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Marathon Talk has returned in 2022 as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors family. Hosted by Martin Yelling and the great Deena Kastor, every two weeks we'll bring you news, views and some amazing guest interviews from across the world of marathons and running.

Marathon Talk Deena Kastor & Martin Yelling

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Marathon Talk has returned in 2022 as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors family. Hosted by Martin Yelling and the great Deena Kastor, every two weeks we'll bring you news, views and some amazing guest interviews from across the world of marathons and running.

    E43: Mallory Creveling - Runner’s World Deputy Editor, Health & Fitness

    E43: Mallory Creveling - Runner’s World Deputy Editor, Health & Fitness

    What better time to exhibit the extraordinary mental benefits of running than during Mental Health Awareness Week.
    That’s been a huge focus for this week’s Marathon Talk guest, Runner’s World’s Mallory Creveling, who’s been working on a must-read piece of work on wellness - ‘The Runner’s World Guide to Mental Health’.
    Learn more on this week’s podcast, where we also share the best path to recovery from unexpected injuries, peek ahead at Bekele vs Kipchoge, and bring you some superb 6 Star Stats.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - At the top of the show we check in with Martin & Deena’s recent antics, from Deena’s L.A. trip to Martin’s camping escapades and an unfortunate injury
    6:15 - In the news this week, we FINALLY get a preview on Bekele vs Kipchoge at Paris 2024, some shocking revelations about Kipchoge’s recent abuse, and we crunch the numbers on the 6 Star Statistics from the past season
    19:50 - Training Talk this week hits a personal point for Martin, with the best methods for recovery if you’ve picked up an unexpected niggle
    27:50 - Runner’s World Deputy Editor of Health & Fitness Mallory Creveling joins Deena to share their remarkable recent work for mental health, and Mallory’s own journey discovering the mental benefits of running

    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr
    E42: Anya Culling - Lockdown Runner-Turned-Elite International Athlete

    E42: Anya Culling - Lockdown Runner-Turned-Elite International Athlete

    What a story Anya Culling written, from humble beginnings to the elite field in a matter of years.
    She plans to continue her upward trajectory as her tale was one of so many stunning performances from the recent TCS London Marathon!
    Anya joins us as we debrief a weekend that gave us a new women’s-only WR, a moving success story for friend of the show Sam Perkins, and Training Talk tackles the three things EVERYONE should do after a spring marathon…
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - We intro the show with some personal stories away from the sharp end of the London Marathon field, like Sam Perkins’ emotionally charged triumph and Martin’s tips for ‘calf-wrestling’
    9:35 - It’s a packed roundup this week, with a world record-setting performance from Peres Jepchirchir, a stunning showing with two British men in the top 4, and so much more
    28:40 - Training Talk is short and sweet this week, with three quickfire things that any runner should do in the wake of a spring marathon
    31:45 - The marvellous Anya Culling talks us through the journey from a 2019 first-timer to becoming one of Britain’s fastest women in the marathon

    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E41: Cedric King - Award-Winning T64 Marathoner

    E41: Cedric King - Award-Winning T64 Marathoner

    When you overcome the voice in your head telling you to tap out, that’s where a true champion is made.
    Such wise words come from a man whose past does not define his future - double amputee Cedric King is achieving the double this weekend with some huge Boston and London finishes.
    His story is pure distilled inspiration; listen this week to learn more, as Martin & Deena also recap the highlights from a blistering Boston race, break down London’s lineup, and bring some post-race focus to Training Talk.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Martin & Deena touch base on their recent escapades, with some takeaways for those struggling to train through challenging weather
    4:50 - In a huge roundup, we recap Boston’s biggest stories from a title defence in the women’s race to domination in the men’s and men’s wheelchair races, plus a look ahead to this weekend’s stacked lineup for the TCS London Marathon
    27:00 - Training Talk this week touches on post-race reconciliation - what should you do with your body and your mind immediately after a marathon, and how do you thank your body for what it’s achieved?
    31:45 - The remarkable Cedric King joins us to discuss his journey as a double amputee, the battle between talent vs will, and why living in the moment might be the key to distance running success
    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    E40: Helen Thorn - Comedian, Author and Back-to-Back Marathon Runner

    E40: Helen Thorn - Comedian, Author and Back-to-Back Marathon Runner

    All that running does for wellbeing is well-documented, but Helen Thorn’s marathon journey is an uplifting reminder to us all.
     
    In the wake of a divorce, it became a central tenet to her mental health - now it’s central to her huge goal this year to run Boston and London back to back!
     
