. Anita bean sports nutrition book is a really good practical guide for anyone wanting to learn about sports nutrition. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
53:18
September 07, 2022
#136 - How running can change your life - Shareefa J
#136 - How running can change your life - Shareefa J
In episode 136, I speak with Shareefa J, a presenter, model, advocate for equality and mental health awareness. She uses her platform to discuss many topics including Black Lives Matter, LQBTQIA+ topics, plant-based eco-friendly living, fitness, adult ADHD, women’s health and eating disorders. In this conversation we talk about her experience of completing the London Marathon and RideLondon 100 and how sport has had a positive impact on her life. We also spoke about mental health and  Neurodiversity. There is some swearing in episode so please be mindful of that. Shareefa’s Instagram: @shareefa_j Photo credit: @stylistmagazine Thank you’s! Thank you to all everyone that listens and supports the podcast. Standard! You're all amazing! Thank you to the supporters of the podcast from the Patreons to the sponsors including Tracksmith. You can use the discount code Marcus15 to get $15 off of your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Have a look at the new Speed City Collection. Together Tracksmith and Puma celebrate the legacy of Speed City, the dominant California men’s collegiate running program of the mid-20th century, whose athletes not only set global standards for performance, but also fought for social justice through the Olympic Project for Human Rights and the 1968 Mexico City protest. The Speed City singlet is a current favourite of mine. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
47:04
August 24, 2022
#135 - How to run a faster marathon - Matt Fox - Founder Sweat Elite
#135 - How to run a faster marathon - Matt Fox - Founder Sweat Elite
In episode 135, I speak with Matt Fox, who is the Founder, and Content Director of Sweat Elite, as of August 2022 they have over 88K subscribers and millions of views ranked up. The sports media company pulls back the curtain into elite and sub elite running training. One piece of feedback Matt was asked was could Sweat Elite show the training for an athlete’s full marathon training block. So Matt is currently doing that with his own training for the 2022 Berlin marathon. It’s an excellent series with his training partners, coach etc and I’d highly recommend watching it. Matt's Instagram: @mattinglisfox  -Sweat Elite's Instagram -Sweat Elite's YouTube Channel -Sweat Elite's Website Matt's Strava (personal training log) Thank you’s! Thank you to all everyone that listens and supports the podcast. Standard! You're all amazing! Thank you to the supporters of the podcast from the Patreons to the sponsors including Tracksmith. You can use the discount code Marcus15 to get $15 off of your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. If your training for the London marathon, do sign up for the 100 days email, which includes details of the community Sunday long runs.  ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
01:11:45
August 05, 2022
#134 - How did you become YOU - Conversations in running with Jordan Thomas
#134 - How did you become YOU - Conversations in running with Jordan Thomas
In episode 134, I speak with Jordan Thomas, who is a Product Manager, Videographer and Baltimore Born, Los Angeles Based Runner who has been running since before he could pronounce the word. While a Product Manager by day, Over the last 7+ years he has captured distance running culture that is centred on people of colour through short form documentaries, interviews, training tutorials, and more. This felt like one of those conversations you have with a friend on a long run, so I’m excited to share it with you. You can follow Jordan on instagram on @jaydotthomas Thank you’s! Thank you to all everyone that listens and supports the podcast. Standard! You're all amazing! Thank you to the supporters of the podcast from the Patreons to the sponsors including Tracksmith and Allbirds. You can use the discount code Marcus15 to get $15 off of your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. I am really liking the new all black Allston high tights as I take part on shorter distance races over the summer. I have recently reviewed the new Allbirds Tree Flyer running shoe made with premium natural and recycled materials. It’s made with less Plastic. Using FSC-certified eucalyptus tree upper blend replaces the usual fully oil-based synthetics used in the industry without sacrificing any performance. Compared to traditional materials like nylon, the tree fibre cuts their carbon footprint in half. Check out my YouTube channel to watch the full review: https://youtu.be/xYGxDK-8I8k ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
01:10:56
July 25, 2022
#133 - How to Prepare a Marathon Training Plan with Coach Elisabeth Scott (Marathon Training Series)
#133 - How to Prepare a Marathon Training Plan with Coach Elisabeth Scott (Marathon Training Series)
In episode 133, I speak with Elisabeth Scott, who is the founder and head coach at Running Explained. She is on a mission to help runners of all abilities and experience levels become better, smarter, faster runners. Find her at www.runningexplained.co, on Instagram at @runningexplained, and every week on new episodes of The Running Explained Podcast. In this conversation we cover some essential pointers for those who want to create their own marathon training plan. Thank you to everyone that sent in questions. We also have bonus material of this episode where we discuss tips on how to develop mental resilience for your marathon training. To watch the YouTube video titled How to Develop Mental Resilience for Your Marathon Training with Coach Elisabeth Scott   Click this link to watch it: https://youtu.be/-oll1Rq6i1Q Episode 133 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith and Allbirds. Tracksmith’s new Kazu Tourer sunglasses, in collaboration with District Vision, running frames inspired by alpine style look super cool. Definitely check them out. I have recently reviewed the new Allbirds Tree Flyer running shoe made with premium natural and recycled materials. It’s made with less Plastic. Using FSC-certified eucalyptus tree upper blend replaces the usual fully oil-based synthetics used in the industry without sacrificing any performance. Compared to traditional materials like nylon, the tree fibre cuts their carbon footprint in half. Check out my YouTube channel to watch the full review: https://youtu.be/xYGxDK-8I8k ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
54:59
July 09, 2022
#132 - Ali Lavender - On turning a setback into a set up.
#132 - Ali Lavender - On turning a setback into a set up.
In this episode 132 I speak with elite runner Ali Lavender. Ali is a lifetime member of Oswestry Olympians, has PB’s of 16.20 (5k), 34.34 (10k) 76.44 (Half Marathon), and 2:38:41 (Marathon). She’s been running since childhood and has achieved a number of accomplishments in the sport including being placed in the top 10 of the English Cross Country Championships. As well as representing the Midlands on Road and Cross Country, Ali is super proud to be the owner of 5 England vests over both Mountain and Cross Country. In this conversation we talk about her recent Boston Marathon performance. Plus we touch on the news that, Ali will represent Team GB at the inaugural International Association of Ultrarunners 50km European Championships in Avila, Spain on 8th October 2022. Plus we cover so much more. Episode 132 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith and Allbirds. Tracksmith’s new Kazu Tourer sunglasses, in collaboration with District Vision, running frames inspired by alpine style look super cool. Definitely check them out. I am currently testing out the new Allbirds Tree Flyer running shoe made with premium natural and recycled materials. It’s made with less Plastic. Using FSC-certified eucalyptus tree upper blend replaces the usual fully oil-based synthetics used in the industry without sacrificing any performance. Compared to traditional materials like nylon, the tree fibre cuts their carbon footprint in half. I’ll be sharing a review on my YouTube channel. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
54:40
June 24, 2022
#131 - Ingrid Walters - On becoming one of the all-time Best African American Female Marathoners
#131 - Ingrid Walters - On becoming one of the all-time Best African American Female Marathoners
In this episode I speak with Ingrid Walters who is an accomplished actor in the realms of TV, film, commercials, and stage. She is one of the All-Time Best African American Female Marathoners, after running 2:48:03 at the Los Angeles Marathon finishing 1st woman overall. As the daughter of a Captain in the Marine Corps and a high school principal, her drive and commitment was clear when she started swimming competitively at age 6. This took her to UCLA where she swam and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She made acting her full time career. Some of her roles on include acting on Amistad, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Castle, and Parenthood, to name a few! She's been a member of the Janes Elite Racing Team, an all-female elite team, since 2012. We discuss the impact this has on her. Additionally we talk about cancer and her return to running. Plus we talk about lessons she learnt from Michael Johnson. Episode 131 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith and Allbirds. I am really enjoying Tracksmith’s new rain jacket and shorts, it’s an essential piece of kit especially living in the U.K. I am currently testing out the new Allbirds Tree Flyer running shoe made with premium natural and recycled materials. It’s made with less Plastic. Using FSC-certified eucalyptus tree upper blend replaces the usual fully oil-based synthetics used in the industry without sacrificing any performance. Compared to traditional materials like nylon, the tree fibre cuts their carbon footprint in half. I’ll be sharing a review on my YouTube channel. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
01:11:49
June 06, 2022
#130 - Marathon Training Series: How to Plan Your Maurten Marathon Fuelling Strategy
#130 - Marathon Training Series: How to Plan Your Maurten Marathon Fuelling Strategy
As an introduction, I’ve been a Maurten ambassador since 2017, where the company officially introduced themselves on the world stage at the 2017 Tokyo marathon. The winner Wilson Kipsang was featured using Maurten. So I’ve had a lot of experience using the product from the onset and through the subsequent new products. In this episode, I give an overview of the recommended Maurten marathon fuelling strategies, which is a reference guide for you to refine based on the individual. With that being said, in this episode I will give you a breakdown of my Maurten fuelling strategy from my last four marathons, explaining what did and did not work for me. If you find this value in this episode, please do share with your community and let me know. Thank you to the supporters of my work. For new supporters the way that you can help support my work is becoming a patreon, please click the link below. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
