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Whether you are just starting out, or here to PB, Well Far is the weekly running podcast helping you to go the distance. Each week host Amy Lane - author, runner and fitness expert - breaks down the barriers to running to make it accessible for joggers, plodders, runners and racers. Or for those who are as confused by spikes as they are split times here, you'll find the advice and action points you need to build up your confidence and your endurance. So wherever your starting point and whatever the distance, you can go Well Far!
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Well Far: The Running Podcast Mags Creative

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    • 4.7 • 458 Ratings

Whether you are just starting out, or here to PB, Well Far is the weekly running podcast helping you to go the distance. Each week host Amy Lane - author, runner and fitness expert - breaks down the barriers to running to make it accessible for joggers, plodders, runners and racers. Or for those who are as confused by spikes as they are split times here, you'll find the advice and action points you need to build up your confidence and your endurance. So wherever your starting point and whatever the distance, you can go Well Far!
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    Millie Mackintosh on How Motherhood Helped Her Become a Runner, Her AM Routine & Life in 2021

    Millie Mackintosh on How Motherhood Helped Her Become a Runner, Her AM Routine & Life in 2021

    A super chatty season finale for you all with one of Instagram's fittest celebs, Millie Mackintosh. Millie talks about how motherhood shifted her workout goals and how, like many other runners in the past year, was forced to embrace running to get a hit of cardio during lockdown. Since then, her uptake of running has become a key part of finding confidence and comfort in her postpartum body, whilst also enjoying the brief moments of headspace and ‘me time’ in busy mum life. In her words, she’s learned not to punish herself or compare her journey to others. Listen in to hear how Millie’s new role as Mum, helped her fall in love with running. 
     
    Topics covered:
    Challenges of settling into the new role of mum 
    Finding ‘me’ time and how running creates this space 
    Unforeseen learnings from life in lockdown 
    Appreciating your body and not comparing yourself to anyone else 
    Finding time to exercise with a little one around 
    Millie’s morning routine 
    Millie's journey to a 10k 
    Safety when out on a run

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    • 42 min
    Ask An Expert: Best Running Leggings with Esther Newman

    Ask An Expert: Best Running Leggings with Esther Newman

    Much like your trainers, leggings really are the workhorses of your running wardrobe, and pulling on the wrong pair can really ruin a run. It’s also one of the most common questions asked by the Well Far crew. 
    That's why this week we have enlisted the help of Esther Newman, editor of Women’s Running Magazine, who regularly puts kit to the test, to share her edit on leggings and fits that go the distance. Amy also shares her legging learnings that she’s amassed over the years! 
    Over to Esther to answer this week's Well Far Question: What are the best black running leggings? 
    To hear more from Esther and the Womens Running Team head to Womensrunning.co.uk for regular running edits, or by following: 
    Insta:@womensrunninguk
    Facebook: @womensrunningmagazineuk
    Twitter: @womensrunninguk
    WeWill Campaign: @wewill.campaign
    Finally, if a hard copy magazine is what you are after head to Shop.womensrunning.co.uk and enter WELL FAR at the check out for your exclusive discount!

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    • 8 min
    How to Harness Your Hormones to Keep Running at Every Age & Life Stage

    How to Harness Your Hormones to Keep Running at Every Age & Life Stage

    Thanks for staying with us while we had a little break last week. Today’s episode is well worth the wait. This week we're taking a deep dive into that topic of how female hormones can affect our running. Because although running is there to be enjoyed at any age and life stage, understanding how to tailor our training to suit our life stage, and current hormone levels will help us women truly enjoy the physical and psychological boons of running. Today we tackle some big questions: Should we be doing the same in our twenties as our seventies? How does menopause and perimenopause affect our training and are women missing a trick by choosing generic training plans also used by men. This is a new field of research and helping to educate and inspire us to keep clocking the miles as we age is Rosie Stockley founder of Mama Well (@mamawelluk) a fitness company that helps women navigate fitness through the biggest of life changes. And also Kelly McNulty, a PhD student at Northumbria university investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive use and performance recovery and adaptation in sports women. And she's also the author of Period of The Period Blog (@periodoftheperiod).
    Topics covered:
    Mental and physical benefits of exercise
    How your cycle affects your run
    What we need to do to support our training, and how our hormones come into play
    How to track your cycle and plan your runs accordingly
    Using new research as a base and tweaking your
    Training around the menstrual cycle so that it works for you
    Working with your body not against it
    How your muscle mass changes throughout your lifetime.
    How to train for body and mind

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    • 55 min
    Amy on Taking a Break to Focus on the Marathon of Motherhood

