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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.

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    • Health & Fitness

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.

    Gareth Thomas CBE

    Gareth Thomas CBE

    Today we are joined by someone who is quite frankly, a Rugby Legend - Gareth Thomas CBE!

    One of the many ways Gareth keeps fit is going for a run. It’s the one time he really lives in the NOW, and if he could live his whole life how he feels when he’s running he certainly would want to.

    When he’s not smashing his running PB he’s smashing the stigma attached to HIV along with the amazing people behind Tackle HIV. In fact this episode is being recorded in New York, just a day before Gareth jumps on the microphone to do a TED Talk about Stigma and Shame - something Gareth has had to learn to navigate.

    You’re about to learn that imagination is key when it comes to running, and also there’s a lot of good in the running community!

    HIV is nothing to be ashamed of

    To show some love, and get more information about 'Tackle HIV’ go to: tacklehiv.org

    Why not support them at the Cardiff Half Marathon 2022?

    If you would like to buy a RunPod t-shirt just go to: link.tree/runpod

    • 46 min
    Bonus Episode: Paul Hobrough Physiotherapist

    Bonus Episode: Paul Hobrough Physiotherapist

    Paul Hobrough is arguably one of UK’s finest physiotherapists. He’s a sport’s scientist, best selling author, former team GB athlete, writer for Runner’s World Magazine and is recognised as a leading authority in injury prevention.

    Now he’s on RunPod!

    We’re honoured to have Paul join us for a series of Bonus Eps helping you - the RunPod Run Club to understand some common injuries and runners niggles

    In today’s episode Paul, is giving us some background into his work as a Physio and he also sheds some light of four important components of being a good runner - Hydration, Sleep, Strength Training and Stretching.

    Paul is the author of 'Running Free of Injuries: From Pain to Personal Best’ and 'The Runner's Expert Guide to Stretching: Prevent Injury, Build Strength and Enhance Performance'

    If you would like to buy a RunPod t-shirt just go to: link.tree/runpod

    • 23 min
    Tim Minchin

    Tim Minchin

    Tim Minchin is a hugely successful comedian, actor, writer, musician, poet, composer, and songwriter. In recent years he’s written all the music for the smash hit Matilda the Musical, which has now been made into a Netflix Movie starring the incredible Emma Thompson. But did you know aside from all his artistic ventures, Tim is also a runner? When he’s not pounding his fingers on the piano, he’s pounding his feet on the pavement which, as a creative, he finds incredibly meditative. Is there any better way to clear your head than going for a run? The answer dear RunPod listener is no.

    If you’re looking for a bit of cadence in your stride, and the dulcet tones of an Australian Legend you’re going to love this episode.

    You can now buy a RunPod t-shirt! Just go to: link.tree/runpod

    • 35 min
    David Jackson

    David Jackson

    David Jackson used to be the Captain and All-Time Top Scorer of Nottingham Rugby Club until a bad brain injury made him give up the sport at age 31.

    Now 10 years later he’s healthier and stronger than ever, and here to equip the RunPod Runclub with his Master breathing techniques that will make your running life (and life in general) much easier.

    BREATHE THROUGH THE NOSE GUYS!

    If you would like to purchase a RunPod t-shirt click the link: linktr.ee/runpod

    • 33 min
    Sally Ann Matthews

    Sally Ann Matthews

    When she’s not pulling off a stellar performance on Coronation Street, you can find Jenny Bradley aka Sally Ann Matthews pulling on her activewear and going for a run.

    Weeks before her 50th Birthday Sal decided that it was time to take fitness a bit more seriously and started doing couch to 5k. It started with a few walking breaks but then before she knew it she could run for 50 minutes without stopping! Sal loved running so much that she made it her goal to do 50 5ks in her 50th year – an impressive challenge her social media following has got behind. Since her love for running started, Sal’s discovered: park runs, a good routine (that factors in washing her hair) and some sage advice that will take you those next steps forwards: push on, relax your shoulders and use your legs! you heard the lady!

    • 43 min
    Geoff Wightman

    Geoff Wightman

    Looking for a pep in your step? You’re in luck! Today's guest on RunPod is Geoff Wightman – a 2.13.17 marathon runner, commentator, and coach to his son Jake Wightman (who is the second fastest Briton EVER at 1500m)!

    Geoff has been running since he was in Cubs, it’s how he met his wife, what all his family does, and in his words is “the best, simplest, nicest and healthiest activity you can do”.

    So should you carry water when you’re running? When should you have some rest? What’s the optimum amount of sleep you need before a race? And are Energy Gels actually a good idea? These are the kind of questions we’re asking so you’re prepared for any Race Day or run you’re going on.

    As Geoff says, “98% of starters do make it to the finish” – so ignore your doubts, get out there, and just concentrate on having good form! You can do it!

    • 36 min

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