13:47
May 30, 2022
#129 - Running the Whalers' Great Route Ultra-Trail in the Azores
#129 - Running the Whalers' Great Route Ultra-Trail in the Azores
In this episode I travel to the Azores, Portugal, on the island of Faial, to race in the Whalers' Great Route Ultra-Trail by Azores Trail Run which was established in 2014. I recorded the conversation post running the 25K race. I spoke with the race director Mário Leal, discussing the race, the experience of running in the Azores. It is a place where the runners run across incredible volcanic craters that formed the island. Plus we dive deeper into the history of the place and the historical passages of the ancient whalers that tell the story of this land and its people. This podcast accompanies the YouTube video which adds an extra layer of depth alongside this conversation. Click the following link to watch it. https://youtu.be/M40HX3vxJ8E Please note this video goes live May 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM BST The YouTube video shows the natural blue of the ocean to the vastness of green from its forests and fields, the black sands of the last volcanic eruption that grew this island, to the pallet of colours of the environment are just some of the great sights you will experience on this journey. The 25K race is called The Trail Ten Volcanoes. As the name indicates, it starts at spectacular volcanic calderas and passes, along 10 of the most important volcanoes of Capelo Peninsula’s fissural alignment. Visually the biodiversity and geodiversity are a constant on this course. What was striking was the incredible landscapes of this peninsula, where a great part of the Azores endemic plants can be found in its natural state. This Capelinhos Volcano was last active 57 years old ago (2022) the terrain is formed mainly by volcanic matter. It ends at Porto do Comprido, at the sea level, on the main and largest whaling station of the Azores between 1940 and 1957. Personally I found the change from road to trails challenging mentally and physically, but I felt so rewarded, it is an amazing race that will stay with me for the right reasons, and I am keen to run it again in the future. Runners have the option of running these different distance races on the same event: Whalers’ Great Route Ultra Trail: 118k Ultra Blue Island: 65k Marathon Faial Coast to Coast: 45k Ten Volcanoes Trail: 25k Mini Family Trail: 11k - Free for Kids under 16 For the 118K race for runners who complete the race within 26 hours, they will qualify to enter a lottery where the runners for Western States 100 Miler will be selected. This race takes place annually every May, so if you want to enter click this link. www.azorestrailrun.com ————————————————————— Episode 129 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
39:04
May 22, 2022
#128 - Me, Autism, Mental Health and Running
#128 - Me, Autism, Mental Health and Running
When I started this podcast the idea was to connect and learn from other runners during the Covid 19 pandemic. I don’t say this lightly, but the conversation with Blair Wilson @blair_runs in episode 111 changed my life. I deliberately posted this after mental health awareness week, because every day you should make your physical and mental health a priority. There are certain areas of my life where I have struggled and as a result my mental health has been impacted. Prior to speaking with Blair I didn’t know the root cause of periods of lower mood. Listening to him, it was like he was talking about my life in full 4K FHD detail. I just knew. It clicked, I could see how not being aware that I was autistic impacted my mental health upto that point. Fast forward to being officially diagnosed has been so helpful, to changing the narrative of not being enough of xyz, to actually accepting my self for all parts of what I am. In this conversation I didn’t want to just do a stream of conscious thought that had no context to people who may relate and may want practical advice, about how to take the next best steps. So in this conversation I speak with Psychologist Jo Rodriguez @straightforwardpsychology to have a professional involved to steady the ship. But we want to give a full disclaimer, this conversation is focused on my personal experience of autism. It is not attempting to speak for the experience of every autistic person, because the autistic spectrum is far and wide and every single autistic person presents differently. There will be people who have more complex needs than myself and we are in no way attempting to speak for those people or tell them how to live their life. My only aim is to share my experience of discovering autism in my adulthood life and hopefully it can prompt people who may suspect that they are autistic as adults to know what the options are. For your information I did an assessment and was officially diagnosed by Alongside Autism. http://www.alongsideautism.co.uk ————————————————————— Episode 127 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:05:00
May 16, 2022
#127 - Why I Run with Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere
#127 - Why I Run with Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere
In this episode I speak with Red Bull’s Why I Run podcast hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere. The podcast features interviews with inspiring people who share stories about what running brings to their lives. The Why I Run episodes are leading up to the Wings for Life World Run, which will take place on May 8 to raise funds for spinal cord research. 100% of the entry fee goes to this cause. To sign up click this link. https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/en/locations In this episode we lspeak about: Why Erin and Ayo run How running is important for mental health and community What Wings for Life is Fancy dress and interpretive dance Copying French accents Things they’ve learnt from the guests Personal stories of how running has impacted them And much more... You can follow them online: Erin Instagram: @immrsspacecadet TikTok: @mrs.space.cadet Ayo Instagram: @ayoakinwolere ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com Episode 127 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith. I am currently training for the Tracksmith amateur mile race on May 12 2022, following the training programme from Nick Wills. You can take part in the training and race. Click the link below to watch the latest training episode on my YouTube channel: Marcus Runs https://youtu.be/RHKe241jmmc
55:34
May 02, 2022
#126 - 2 Pro Mental Strategies to Race the Mile With Sam Lloyd-Perks
#126 - 2 Pro Mental Strategies to Race the Mile With Sam Lloyd-Perks
In this episode I speak with Sam Lloyd-Perks, who I spoke with originally from episode 34. Of A Runner’s Life Podcast. We discuss mental techniques that you can use to race a mile (from 29:16). Sam is a British runner and coach who has been competing at a high level since 2010 and in this period has competed in 15 national championships in his home country. He moved to the States in 2018 on a scholarship to run in the NCAA at Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee, upon graduating he has transitioned back into road racing and has won numerous races. Recent victories in 2021 also include winning the AAU National Cross Country Championships in Charlotte and taking the win at America’s toughest road 10k in Roanoke too. Sam has personal bests off 15:25 (5k), 32:13 (10k) and 74:13 (Half Marathon). In this episode we talk about his shift in mindset and priority with regards to running. Feeling fulfilled and happy with his own journey within the sport, we discuss him moving on to the next chapter of his sporting life. You can follow him on instagram @samlloydperks @teamhomestretch Episode 126 of A Runner’s Life podcast is supported by Tracksmith and Days Brewing Use the following code to get 15% of your Days Brewing orders. MARCUSRUNS15 I am currently training for the Tracksmith amateur mile race on May 12 2022, following the training programme from Nick Wills. You can take part in the training and race. Click the link below to watch the latest training episode on my YouTube channel: Marcus Runs https://youtu.be/RHKe241jmmc To listen to the full podcast interview with Nick where he provide insights into mile training and his longevity in the sport: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-runners-life/id1504303593?i=1000555252172 Follow me on my social channels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcus_runs/ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-runners-life/id1504303593 Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/26628061 Website: https://marathonmarcus.com Ways to help support my work: https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
35:54
April 25, 2022
#125 - Sharada Maddox - on becoming one of the all-time Best African American Female Marathoners
#125 - Sharada Maddox - on becoming one of the all-time Best African American Female Marathoners
Episode 125 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith. I am currently training for the Tracksmith amateur mile race on May 12 2022, following the training programme from Nick Wills. You can take part in the training and race. Click the link below to watch the latest training episode on my YouTube channel: Marcus Runs https://youtu.be/RHKe241jmmc In this episode I speak with Sharada Maddox, her first marathon time was 4:01:38 in 2014. She is one of the All-Time Best African American Female Marathoners, after running 2:53:07 at the 2021 London Marathon finishing in 36th place.  We talk about the impact that Marilyn Bevans, the LA jets, the Black Roses has on both her running and life. In modern life in the word failure gets a bad reputation, in this part of the conversation Sharada discusses a couple of areas where we as runners can reframe failure, and see it as a stepping stone to development. Plus we spoke about so much more in this conversation which definitely needs a part two! You can follow her on journey on instagram @sharadamaddox ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: marcusbrown.arl@gmail.com
01:23:10
April 19, 2022
Moment #3 - The Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray race director
Moment #3 - The Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray race director
This is a snippet of the full conversation of episode 107, which is a special Boston marathon episode in collaboration with The Big Run podcast. It has two fascinating conversations in the full episode, firstly with Dave McGillivray race director of The Boston Marathon, and secondly with Kathrine Switzer and Rosy Spraker. Without giving too much away... This is one of my favourite parts of the conversation, if it resonates with you please do share with your community. Thanks to Tracksmith for supporting this episode. Alongside other runners I am taking part in the Tracksmith amateur mile programme, trained by Olympian Nick Willis, From April to May I am transitioning from the marathon training as I aim to run my fastest mile. To watch the latest episode on my YouTube channel - Marcus Runs click this link. And subscribe to watch the latest episodes. Good luck to all the Boston Marathon Runners!
