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.
This week, Jenni is joined by Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson AKA Mother and Papa Pukka. They explore two very different running journeys. From slow starts and 5k's for Matt and early morning sprints and marathon training for Anna. They also talk about keeping fit when you have two kids, overcoming body shame, and buying the gear when you have no idea. Finally, Anna shares some running challenges you can try at home - ever beaten a bus before? You'll want to after this episode!
We’ve heard from some incredible guests on RunPod who really know how to inspire and motivate. Well now it’s time for the ultimate motivator. MR Positive Mental Attitude himself, Faisal Abdalla. Faisal knows a thing or two about fitness and he has got the physique to prove it. With abs of steel, he’s a former Barry’s Bootcamp and Nike master trainer, who has graced the floors of a fair few celebrity homes too-and there's a good reason for it: Faisal's positivity has earned him the name Mr PMA. Together Faisal and Jenni talk about the negative bias we all have, losing the excuses and how to create a lasting, positive mindset. They also discuss battling the clock by putting workouts in the diary and the best way to set (and stick to!) your fitness goals! If this episode doesn't get you reaching for those trainers, nothing will! Keep this episode in your inbox, you will return to it repeatedly when you need a little motivational boost.
What kind of runner are you? The enthusiast; the Forrest Gump; or the reluctant jogger who feels obliged to exercise (and maybe ditch a pound or two along the way). If you're the latter you're in the right place, because that echoes the (true!) story told in 'Brittany Runs a Marathon’, a film that's won over critics and audiences alike. In this episode Jenni chats with the star, Jillian Bell, and director, Paul Downs Colaizzo. Jillian plays Brittany, a chaotic New Yorker who sets herself an improbable goal and struggles to achieve it. As runners know well, pounding the pavement can be addictive, but seems an impossible feat for the unfit and ill-prepared. The film documents Brittany’s inspiring journey from non-runner to marathoner. The film is hugely relatable, and so is this episode, as together they reveal a novel way to keep focused whilst jogging, what it’s like to be filmed when running as well as the actors guide to making your running style look truly 'believable’. This bonus episode of is well worth a listen.
Every runner looks forward to that moment after time out pounding the pavement when they can refuel and enjoy a decent post-run meal. Well this episode with chef Chris Baber will definitely whet your appetite. As an ex-track athlete, Chris is pretty nifty in a pair of trainers, and is desperate to get back to it after an injury took him off course. In this episode of RunPod, he talks about the joys of running, the sheer intensity of those track sessions and the pleasure of seeing in Christmas Day with a run at sunrise. He also dishes up some incredible meal ideas for us all to try the minute we get home and offers up the ultimate post-run recovery fuel. Chris delivers some brilliant recipes during the interview which will only make you run that little bit faster so you can get home sooner, start cooking one of his recommended meals and get a taste of the Baber Flavour!
This week joining the RunPod run club is a man who is faster than most...he has an enviable medal collection and has held the UK 400m record for an incredible 22 years! It is of course the one and only, Olympic medallist and blonde bombshell, Iwan Thomas. In this episode, Iwan gives us an insight into that Olympic mind set, reveals how to psyche out the competition and tells us what really happens in the pre-race holding room. We also learn what a “lactic acid bullet” feels like and Iwan shares some amazing tips that you can try on your next run! Did he love his time competing? Would he do it all again? And during the 400m, when does it really hurt the most? You’ll have to listen to find out!
In this episode Jenni sits down with a true running machine. An uber gorgeous and mega fit one at that! After becoming Britain's 34th fastest woman in 2012, there's not much Nell McAndrew doesn't know about running. Nell ran 12 miles to get to the studio for this one, braving torrential downpours and traffic. But when they sat down, Nell talked Jenni through her journey from casual jogger to running champ, finding the sport later in life, as well as the food we need to fuel our bodies, and fitting it all in. Expect tips galore and some seriously infectious motivation in this one!
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni joins Olympic legend Sally Gunnell at the Great Scottish Run where they explore the rush of crossing that finish line knowing you’re the best in the world! Sally also reveals how it felt when her Olympic career came to a heart-breaking end and Jenni asks what Sally gets out of running nowadays. All of this happens whilst walking through Glasgow city centre, a tricky enough challenge when you’re a highly recognisable Olympic gold medallist!
In this special episode, RunPod takes a little detour to celebrate of the power of podcasts for International Podcast Day. Jenni puts down the trainers to instead tell you about a few podcasts which entertain and encourage her to just keep running! Who knows, you might find you want to give them a go yourself.
