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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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#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
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
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
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May 02, 2022
#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
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
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!
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April 18, 2022
#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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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January 31, 2022
#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
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
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January 21, 2022
#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
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
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
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
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
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November 28, 2021
#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
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
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
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
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October 13, 2021
#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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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July 31, 2021
#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?
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
#76 - Andy Raynor on progress. From 3:54 to a 2:44 marathon and beyond
This conversation is with Andy Raynor aka FOD Runner, he started running from the 1st January 2015, and is now a keen runner who enjoys running the tracks and trails of the Forest of Dean. Andy runs several businesses, is a father of three and is currently training for a sub 2:40 marathon. You can follow his journey on his YouTube channel. We dive into his training, and how he spins the various plates, whilst working towards his best in the marathon distance. You can follow him on Instagram @fodrunner ————————————————————— 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
01:17:50
February 15, 2021
#75 - How to train for a London marathon championship place and beyond - Ft Coach John
This episode is sponsored by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the development of a runner’s life in the running community. In this episode I welcome back my running coach John Starrett to talk about what is required to earn a London marathon championship place and go beyond. In episode #23 we spoke about what the sub 3 hour marathon required. In this episode John shares core principles he uses to develop the athletes he coaches, including sharing advice he shares with his athletes running the 2021 Wrexham elite marathon. We dive into training essentials, strengthening work, mental mindset, race strategies and race nutrition. If your looking to break this milestone there are some great pieces of advice to take onboard from this episode. John can be contacted via the following:  Website: www.stazzasstable.com Email: stazzastable1965@gmail.com 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
01:35:08
February 08, 2021
#74 - Charlie Dark on how to live your life with purpose
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, listen to the question I ask at the start of the podcast then:  DM me the answer.  And be sure to follow myself, the podcast and Tracksmith’s Instagram pages. In episode 74 I speak with Charlie Dark, a mentor, a community builder, DJ, writer, Yoga teacher, runner and so much more. We speak about the pivot that Run Dem Crew (RDC) has made adding Run Dem Radio. Charlie has been a DJ since 1983 so this progression is a natural fit and this community Internet radio station continues to brings people together. This conversation was recorded shortly after he reached a milestone birthday. We discuss life lessons, and reflections that he’s learnt. This is one of my favourite conversations and I know you will find value in listening to it. Links to follow up on: Run Dem Radio Run Dem Crew Charlie Dark Tracksmith 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
01:21:18
February 01, 2021
#73 - Liubov Lomonosova on resilience. From a sedentary life to sub elite runner
Liubov was not a runner before moving to the US. She started running to help lose weight. But running became an integral part of her life. She went from 14 min/mile pace to a Boston qualifier and a 3:04 PR marathon, plus a 1:24 half marathon PR. She inspired those around her, including her family. She is now a RRCA and Lydiard Certified Running Coach, NASM CPT, PES. She coach clients from all over the world: USA, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Latvia, France, UK, Bahamas, Kazakhstan and New Zealand and has helped dozens of runners achieve the running goals. You can follow her on Instagram at @lyutsik or on her website. 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
01:15:12
January 25, 2021
#72 - Simon Freeman on Why We Run
This conversation is with Simon Freeman who is Co-founder of the running magazine Like the Wind. We discuss: What does a runner’s life mean to him; Where his drive to see what his capable of comes from; What’s his motivation to run and his future running goals; Going for your running potential; The why behind the magazine; And much more. Simon took up running just before turning 30 in an attempt to get fit after years of an unhealthy lifestyle. Having caught the running bug, Simon went on to run dozens of marathons – ending up with a personal best time of 2:37:07 – as well as other road race distances, trail races, and ultra-marathons. Simon is passionate about the positive impact that running can have on our mental and physical wellbeing. He also believes in the power of storytelling, working with brands and individuals to unleash their stories. Like the Wind exists to tell stories about 'why we run (not how to run)'. The aim is to inspire, motivate, move, and educate readers, publishing stories on racism, gender inequality, the environment, and poverty through the lens of running. You can follow Simon and Like the Wind on Instagram at @simonbfreeman @likethewindmag 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
01:18:20
January 18, 2021
#71 - How to run smarter with Dr Gavin McClean
This conversation is with Dr. Gavin McClean a Sport Scientist, Researcher, Exercise Physiologist, and the founder of Running Smarter. This conversation was recorded in 2020, and we discussed: How and why running by heart rate can allow you to run faster, whilst enjoying the process more. What muscle groups, you need to target during your strength & conditioning sessions as a runner. Tips to help you can achieve  running success. We dive into the science of running in the heat and tips to acclimatise. And he busts some running myths along the way, such as running is not bad for your knees. Plus much more. Follow Gavin @running_smarter for free tips or get in touch with Gavin at www.runningsmarter.co.uk/kickstart 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. www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife
49:21