07:03
April 18, 2022
#124 - How to remain resilient in the face of adversity with Brian Wood MC
#124 - How to remain resilient in the face of adversity with Brian Wood MC
Episode 124 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. If your looking for a new challenge your invited to join Molly Bryan and myself in a six-week Tracksmith Amateur Mile program designed by Nick Willis, capped off with a mile race with us in London, New York, Boston or a time trial in your hometown. Sign up for the Tracksmith Amateur Mile Newsletter below. https://www.tracksmith.com/journal/article/tracksmith-amateur-mile-2022 In this episode I speak with Brian Wood MC, former Colour Sergeant, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in combat for courageous leadership in Iraq but was later summoned for unfound war crimes which eventually led to full vindication but took him on a 5 year journey of life’s brutality. Brian had the idea of The Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge. On the 1st November 2021 Brian Wood MC paid tribute to our fallen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict by running a minimum of 26 miles per day for 25 days- a total of 635 miles! As testament to Brian’s experience he founded Keep Attacking, it has inspired thousands of people to remain resilient in the face of adversity and keep pushing to achieve their goals. The business has apparel and adventure event business. The next Keep Attacking event is 23rd April 2022 for both 4.5 or 9 mile distances. Click the link below to sign up. https://www.keepattacking.co.uk/pages/events If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: themarathonmarcus@gmail.com ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:15:01
April 04, 2022
#123 - How to run your fastest mile coached by Nick Willis
#123 - How to run your fastest mile coached by Nick Willis
Episode 123 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode I speak with elite runner Nick Willis who is a New Zealand middle distance runner and the country's only two-time Olympic medalist in the 1500 metres. He won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. In this conversation we introduce the Tracksmith Amateur Mile project. This spring, we’re inviting you to join us on that journey. To watch my first week training on my YouTube channel click this link: https://youtu.be/UF9QWGeyaPI Molly Bryan and I, are taking a detour from long-distance racing, and partnering with Nick Willis to pursue a mile PR. Nick is the first person to run a sub-four-minute mile for 20 consecutive years. His mile PB is 3:49.83. He ran his first sub-four-minute mile (3:58.15) aged 20 in 2003 for the University of Michigan at the Notre Dame Meyo Indoor Invitational in Indiana. So there isn’t anyone better to train us. Additionally your invited to join Molly and myself in a six-week program designed by Nick, capped off with a mile race with us in London, New York, Boston or a time trial in your hometown. Sign up for the Tracksmith Amateur Mile Newsletter below. https://www.tracksmith.com/gb/journal/article/tracksmith-amateur-mile-2022 Thank you to everyone that sent questions in for the audience questions section. If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: themarathonmarcus@gmail.com ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:06:08
March 25, 2022
#122 - Rose Harvey on a 2:27 marathon, World Championship qualifying time
#122 - Rose Harvey on a 2:27 marathon, World Championship qualifying time
Episode 122 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode I speak with elite runner Rose Harvey who is an Clapham Chasers member, and is coached by Philip Kissi. Rose now works part time as a Lawyer whilst training at an elite level. She ran a 3:04 marathon in 2018, and her goal was make the Surrey team. Guided by her coach to aim higher she ran 2:30:58 in the 2021 Cheshire marathon. Following this she ran the 2021 London marathon finishing in 2:29:45. We talk about how she reframed missing the world standard time by seconds fuelled her to achieve it for the next marathon, whilst taking time to celebrate the wins. Thank you to everyone that sent questions in for the audience questions section. If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: themarathonmarcus@gmail.com We talk about the Sevilla marathon including some of the challenges during the build up to Sevilla, including some key workouts plus the race itself. In modern life in the word failure gets a bad reputation, in this part of the conversation Rose discusses a couple of areas where we as runners can reframe failure, and see it as a stepping stone to development. Plus we spoke about so much more that she hasn’t covered in other conversations. You can follow her on journey on instagram @rosy.runs ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:10:35
March 14, 2022
#121 - Phily Bowden on a 2:34 marathon debut
#121 - Phily Bowden on a 2:34 marathon debut
Episode 121 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode I speak with elite runner Phily Bowden who is an Aldershot Farnham and District club member, who competed for Britain at the Under-23 European Athletics Championships in 2017. She is being coached by former British Olympian Helen Clitheroe. Thank you to everyone that sent questions in for the audience questions section. If there’s any guests or stories you want me to cover in the future do reach out to me via my email: themarathonmarcus@gmail.com Before we talk about the Sevilla marathon we talk about transitioning into the marathon distance from the middle distances. We also talk about the build up to Sevilla, including some key workouts plus the race itself. We discuss how she has embraced social medial, she has a YouTube Chanel and did a great recap of her debut marathon in Sevilla, to watch it click this link. In modern life in the word failure gets a bad reputation, in this part of the conversation Phily discusses a couple of areas where we as runners can reframe failure, and see it as a stepping stone to development. Plus we spoke about so much more that she hasn’t covered in other conversations. You can follow her on the following channels:  Instagram: @philybowden Youtube: Phily Bowden ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:14:47
February 28, 2022
#120 - Sara Hall on setting the US Half Marathon record
#120 - Sara Hall on setting the US Half Marathon record
Episode 120 of A Runner’s Life podcast is sponsored by Tracksmith, who actively represent and support the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode Marcus and fellow BTR cofounder Sonny talk to Sara Hall, who has represented the United States at the World Indoor Athletic Championships and the World Cross Country Championships. Earlier this year she claimed the US half marathon record, and has been selected to represent the US in the marathon at this year’s World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Sara talks to Marcus and Sonny about her training, her motivation and the longevity; she was 39 when she set the US half marathon record of 1:07:15, at the same Houston weekend as 37-year old Keira D’Amato claimed the US marathon record. She also talks about the work of the Hall Steps Foundation (set up with her similarly US half marathon record holding husband, Ryan), her faith, and her multi-ethnic family of four adopted daughters. Follow Sara on Instagram @sarahall3 Additional links: The Hall Steps Foundation 2022 World Athletics Championships Photo: Kevin Morris —————————————————————————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
53:06
February 14, 2022
#119 -  The Best of The Pioneers (Part One)
#119 - The Best of The Pioneers (Part One)
Episode 119, is the the best of the pioneers, from the conversations that I’ve had on this podcast. The idea behind this episode was to celebrate Black History Month in America. However I’m not a fan of the word history, in this moment there is still so much more to do to bring a better future for the next generations. And whilst there were some great takeaways in regards to the Black experience, this conversation also highlights that we (collectively) need to be better allies across race and gender lines towards each other. Thank you to each of the guests, where I’ve highlighted some of my favourite moments from the following episodes. Knox Robinson - Ep. 18 Chris Mosier - Ep. 84 Joseph Gray - Ep. 59 Courn Ahn - Ep. 118 Abdi Abdirahman - Ep. 122 Alison Désir - Ep. 16 Mary Cain - Ep. 100 Nathan Martin - Ep.  87 Charlie Dark - Ep. 74 Set a reminder in your diary for February 14 2022, the next ARL episode with Sara Hall will go live! —————————————————————————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Crucially in their culture, vision and actions Tracksmith actively encourage and highlight diversity. In terms of clothing, right now some of my favourite pieces of kit relate to the new NDO range, have a listen to the intro to find out my essential items of kit within that collection. —————————————————————————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:27:39
February 07, 2022
Moment #2 - How to impact your community for the better
Moment #2 - How to impact your community for the better
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of a runner’s life podcast. This week we’re jumping back to episode 118, where I talk with Courn Ahn @courtneyahndesign who is a designer, illustrator, and freelance creative based in Portland, Oregon. She talks about the creativity process and how she uses her art to talk about diversity. If this episode resonates with you, please do share with your community.