In this edition of RunPod, Jenni is joined by a man who is fit - in every sense of the word!! Mark Wright has a reputation as a nifty footballer, he’s proved himself on the Strictly dance floor and he’s a regular in the weights section of the gym but what's more important is that he is also a keen runner. His competitive streak means he can nail an explosive 5k but where does he go from here? What’s the next step in his running journey? Jenni and Mark discuss how running makes him feel, why he prioritises fitness and how he’d approach a potentially huge challenge in 2020. What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!
In this special episode, we actually go running instead of just talking about it! Last week we took RunPod across The Channel to France for a magical few days at the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend. Hear what it’s like to be a part of this exciting event, by going on the journey with Jenni and her family. Each of them takes on a running challenge over the course of this episode-how do they get on? You’ll have to listen to find out! If you’ve ever fancied entering a race but the prospect is daunting, perhaps this is the perfect place to try for the first time. Quite possibly one of the most fun and definitely one of the most unique running experiences out there...you never know, perhaps after listening, you’ll be tempted to sign up for next year! Sign Up Here: Run.disneylandparis.com
Laura Crane is a former professional surfer and model but is probably best known for her time on ‘Love Island’ 2018. What you may not have known is that she is also an avid runner. Like many of us, Laura finds that running helps to clear her head. In this episode, she gives Jenni a very honest account of living with bulimia and explains how fitness aided recovery by helping her regain control. Laura exudes a passion for running, fitness and sport in general as she talks about the joy of pushing yourself, whilst also filling us in on how to stay toned in the Love Island villa. She also sheds light on which is harder - running or surfing. The positive message powering this episode will inspire you to just keep going, so listen whilst you’re out pounding the pavement yourself!
When it comes to running, everybody has to start somewhere and in this episode of RunPod, Jenni meets with fellow podcaster, blogger, author and mother of three, Giovanna Fletcher to talk about her running journey. She only started running this year and has already become hooked. Together they explore how one run changed her life forever, altering the way she thinks about sport and her physical limits. They also discuss how running encourages good mental health and body positivity, all while providing some much needed me time. Running's opened up a whole new world for Giovanna, but will she take on the ultimate running challenge? What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!
RunPod is back – did you miss us? One guest who’s been on our wish list has finally made it to the RunPod run club. Now you might be surprised to hear he’s a running mega-fan as we are more used to hear him discuss justice rather than fitness but criminal barrister Judge Robert Rinder is a proud and passionate runner. Rob explains how running has completely changed his life forever: From over worked comfort eater to sub 3 hour marathoner - just wait till you hear his 5k time!!! - this is a journey you’ll definitely want to hear more about. Jenni and Rob discuss having a competitive edge, how being kind to yourself can go a long way, and the most famous judge on telly has his gavel at the ready and will declare you guilty if he thinks you're committing ‘crimes against running’. Are you? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Hello! I'm having a small summer break, but don't worry, RunPod will be back really soon. Don't forget to listen back to the rest of the episodes, where you can get inspirational advice and motivation from guests including Kelly Holmes, Amanda Holden, Jo Pavey and Park-Run founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt! I'll be back very soon with more amazing interviews, In the meantime, chuck your headphones on, listen to your favourite episode of RunPod on Global Player and get running!
In this episode of RunPod, we meet Georgie and Ben who introduce us to a sport that is huge across mainland Europe, very much on the rise at a competitive level and as a social, fun activity for all ages. Georgie Lambert decided 'canicross' sounded fun and wanted to give it a go so persuaded Ben to go along with her...let’s just be clear, Ben is her dog! Canicross is a sport that involves humans and their four-legged friends, where dogs run alongside their owners, which in turn can massively improve your running PB, help you get fitter than you could be through regular running whilst creating an even closer bond with that family member who wags their tail every time you come through the door. Seriously, even ardent, non-dog loving, cat fans will be fascinated to hear details of this sport! You never know, after listening to this episode of RunPod, you might even find yourself heading out with a pooch to give it a go yourself!!
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni meets someone whose life has completely U-turned in the last 20 years. Jason Vale, aka The Juicemaster, is a man whose habits have changed entirely. When he was younger, he struggled with extreme psoriasis, as well as giving into various vices...he was certainly not the picture of health. However, he made some key changes and is now at his healthiest with running playing a huge part in his new-found regime! This episode is full of tips and suggestions that worked for Jason and could well work for you too. If you listen whilst you run, you will absolutely be spurred on! If you listen on the commute, you might find you want to grab your trainers the minute you get home and head out for a 10k! Happy running!
5, 6, 7, 8! I'm sure we’re delighting pop fans everywhere with this week's episode as we recruit Lee Latchford-Evans into the RunPod fold. Lee is not just part of the hugely successful band Steps, he’s also a massive fitness fan - and more importantly a keen runner. Jenni and Lee talk about getting back into training, whether working out with your other half ever works out, and he proposes a fitness challenge that we should all try -- if we're brave enough! You’ll just have to listen to find out if you're tough enough...!