January 14, 2021
#70 - Carly Spataro: Focusing on what matters in life and running
In this conversation with Carly we discuss: Breaking a sub 3 hour marathon; How running helps her physical and mental well-being; How she manages negative self talk whilst running; How she’s managing training and racing during the COVID-19 pandemic; Why she runs today, compared to how she started; How she tries to find balance whilst being an A type person. Carly got into running in 2016 and developed a love for marathons. She has completed 11 marathons ranging from times of 3:49 to her current personal record of 2:55. She works work full time as a pharmacist, concurrently she’s putting in the graft. In 2020 she ran 4000 miles which equates to a weekly average of 76 miles. You can follow her on Instagram at @carlyspat 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
48:32
January 11, 2021
#69 - Strengthen your mindset for optimal running, with Psychologist Joanna Rodriguez
In this conversation we discuss: How to clarify your running why; How to shift your perspective, in challenging moments; The importance of developing awareness; How to develop mental resilience in your running; And much more. This conversation is with Psychologist and CBT Therapist Psychologist Joanna Rodriguez, who has over 10 years of practical experience working in a variety of NHS and private settings. Joanna is a passionate athlete, with a marathon PR of 3:00:47. She is mum to 3 boys. She also works in education and media. She has featured on several television programmes, and she was the Psychologist for the Bear Grylls show Breaking point. You can follow her on Instagram at @straightforwardpsychology or online at joannarodriguez.co.uk 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
01:00:28
January 04, 2021
#68 - Emmanuel Ovola: Running a sub 3 marathon, and the life lessons from running
“Life is for living.” Emmanuel Ovola The zest and curiosity for life and running is summed up in this quote from the conversation with Emmanuel. Known to others as Nike running coach Manni. We speak about what it took for him to run a sub 3 marathon. His current running goals, and his thoughts on running, and the lessons it’s taught him. Emmmanuel is a passionate Physiotherapist, running coach and believer in diversity. He’s the founder of cultural health club an organisation supporting minority Physiotherapists through their career and promoting health and disease prevention in minority communities. This is also inexplicably linked to his running collective London select, the younger generations have a role to play in all of this and he believes promoting of running in the black community is part of the journey. Emmanuel runs his own practice whilst also being part of the well established organisation Pure Sports Medicine in London. You can follow him on Instagram at @manni_o 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
01:16:53
December 28, 2020
#67 - Alison Feller: Reflecting on 2020
In this episode I speak with Alison Feller who is the host of Ali on the Run Show. Which is an inspiration for my podcast. She’s also a dancer, writer, editor, mother, content creator, a runner, a race announcer plus so much more. In this conversation we discuss: What does a runner’s life mean to her; The importance of using language, that best serve us; Her 2020 race and running experiences, coupled with some thoughts about how running may look in the future; Lessons learned from 2020; The importance of checking in with your people; How to show your authentic self on social media; Plus much more great conversation and laughs! You can follow Ali on Instagram at @aliontherun1 And you can listen to her podcast, the episode with Dr. Nicole Detling, mental performance coach no. 278 which is one of my favourite episodes, especially for the practical knowledge shared.  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 —————————————————————
01:11:40
December 21, 2020
#66 - Tawny Bybee
This conversation is with runner Tawny Bybee, who has been targeting a US Olympic Trials Qualifier place. Her Instagram profile was the inspiration for this podcast name and you can follow her journey on Instagram @arunnerslife.arl We dive into her early athletics career, where she received a full scholarship to run at Southern Utah University (SUU) and she learned to steeplechase and that became her main event. She refused to date runners, but a blind date with four-minute miler, Dustin Bybee changed things. She left SUU and competed with Dustin at Brigham Young University (BYU). They married in 2006 and raced all over the country together.  She was lucky enough to compete in Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, New York, Florida, Oregon, and the list goes on. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from BYU in 2008, leaving with a 10’33” 3000m s/c, 9’47” 3k, and 17’ 5k. Tawny is a mother of four, and she coached the boys and girls distance teams at Lone Peak High School in Cross Country and Track. Even with a busy family life, she took a team that could barely fill varsity to one of the best in the state. Then in 2015, she had her fourth child.  After this, she trained hard but sickness and joint problems plagued her.  She discovered she had Lyme Disease.  Eventually, she overcame Lyme disease and was able to train again. She won the Nebo Marathon, but then had a knee injury. Tawny is back marathon training and she inspires me and so many others to be their best. ————————————————————————- 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
01:21:15
December 14, 2020
#65 - Run Grateful with Mark White
In this episode I speak with social entrepreneur Mark White who is leading the Run Grateful initiative to combine gratitude and movement. We dive into what has prompted him to create businesses and initiatives that have a social benefit.  Which were prompted by him facing challenges in early adulthood, from deep darkness, addiction, and hopelessness. “Back when I was 18, I had a choice to make. Backed into a corner, and after many negative consequences, I had a moment where I realised I had enough courage to see my reality with an honest feeling of admitting that I was lost, uninspired, with no hope and consumed with fear.  I had no direction, structure, or clear understanding of who I was, where I was going and how I was going to get there!” This conversation focuses on the One Grateful Mile event, where the participant dedicates one mile during their walk or run to something or someone they feel grateful for each day in December 2020. To get involved click the links below: @1gratefulrun @markwhite_0602 #OneGratefulMile #1gratefulrun 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
01:05:56
December 07, 2020
#64 - Mario Fraioli
This conversation is with athlete, coach, journalist, podcaster Mario Fraioli. This was recorded shortly after the 2020 London marathon. Mario’s hosts the morning shakeout podcast which is an inspiration for this podcast. One of my favourite episodes was episode 129 with Kílian Jornet. It was an honour to speak with Mario on episode 125. In this conversation I ask the question, what would Mario would ask himself if he could interview himself, the answer is a real insight into the man behind the runner. You can subscribe to his newsletter at www.themorningshakeout.com 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
01:28:54
November 30, 2020
#63 - Seth James DeMoor