05:33
January 31, 2022
#118 - Courn Ahn - Using your creativity as a way to create change in your community
#118 - Courn Ahn - Using your creativity as a way to create change in your community
In episode 118, I spoke with Courn Ahn (she/her). Courn is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator, and freelance creative based in Portland, Oregon. Her direct experience as a Korean American has largely shaped her career philosophy, serving as inspiration for the social justice advocacy present in her creative work. Through her freelance studio, she aims to provide accessible design services for small BIPOC business-owners and partner with organisations working directly in the equity space as a force for good. In recent years, Courn has found purpose in using art as a tool for activism, sharing weekly posts navigating intersectional topics through her Instagram account, @courtneyahndesign. In modern life, in the word failure gets a bad reputation, we talk about three areas where she’s learned through “failure” which includes: Work Personal relationships Self-care Art is important for culture, it is one of the areas where it holds a mirror back to us as people, we talk about how: Art is a tool for her creativity Art is a tool for expressing her emotions/making your voice heard Art is a tool for making change/community power ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
50:14
January 24, 2022
Moment #1 - Making the best next step after hitting rock bottom
Moment #1 - Making the best next step after hitting rock bottom
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of a runner’s life podcast.  This week we’re jumping back to episode 117, where I talk with Arman Vestad. And he talks about what one thing that helped him make the best next step after hitting rock bottom. If you ever feel trapped by your circumstances, this is the podcast for you.  What’s crucial to understand is that you can’t control your environment, but you can control how you respond to it. This episode also shows the importance of how other people can help us in this moment. I hope this resonates with you, if so please do share with your community.  #117 - Arman Vestad: From crime to becoming a runner - One Man Reformed Through The Power of Sport
06:16
January 21, 2022
#117 - Arman Vestad: From crime to becoming a runner - One Man Reformed Through The Power of Sport
#117 - Arman Vestad: From crime to becoming a runner - One Man Reformed Through The Power of Sport
In episode 117, I spoke with Arman Vestad who was a former criminal and drug addict. He now owes his life to two of the things that made his remarkable transformation possible: running and kindness. In the past, Arman spent a lot of his time on the run. Through a series of poor life choices and unfortunate circumstances, he had found himself dealing drugs and engaging in other kinds of criminal activity. He even gained notoriety as the infamous ‘Gunman from Molde’ after supplying a weapon that was used in a triple homicide. While to outsiders it seemed that he was living as a criminal playboy with drugs, friends, partying, and money, he actually felt alone. His body was struggling to keep up with a devastating drug habit, and he felt that there was nobody he could trust enough to be himself around. Wanting to let go, he even contemplated suicide. After leaving prison for the 10th time, it wasn’t long until Arman found himself under arrest once again. This time, however, a policeman on the case sat down with him and asked what he could do to help. He showed that he cared, and those few moments changed the course of Arman’s life forever. What came next was a prolonged and difficult fight to rebuild a normal, happy existence. Running was a critical part of Arman’s turnaround, since it helped him to develop the health and strength needed to overcome years of substance abuse and hard living. He reasoned that anyone can run and when your trainers hit the ground, you’re just the same as everyone else whether they’re a criminal, cashier, celebrity, or CEO. As he jogged, ran, and pushed himself back to health, he also embarked on a new career as a debt adviser for Norway’s welfare administration. He later became an international public speaker, an advocate for bringing reformed criminals back into work and society, and (most importantly) a father. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Arman saw that many people were struggling with the same isolation and loneliness that he felt when living life on the wrong side of the tracks. Asking for help had never been his strong point, but it only took a moment of kindness to help him change for the better. Combining running with compassion, Arman started the Tour de Wave - a five-stage run that took him from Norway’s Trondheim to Snåsa. On the way he spent time with nursing home residents and school children, carried out good deeds by helping shoppers carry bags to their cars, and met with the mayors of three towns who each expressed their support for the cause and their willingness to encourage more friendliness. Arman now hopes to encourage more people to run, smile, and help one another while sharing his message: the smallest acts of friendliness and compassion multiplied many times over can change the world. You can follow him Instagram: @armanvestad Website: https://armanv.no/ ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:00:18
January 10, 2022
#116 - Ask Marcus Anything #1
#116 - Ask Marcus Anything #1
In episode 116, I am doing my first ask me anything podcast. Thanks to Craig Beattie for suggesting the podcast idea, thanks to everyone that submitted your questions for this conversation. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to answer all of your questions. But if this is something you want to see continued or you have any further questions then let me know. On the other side of the mic for this one, is my cohost of The First Mile Always Lies series and host of The Big Run podcast, Danny Easton. Thanks to him for asking the questions and not letting me get off the hook! Remember if you enjoy the podcast please do share with your community and leave a rating on your favourite podcast player. This helps the podcast develop. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
51:15
January 03, 2022
#115 - Carla Molinaro  - How To Fail Forward
#115 - Carla Molinaro - How To Fail Forward
In episode 115, I spoke with British athlete and LEJOG world record holder Carla Molinaro as she prepares for the 2022 Sevilla Marathon, as a qualification race for the Comrades Marathon. Setbacks are part of life, in this conversation we explore three areas where she has “failed” forward and overcome different challenges to come out stronger. One of these “failures” was the springboard to earning a Gold Medal at Comrades Marathon finishing in 9th place. The idea of these conversations is to show how other runners can reframe the word failure and relook at their own setbacks. This is the full extended conversation where we dive a lot deeper into Carla’s running, which supports the short film on YouTube which provides extra content into the conversation. To watch the short film click this link: https://youtu.be/lQh7TaLPvSA A Runner’s Life Podcast Presents In association with a Matt Foulds Film Production “Carla Molinaro - How To Fail Forward” a film by Marcus Brown & Matt Foulds Footage by Marcus Brown, Matt Foulds, & Carla Molinaro. Music by Epidemic Sound You can follow her Instagram: @carlamolinaro Website: www.carlamolinaro.com ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
36:59
December 21, 2021
#114 - Mike Wardian - Exploring why we run
#114 - Mike Wardian - Exploring why we run
In episode 114, I spoke with elite runner Mike Wardian. Mike Wardian is quite simply one of the world’s best ultra runners. He loves to compete, run and see what his best looks like. I would list all his achievements and races but I’ll leave it here, Mike has competed in nearly 300 marathons and over 100 ultramarathons all over the world. Mike has competed in the US Olympic Trials three times (2004, 2008, and 2012), has won the 50k and 100k US National Championships, and is a four-time USA Track & Field Ultra Runner of the Year. In 2019, he ran 20 marathons, including setting a world record for running 10 marathons in 10 days on seven continents, and running across the entire country of Israel in 10 days, setting a new FKT for the Israel National Trail. We spoke about some of the things you’d expect, but we also spoke about how poker chess and beekeeping relate to running and developing an adaptable mindset. Plus we spoke about so much more that he hasn’t covered in other conversations. You can follow him Instagram: @mikewardian Twitter: @mikewardian Facebook: www.facebook.com/michaelwardian ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:08:27
December 06, 2021
#112 - Abdi Abdirahman - How to overcome adversity, lessons from a five-time Olympian
#112 - Abdi Abdirahman - How to overcome adversity, lessons from a five-time Olympian
In episode 112, I spoke with elite runner Abdihakim “Abdi” Abdirahman. With a Olympic trials marathon time of 2:10:03, Abdirahman earned his place on the US Olympic team for the fifth time. He was 43 then, which not only made him the elder statesman on the 2020 US Olympic marathon team, but the oldest American runner ever to qualify for an Olympic marathon. Aged 44, Abdirahman is also the oldest American runner to make an Olympic team. In this conversation we spoke about: Questions from the audience; Diversity in running and changes he’d like to see; Marathon training tips; What motivates him and what keeps him running; What he’d like to do when he stops competing as an elite athlete; Shoutout to his training partner with Sir Mo Farah; His reflection on the Tokyo Olympic Marathon; How he views failure; Discusses his new book Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running, and Fun; What’s next post Olympics; What he’d like to see for the future of running; Plus so much more. You can follow him on Instagram @abdiruns Photo by Kevin C. Cod  ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
52:47
November 28, 2021
#111 - How to turn your weaknesses into your strengths, with Blair Wilson
#111 - How to turn your weaknesses into your strengths, with Blair Wilson
In episode 111, I spoke with runner Blair Wilson. We first met back at a Maverick race, a trail event which he won (episode 101). Unbeknownst to the both of us we both were in the same starting corral for the 2021 London marathon, which he ran in 2:52. We talk about this, and his running journey across the disciplines from the road, track, trail and XC. Blair shares how he learnt that he was on the autism spectrum as an adult. He provides insight into how autism traits he had were misunderstood, for just being seen on the surface level as rude, unemotional, or perceived lack of expression in the face or voice etc. He explains how it was misdiagnosed for him with physical or mental health challenges. It’s a lesson for those not on the spectrum to see behind the stereotypes of what autism looks like. Once he learnt he was on the spectrum, he has taken the perceived weaknesses and turned them into strengths. Blair has taken responsibility to learn more about himself, so he is better present and connected with himself and others. In modern life, the word failure gets a bad reputation, so in a new feature of the podcast we discuss three areas where he has learned through “failing” and the lessons he has developed. This is one of my favourite podcasts conversations. You can follow him on Instagram @blair_runs ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:25:41
November 08, 2021
#110 - How to Evaluate Marathon Performance with elite coaches Jen Rhines and Terrence Mahon
#110 - How to Evaluate Marathon Performance with elite coaches Jen Rhines and Terrence Mahon
In Episode 110 I’m joined by elite coaches Jen Rhines and Terrence Mahon. This live episode is the third of three adizero Marathon Season Twitter talks to help you improve your running with insight from elite Adidas runners and coaches. At the start of the conversation we had  technical difficulties in connecting all the hosts, but this was quickly resolved and after the introductions the conversation starts at 6:25. There were no further connection issues, following this. In the first live adizero runner’s round table talk I spoke with Charlotte Purdue talking about developing the marathon mindset, which you can listen to in episode #106. In episode #109 I spoke elite runner Steph Davis about how to structure speed into training. In this conversation we covered the following topics: How to plan and approach the marathon with your coach What to do post race, and how to avoid common pitfalls post race The post race debrief between coach and athlete, how to access what went right and what lessons can be learned How to approach changes to your training post marathon How to manage situational moments, to racing to compete, for managing GI/fuelling issues mid race, how to approach race strategies, to facing injuries etc Tips on how an athlete can re-focus based on whether the run went to plan or it didn’t Plus so much more. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
56:09
October 25, 2021