    This week’s Marathon Talk shines a light on the mental wellness that so many find in running, we celebrate Jasmin Paris’ stellar Berkley Marathon performance, and Training Talk tackles the tailored tips to a flawless race in Boston.
     
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - We kick off with a poignant recording period for Deena in preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month, and Martin hails the UK’s recent sunny spells
    6:40 - Rounding off recent stories, we praise Jasmin Paris’ world-first performance in the infamous Barkley Marathon, cover the East African dominance at World Cross, and look ahead to Boston’s promising race
    18:10 - Training Talk: Boston Edition! Deena shares her invaluable experience for those now entering their taper stage for the race on April 15th
    22:35 - Helen Thorn joins us in a heartfelt discussion on the power that running has for mental wellbeing, her journey from beginner to marathon finisher, and how she’ll take on the huge feat of Boston and London back to back
    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 54 min
    E39: Andrew Kastor - Deena’s Coach & Husband

    E39: Andrew Kastor - Deena’s Coach & Husband

    This week’s guest needs no introduction to Deena - he’s her coach, her husband, and now a Boston Marathon qualifier after an admirable performance in LA.
    It’s a joy to catch up with Coach Kastor fresh from his 3 hour and 13 minute run as he shares the unique experience of coaching himself, his best recovery tips, and how to prepare your training cycle for a marathon far into the future.
    Elsewhere in the show we spotlight a stacked field for the upcoming London Marathon, and in Training Talk we guide you through the do’s and don’ts of the final phase of your training.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:45 - Deena and Martin catch up on the last two weeks, from the LA Marathon and speaking at UCLA, to Martin’s Purbeck Loop and a sweary sheep-herding story, plus coverage of a staggering new World Record
    9:50 - We bring the latest on a London Marathon field that’s absolutely stacked with elite runners, and a men’s lineup which will bring us a first-time champion
    20:00 - Training Talk this week focuses on the do’s and don’ts in the late stages of prep, why ‘less is best’ at this point, and the unexpected power of doing a ‘kit lay’
    29:10 - Deena’s coach and husband, Andrew Kastor, takes us through his recent LA Marathon experience, how he coaches himself through races, his top recovery advice, and how to build a training schedule to target a marathon 12 months out
    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    E38: Visually-Impaired Six Star Hopeful Mark Rogerson & his guide Katie Garrity

    E38: Visually-Impaired Six Star Hopeful Mark Rogerson & his guide Katie Garrity

    Marathons form very unique bonds within the running community, but when your life is in your guide’s hands it’s truly a bond like no other.
    That’s where Six Star hopeful Mark Rogerson’s story sheds light on the joys of running - he joins us on this week’s Marathon Talk fresh from a PB-setting Tokyo race with guide runner Katie Garrity.
    Join us this week as we round off all the other stories from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the year, from surprising slow runs, to sprint-finish drama in the Women’s Wheelchair race.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Martin and Deena kick things off with a retrospective on the Indoor Athletics World Championships, and Martin’s endeavours to dust off the road bike in spite of some savage weather conditions
    8:55 - We round up the hottest news from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the season, with shock slumps from Kipchoge and Hassan, the sprint finish in the Women’s Wheelchair race, and the 2,628 runners earning their sixth Star
    22:20 - Training Talk this week tackles the vital final five weeks of race prep, and the emphasis on nailing that all-important final long run
    29:10 - Mark Rogerson and Katie Garrity talk us through the complexities of training on opposite sides of the Atlantic, their emotional Tokyo experience, and how they’ll take on that all-important sixth Star

    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

Mafia x ,

Informative & Inspiring!

Like tour guides and trusted friends, Deena and Martin bring us inside the stories and to the heart of what inspires marathon runners. With their unique perspectives and insights, they enlarge our understanding and enrich our experience.

daliwillis ,

Marathon Talk Continues to Inspire and Inform!

I have listened to Marathon Talk for years and have always enjoyed elite runner Martin Yelling and his inspiring weekly guests. Now with co-host Olympic medalist, Deena Kastor, Martin continues his friendly and engaging conversation on a whole new level. I learn so much every episode about the news in the world of athletics, get great training advice and enjoy interviews with uplifting athletes, coaches and fascinating figures in the marathon world. I look forward to each and every episode!!

Steve Wallen ,

Addicted to the Britishness of this podcast!

Love Martin and Tom (and Holly and Tony). I’ve learned so much and laughed so much and now speak with a British accent even though I’m from Indiana. Keep up the brilliant interviews, lads!

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