This conversation is with elite runner Seth James DeMoor. He’s an incredible athlete. He’s a 2:23 marathoner and has only competed in two of them. He holds the FKT (fastest known time) on several trails throughout Colorado. He’s represented the U.S. in the Mountain World Running Championships. We discuss running with his US teammate Joseph Gray who was featured in episode 59. This conversation was recorded earlier this year, when he recently won the Pike’s Peak Marathon a challenging ascent and descent marathon that climbs and descends 7,000 feet. This marathon holds special meaning to him as his father competed in it. Seth has built up a succesful YouTube Channel, where he’s been vlogging daily since 2015. He has put in the work and now he has built an incredible community, with over 112k (Nov 2020) subscribers. Seth’s known for some quotable phrases such as “Butter My Bread” which he explains then meaning of in this conversation. We talk about lessons he has learned from former coach’s, his father and how he applies it to his running. We discuss race preparation, racing including mantras. Seth also discusses some long term goals he has, and the importance of his family to his life. You can follow Seth on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SethDeMoor Or on Instagram @sethjamesdemoor 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
41:08
November 23, 2020
#62 - Sub 3 marathon, ask me or Coach John anything episode
After 3 tries to run sub 3 in 2019, finishing in 3:05, 3:01 & 3:00:19. I ran a sub 3 marathon finishing in 2:56:19 at the 2020 Dorney Lake Marathon. In this ask me anything episode, my coach and I answer your questions about the buildup to my 2:56 marathon. The questions submitted were placed into the following topics. Physical Training Mental Training Nutrition The marathon General coach questions 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
01:25:15
November 16, 2020
#61 -Running Whilst Female: Andy Dixon (4/4)
I discuss harassment of females whilst running, in the four following conversations with: Heather Campbell @yogaandrunning Cat Roberts @cattherunner Kim Clark @trackclubbabe Andy Dixon @rw_ed_andy   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
31:24
November 12, 2020
#61 -Running Whilst Female: Kim Clark (3/4)
I discuss harassment of females whilst running, in the four following conversations with: Heather Campbell @yogaandrunning Cat Roberts @cattherunner Kimberly Clark @trackclubbabe Andy Dixon @rw_ed_andy     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
36:03
November 11, 2020
#61 -Running Whilst Female: Cat Roberts (2/4)
I discuss harassment of females whilst running, in the four following conversations with: Heather Campbell @yogaandrunning Cat Roberts @cattherunner Kim Clark @trackclubbabe Andy Dixon @rw_ed_andy 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
47:45
November 10, 2020
#61 -Running Whilst Female: Heather Campbell (1/4)
I discuss harassment of females whilst running, in the four following conversations with: Heather Campbell @yogaandrunning Cat Roberts @cattherunner Kim Clark @trackclubbabe Andy Dixon @rw_ed_andy 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
49:19
November 09, 2020
#60 - Diverse We Run Panel: Thriving & Wellness as a BIPOC Runner
Panel discussion on mental health as a BIPOC runner in 2020 hosted by Carolyn Su and Marcus Brown. The aim for this discussion was to give a platform for BIPOC runners to share about our personal experiences in running, and to not only just provide representation for other BIPOC runners, but to also help broaden the worldview of those already in the majority. 0:15 event intro and how the topic of mental health was chosen, by Carolyn Su 03:35 panelist intros, by Marcus Brown 04:40 intro - Dr. Jenny Wang 05:23 intro - Sabrina Pace-Humphreys 06:27 intro - Maurice Lowman 08:18 intro - Sha Hussain 09:18 Question 1: What barriers have you faced in your running journey, related to your race/ethnicity? 24:32 Question 2: How have the events of 2020 impacted your physical and mental well-being? 43:42 Question 3: What are the tools you’ve learned and put into practice, that have been helpful in managing your well-being; conversely, what are things you’ve done that were not beneficial for your mental health? 1:02:27 Question 4: How can the running community -- both individually and collectively -- foster wellness and inclusion in running (i.e., what are some things that individuals can do, and what are things that groups/companies can do or need to understand & acknowledge?) 1:19:20 Q&A from attendees 1:32:10 - closing remarks, panelist contact info This webinar was originally recorded on Oct 24th, 2020.
01:39:40
November 02, 2020
#59 - Joseph Gray
This conversation is with arguably the greatest male mountain runner of all time Joseph Gray. Joseph won the World Mountain Running Championships in 2016 and 2019, he’s the US record holder for the legendary uphill Mount Washington Road Race, he’s won the Pikes Peak Ascent, has an impressive collection of FKTs and he’s come second at Sierre-Zinal. He’s also an 18-time national champion, which just shows his consistency over many years.  Click this link to see his total list of professional achievements. You can follow him on Instagram at @joegeezi  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
01:11:37
November 01, 2020
#58 - Not Another Runner’s Life (October 2020)
Myself and Natalie @notanotherrunner are bringing you a mash-up of our podcasts, Not Another Runner and A Runner’s Life, and we will be bringing you: Not Another Runner’s Life.   It’s two friends talking, not interviewing and just having a behind the podcast chat. This includes how we are doing with life, training, running and how we are unwrapping the gifts that 2020 continues to give us! We discuss our thoughts on the documentary The Social Dilemma after watching it.  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
01:20:08
November 01, 2020
#57 - Leon Cerrone
This conversation is with cyclist, and runner Leon Cerrone who was on the cover of the Runner’s World U.K. May 2019 magazine. We had an open conversation about his mental health, his suicide attempts, and how he manages his physical and mental well-being. We also dive into: Why he enjoys running and some highlights; Diversity in running; One of the best TV series. The Sopranos.  You can follow Leon on Instagram @leon_cerrone 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.  If you're struggling with your mental health or having suicidal thoughts, please don’t suffer in silence and reach out for help. There are numerous charities that can help, some are listed below: Calm: 0800 585858 www.thecalmzone.net  HopeLine UK 0800 068 4141 www.papyrus-uk.org  Lifeline (N.Ireland) 0808 808 8000 www.lifelinehelpline.info Samaritans: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile) www.samaritans.org SHOUT Text 85258 https://www.giveusashout.org/ 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
01:19:13
November 01, 2020
#56 - Sabrina Pace-Humphreys
This conversation is with ultrarunner Sabrina Pace-Humphreys who was on the cover of the Runner’s World (RW) U.K. October 2020 magazine. She is an mother, grandmother, run coach, PT, public speaker Inov-8 ambassador and campaigner. We are the co-founders, along with several other runners of the Black Trail Runners (BTR) blacktrailrunners.com, a community and campaigning group that aims to encourage more people of colour to experience the mental therapy of running.  This conversation was recorded in the summer of 2020 before the RW cover, and at the early stages of BTR. We discuss why Sabrina runs, including her running experiences including running Marathon des Sables.  You can follow Sabrina on Instagram @sabrunsmiles and the work BTR is doing at @blacktrailrunners  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