#109 - How to structure speed into your marathon training with Olympian Steph Davis
#109 - How to structure speed into your marathon training with Olympian Steph Davis
Episode 109, I’m joined by Olympic marathon runner Steph Davis. I first spoke with Steph in episode #89 when she won the Great Britain Olympic marathon trials. This live episode is the second of three adizero Marathon Season Twitter talks to help you improve your running with insight from elite Adidas runners and coaches. In this conversation I speak with Steph about how you can structure speed into your marathon training. In the first live adizero runner’s round table talk I spoke with Charlotte Purdue talking about developing the marathon mindset, which you can listen to in episode #106. In this conversation we covered the following topics: Start with the basics, what criteria would you look to measure speed. Covering essential training concepts to develop your speed. Defining what key sessions are, including tempo runs. We discuss different types of speed sessions, Steph talks about how she integrates them into her current training. Steph shares some key changes and developments in her speed sessions from her first marathon in Berlin marathon up to the current day. The importance that cross-training plays to supplementing your running. Discussing the importance of quality versus quantity. Allowing for flexibility in your training blocks. We cover methods of how you can apply speed into your training. Why it’s important to develop speed in the shorter distances and how it complements the marathon. When should you look at putting races in your marathon programme to test yourself. The pros and cons for doing speed sessions in running groups versus running solo. How to mix things up to prevent your training from going stale. Plus so much more. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
40:09
October 18, 2021
#108 - London Marathon - This is our London (Film) - Behind the scenes
#108 - London Marathon - This is our London (Film) - Behind the scenes
This is a behind the scenes chat about the film - This is our London which is available to watch via Youtube via this link: https://youtu.be/jBbV-lP3KNQ When I watched London marathons before I was a marathoner, whilst the leading runners were African. However as a Black British kid growing up in London, I couldn’t relate to both British and African running culture. Sport was never a priority in my household, and I wasn’t exposed to running clubs, or cross country as a youth. I couldn’t relate to the runners from the elites, or to the masses, based on the people that I saw in the area I lived and existed within. However the London marathon was a celebration of the city I lived in. Often it is easy to live in a place but to not know it. The marathon seemed to provide a way to open up and show a space that was often closed off. For example Canary Wharf I remember going there as kid and it was fairly underdeveloped, and it’s a world apart from the place we see today. Watching the London marathon on the BBC brought out the best of Londoners and the best of London. I was drawn to explore the unseen parts of my city that I called home. The marathon seemed to unite a group of people that in other days just passed each other like ships in the night. The London marathon means a lot to me because it was my first experience of it I ran 4:55. I earned a GFA 2.56 and last Sunday I ran 3:00:06. So it has taken me on a massive journey revealing what I’m capable of, which I’ve learnt through running. This translates into other areas of our life’s and I hope that it inspires other people to take part. The film aims to bridge the gap between the existing running community and encouraging new people into marathon running. It tells the stories of runners based internationally, as they share their honest, at times funny and truly unfiltered thoughts about what running the 2021 London marathon means to them. Their stories create a powerful narrative showing what truly connects the runners behind the thousands of anonymous runners. Their collective voices show what London, and what it’s marathon means to them, and ultimately what it represents to us. I hope that after watching the film that it inspires people to apply to run the 2022 London marathon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is our London, shares the stories of runners based internationally, as they share their honest, at times funny and truly unfiltered thoughts about what running the 2021 London marathon means to them. Their stories create a powerful narrative showing what truly connects the runners behind the thousands of anonymous runners. Their collective voices show what London, and what it’s marathon means to them, and ultimately what it represents to us. A Runner’s Life Podcast Presents In association with a Matt Foulds Film Production “This is our London” a film by Marcus Brown & Matt Foulds Featuring Ayodeji Akande, Hugh Brasher, Marcus Brown, Charlie Dark, Trina Dawkins, Michael Dolan, Tanya Franks, James Gray King, Philip King, Nethilee Le Croix, Stephen Lewis, Tu Chi Luong, Scott Mitchell, David Starley, & Sally from London Footage by Marcus Brown, Matt Foulds, David Starley & London Marathon Additional Photography by Simon Roberts Photography, Jane Stockdale Photography, Run Dem Crew, Black Trail Runners & Adobe Stock Images Graphics by Sportymaps Music by Epidemic Sound #ThisIsOurLondon
20:54
October 13, 2021
#107 - The Boston Marathon episode
#107 - The Boston Marathon episode
Episode 107, is a special Boston marathon episode in collaboration with The Big Run podcast. This special episode is a deep dive into the oldest marathon of the majors Boston, which first took place on Monday, April 19, 1897: The Boston Marathon was originally called the American Marathon and was the final event of the B.A.A. Games. We have two fascinating conversations for this episode with Dave McGillivray race director of The Boston Marathon. Dave who has looked after the race since 1988 and is an extraordinary athlete in his own right. He raced across America in 1978 in 80 days averaging 45 miles a day and to date has 160 marathons to his name a fair few of them done at Boston directly after he has finished being the race director! The conversation with Dave starts at 2:32. We then speak with an icon of female sport Kathrine Switzer and Rosy Spraker. Tuesday, April 19, 1966: Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968. Wednesday, April 19, 1967: By signing her entry form “K. V. Switzer,” Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to receive a number in the Boston Marathon. By her own estimate, Switzer finished in 4:20:00. B.A.A. officials tried unsuccessfully to physically remove Switzer from the race once she was identified as a woman entrant. At the time of Switzer’s run, the Amateur Athletics Union (A.A.U.) had yet to formally accept participation of women in long distance running. Rosy is a 14 time Boston finisher who is a member of her 261 fearless organisation. The conversation with Kathrine and Rosy starts at 01:16:47. (London Marathon - This is our London full film watch it here) https://youtu.be/jBbV-lP3KNQ ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
02:16:15
October 05, 2021
#106 - Charlotte Purdue and Hugh Brasher: London Marathon episode
#106 - Charlotte Purdue and Hugh Brasher: London Marathon episode
Episode 106, is a special 2021 London Marathon episode, where I speak with elite runner Charlotte Purdue and Event Director of London Marathon Events Hugh Brasher. ————————————————————— The conversation with Charlotte was recorded from the first Adizero runners roundtable Marathon Season Twitter talk, focusing on marathon mindset. Charlotte is the current British Marathon Champion, 3rd fastest Half Marathon ranked ever in the UK and previous European Cross-Country Champion. She runs professionally for Adidas and will be competing at the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM). You can follow her on Instagram at  @charlottepurdue The conversation with Charlotte starts at 2:34 ————————————————————— The second half of the podcast, is a special collaboration with The Big Run podcast for The First Mile Always Lies series. Myself and Danny spoke to Hugh Brasher, regarding the 2021 VMLM. The conversation provides an insight into what goes into planning a world-class event and will give insight into the upcoming race for the participants. The conversation with Hugh starts at 40:06 ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:23:09
September 27, 2021
#105 - Dougie Musson on transitioning to the marathon distance as an elite runner
#105 - Dougie Musson on transitioning to the marathon distance as an elite runner
In episode 105 I speak with Dougie Musson, who is a professional runner based in Birmingham. He started running around eight years old. In his early career he focused on the middle distance events. His PB’s include: 1500m 3:46:14 3000m 8:03:76 5000m 14:02:92 3K Steeplechase 8:38:54 He recently transitioned into marathon running, his first marathon he was a pacer for the 2020 Great Britain Olympic marathon trials. In October 2021 he is competing in the elite field for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon. In this conversation we talk about: How he manages working full time  whilst training at an elite level Exploring how he pivoted and approached running after setbacks Reflecting on the lessons learnt from his first marathon, that he’ll take forward into the 2021 London marathon  We dive into his mindset Plus so much more You can follow him on Instagram @dgmusson ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Some of my favourite items include the new Marathon Majors clothing line, in particular the London 2021 singlet is a firm favourite right now and will be my 2021 London Marathon singlet. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
57:37
September 20, 2021
#104 - Tina Muir on walking your talk
#104 - Tina Muir on walking your talk
In episode 104 I speak with Tina Muir who is the founder, host and CEO of Running For Real. Tina is a mother of two and former international runner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Running For Real Podcast is a collective of conversations about running, the climate emergency, and social justice. This podcast has amassed over 4.5 million downloads, and is one of the most recognised running podcasts. I spoke with Tina on episode 248 of the  The Running For Real Podcast. Tina also hosts a second, highly rated podcast with Knox Robinson called Running Realized, noted as "The 'Invisibilia' of running" by Women's Running. In this conversation we spoke about: Navigating social media, how to create content that means more to what human beings need, even if it loses some of the audience. Looking at what does authenticity look like. Exploring how to let go of external validation. Transitioning after competing at an elite level back to running. Managing the competitive side and keeping the joy in the process. Lessons she has learned from her time working in media and podcasting. Plus much more… You can follow her on Instagram @tinamuir88 ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Some of my favourite items of training kit includes the track and field cap and the session speed shorts from the Session Collection which are both ideal for everyday training. They’ve also just released the cross country collection, one of my favourites items is the field jacket. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.
01:06:08
September 06, 2021
#102 - Stephen Gnoza on the quirks and insights from the Serious Runner
#102 - Stephen Gnoza on the quirks and insights from the Serious Runner
In episode 102, I speak with Stephen Gnoza who is a professional video producer and amateur runner (marathon best of 2:55) currently based out of Boulder, Colorado. After a decade of working in corporate video, Stephen has begun to explore more creative video projects.  One of his YouTube series, Serious Runner, caught my attention. All great comedy is a reflection of life, and I could see myself doing some of the things, that The Serious Runner character does in the videos. The series features cameos from elite runner Sage Canaday which definitely adds an extra bit of realism to  proceedings.  The Serious Runner videos provide a glimpse at common quirks and social media habits of very passionate amateur runners, probably things most runners are guilty of! Myself included. The humour is predicated on how the character reacts to things, and it is not based on any judgement on others. Stephen is also a partner in MUT Running, a media company focused on providing media coverage to sub-ultra trail races.  When not running, Stephen dabbles in web development and is an aspiring screenwriter. Whilst we cover some light hearted topics, we also cover some serious topics, no pun intended. But beneath the comedy the character of The Serious Runner holds a mirror of self reflection back at ourselves. You can follow him on Instagram or YouTube. ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Some of my favourite items of training kit includes the track and field cap and the session speed shorts from the Session Collection which are both ideal for everyday training. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.
