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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
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...
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.
In episode 103, you’re joining me on my eight mile recovery run, following a twenty mile long run the day prior. The Virgin Money London Marathon is in 33 days!!
I provide some insights for those who are heading into the final stretch of the marathon buildup, and share several of my key learnings that I’m implementing into this weeks training.
This year I’m running for @samaritanscharity as they do great work to help support people who need to speak to someone, if they’re struggling with...
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 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...
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...
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.