01:22:30
November 01, 2020
#55 - 2:56 Marathon debrief - Ft. Coach John
After 3 tries to run sub 3 in 2019, finishing in 3:05, 3:01 & 3:00:19. I ran a sub 3 marathon finishing in 2:56:19 at the 2020 Dorney Lake Marathon.  This is the second of two episodes. This second episode is a debrief with my coach where we talk in detail about the training, race strategy and the race itself.  The first episode (#54) covered my thoughts immediately post race, and a few days afterwards. In this episode John explains why most coaches, runners, social media gurus, and journalists have it wrong about ‘the shoes’.  He explains some of the real reasons why people, especially (clean) elites are running faster. We examine why people get stuck in the sub 3hr quagmire and don’t improve enough after breaking 3hrs, we look at what they need to do to jump from 2:5X to 2:3X. 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
47:32
November 01, 2020
#54 - I ran a sub 3 hour marathon
After 3 tries to run sub 3 in 2019, finishing in 3:05, 3:01 & 3:00:19. I ran a sub 3 marathon finishing in 2:56:19 at the 2020 Dorney Lake Marathon.  This is the first of two episodes.  This first episode covers my thoughts immediately post race, and a few days afterwards.  The second episode will be a debrief with my coach where we talk in detail about the training, race strategy and the race itself. 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
20:06
October 08, 2020
#53 - Phil Beastall
This conversation is with Phil Beastall, who has been a runner since 2010. His greatest achievement being 30:03 for 10k in 2017. Since then he has been trying to find a balance between work, running and life. Alongside this Phil is a Video Producer and Director. In 2018, a Christmas film he made called ‘Love is a Gift’ went viral. It was watched by over 50 million people around the world and shared over 100,000 times on social media. Phil was interviewed on ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning Britain and was featured in many news and radio articles. Off the back of this Phil was asked by Good Morning Britain to write and direct a film for their 1 million Minutes Christmas campaign. The film was received incredibly well and has helped the campaign to receive more donations than 2016 and 2017 put together. Phil was personally asked by Lewis Capaldi to write and direct the music video for his number one single ‘Someone You Loved’ which starred BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi. You can follow Phil on Instagram @phil.beastall 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
01:14:32
September 29, 2020
#52 - Sub 3 hour marathon attempt: 1 week before
Recorded a week before I run the Dorney Lake marathon Oct 4 (and using the result for my virtual London marathon) and I’m targeting a sub 3 hour marathon for my fourth attempt. My last attempt was 3:00:19 in NYC. I believe I will achieve it. I don’t usually raise money for my marathons etc. But I was inspired by speaking to other parents who have also suffered loss at various stages of pregnancy to raise money for Sands. Thanks to Lee Ryan for suggesting this worthy charity. 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
11:58
September 25, 2020
#51 - How to Safely Run With Your Dog
Heidi Bye Svartangen is a Animal Muscle Therapist and Natural Medicine Practitioner. She also teaches, hosts workshops in this field. Since 2012 she has been the owner of a successful animal clinic, based in Norway. Prior to that she co-owned an animal clinic for 10 years. Heidi often trains with her running partner and dog Sol (Sun) who features in her social media posts. In this episode Heidi provides information you'll need to train your dog to run with you. And how to make your run enjoyable and rewarding for both you and your dog. We discuss the following: What breed to get as not all dogs are made for running; When to start running. What can you do with the puppy to prepare them for becoming a runners dog; Training plan and rest days; Dealing with common injuries, musculoskeletal problems; Weather – cold, hot, protection gear, clothes, paw protection; Planning nutrition pre, post and during long runs; Plus much more. You can follow Heidi on Instagram @heidi.bye.svartangen 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
01:01:47
September 21, 2020
#50 - Patti Catalano Dillon
This special 50th episode is with Patti Catalano Dillon who is a Native American, and a former World and American record holder for long distance road racing from 5 miles upto the marathon. She is a pioneer for women's athletics. She was the first American woman to run a sub 2:30 marathon, running 2:29:33 in New York in 1980, finishing second to Grete Waitz, who ran a world record (2:25:41) that day. Patti finished second in Boston in 1981, despite running into the back of a horse (as it was very crowded). She ran an American record 2:27:52. Allison Roe, had to break the course record (2:26:46) to beat her. The Brazil race story really floored me, as it really shows what makes a champion mindset, even when the odds appear stacked against you. We discuss: How she started running Tips to develop a champion mindset Overcoming challenges Brazil race story (from 1:27) Coaching advice including visualisation You can follow Patti on Instagram @pattispeaks227 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
02:11:41
September 14, 2020
#49 - Lee Ryan
This conversation is with Father, Husband, Runner, Coach 5 x Guinness world record breaker, and Adidas Captain Lee Ryan. We speak about parenting, the pain of losing a son and his mum. It was a raw, and open conversation. We discuss how running helped him to grieve and how he remains as present as he can be. This is one of my favourite conversations. Lee’s mindset is exceptional. He shares how the life challenges he’s experienced, have made him more rounded to different angles of life. This episode was recorded early in lockdown, and we discuss the reasons why he completed a full marathon and 100k in his garden. After listening and speaking to him, you  learn that you can use what you have, to achieve your best, whilst being present for others. We discuss life truths, understanding the importance of knowing your running why, plus talk about our Boston Marathon 2018 experiences. You can follow Lee on Instagram @leemryan 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
01:31:49
September 07, 2020
#48 - Natalie Mitchell
This conversation is with Natalie Mitchell, who is a Los Angeles based running coach, 12 time marathoner (3:05 PR), writer and mom to three active kids.  When she is not working with a client or chasing after her kids, you'll find her running on the roads or high up in the mountains near her home. Natalie also loves to cook healthy meals, bake and read in her spare time.  We talk about when Ryan Hall coached her prior to the Houston marathon. And her marathon goal of achieving an Olympic time qualifier a sub 2:45 marathon. You can follow Natalie online at @natrunsfar 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
01:35:10
September 06, 2020
#47 - Ben Parkes