01:05:10
August 23, 2021
#101 - Trail Blazers (Live at Maverick Race)
#101 - Trail Blazers (Live at Maverick Race)
The First Mile Always Lies returns with another special collaboration with the big run podcast. Myself and Danny Easton recorded live at Meopham, Gravesend at the Maverick Race event, Ultra Black Trails. The aim was to promote diversity on the trails. So we take a deep dive and give you a behind the scenes aspect of the race, and even take you into the race. In this episode we speak with Dora Atim who founded Ultra Black Running, which she created to form a safe space for black women and non-gender conforming people to turn up, and truly own their place at the starting line. She partnered with Maverick races to bring this event to fruition. We also speak with Ben Macwilliam, Director of Maverick Race and gain valuable insights into what it takes to put together an event like this. We also capture a series of conversations with: Blair Wilson - winner of the short distance event Simbarashe from BTR captures some great content live from the runner’s on the trails. And we speak with his sister Cheidza who completed her first trail race. Plus we capture additional experiences, and insights of the running community in this podcast. Thanks to letsdothis.com for supporting this episode. If your inspired by hearing the experiences of the runners and want to get involved in trail races, running, triathlon, cycling, obstacle racing, swimming, and many others experiences, head over to letsdothis.com and sign up to your next adventure. Photos by Jane Stockdale ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
01:04:57
August 16, 2021
#100 - Mary Cain on changing the narrative within sport
#100 - Mary Cain on changing the narrative within sport
In episode 100 I speak with Mary Cain, who is a professional runner and founder of the nonprofit and professional running team, Atalanta NYC. Atalanta NYC employs professional female runners to serve as mentors for young girls while building both their career skills and training full-time.  Along with focusing on her training, Mary works at Tracksmith, as the NYC Community Manager, New York Road Runners. After sharing her story with the world in a 2019 NY Times Op-Ed, Mary has dedicated her career to driving change in the sport, with an emphasis on athlete well-being and gender equity, and Atalanta NYC is just one way she's trying to give back to the sport of running. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with Patti Dillon (episode 50) the first American woman to run a sub 2:30 marathon and Julia Chase-Brand (episode 96), the first American woman to officially finish a major road running race. It was equally as insightful to speak and learn from Mary who is another pioneer within running. As this podcast is called a runner’s life, we dive into what this looks like based on her lived experiences, we cover her running at present and she shares valuable insights and lessons, that I’m sure you will reflect on long after listening to this episode. This is one of my favourite podcast conversations and I know that you will enjoy it as well.  ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode I share some of my favourite items of training kit, which I use for easy runs and my workouts. One of my favourite items of kit right now is the session speed shorts from the Session Collection which are ideal for everyday training. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:38:03
August 10, 2021
How to reframe an unhealthy narrative whilst running - a runner’s life unfiltered
How to reframe an unhealthy narrative whilst running - a runner’s life unfiltered
This series is a straight to the point view of my thoughts in my training journey. In this first episode I shared some things that would have saved me a lot of wasted time when marathon training. This year I’m running the Virgin Money London Marathon, which is one of the biggest fundraiser events globally. Each of the 4 times, I’ve raised money for different charities.  This year I’m running for the Samaritans charity as they do great work to help support people who need to speak to someone, when they’re struggling with their mental well-being.  It costs £5 for the Samaritans team to answer a call from someone in calling in need. Thank you to everyone that has donated so far we’ve raised £460. That’s 92 spots for people who are in need. If you’re able, please donate using the link below.   https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarcusBrown12/2
16:51
July 31, 2021
#99 - Ron Romano - Running 60 miles on his 60th birthday
#99 - Ron Romano - Running 60 miles on his 60th birthday
In episode 99, I speak with my friend Ron. He works in health care technology, but is a dedicated athlete. More recently he ran multiple marathons to raise money to support the frontline HealthCare workers during the early stages of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Following that he ran 60 miles on his birthday, in the freezing cold streets of NYC to help raise money to support ultra-runner Tommy Rivers Puzey after a rare cancer diagnosis. The money went towards supporting his family and helping with medical bills. Ron ran 2.41 at the Boston marathon before we had fancy shoes and nutrition, he is an inspiration to me, and a force of nature in a good way! We explore where this drive comes from, and how pivotal his mother is in his life. Whilst we are both six star world marathon major finishers, he was one of seven runners, to run all six marathon majors in 2019 (avg 3:15 at age 58) he is on Instagram and has a podcast (Runchats with Ron) which I’d recommend you listen to. ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:29:26
July 27, 2021
#98 - The First Mile Always Lies: What does the future of crew running look like?
#98 - The First Mile Always Lies: What does the future of crew running look like?
What does the future of crew running look like? Welcome back to a runner’s life podcast. For episode 98 we’re switching things up. Today’s episode marks the first in a new series in collaboration with The Big Run podcast hosted by Danny Easton We have joined up over the past few weeks to record a series of specials that we will be releasing monthly on both our podcasts a variety of subjects and topics that speak to us as runners and that we hope you enjoy. It’s called The First Mile Always Lies and our first is a special round table of the Run Crew community. Community is such an important part of running and it felt only right to shine some light on it as we slowly move back to normality. Joining us in the special are Andre Coggins founder of Mafia Moves. Lloyd Kempson founder of Team Project Run and Pure Sport Run Club. and Tasha Thompson founder of Black Girls Do Run. A little later in the episode, we are joined on the phone by Duy Nguyen one of the Co-Founders of Korea Town Run Club out in LA. We are grateful to Meus space for hosting us for the day, for Freeze-frame media to capturing the recording and to Exhale coffee for their support and excellent coffee that kept us chatting. We hope you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to be the first to hear when the new episode is released. Thanks for listening and remember… The First Mile Always lies.
01:43:03
July 20, 2021
#97 - Tommie Runz - From sobriety to a Boston Qualifier marathon runner
#97 - Tommie Runz - From sobriety to a Boston Qualifier marathon runner
In episode 97, I speak with Tommie. He is the Owner of Chip Time Running. A host of The RUN EAT SLEEP Show. We discuss his history with running, his journey to becoming sober, and how he started practicing a vegan diet too. Tommie recently ran an incredible PR at the Glass City Marathon, and earned a Boston Qualifying time. ————————————————————— Instagram: @tommie_runz ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:15:04
July 13, 2021
#96 - Julia Chase-Brand - The first U.S. woman to officially finish a major road running race
#96 - Julia Chase-Brand - The first U.S. woman to officially finish a major road running race
In episode 96, I speak with Julia Chase-Brand a true pioneer of U.S. running. So let’s go back. In 1960, women weren't allowed in races longer than 880 yards. The popular opinion of the time considered that distance running was harmful to reproductive organs. Let’s go further back, so in 1928 American and British papers falsely reported on the women finalists in the Olympic 800 meters. Both the photos and the story were faked, yet they provided the justification for a 30-year ban on women’s middle distance running in the United States. Aged 19 on Thanksgiving Day in 1961, she became a pioneer in women’s running as she became the first woman in the U.S. to officially finish a major road running race, which was the 4.7-mile Manchester Road Race. Julia made a specific point as shown in the photos to be seen as a female runner, she wore her college gym suit dress. She started the race a block behind the men to avoid the officials. In the final part of the race, spectators cheered her to the finish, and she did cartwheels at the finish. Her celebration was short-lived, the Amateur Athletic Union, threatened to ban her for life from all competition unless she agreed to stay out of "men's" road races. Whilst she was pivotal in creating a change in narrative in the sport, it wasn’t until 1972, that a law was enacted to help prevent gender discrimination in the United States educational athletic system. However Julia’s own running career was cut short by an car accident. But she has gone on to live such a full and rich life. She earned a Ph.D. in zoology. She did field work with bats and gorillas, and appeared on Sesame Street as "Bat Lady". Some decades later, she switched fields to gain her M.D. so she could practice psychiatry. And we touch upon some of her key life principles and reflections later into the conversation. Also watch her TedTalk, where she talks about being able to create a space between other people’s expectations and how she chooses to be seen. A big thank you to another leading pioneer Patti Catalano Dillon, the first American woman to run a sub 2:30 marathon (episode 50) for the introduction. ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:20:39
July 06, 2021
#95 - Alison Staples on the positive influence of running
#95 - Alison Staples on the positive influence of running
In episode 95, I speak with Alison Staples, who is a Baltimore native. She starting running aged 31. Dared by a friend, her very first race was the Baltimore Half Marathon. The hills of Baltimore made the experience challenging, but the pride she got from hobbling across the finish line, was enough to make her trade her elliptical for the road. Since then she has  completed numerous half marathons and full marathons, and and become a RRCA certified long distance run coach. She is a physical therapist assistant specialising in neurophysiology. Alison’s number one priority is reducing the risk of injury before toeing the start line. In this conversation we talk about: What a runner’s life means to her. The 2019 NYC marathon. Non running passions and interests. Managing challenging moments during the pandemic. What potential looks like to her. And much more... ————————————————————— Instagram: @alioop_0_o_runs ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code: runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:04:43
June 29, 2021
#94 - How running reveals our strengths with Coach Alli
#94 - How running reveals our strengths with Coach Alli
In episode 94, I speak with Coach Alli who is a certified running coach based in NYC. Prior to moving into fitness she spent 6 years as a corporate professional. In this conversation we talk about: What a runner’s life means to her. What lessons running has taught her. Tips for how to stay present and enjoy the journey. How running shows us how to do the best with what you have. Talking about her first marathon and the key lessons and challenges she addressed. What her why is for coaching. What her best looks like. And much more... ————————————————————— Website: www.runwithalli.com Instagram: @runwithalli ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code: runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:11:54