This week Jenni sits down with one of the most recognisable faces in the British running community, and someone whose life has changed entirely since she found running 10 years ago. Susie Chan is an absolute inspiration, she never planned to be a runner but since she started, she’s never looked back. Some are happy to run a marathon just once, she runs them regularly! How would you feel about a 12 hour treadmill challenge? Cause Susie broke the world record in 2016, running 68 miles in 12 hours without stopping once. She’s essentially a female (and far more glamorous) Forrest Gump! Together they discuss human endurance, racing in the world’s harshest landscapes and how her life has changed for the better. She also gives us as a peak into the one of most extreme races on the planet – and it’s one Susie has her heart set on. What is it? Listen in to find out. If you enjoyed the episode don’t forget to rate and subscribe. You can also connect with me on Instagram and Twitter: @jennifalconer and use #RunPod to share your own stories and tips.
Every runner has a friend who struggles to see the joy of jogging and it soon becomes a challenge to try to convert them. In this episode of RunPod, Jenni’s mission is to convince one of her running friends that there are benefits of running and her ultimate goal is to persuade them to join her out pounding the pavement. The friend in question is TV star and ‘bang tidy, sex god’, Keith Lemon! Along the way Keith describes his first running experience, his reasons to run and he shares tips for a happy, healthy life. However the big challenge remains - will Jenni succeed in getting Keith to pop his trainers on and join her for a jog? You’ll have to listen to RunPod to find out!
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni catches up with someone who can often be found out running - on those rare occasions when she’s not acting, sitting on the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judging panel or waking up the nation on breakfast radio. Amanda Holden is one of the busiest women about but found time to have a chat about the joys of jogging, her favourite running tunes and sweaty Walkmans! She also shares the secret to staying in great shape, reveals her running motivation and spills the beans on fellow BGT judges. What’s Simon Cowell’s fitness secret?! Find out right here!
This week Jenni chats with the Queen of breakfast telly, multi-marathoner and fellow Scot, Lorraine Kelly! They chat about hoodwinking friends into marathons, the joys of keeping fit and the Love Island effect. They also share top tips on how to get active and ask what Lorraine’s next big challenge will be. Well you’ll find out right here!
This week Jenni is joined by journalist and bestselling author, Bella Mackie, who reveals how running can help overcome anxiety, conquer heartbreak and be a contributing factor to true happiness. Topics for discussion include exploring a city, running with dogs and the question on everyone's lips: to smile or not to smile at other runners?! As Bella says; "Running gives you the opportunity to run away from your life, but also gives you the ability to come back" This emotive and inspiring episode will make you want to pop your trainers on and get out the door, no matter your mood.
Get ready to be truly inspired because this week Jenni sits down with Adrienne Herbert, a fitness influencer with abs of steel and a positive mental attitude to match. Adrienne found running after her husband had a spontaneous brain annerysm and never looked back. She's since run races around the world and is now a global brand ambassador for Adidas, all while hosting her hugely successful 'Power Hour' podcast. Together they discuss falling down the running 'Rabbit Hole', fitting it all in when you're a busy mum, and the motto to motivate: "You can do hard things". This is one for those early morning runs when you simply can't be bothered! Instagram: www.instagram.com/jennifalconer/
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by a true running legend. Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE is a runner with more winner’s bling than you can count on both hands. She’s a two time Olympic, and Commonwealth, gold medal winner, as well as a European and World Championships medalist. In addition to her track success, she has served an impressive military career climbing the ranks to Colonel status, she has ‘HGV driver’ down as a skill on her CV and for the last 10 years, she has held the 800m British record. In this podcast, Kelly gives you a taster of what it feels like to stand on the winner’s podium, how running ‘just for fun’ compares to competing (is it even possible?!) and she fills us in on her rather unusual pets. A hugely motivational and inspiring episode that will definitely have you reaching for your trainers!
In this episode of RunPod, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Jamestown’ star , Jason Flemyng joins Jenni to discuss the feelgood of running. Jason also gives a fascinating insight into life as an actor in the movie industry and why running is a huge relief when he is filming away from home. He also chats about the time he ran the London Marathon with fellow actor Jason Statham and want to know what director Guy Ritchie gets his cast doing on set in between scenes? You’ll have to listen to find out!!
This week on RunPod, Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller talks to Jenni about switching her board for trainers and taking on her first ever 26.2 mile race in one of the most reclusive places on the planet - Pyongyang, North Korea. Not necessarily everyone’s first choice! Aimee reveals what it’s like to run this unique event under the watchful eye of government officials, giving rare insight into a country that remains closed to the Western world. Aimee and Jenni also discuss unique marathons from across the globe that anyone is free to enter....should they be up for the challenge!