This conversation is with athlete, coach and creator Ben Parkes. We dive into how he started running marathons. Aged 18 he got a ballot place for the London marathon ballot, and caught the bug, finishing in 4:03.  He went on to run more marathons, concurrently working in the corporate world, he felt increasingly unfulfilled. And after 10 years he decided to hand in his notice and make his passion for running his business, with the aim to help others exceed their own ambitions.  Ben set out to learn everything on the subject, he become a running coach. He is also an accomplished runner, in 2018 he earned a marathon PR of 2:25 at the Valencia Marathon.  We discuss how he's coped with his recent injury. And look at how he aims to be his very best and add value to others running in his work. He achieves this through various methods such as his successful YouTube channel. Which has over 64k subscribers. You can follow Ben on Instagram @benparkes 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
01:14:44
September 06, 2020
#46 - Jon Baguley
This conversation is with runner Jon Baguley, who recently relocated to Switzerland, and can often be found out on the mountain trails. Having been into running and endurance racing since 2008 when he ran his first marathon, he has since gone on to run ultras to 130km, multi-day mountain and desert races, hit the sub-3 marathon and completed Ironman, Swimrun and competed for the GBR age-group squad over the 70.3 half Ironman distance.  He follows a largely plant based diet, and loves nothing more than a good chat on the run, which almost got us both into trouble, with another runner, when we took part in the Half Marathon Des Sables in Peru! You can follow Jon on Instagram @jonbaguley 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
01:31:12
September 06, 2020
#45 - Anna Oloyede
In this conversation I speak with Anna Oloyede who recently finished university. She is a graphic designer, athlete, and model. We dive into how she started athletics at a young age, competing at various events, including the 60m and the long jump. She shares key lessons learned during her time in competition, including advice learnt from fellow elite athletes. She also shares how she managed the challenging moments, including dealing with injury. We talk about how her current work, including her modelling career. Finally we discuss events in 2020, and her plans for the future. What comes across in the conversation, is Anna is grounded, clear with her intentions, and has awareness of keeping true to herself. It was a great conversation. You can follow her on Instagram: @annaoloyede 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
55:37
August 24, 2020
#44 - Jack Schofield
In this conversation I speak with Jack Schofield who is a photographer, Ironman and 3x Kona qualifier. He is a fellow INTJ (Myers-Briggs) personality type, which is one of the rarest types and we discuss the pros and cons of this. We also dive into: How he is keeping focused during lockdown; About moving up towards the front end of the age group field and beginning to look for a pro license; The mental side of sport; The importance of being your authentic self; Dealing with setbacks, holding your values and trying to be the best version of yourself. You can follow Jack online: Instagram: @jackyscho Photography: @two26_photography Website: www.jack-schofield.co.uk 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
01:42:28
August 20, 2020
#43 - Kimberly Clark
This conversation is with runner Kimberly Clark who works as a commercial real estate broker. She has built up a large community on instagram, sharing the ups and downs of her journey @trackclubbabe, while encouraging others to dream big. The posts are inspiring and motivating, which you’ll see in her content over on her instagram account. She has traveled to 57 countries and has big goals for the marathon, starting from 6:08 and earning a PR of 3:11. 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
01:11:00
August 17, 2020
#42 - Mark Hatton
This conversation is with Mark Hatton a 3:01:09 marathon runner who is on the path to complete the 6 world marathon majors. He also GB age group triathlete who returned to running in 2015 following two life changing events, the passing of his father and birth of daughter. We speak about the time he cycled 270 miles in Death Valley to support the cancer hospice that took care of his father. We go onto talk about other significant life challenges he experienced. Mark explains that his daughter is one of his why’s for living an active and healthy life, whether it’s running marathons or training to earn a spot at Ironman Championships in Kona. We talk about his marathon PR in Tokyo. Mark is an inspiring person, and it’s amazing to see his mental strength shine through in this conversation. You can follow Mark on Instagram: @markjameshatton
01:32:24
August 13, 2020
#41 - The London Marathon announcement reaction episode
I speak with fellow six star marathon major finisher Ron Romano, and we discuss our thoughts following the announcement of the confirmed format of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Including the virtual race, the elite race, plus our future predictions.  My daughter makes her presence known during the podcast. Haha! A Dad’s life! There has been an outpouring of support for the ultra-runner Tommy Rivers Puzey after a rare cancer diagnosis. His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills during this time. We speak about Ron’s separate fundraising efforts for Tommy. To donate click this link. And we discuss other charitable causes he is supporting during lockdown. Ron has a marathon PB of 2:40 and 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.
01:07:09
August 10, 2020
#40 - Christoph Neumayer
This conversation is with Christoph Neumayer a 2:51:52 marathon runner who is on the path to complete the 6 world marathon majors all under three hours. The Tokyo Marathon is the only marathon major  remaining. We speak about his first run, how he is training during lockdown, why he runs, and how he gets motivation from other runners. Christoph is on Instagram as @neumy
01:08:36
August 06, 2020
#39 - Jessica Reyes
This conversation is with Jessica Reyes, who is a runner, and Head Coach of Team Sugar Runs, which she started to connect with the running community. It has grown into a community of female coaches helping athletes of all abilities achieve their running goals She’s a Level II RRCA certified running coach with personal bests of 3:01 in the marathon and 1:24 in the half marathon. We talk about: Playing soccer competitively until she was 22 Her first race and why she runs The importance of community and why she started coaching Her honest blog post about the challenges of family planning as a female athlete Training for a sub 3 hour marathon Dealing with the mental side of marathon training Plus various other insights. You can follow Jessica on Instagram @sugarruns
01:17:55
August 03, 2020
#38 - Not Another Runner’s Life (July 2020)
Myself and Natalie @notanotherrunner are bringing you a mash-up of our podcasts, Not Another Runner and A Runner’s Life, and we will be bringing you: Not Another Runner’s Life. Our aim is to deliver you a once monthly episode, bringing you a conversation between two friends discussing: Current events in the running world and community; Inspiring stories and snippets from both our podcasts; What we have learnt within the month from podcasting; Questions for each other, including how we are doing with training, running and life; We finish with a positive story in the news. Run for Rivs. There has been an outpouring of support for the ultra-runner Tommy Rivers Puzey after a rare cancer diagnosis The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills during this time. To donate click this link.