    Amy on Taking a Break to Focus on the Marathon of Motherhood

    Well Far is taking a short break. In the spirit of practising what you preach, the Well far team and I are taking a short hiatus before coming back for the season finale in two Sundays time. 
    I hope that the last three months of episodes have helped you find your focus and be more aware of how you spend your energy, and actually taking some time to be mindful about where I spend my energy is the reason for this update. Throughout this podcast, I've not shied away from talking about mental health. I've spoken about my eating disorder and how running became a part of the scaffolding that's helped to hold me up after, but now with a new baby, I found that my foundations aren’t so steady and so I need some time to work on them. 
    In truth, I always thought I'd be a mother who'd be able to have it all and do it all because I could spin many plates. But with a new baby it’s much harder to keep those plates in the air. Which is why I'm sharing today’s update as I don't think there should be any shame in admitting that juggling babies with work and workouts is complicated. 
    Until we return, keep getting out there and making the most of the time in your trainers and supporting your (virtual) crew around the world.
    Keep up with Amy on instagram @wellness_ed, using the hashtag #WellFar to post as part of the well far community.

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    • 5 min
    Rediscovering the Lost Art of Running with Shane Benzie

    Rediscovering the Lost Art of Running with Shane Benzie

    Sharing his running wisdom with the Well Far crew this week is technique analyst coach, author of The Lost Art of Running, and movement guru, Shane Benzie, whose analysed and coached and studied running races five continents to learn from the running styles of some of the most gifted athletes on the planet. Running technique is a much talked about and important part of a runner’s process, but guidance around it can be confusing with mixed messaging and subjectivity getting in the way of information. Shane Benzie is the go-to authority for running technique having analysed and improved the running styles of many competitive athletes.
    Topics covered: 
    A human history of running 
    The fascial system elastic body and what that means for our running 
    Shane’s learnings from studying movement from around the world 
    How to run well
    How to use video to improve your running 
    Is there a correct running technique?  
    Plantar fascia and finding spring in your foot.
    Barefoot running

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    • 46 min
    GUIDED STRETCH: How to liberate your running routine + a guided stretch with Chris Magee

    GUIDED STRETCH: How to liberate your running routine + a guided stretch with Chris Magee

    This week the well far listeners have asked how to help sore hamstrings and how to stretch out tired legs after a long run. So this week we are revisiting the brilliant guided stretch that Chris Magee provided a couple seasons back. You can do this stretch before or after a run, or as a standalone stretch during the week to help your recovery and improve your run. 
    But first, Amy gives us her hot tip of the week….There’s nothing quite like that sense of achievement that you get after hitting that PB or reaching that goal or checkbox of having a pad around the box and yet, stats have shown that sometimes the very thing that brings us joy can also bring us anxiety. This week Amy shares her experience of the liberating joys of running by feel. Instead of being plugged into your app of choice, or glued to your watch, running by feel means that you can truly be in the moment. Amy talks us through her joy in setting off on a run with no goal, distance or pace in mind. So why not try for yourself and leave your running watch or phone at home this week? Let us know if you feel the same magic using #Wellfar on instagram or post on the WELLFar strata club. 

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
458 Ratings

458 Ratings

JessThomas1996 ,

Motivational all the way through

Hey Amy,
Iv learnt so much about running in the last few weeks starting the podcast than I have the past 5 years of running myself. This podcast is so informative and has helped me stay focused. It had motivated me for running when I’v felt tired and iv learnt a lot about myself and the way I run. What to do and not to do. But also to enjoy running and not be so hard on myself.
Iv always been a stop/start runner Iv given up a lot, In the past, I get bored easily and Iv found myself feeling a lot differently about running now and trying to make my runs adventurous and not about my time and pace and more about how it makes your body feel. One of my goals is to do a marathon or half marathon and I know I’m not their yet but I will one day! This podcast has made me feel confident, like I can do it!
I am a runner!
So thank you!

MissAbbee ,

Used to be great.

Used to be a really informative podcast until she had a baby, now it is just a mothering podcast. Every single topic is now about running as a mother, stretching as a mother, exercise as a mother, eating as a mother.

rachconnolly ,

Marathon of Motherhood

Love this Podcast, as a “Lockdown runner” who did the virtual marathon October 2020, I have found this Podcast like a bible to not only running but life in general. I bought Amy’s book too! I’ve been inspired to start using instagram and strava and connect with others in this crazy Covid time. I am a mum of two girls who are soon to be 10 and 7. I really struggled adjusting to being a mother so I totally get where you are coming from. You should be extremely proud of your honesty and how it will help so many other parents. You will find the way that works for you and your family. It takes a strong person to be so honest! Take care and enjoy every second of that new baby-ness! X

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