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A Runner’s Life

A Runner’s Life

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

The podcast is hosted by Marcus @themarathonmarcus and he explores the topics around training, racing and the impact running has on our day to day life’s.
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#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 8, 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
01:22:37
February 1, 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 4, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 8, 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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 3, 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 9, 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 7, 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 6, 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 2, 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 7, 2020
#12 - Aoife Cooke, Irish National Marathon Champion, 2:32:34
Aoife Cooke had a promising junior Cross Country career that brought her to Arkansas Tech on a scholarship. She initially had success at college, but she struggled with osteopenia, the resulting injuries cut her college time short and she returned home. With the pause in her running career, she dropped off the radar, and she went through a challenging time as her running future looked uncertain. We dive into this and explore the steps, she took to have run the fastest marathon ever run by an Irish woman in Ireland in Dublin 2019 2:32:34. Coached by John Starrett, she has run the 5th fastest marathon time ever recorded by an Irish female runner. Her goal following Dublin is to achieve Olympic qualification. She needed more than motivation, to be the runner she is today. And I know you’ll leave this conversation feeling inspired.
01:40:07
May 4, 2020
#11 - Karina Junker, Hollywood Actress & 18 time Marathoner and Pacer
Karina Junker is best known as a succesful actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after voice-over artists. She is graduate of Columbia University and has a master's degree in clinical psychology. Junker had to overcome tremendous odds in her 20's. Her mother, Leticia Junker, was involved in an automobile accident in 2004 that left her in a vegetative state for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, Leticia passed away from complications in 2013. However, Karina attributes her extremely hard work and ethic to this tragedy and has expressed that had it not been for her mother's car accident, she would not be the person she is today.  This significant event was a key factor in her starting her running journey, combined with working in Hollywood. This means that she is very practical, positive and a resilient person. She takes these fundamentals into her running. She's an 18-time marathoner, a pacer for the New York Road Runners and a former pacer for the LA Marathon. Junker has ran over thirty races around the world, including TCS New York City Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon,  LA Marathon, Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, BMW Frankfurt Marathon, Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon, Chevron Houston Marathon, among many others. You can follow her journey on Instagram @karinajunker
01:11:04
April 30, 2020
#10 - Heidi Bye Svartangen, Ultra Runner, Entrepreneur, Mum, Healthcare Professional, Race Director
Heidi’s running mantra is to enjoy the journey, and to live life as the great adventure that it is. She has a super positive and optimistic outlook on life. We discuss her ultra running journey, including a 100 mile race, lessons learnt and kit advice for various multi stage races including the 2018 Half Marathon des sables Peru which we both took part in. Whilst being a Mum and owner/practitioner of a successful animal muscle therapy practice, she’s also a race director. Due to CV19 she is hosting a virtual race in absence of the planned race called Elevation Ultra 2020. The plan is to cover 45k over several days, with the aim to get as much elevation, as possible over the set distance. It’s happening between May 7-10 or June 5-7 click the link to find out more. https://www.hoyjordrundtogrundt.no/elevation-ultra-virtual-race/
01:11:37
April 27, 2020
#9 - How you can run more efficiently, with Coach Mike Antoniades
Mike Antoniades is the founder & Director of The Running & Movement School. In this conversation we dive into why he started the business. Mike’s passion really comes across as he looks to make each person he works with, be the best and most efficient runner that they can be. Mike has over 35 years coaching experience working with elites through to everyday runners and kids. We dive into what makes an efficient running technique, the myths of foot strike, the impact of technology and shoes on running. We also cover strength work and mobility tips that you can do today. To help you run more efficiently the Running & Movement School will be offering 20% off their analysis sessions online and in store, you can use the code: runnerslife20 Online: https://myrunningschool.com/courses/online-analysis/ In store: https://runningschool.com/product/biomechanical-running-analysis/
01:10:22
April 23, 2020
#8 - Winthrope Wellington, 2:43 Marathoner