01:15:03
July 30, 2020
#37 - What the Sub 90 minute half marathon requires - Ft. Coach Jake Lowe
This conversation is with runner, coach and motivator Jake Lowe, and we talk about the goal to achieve a sub 90 minute half marathon. Even if sub 90 isn’t your goal, Jake shares a lot of good tips you can use for your half marathon training goal. Jake can regularly be found on his Facebook page doing live videos to help, motivate, and inspire runners. He has a podcast called Running with Jake: The PLODcast, and in 2018 Jake founded the Performance Community - a unique coaching programme that gives members access to advanced physiological testing methods that elite athletes use. This effectively takes out the guesswork of their training, meaning that Jake and the team can use the results from the test to help runners, of all abilities, to run further and faster than ever before. You can follow Jake online: Running with Jake: the plodcast Instagram: @runningwithjake
01:02:06
July 27, 2020
#36 - Marcus Brown interviewed by Liz Warner
In this conversation the tables are turned, Liz Warner @runtoreach guest from episode #14 hosts the show and interviews me. We discuss my running journey the highs and lows of my journey from a 4:55 to 3:00:19 marathon Why I stopped running for 4 years Managing the early part of CV19 Boston 2018 Mental training for running Training goals I get asked my final questions
01:07:34
July 25, 2020
#35 - Paul Navesey
This conversation is with Paul Navesey, who is a runner, coach and personal trainer. He went from British 100km Champion, to representing England at the Frankfurt Marathon, running a PB of 2:17.16. We talk about: How he is keeping focused during COVID-19; Virtual races; The unconventional move from ultra marathons to marathons; What coach Allison Benton and the AB Training Group have added to his running; Lessons running has taught him; Nutrition that works for him; Running a marathon with your head and your heart; The significance of the Night of 10000s; Plus various other insights. You can follow Paul on Instagram @paulnavesey
57:58
July 20, 2020
#34 - Sam Lloyd-Perks
This conversation is with Sam who is originally from the West Midlands of England from the town of Kidderminster but joined TeamThie back in 2015 during his first year at Cardiff Met University. During his junior career, he competed on the track where he won multiple county titles from the 1500m to the 3000m and also represented his county at the English Schools cross country championships on three occasions. The Steeplechase was his primary event as a junior where he won the bronze medal at the Midland Senior Championships at 18 before eventually switching to the longer distances of the 5k and 10k on both the road and track. He has since competed in numerous national championships on the road, track and cross country surfaces respectively. 2018 was a good period for Sam as he set personal bests in a range of different distances, he also concluded his Cardiff Met career with a 14th place finish and personal best at the BUCS 10,000m championships in Loughborough. It was also in 2018 that Lloyd-Perks fulfilled his lifelong ambition of competing in the American Collegiate system when he joined Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee to pursue a Masters degree whilst racing in both Cross Country and Track. In his two years in the NCAA, he gained All-Conference honours in Cross Country two years in a row and also set personal bests from the 1500m up to the 10,000m with his proudest moment coming on a cold and windy night in Chicago where he set his current 10k personal best of 32:13. Sam is still based in the States and will be making a future transition back to the roads and a step up in racing distances looking likely. You can follow Sam on Instagram @samlloydperks
01:32:21
July 16, 2020
#33 - Nell Rojas
This conversation is Nell Rojas, who is an American professional long-distance runner, coach, business owner, triathlete and winner of the 2019 Grandma's Marathon (2:28:06). She also competed at the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials and finished in 9th place. We talk about: The Runners World article she was featured in where Runners Speak Out About Running and Race. Winning the Bolder Boulder 10k, 40 years after her dad did, and we talk about the lessons he has taught her. Not getting wrapped up in training numbers. The importance of knowing yourself and trusting your training. Knowing that strong runners come in more than one body type. Talent vs hard work. Racing with Des Linden. You can follow Nell online: Instagram: @nell_rojas_running Coaching: Rojas Athletics
58:57
July 13, 2020
#32 - Jonathan Barr
This conversation is with Jonathan Barr, we talk about: Experiences as a 2x testicular cancer survivor. The importance of family, including his wife Lauren and their 3 kids. What happiness looks like. His and Lauren’s six world marathon major journey, Boston is the last marathon left for them to earn the medal. Fundraising and being of service to others. Plus some other great insights. You can follow Jonathan on Instagram @jbfrontrunner
01:26:24
July 09, 2020
#31 - Running the six world marathon majors (2/2)
In this two part conversation (2/2) with friend and fellow six star marathon major finisher Ron Romano, we give advice and share some of our favourite memories for the following world marathons major races. Chicago London New York Ron has a marathon PB of 2:40 and 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. @ronrunsnyc @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc
01:01:12
July 07, 2020
#31 - Running the six world marathon majors (1/2)
In this two part conversation (1/2) with friend and fellow six star marathon major finisher Ron Romano, we give advice and share some of our favourite memories for the following world marathons major races. Boston Berlin Tokyo Ron has a marathon PB of 2:40 and was one of seven runners, to run all six marathon majors in 2019 (avg 3:15 at age 58) he is on Instagram: @ronrunsnyc @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc
55:54
July 06, 2020
#30 - Sha Hussain
This conversation is with Sha Hussain, Founder of Be More You and The Wellness Movement. We talked about the following: How Sha started running and the benefits it’s had. Sha’s last race pre CV19 and the lessons he has learned. Joining the run collective and finding community within Run Dem Crew. Diversity in the running in line with BLM. Mental health awareness for runners, and how this prompted him to start Be More You and The Wellness Movement. Plus a few other gems of wisdom which I’ll let you listen in for. You can follow Sha on Instagram @shahussain @bemore.you @thewellnessmovement1
01:20:09
July 02, 2020
#29 - Lloyd Kempson
This conversation is with full-time athlete Lloyd Kempson, with a 5000m (5K) PR of 14:31. He is working towards breaking the 14 minute barrier. Lloyd started running when he was 8 years old and followed the UK club system pathway before exploring the running scene down under in Australia training and living with elite runners. He returned to the U.K. and is also a full-time running coach and founder of Team Project Run (TPR) an international running community, coaching the beginner up the elite level athlete. You can follow Lloyd and TPR on Instagram @lloydkempson @teamprojectrun
01:21:58
June 29, 2020
#28 - How to fuel a sub 3 hour marathon
In the conversation with Tobias Christensson Head of Nutrition at Maurten, I’ll be discussing how you can fuel a sub 3 hour marathon using Maurten. Maurten has taken the industry by storm in the past several years, most notably fueling Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon in Vienna and WR performance in Berlin. This follows on from episode 23 with Coach Stazza, where he goes into detail explaining how you can train for a sub 3 hour marathon.
