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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 • 459 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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    RERUN: Training smart with team GB sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and ultra runner Sophie Power

    RERUN: Training smart with team GB sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and ultra runner Sophie Power

    From hundredths of a second to hundreds of miles, in this episode Amy speaks to two runners from opposite ends of the track on how to factor in training around a busy life. Covering everything from essential core exercises for runners to breastfeeding mid-ultra marathon; friends, food and fuel we chat to Nike athlete and fastest woman in the world Dina Asher-Smith, and long time ultra-runner Sophie Power who triggered a global debate about motherhood and marathons.
    How to find out more about today’s experts:
    Dina Asher-Smith, Instagram: @dinaashersmith
    Sophie Power, Instagram: @ultra_sophie
    Find other runners like yourself by searching #WELLFar on social media. 

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    • 45 min
    RERUN: Best foot(wear) forward; having a plan - with host Amy, footwear expert Emma Kirk-Odunubi and Runner’s World Editor Andy Dixon

    RERUN: Best foot(wear) forward; having a plan - with host Amy, footwear expert Emma Kirk-Odunubi and Runner’s World Editor Andy Dixon

    In this episode Amy helps to dispel beginners nerves with essential tips on how to begin your marathon journey on your strongest foot, literally. Starting from the feet up we chat to Emma Kirk-Odunubi about what trainers you need, the importance of footcare, easy stretches and how you can improve your running while brushing your teeth. Then Amy picks the brains of Andy Dixon, Editor of Runner's World magazine, as they pound the pavement for a lunch time run. 
    How to find out more about today’s experts:
    Emma Kirk-Odunubi, Instagram: @emmakirkyo, Youtube: HerShoesHerFitness
    Andy Dixon, Instagram: @runnersworlduk, @rw_ed_andy, Runner’s World Mission Marathon: https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/training/marathon/missionmarathon
    Find other runners like yourself by searching #WELLFar on social media. 

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    • 44 min
    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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    • 56 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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
459 Ratings

459 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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