Welcome to RunPod, the weekly run club you can join simply by listening. In this series Jenni Falconer welcomes special guests who share that passion for running. Together they’ll discuss the challenge, reward and sometimes obsession of pounding the pavement whilst asking what drives us to run, why some catch the bug more than others, and how it can transform the lives of those who do it. Along the way, you'll hear top training tips, monumental mistakes and some inspirational stories. So, whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, treadmill trainer, fitness guru or simply putting off that Sunday jog, RunPod is here for you.
Greg Rutherford MBE
On this week's Runpod, Jenni is joined by not just a talented runner, but a Gold medal winning jumper. Yes, it's Greg Rutherford!
Although retired now, Greg continues to run, and not just those short distances his sport required.
Greg and Jenni talk the difference between training as a professional and training now, how he got into long jump, Super Saturday (how could they not?!), his nippy 5k time, running a half marathon with close to zero training, Strava excuses, and if Greg will be running on Christmas day.
A fascinating listen!
The RunPod Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2020
This is a special bonus episode of Runpod intended to help you come up with ideas for the best gizmos, gadgets and gear for runners this Christmas.
Jenni is joined by 2 experts in this field - Esther Newman, editor of the brilliant Women’s Running magazine; and Jessie Watts from Runners Need, one of the UK’s leading running retailers. Between them, they have the guide to the best GPS watches, earphones, jackets, tops, trainers, undies, socks and accessories out there.
If you need ideas for gifts, or fancy updating your own kit, this episode is bursting with suggestions, top tips and excellent advice.
Striding into the RunPod Run Club this week is actress, fellow podcaster and founder of The Capsule, Natalie Anderson.
Natalie chats to Jenni about taking to running in her 20s, finding that time for you, competing against herself, weight training to compliment her runs, some amazing places she's been able to run and celebrating the fit, active older woman.
An upbeat listen to keep you going, go on grab those trainers!
We know he has ‘The Voice of an Angel’, he is after all the boy who sang the song from ‘The Snowman’ but now the question is, can he run like a gazelle?!!
This week on RunPod, I’m joined by TV presenter, singer and Welsh wonder, Aled Jones. Like many other people in 2020, @realaled has taken to running to get him through periods of lockdown.
Fitness is important to Aled not just to help him perhaps burn off the excess of lockdown life but also because of the mental health benefits.
The struggle is often juggling work and life alongside a fitness regime but we discuss how he manages to fit in exercise.
We also hear about his experiences growing up when fitness was far from a concern and when he found himself hanging out with pop royalty.
This is a lovely episode with a guest who is brilliant and totally relatable on many levels. Enjoy and happy running.
Roger Black MBE
This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by former 400m sprinter, Roger Black. Although Roger has since retired, he still runs daily but now he gets to relax the pace, run for enjoyment and more importantly to maintain his health. Despite the fact he was so fast on the track, even picking up a silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, throughout he had an underlying heart issue. We discuss how he didn’t let that stop him becoming a world class athlete and what it was like to face the pressure racing against the legendary Michael Johnson.
Roger also has great tips for newbies, so if you’re just started running this year, he’ll give you reason to keep going!!
A fascinating listen from a man who was at the top of his game for many years and who now still prioritises the opportunity to run because he knows the benefits make it so incredibly worthwhile.
This week on RunPod, fresh from her samba on the Strictly dance floor. Jenni catches up with former Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith.
Ok, so Jacqui might not have what it takes to win the Strictly glitterball but she is a nifty runner.
She first turned to running about 10 years ago and claims it was her time in the Cabinet that led her to switching things up.
Jacqui’s life has changed somewhat in the past decade, not just in terms of work but she’s also in a new relationship. Running is also key to helping her feel fantastic and is her happy place.
A joy to listen to and should help keep you going on your run too!