34:50
June 27, 2020
#27 - Reena Aggarwal
This conversation is with Doctor, researcher and marathoner Reena Aggarwal who is aiming to complete the six World Marathon Majors. Whilst she ran in school, she didn’t carry it forward afterwards. However it was her time in Boston, coupled with joining the Heartbreakers running club, which sparked her return to running. We speak about what it is like working on the frontline, during the CV19 pandemic. We also speak about how she combines both her day job as a doctor, and dive into how her running compliments her work and visa versa. You can follow Reena on Instagram @raggarwal
01:05:03
June 25, 2020
#26 - Eleanor Whyman-Davis
This conversation is with Doctor and elite international runner Eleanor Whyman-Davis, who is coached by double Olympian Helen Clitheroe. In 2019 she finished 10th in the UK rankings list after, crossing the line at the Valencia marathon, in a time of 2:33:24. With a marathon time that’s in touching distance of the Olympic qualifying standard. We spoke about the postponed London marathon, and what her future running goals are. We also speak about how she combines both her day job as a doctor, whilst training to an elite level as a runner. She shares how both elements compliment each other.  You can follow Eleanor on Instagram @elseydavis
44:60
June 24, 2020
#25 - Kylie Jane
This conversation is with marathoner Kylie Jane. She is a working mother of two, we talk about how she balances motherhood, family life and training to earn the Abbotts World Marathon Majors Six Star Medal. We talk about how she got into running, and breaking sub 4 in her first marathon attempt. We discuss her motivations to run and why it’s important to her. Plus we look at the causes that she’s raised money for in the process. You can follow Kylie’s journey on Instagram @kyliejjane
01:21:12
June 24, 2020
#24 - Lee Grantham
This conversation is with elite runner Lee Grantham who was coached at school by the U.K. fell running legend, Andy Trigg the winner of numerous fell events in the Peak District in the '80s and '90s. Lee ran as a junior then left the sport, he got a regular job and was successful, but it wasn’t what he wanted to do long term. We speak about when he cycled through Asia in 2008/2009, to get away from everything, to figure out what made him tick. It then led him directly back to running in early 2010. Lee is a 100km British Championship winner, and Nike sponsored athlete. We dive into his future targets to become the world champion in 100km and goal to breaking the 100k world record. We talk about the time we briefly ran together at the 2019 Berlin marathon! We dive into the lessons that Lee has developed along his journey, including his time with Eliud Kipchoge. I’m biased but it’s a fun conversation which I know you’ll enjoy. You can follow Lee on Instagram @jungle.vip
01:41:07
June 24, 2020
#23 - What the Sub 3 hour marathon requires - Ft. Coach John
In this episode I welcome back my running coach John Starrett to talk about what the sub 3 marathon requires.   In episode #1 we spoke about how to run safety and stay motivated during CV19. In this episode John shares core principles he uses to develop the athletes he coaches, to break sub 3 and go faster.  We dive into training essentials, strengthening work, mental mindset, race strategies and race nutrition. If your looking to break this milestone there are some great pieces of advice to take onboard from this episode. John can be contacted via the following:  Website: www.stazzasstable.com Email: stazzastable1965@gmail.com 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
01:17:15
June 24, 2020
#22 - Russell Bentley
This conversation is with Russell Bentley, he started track running, and was coached by the legendary Frank Horwill MBE, the renowned UK middle distance coach who coached 49 Great Britain and Northern Ireland international athletes. He lived in Kenya and we dive into the lessons he learnt, from the time he trained with David Rudisha (800m world record holder). He has moved from track running into marathon running, earning a personal best of 2.20.20 in the Berlin Marathon. He is now based in the hills of Snowdonia. He works a 40hr week on building site, running 100 miles on the roads, whilst coming home to play with the kids, and did I mention he is a running coach?! We also talk about diversity in running due to current events. I’m biased but it’s a great conversation which I know you’ll enjoy. Links: Instagram: @russell_runner Website: russellrunner.com
01:11:23
June 24, 2020
#21 - Gill Bland
This conversation is with sub 3 hour marathoner Gill Bland, who ran her first marathon in Mablethorpe in 2011, her husband and Gill decided they wanted to run London Marathon but didn't want to go through the ballot. She has a marathon PR of 2:53:22, and was the winner of the 2019 Bournemouth Marathon. Her other achievements include 1st Lake Garda Marathon, 7th Florence Marathon (1st brit and 1st non-elite). She is a working mother, and we talk about how she is learning to balance motherhood, family life and training seriously again. Her big goal is to get the US Olympic Trials Qualifying Time of 2:45, not because she is American but as it’s the next target post sub 3. We speak about Christianity and her faith in her day to day life. She is a big advocate of women’s running and wrote about this before writing for FastRunning.com You can follow Gill on: Instagram: @blandontherun Website: blandontherun.com
01:05:45
June 24, 2020
#20 - Jan Corcoran
This conversation is with sub 3 hour marathoner Jan Corcoran, who started running marathons back in 2015 and completed her first marathon in that same year with a time of 3:43.44. Five years and six marathons later and she has lowered that Marathon time to 2:52.39. In February 2020 she finished 2nd in the 50k National Championships / Donadea 50k in a time of 3:34.13 and achieved the International A Standard and could now run 50K over 10 minutes faster than her first Marathon (42.2K). She has since been selected to run on the Women’s Team at the Anglo Celtic Pate. She was preparing to take part in her first 100k Race when she represents Ireland at the Anglo Celtic Plate in Boddington, England which has been postponed due to CV19. You can follow Jan on: Instagram @jantastic2  Facebook @Jan-tastic and Twitter @jantastic22  #jantasticjourney
01:23:09
June 24, 2020
#19 - David Wyeth
This conversation is with marathoner David Wyeth, who started running marathons in adulthood. What comes across is his focus and diligence which he used to train for his first marathon in under 3 hours, whilst juggling training around family and work. His drive and determination to give his best effort in races and push his limits is clear. As a such he is known for one of the most memorable finishes of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM). Where he had given his all and was struggling towards the end. It was at this moment that Matthew Rees and David captured a moment of true sportsmanship, and we speak about this dramatic joint finish which is forever an iconic moment of the VMLM. We speak about the setback at the 2019 Boston Marsthon, to learn how he refocused and returned to run his current marathon PR of 2:37:29, at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon which is a tough course, finishing 148 of 53,520 runners. David is a talented runner but he gets the work done, and I’m looking forward to seeing the development of his marathon journey. You can follow him on Instagram @david_wyeth 
01:25:30
June 24, 2020
#18 - Knox Robinson
Knox Robinson ran competitively at Wake Forest before moving to New York to work in music, where he managed indie artists and served as editor-in-chief of the music culture magazine, The Fader. Following the birth of his son he returned back to running, in a big way. He is a coach of Nike+ Run Club in New York City, captain and co-founder of Black Roses NYC run collective and a top 100 finisher in the New York City Marathon. We spoke about the time he spent with Dr Maya Angelou at university, we also discussed his running journey. It was a real privilege talking and learning from him. You can follow him on Instagram under @FirstRun
01:28:07
June 24, 2020
#17 - The Runner’s Identity
Having a strong identity as a runner, in and of itself, isn’t a negative trait. In fact, it‘s an advantage when we are healthy and running well because being all in on achieving our goals can propel us toward being our best. However the pitfall comes when we allow our sense of purpose to fully hinge on our success, or lack thereof, as a runner.  By not holding our passion for running with a well-rounded sense of purpose, spanning all aspects of our entire being can bring mental challenges, during CV19, injuries, a race that didn’t go to plan etc. In this conversation, with Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein, we explore the ideas behind the runners identity, and give advice of how runner’s can positively deal with the challenges faced during CV19.