In this episode, Jenni takes RunPod on the road to meet 5-time Olympian and European Championship gold medalist, Jo Pavey. They discuss how to train in a hallway cupboard, what it's like to have your husband as your coach, juggling elite sport with two young children and competing against athletes who are half your age. Also -- can Jo match the British record by making it to her 6th Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020? You’ll have to listen to find out!
This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by TV and radio presenter, George Lamb to discuss what it’s like to train with Olympic athletes. He recruited the best trainers about - Sir Mo Farah, Dame Kelly Holmes and Joe Wicks - to see if he had what it takes. George shares elite training tricks, talks about what it’s like to run with Mo and gives great advice to all aspiring runners. Did it work for him?! You’ll have to listen to find out!
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats with double Paralympic champion, Richard Whitehead. Rich is a double through-knee congenital amputee, and runs with prosthetics, yet he claims to be someone who ‘just puts one foot in front of the other’. We hear how Rich sees no obstacles in between him and his running goals. He talks about how a double amputee decides to take up running, what it’s like to run in blades and has a load of top training tips. His story is hugely inspiring and what he says is incredibly motivational. After listening to this episode of RunPod, you’ll be reaching for your trainers!
This week on RunPod, Jenni’s joined by the man who gave 3 million of us in 23 countries, across 5 continents the gift that is parkrun. Paul Sinton Hewitt CBE tells us how he turned a simple get-together into a global phenomenon, and how it’s transformed so many lives around the world – including his own! They also chat parkrun challenges, Paul’s favourite running spots and the power of community spirit. He might even persuade you to give up that Saturday morning in bed for a 5k run instead!
That's it for another year, so whether you're nursing those blisters or eager to get your trainers for the first time, this episode is the perfect companion for your post-marathon cooldown. Join Jenni as she chats to GB champion and top running coach Lewis Moses, who answers that all important question: How do you recover after the big race? We also bust some of the biggest myths out there, talking trainers, stretches, warm-ups, protein shakes and discuss some of the most common injuries for new starters.
In this episode of RunPod, Jenni learns all about the London Marathon and chats to special guests about taking on a 26.2 mile challenge. Marathon big boss, Hugh Brasher, shares how it all started and what you can expect on race day. Jenni also chats with 8-time marathon winner David Weir, celeb runners Kirsty Gallagher, Nell Mcandrew and Matt Wilkinson whilst Celebrity chef, Marcus Bean, gives you the lowdown on what to eat before and after; We also learn what it’s like to run as a rhino and hear interesting facts on Britain’s biggest race. As a listener you‘ll get top tips for preparing for a marathon and experience the excitement of the buildup to race day itself.
In this week's episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by two soap icons who are leaving Albert Square to go and run around the capital. EastEnders stars Natalie Cassidy and Jake Wood are taking on their biggest running challenge yet and for a truly worthy cause. Jenni chats with them about training, running for Barbara Windsor and whether Dot will be cheering them on from the Queen Vic.
In this episode of RunPod Jenni is joined by BBC news anchor, TV presenter, ultra marathoner and running buddy, Sophie Raworth. Sophie was bitten by the running bug at 37 and has never looked back! She discusses her rather eventful first marathon, running adventures in the Sahara and what it's like to race a horse! There are plenty of marathon tips as well as a fun debate between Jenni and Sophie about losing friends to get a PB.
In this very special bonus episode of RunPod Jenni discovers how being active can change your outlook for the better, even when your body is in the worst shape it's ever been. She sits down with Gemma Hillier-Moses, founder of MOVE Charity, Mike Beeson from Cancer Research UK, and Alex King, ten-time Race For Lifer and cancer survivor to talk about the big C that is Cancer - expect to be inspired by the power of positivity! To discover your local event, go to www.raceforlife.org.
Join Jenni in this episode as she welcomes multi-marathoner, close friend and television presenter Ben Shephard to the RunPod Run Club. Together they talk hitting the wall, losing to a carrot and why you should always carry 20p on a run. Ben also shares his top tips for getting out that door, staying on track and when to wear lycra.
In this first episode of RunPod Jenni is joined by Peter Andre as he charts a rocky road from gym bunny to daily jogger. Together they discuss the feel-good-factor that hooked him in and how running changed his life for the better. Pete also shares some top tips for first timers, couch potatoes and rookie runners.
Launching on Monday the 1st of April, join Heart presenter and passionate runner Jenni Falconer as she discovers what it is that we love about pounding the pavement. She talks all things running with some of Britain's favourite personalities and elite athletes, including Peter Andre, Ben Shephard, Natalie Cassidy, Richard Whitehead, George Lamb and many more.