June 22, 2021
#93 - How to fuel your marathon training with Tom Hollis (Registered Dietitian)
#93 - How to fuel your marathon training with Tom Hollis (Registered Dietitian)
In episode 93, I speak with Tom Hollis who is a Registered Dietitian specialising in intensive care and endurance sport, he is an experienced practitioner working in the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) and works in private practice. In this conversation we talk about: The significance of micronutrients. The importance of protein for muscle adaptations, and carbohydrates for fuelling long distance training and racing. We cover areas runner’s tend to neglect nutrition wise. The negative impact that fasted running and under fuelling has on increasing stress on body, thus reducing performance. Plant based food choices (from breakfast to dinner) before a peak session. Non plant based food choices (from breakfast to dinner) before a peak session. Whether you need vitamin supplements. How to manage GI distress for runner’s. Marathon fuelling tips. And much more... ————————————————————— Please find him @plantrunner_rd on instagram and tomhollishealth.com for his website and blog. ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code: runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:10:41
June 14, 2021
#92 - Kevin Quinn from heart surgery to 2:22 marathon, coaching, and pacing the Olympic marathon trails
#92 - Kevin Quinn from heart surgery to 2:22 marathon, coaching, and pacing the Olympic marathon trails
In episode 92, I speak with Kevin Quinn, a father of three. A 2.22.12 marathon runner and head coach at Team Real Runners. Kevin was one of the pacers for the Great Britain marathon trails for the Tokyo Olympics, where Steph Davis won and earned a qualifying place. To listen to the conversation with Steph look at episode 89. In 2016, after running 2 hrs 25 mins at the 2015 London Marathon Kev found out he had 4 holes in his heart (largest being 1.78cm) and had to have heart repair surgery to close the 4 holes in his heart. This meant he lost 20-25% oxygen for every heartbeat. The operation was a success and despite getting older, he is now running faster than ever, winning the New York City virtual marathon. We talk about the impact his father and sister passing away has on him today. It’s a great and rounded conversation showing the different sides of a runner’s life. ————————————————————— His Instagram links are: Personal: @kevquinn_ Coaching: @teamrealrunners ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Let’s Do This.  It is a company thats mission is to make it easier for people to find their perfect race. Whether you’re looking for a 5k fun run or a double Ironman triathlon, let’s do this list more mass-participation sports events than any other website on the planet. These include running, triathlon, cycling, obstacle racing, swimming, and many others. To get £10 off selected events use discount code: ARUNNERSLIFE and use the link: http://letsdothis.com/arunnerslife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
58:06
May 31, 2021
#91 - Fly Bizzy (Yusuf Bizimana) on the process of working to be the best
#91 - Fly Bizzy (Yusuf Bizimana) on the process of working to be the best
In episode 91, I speak with Yusuf Bizimana aka Fly Bizzy. He is currently running at the university of Texas for their track and field team and is doing well. I came across him when he posted a 5k on his YouTube channel. And his personality and mindset really shines through. In this conversation we talk about: The importance of mindset The importance of community and  teamwork The mental process during training Accountability and being honest with yourself An insight into competing against the best How he manages the post race debrief Balancing running with college His Olympic aspirations this year Putting himself outside his comfort zone And much more... This is hands down one of my favourite conversations. I’m looking forward to seeing the heights he will go towards. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @flybizzy ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:20:19
May 24, 2021
#90 - Maggie Guterl, an elite Ultrarunner’s life
#90 - Maggie Guterl, an elite Ultrarunner’s life
This conversation with is with elite Ultrarunner Maggie Guterl aka "Maggatron". Guterl is also known for becoming the first female to win at Big’s Backyard Ultra in 2019. This conversation was recorded shortly before she placed first in the female category and seventh overall in the inaugural Cocodona 250. Plus we discussed the runner’s mindset, the Barkley marathon keeping the joy in running, managing injury plus much more. I enjoyed this conversation, and I believe you will too. ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @maggatronruns ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
57:18
May 17, 2021
#89 - Steph Davies and Aoife Cooke on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics
#89 - Steph Davies and Aoife Cooke on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics
As a fan of the sport, I was excited to speak with the following two athletes. Steph Davies won the British Olympic marathon trials and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and will represent Great Britain, she finished in 2:27:16 (this interview starts at 2:45). Aoife Cooke won the Cheshire Elite Marathon and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and will represent Ireland, she finished in 2:28:36 (this interview starts at 24:17). To listen to the previous conversation with Aoife check out episode 12. Both athletes overcame different challenges within their running careers, which can get forgotten when both athletes looked in such good form earning the Olympic marathon qualifying times. In both conversations we dive into the training build up, the race, and the work leading towards Olympics. I wish them both a strong Olympic build up and great marathon race experience. ————————————————————— The links are: Steph: @steph_davis26 Aoife: @aoifecookefitness Aoife’s gofundme page to support her Olympic buildup. Photos by Tom Dulat Mick Hall ————————————————————— This episode is supported by Let’s Do This. It is a company thats mission is to make it easier for people to find their perfect race. Whether you’re looking for a 5k fun run or a double Ironman triathlon, let’s do this list more mass-participation sports events than any other website on the planet. These include running, triathlon, cycling, obstacle racing, swimming, and many others. To get £10 off selected events use discount code: ARUNNERSLIFE and use the link: http://letsdothis.com/arunnerslife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
52:30
May 10, 2021
#88 - Jon Hilling on earning a London marathon championship place
#88 - Jon Hilling on earning a London marathon championship place
This conversation is with Jon Hilling, a runner and at the time of the interview is a nutrition student. We dive into some things that work for him when fuelling his marathon training. We talk about mental health and the impact that sport can play in ones well-being. However if you’re experiencing any mental health challenges, these are some UK resources available to support you: Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call. ☎ 116 123 (UK) 116 123 (ROI) MIND, the mental health charity: ☎ 0300 123 3393 Rethink Mental Illness: ☎ 0808 801 0525 Jon swam competitively at a national level in his youth, before her turned his attention towards running. He used the same diligence to run in the high 3 hour range to then running a marathon PR of 2:39:55 at the 2020 Dorney Lake Marathon, and earning a London championship place in the process. We discuss what it was like for us running a marathon in the new race format, adhering to the COVID-19 global pandemic, in less than ideal weather. Plus we discuss much more about what a runner’s life means to him. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @jj_hilling ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by NoblePro, a treadmill brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. There’s a number of NoblePro treadmill models to suit your budget, and cater for the elite runner through to the new beginner. To get 5% off your NoblePro treadmill use the code runninglife ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:05:17
May 04, 2021
#87 - Nathan Martin on setting a marathon PR and breaking a national record
#87 - Nathan Martin on setting a marathon PR and breaking a national record
This conversation is with Nathan Martin, who ran 2:11:05 at the Marathon Project in December 20 2020. Not only was this a PR but Nathan broke Herm Atkins’ record of 2:11:52, by running the fastest marathon ever run by a Black man born in the United States. This record stood since 1979. I recorded this episode, shortly after the Marathon Project, but I held it back because there were a few other podcasts, and I wanted to give this episode some clear space once the dust had settled. In this conversation we discussed: The importance that teamwork and community play as an athlete; Bouncing back from the Olympic trails marathon; How to keep enjoyment in training; How to keep the training not just focused on solely running fast; A race breakdown of the Marathon project; What does potential look like; The importance of mantras. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @nim_i_am ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
58:20
April 26, 2021
#86 - Amy Haas on running across the USA, 13.1 miles at a time
#86 - Amy Haas on running across the USA, 13.1 miles at a time
This conversation is with Amy Haas who ran her first half marathon in 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. She ran with purpose and with passion, in memory of her cousin Scotty, who passed away many years ago from childhood cancer. She and her cousin chose to run in Chicago that year in order to raise money for cancer research. This was the catalyst for her goal. Amy truly believes that the journey is the reward as she continues to reach her goal of running a half marathon in every state. Starting in Chicago with a time of nearly 2:00, Amy has chipped away at that time year after year, race after race, and state after state - with a most recent PR of 1:25 in 2020. At the forefront of her running, is enjoying the journey, with the people close to you as the stories that make each race and state so unique. Whilst aspects of running can be about leaving it all on the table, crucially it’s about listening to your body and learning to trust yourself. We also discuss the Run with Aim Program, which is a supportive and encouraging community of female runners from around the world that come together to run, have fun, and get stuff done in running and life. Click this link to find out more. ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @raceacrossthestates Website: https://raceacrossthestates.com/ ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:07:12
April 19, 2021
#85 - Troy Busot on running, entrepreneurship, self development, and the importance of catharsis
#85 - Troy Busot on running, entrepreneurship, self development, and the importance of catharsis