01:09:23
June 24, 2020
#16 - Alison Désir
Alison's nickname is Powdered Feet, which comes from the Haitian Kreyol, that describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder.  Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world, and by The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans ages 25 to 45. Alison is a mom, endurance athlete, activist, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, author and mental health advocate, who is passionate about community, mental health and fitness.   Her impact on community and culture is wider then just running. There’s so much that’s she’s done, that we could of spoken about.  However for this interview, I focused mainly on her recent article titled “Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World’’ for Outside Magazine which I’d recommend everyone to read.   The link is below. https://www.outsideonline.com/2413115/ahmaud-arbery-murder-whiteness-running-community#close   This article covers the division of race within the running community, and it has resonated with so many and myself.   Links Instagram: @alisonmdesir Website: http://alisonmdesir.com  She is hosting a series of free virtual fitness and mental health dvents called Find Meaning Through Movement. To sign up, click the link:  https://www.meaningthrumovement.com
48:46
June 24, 2020
#15 - Race directors - How are they navigating CV19?
As runners, we‘re feeling a range of different emotions as races are postponed or cancelled. This episode aims to give an insight into what race directors are experiencing, as the events and sporting industries have paused due to CV19.   In episode 13, I spoke to Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events regarding the 40th Virgin Money London Marathon, to get an insight into the challenges that his team and their global partners face, in organising international races in a changing landscape.   In this episode, I speak to Matt Wood a co-founder of Run Through, a popular UK based series of races for varied distances across the U.K. Pre CV19 they held approx. 2 races per week. I also spoke to Sam Heward co-founder of Ultra X who organise a series of global ultra races in various locations including Mexico, the Azores, Jordan, Sri Lanka, to name a few. This episode will give further insight from a race directors perspective, in regards to the current climate. Run Through https://www.runthrough.co.uk Ultra X https://ultra-x.co Marcus - Instagram: @themarathonmarcus  -  https://instagram.com/themarathonmarcus/ -Website: https://marathonmarcus.com
01:09:49
May 13, 2020
#14 - Liz Warner, Run to Reach - 30 Marathons before turning 30 to support NGOs that empower women
Runner and philanthropist Liz Warner is running 30 international marathons, before turning 30 in June 2020. She plans to cover 786 miles, and raise $100,000 for women-focused international organisations.  We dive into why she runs, then why she started the challenge, plus explore the logistics of putting this challenge together. Liz has completed 28 marathons before CV19 and is planning to finish the final 2 virtually. To get involved for the Run to Reach Virtual Marathon ‪on May 24th‬ - the details are below. However you don’t have to run a full marathon, all distances are welcome. I’ll be doing my normal training run to support. Use hashtag #R2RVirtualMarathon, tag @runtoreach to get involved.  The Run to Reach, 30 in 30 challenge partners with 20 local Non-Governmental Organisation’s. Each one empowers women in it’s community to become independent, take control of their futures and fight in the face of vulnerability and discrimination. An example of this is Free to Run, which currently operates in Iraq and Afghanistan, where in 2018 it made connections with over 500 girls from various ethnic backgrounds, conducted nearly 700 sports sessions, led over 250 leadership seminars, and organised 22 volunteer sessions in 4 provinces across the country. In a country ranked among the world’s lowest for educational opportunities, life expectancy, health, and access to justice, Free to Run is paving the way for women and girls to make strong impacts in their communities.  Links: Liz Warner  Virtual race: https://runtoreach.typeform.com/to/bmhHt5  https://www.instagram.com/runtoreach/  http://runtoreach.com/about/  To donate: https://fundly.com/runtoreach

01:20:25
May 11, 2020
#13 - Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events
This Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) is the biggest one day charity event in the world, in 2019 it raised £66m. Since it’s inception in 1981 over £1billion has been raised for charitable causes. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic it was postponed. After running 3:00:19 in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon, the 40th VMLM was my next race attempt to break the sub 3 hour marathon. However what’s clear is racing for times and personal goals, isn’t a priority right now. As societies collective priorities have changed. Health and wellbeing are now first place. A positive thing to reflect on, is the current fundraising initiative, the 2.6 challenge https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/ in which people can complete a task comprising the numbers two and six. The aim is to support charities whose incomes have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode I spoke to Hugh Brasher the Event Director of London Marathon Events. What is clear is he wants to do the best for society, for the integrity of sport, and honour the core principles of the VMLM, started by his father Chris and John Disley. This conversation provides an insight into the challenges that his team and their global partners face, in organising international races in a changing landscape. This podcast will give you further insight from a Race Directors perspective, if you were taking part in VMLM or a similar event.
48:45
May 07, 2020
#12 - Aoife Cooke, Irish National Marathon Champion, 2:32:34
Aoife Cooke had a promising junior Cross Country career that brought her to Arkansas Tech on a scholarship. She initially had success at college, but she struggled with osteopenia, the resulting injuries cut her college time short and she returned home. With the pause in her running career, she dropped off the radar, and she went through a challenging time as her running future looked uncertain. We dive into this and explore the steps, she took to have run the fastest marathon ever run by an Irish woman in Ireland in Dublin 2019 2:32:34. Coached by John Starrett, she has run the 5th fastest marathon time ever recorded by an Irish female runner. Her goal following Dublin is to achieve Olympic qualification. She needed more than motivation, to be the runner she is today. And I know you’ll leave this conversation feeling inspired.
01:40:07
May 04, 2020
#11 - Karina Junker, Hollywood Actress & 18 time Marathoner and Pacer
Karina Junker is best known as a succesful actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after voice-over artists. She is graduate of Columbia University and has a master's degree in clinical psychology. Junker had to overcome tremendous odds in her 20's. Her mother, Leticia Junker, was involved in an automobile accident in 2004 that left her in a vegetative state for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, Leticia passed away from complications in 2013. However, Karina attributes her extremely hard work and ethic to this tragedy and has expressed that had it not been for her mother's car accident, she would not be the person she is today.  This significant event was a key factor in her starting her running journey, combined with working in Hollywood. This means that she is very practical, positive and a resilient person. She takes these fundamentals