Inspiring stories from real runners who've chosen an unconventional approach to training - they follow their instinct rather than the crowd.
Episode 1 - The Long Distance Breather
Guy Webb describes himself as "a regular middle-aged bloke from Kent". He's a father to four girls, Ultra distance runner and CrossFit athlete. He's been running for just 6 years and in that time he's had a number of top 10 finishes in 50K distance, and completed 100 miles in under 24 hours on a 400m athletic track. When he's not running the forests and trails with his dog, he enjoys helping people build superior levels of health and fitness with breathing techniques, and he messes around with video and photography.
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Episode 2 - The Mountain Yogi
Tite Togni is an Italian mountain trail-runner, mum of two, yoga and primal movement instructor. She's raced high and low, all over the world, and never been injured! She's puts this down to yoga practice, but not for the reasons you'd expect. Racing in the Himalayas earnt her a Top 10 World ranking for a short time.
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Episode 3 - The Easy Runner
Vanessa King was tipped as one of the top runners in Guernsey, but training took its toll and her performance nose-dived a year later. Research led her to try a technique promoted by Dr Phil Maffetone as the MAF 180 Formula, whereby most runs are easy, at a low heart rate, to build a solid aerobic foundation. Vanessa is now on the up, and hoping to regain both her passion and performance in 2021.
Maffetone Method - website
Book - 80/20 training by Matt Fitzgerald
Train Brave (website & podcast) www.trainbrave.org
Or she's a regular in The Running Community group on Facebook
Episode 4 - The Quiet One
Leo Ryan stood out at the 2017 Dublin Marathon for one extraordinary reason - he had his mouth taped the whole way!
As a personal trainer, he used his sport science background to devise a training plan for the run; not based on building distance but on tolerance to three key factors that would affect his success. These are lactate, heat and carbon dioxide. So basically he barely ran before the race, but not only finished he also recovered easily too.
Leo is based in Ireland, not far from Dublin. He's also a breathwork coach (Oxygen Advantage and Wim Hof) and fascial stretch therapist. He's worked with individuals and teams for 16 years, including the Gaelic football clubs. In this episode, Leo shares his tips on run training that will leave you with more energy and time for family, work and fun so that the drudgery of a marathon training schedule can be a thing of the past.
Episode 5 - The Barefoot Runner
Jon Plumb threw away his £120 'gait analysis' shoes halfway through a Park Run, hobbling in agony, and headed back to the car park in bare feet. The earth soothed his pain, and from there he picked up running in Vibram Five Fingers, sandals and barefoot.
In this episode he shares his experience of transitioning to this style of running, hoping to inspire but also caution those who want to try. Going too fast too soon often leads to injury. But the benefits far outweigh the wait.
Born to Run - Christopher McDougall
The Lost Art of Running - Shane Benzie
Footnotes - Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Jon is active on the Facebook group Barefoot Running UK.
Episode 6 - The Natural Mover
Rock Hancock discovered natural movement to shed excess weight, despite being extremely fit and strong through athletic training. In combination with a paleo diet, he now feels much better in himself and teaches others to reconnect with their childhood ability to move playfully with ease. At his gym in Wisconsin, US, they play tag, climb, vault and jump. At home, he's removed much of his furniture so as to create a 'movement friendly' space.
We talk about the benefits of short movement 'snacks' throughout the day, which are more accessible than making time for a big workout several times a week. And he shares his top tips for supporting your running (or any sport) by adapting your daily routine and environment.
In this episode Rock mentions his influences:
Rob Wolf - The Paleo Solution
Kellen Milad - Movement Parallels Life
Katy Bowman - Nutritious Movement (author of Move Your DNA)
Petra Fisher Movement
Rock Hancock is a MovNat certified trainer with a gym in Madison, Wisconsin.
Website - MovNat Madison
Instagram @rocks.modern.life @movnatmadison