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...
This series is a straight to the point view of my thoughts in my training journey.
In this first episode I share 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,...
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...
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.
This episode is supported by Tracksmith, a brand which actively represents and supports the...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
“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...
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 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...
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...
This conversation is with Amanda Brooks, who is 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.
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...