Winthrope @throp ran a 2:43 marathon PB at the 2019 Boston Marathon. He’s also recorded a half marathon PB of 1:19 and run a 17:06 5k. In this conversation we dive into how he did this, discussing the bumps in the road, the mindset developed. We cover his nutrition and race day fuelling that’s brought him success. Plus he talks about the impact that his father has on his running. Episode #8 is available on Podcast platforms including Apple podcast, Spotify, Anchor etc. This episode is supported by Maurten. If you want to win 1x @maurten_official 160 Drink Mix box (18 servings worth €39.20) answer this question, which is answered in this episode. What 3 exercises did Winthrope’s father do in the morning? Once you know the answer, direct message me on Instagram @themarathonmarcus and I’ll pick a random winner by May 3.
01:25:41
April 21, 2020
#7 - Amritpal Ghatora, 2:51 Marathoner & Six Star Finisher
As of April 2020 there’s a total of 6,611 Abbotts six star world marathon major finishers, there’s 667 finishers from the UK, I earned it in 2018 and I’m joined by fellow UK six star finisher Amrit (2019). We’ve had the opportunity to run together and I’m inspired by what he has done and how he goes about things. He’s gone from a 4:42 marathon down to a 2:51. We dive into how he did this, discussing the bumps in the road, the mindset developed. We cover his nutrition and race day fuelling that’s brought him success. Plus we talk about the influence his wife has had to make him a better runner. Follow his running journey on Instagram, check out his profile @amritpalghatora 💥Competition time💥 If you want to win 1x @maurten_official Gel 100 box (12 gels worth €40.32) answer this question, which is answered in this episode with Amrit. What does Amrit eat and drink for breakfast on the day of the marathon? Once you know the answer, direct message me on Instagram @themarathonmarcus and I’ll pick a random winner by 26/4/2020 (original date of the London Marathon).
01:21:03
April 21, 2020
#6 - Ian Morgan, Ultra Runner
I’m in conversation is with ultra runner Ian Morgan who’s based in Chile with his partner Fran. Ian led a conventional life in New Zealand before becoming an athlete, competing in international races. There were a number of significant life events including a heart attack which made him take stock and change direction to the life he leads today. We talk about these areas, the impact of CV19, and the lessons he’s learned in running and life. It was an open conversation and I’m grateful to share it. To listen to the podcast conversation it’s available on iTunes, Spotify and Anchor. Ian’s on Instagram as ian.morgan and his website is www.runtravellove.com
01:14:52
April 21, 2020
#5 - How to reduce anxiety and stay socially connected during CV19 - Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein
This podcast is a conversation with Psychotherapist Vida Weinstein who has over 30 years clinical experience. She has worked in inpatient facilities, psychiatric wards, plus rehab centers in the United States and internationally. She talks about the anxiety created by the coronavirus. She provides insight, understanding and practical solutions to help people on the frontline through to the general public, during this challenging time.
01:17:53
April 21, 2020
#4 - Kieran Alger, Sub 3 Marathoner, Ultra Runner & Running Journalist
I’m in conversation with runner Kieran Alger, he’s run 43 marathons, including breaking the sub 3 marathon. He’s going for the 6 World Marathon Majors medal and Tokyo is his last marathon major left. He’s also run 12 Ultra’s including finishing in the top 100 of the 2015 Marathon des Sables. In this conversation we talk about his running, including the Tokyo marathon which was postponed due to CV19. We discuss his motivations, get an insight into running kit and technology, through his work as a running journalist.
01:01:07
April 21, 2020
#3 - Coronavirus: Physiotherapy Q&A How to become a stronger runner Ft. Adrian D’Costa
In this episode I interview Physiotherapist Adrian D’Costa from R&D Physio. In the first part of the interview Adrian interviews me about how I’m preparing for a postponed race. For the second half I interview Adrian to explore what essential elements runners can implement in their strengthening programme during the CV19 pandemic, to become a stronger runner.
42:43
March 30, 2020
#2 - Coronavirus: How to strengthen your mental focus for your running Ft. Duncan Foster
In this episode I interviewed my performance mindset coach Duncan @dsfcoaching from DSF Coaching. He has worked in coaching, sport science and sport psychology for 15 years. He has worked with runners, athletes, coaches and teams from club level to international level. We firstly discuss the work he does to get his clients to work at their best, and secondly how runners can strengthen their resolve during these unprecedented times. He shares applicable tips that you can use for your running.
57:00
March 27, 2020
#1 - Coronavirus: How to run safely and stay motivated Ft. Coach John
In this episode I interviewed my running coach John Starrett, to ask the questions runners have been wondering during these unprecedented times. We discuss: - The ways that runners can stay safe to themselves and those around them. - How they can modify their training to gain results. - How to stay motivated and connected to both their running community and wider community. - What opportunities runners can seize upon and develop. - And much more... John can be contacted via the following: - https://stazzasstable.com - stazzastable1965@gmail.com
41:18
March 24, 2020
Welcome to A Runner’s Life
A short introduction to the podcast, which captures the conversations that Runner’s have and matter to them. The podcast is hosted by Marcus @themarathonmarcus and he explores the topics around training, racing and the impact running has on our day to day life’s.
01:24
March 23, 2020