“Once you feel that catharsis, once you have that lightbulb moment, once you feel what it’s like to actually live a little bit... In general the mundanity of life gets put out like a cigarette butt.” ————————————————————— The thing about life is that whilst your first attempt may not work, keep trying and work smarter the next time. This episodes guest has a background in software development and designed a website called VirtuRace, which allowed runners to manually upload times and courses so they could race virtually. But it gained little traction because programs like Google Maps weren’t available yet. About five years later, Strava, filled that niche. After visiting a triathlon event, Troy did some digging online. He discovered that some websites like Cool Running and Active posted results, but only from a handful of races. Various running clubs handled local race results online. But no website existed that aggregated results on a national scale. So that was the spark for creating and founding Athlinks. Athlinks is the largest results database for competitive endurance athletes in the world. They pull in times for running races, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mountain biking, and pretty much any timed endurance sport that you can think of. After 15 years, 350 million results, a million and a half events, Troy will be on to his next adventure helping people live happier, healthier lives. If you’ve ever been on a trail run, with a friend and have had an open conversation about running and life. This conversation reminded me of that. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @troybusot Troy interviewed me for episode 26 of the Athlinks podcast ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:19:06
April 12, 2021
#84 - Chris Mosier - The Man Who Changed The Olympics and Steered a Social Shift
#84 - Chris Mosier - The Man Who Changed The Olympics and Steered a Social Shift
It’s not often that I get the privilege of speaking to someone who is the first in their field and blazing a trail for others to follow. In this conversation I spoke with the international athlete and history maker Chris Mosier. In 2015, he was the spark for changing the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) policy on transgender athletes to provide such individuals with the right to represent their country at the Olympic Games. In 2016, Chris was pivotal in additional policy change within the IOC, by expanding the rights of transgender athletes to take part in the Olympic Games without the previously required necessity of gender reassignment surgery. “I was able to not only get policies created and policies changed. I was able to change the Olympic policy in 2016. All of those things happened because I thought what’s the worst that could happen... If they say no, so I’ll try again. I’ll try a different way. I thought there was no reason why I should compromise or give up a part of myself... There is a real opportunity, for who do I wish that I would’ve seen when I was a young person, and I can now set-out to be that person for the younger version of myself and for every kid that needs to see that today.” Chris is a hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, 2-time National Champion, and a 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to represent the United States in international competition. He is talented across multiple disciplines including race walking and was the first openly transgender athlete to compete in an Olympic Trials in a category different than their sex assigned at birth. We explore his work, mindset as an athlete and an advocate for change. Chris also explains based visual assumptions on gender, how people have treated him differently from the perspective of looking at a white woman, compared to looking at a white man. And how this furthers his advocacy of human rights across colour and for the LGBTQ+ rights movement. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @thechrismosier Website: https://www.transathlete.com/ ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. If you want to win a £200/$250 Tracksmith voucher, follow the instructions set at the start of the podcast. ————————————————————— If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
56:06
April 05, 2021
#83 - How to strengthen your training cycle mindset with Psychologist Joanna Rodriguez
#83 - How to strengthen your training cycle mindset with Psychologist Joanna Rodriguez
The race we train for is important, but a significant amount of time, preparation and energy goes into the training for the race itself, not just physically but mentally. This conversation is with Psychologist and CBT Therapist Psychologist Joanna Rodriguez, and we dive into what is happening in our minds during a training cycle, and share advice to develop awareness with the aim, to get the best out of yourself from a mental perspective. Full disclaimer: There are no quick fixes, a lot of the mental techniques shared in this conversation need time, and consistent action to implement. In this conversation we discuss: How to focus on your future goal but not letting it become a limiter. Moving beyond motivation. Visualisation, mindful mediation, thought challenging, being kinder to yourself. Being comfortable in the discomfort of training. Managing injuries, setbacks and challenges in training. Being mindful of appreciating the goal but also being grateful for this moment. How missing or reaching the goal isn’t the end point. From the individuals she has worked with, what’s a common theme that leads them towards and away from performing at their best level. If you’ve enjoyed this conversation, listen back to the first podcast with Jo (#69 - Strengthen your mindset for optimal running). ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @straightforwardpsychology Website: https://joannarodriguez.co.uk ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:06:35
March 31, 2021
#82 - Nick Bester on how to turn a set-back into a set-up, and run a sub 2.30 marathon
#82 - Nick Bester on how to turn a set-back into a set-up, and run a sub 2.30 marathon
This conversation is with Nick Bester, who is a sub 2:30 marathoner and a running coach. We speak about: What a runner’s life means to him. How he started his running journey, his role as a coach and why community is important to him. His role as Africa Marathons Coach and his experiences running Comrades, and the Two Oceans Marathon etc. Comparing running in South Africa to running in London. He shares his current race goals. Missing his sub 2.30 goal in London (2.30.01) and how he achieved this goal in Berlin. Three key things he did in his training to help him go from the sub 3 range down to the sub 2.30 range. Plus much more. ————————————————————— His social links are: Instagram: @justalilbester Website: www.justalilbester.com ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:11:51
March 30, 2021
#81 - Amanda Brooks on how runner's can enjoy their running
#81 - Amanda Brooks on how runner's can enjoy their running
This conversation is with Amanda Brooks, who is a runner, author, journalist, certified running coach and personal trainer. We speak about: What runner’s life means to her. The importance of community to her work. Why every finish line is a new start. How she gets the right rhythm between enjoying running and working in the running business space. The 30 Day core challenge (April 2021). Publishing her first book to help the everyday runner. And much more. ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @RuntotheFinish Website: www.runtothefinish.com Book: Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner's Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run 30 Day core challenge - https://runtothefinish.com/30-day-core-challenge ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more. If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:05:27
March 16, 2021
#80 - Joseph Gray on how to channel your potential and be your best as a runner
#80 - Joseph Gray on how to channel your potential and be your best as a runner
It was an honour to speak with elite runner Joseph Gray in Episode 59. In this special episode we speak about: What a runner’s life means to him Explore how early experiences shaped his career Some key lessons he’s learnt from his parents What does your potential look like How he has dealt with racial abuse whilst competing How everyone has a role in the diversity conversation Why he setup project inspire diversity He shares an example of how vital support is to a young athletes development. Bonus material: We also speak about the role that Black Trail Runners are playing in increasing access, education and representation for people of colour in outdoor spaces. Head over to the full episode (ep. 11 of the checkpoint) and scroll to 59.04 to listen to the full answer. You can follow him on Instagram at @joegeezi ———————————————————— This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout.⠀⠀ ———————————————————— Thank you to my patreons your help pays for editing, equipment and much more.⠀⠀ If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:00:17
March 13, 2021
#79 - Naomi Mitchell from a recreational runner to training for the Olympic marathon trials
#79 - Naomi Mitchell from a recreational runner to training for the Olympic marathon trials
This conversation is with Naomi Mitchell, who works as a chartered accountant, and concurrently is preparing for the GB Olympic marathon trials. She was a recreational runner who represented her club (Reading Athletic Club) in events like triple jump and steeplechase before transferring to the marathon distance. Her first five marathons she ran 2:54 (London 2016), 2:53 (London 2017), 2:49 (Berlin 2017), 3:01 (London 2018) and 2:48 (London 2019) before she achieved a breakthrough performance, running 2:37:51 in Frankfurt 2019. Naomi then went on to run a 4 minute personal best time at the elites only 2020 London Marathon, in a time of 2:33:23, to finish second Briton behind Natasha Cockram. We review this race and her goals moving forward. Naomi shared some great tips of how she went from the sub 3 range down to the 2.30 range. She provides insights in how to objectively view your training and the importance of running by feel. ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @Naomi.Sarah.Mitchell ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:19:47
March 08, 2021
#78 - Anne Maher on being a working parent whilst training to run a marathon PR
#78 - Anne Maher on being a working parent whilst training to run a marathon PR
This conversation is with Anne Maher, a working mom of two. She ran a Boston qualifying 3:28 in her first marathon, and ran a 2:53 marathon in 2020. In this conversation, we learn about her upcoming marathon target. We dive into what a runner’s life means to her. We learn how she maintains a sense of rhythm whilst being a working parent, and concurrently training towards her potential in the marathon distance. ————————————————————— Her social links are: Instagram: @margsandmarathons Website: https://www.margaritasandmarathons.com/ ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. If you want to win a £200/$250 Tracksmith voucher, follow the instructions set at the start of the podcast. ————————————————————— If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:18:27
March 01, 2021
#77 - Haroon Mota on growing through adversity and being of service in the community
#77 - Haroon Mota on growing through adversity and being of service in the community
This conversation is with Haroon Mota, who is an adventure and thrill seeking fundraising expert heading Penny Appeal’s Challenge Events Programme. Haroon champions humanitarian projects by setting himself ambitious fundraising challenges; running multi marathons and climbing mountains, raising millions of pounds for charity and inspiring so many to follow in his footsteps. Haroon has a strong passion increasing diversity and inclusion in outdoor fitness. Through his fundraising endeavours and personal challenges he hopes to inspire more ethnic minority communities to get active outdoors. Haroon's most recent achievements include running 260km in Ramadan whilst fasting, raising over £50,000 for charity. When lockdown is over, he hopes to fulfil his goal of a 6 star world marathon major finish and also has his eyes set on a trek of K2 Basecamp in Pakistan next year. We dive into how he started running and his experiences of overcoming adversity and showing us his side of a runner’s life. You can follow him on Instagram @haroonmota ————————————————————— This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. Tracksmith is offering new customers $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more. To learn more, check out this link http://tracksmith.com/Marcus15 Use the code Marcus15 at checkout. ————————————————————— If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
01:11:17
February 22, 2021