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Episode 6 - Alex Vero

Released: Wednesday 17th February 2010

This week we speak with Alex Vero who's documentary 'Running to the Limits' is now available on DVD. Find out the result of round two of 'Spouse Smackdown', catch up on the latest news from the world of running and celebrate Valentine's Day with Tony.

 

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Show Notes

Time - Section

00:00 - Intro

- The Spouse Smackdown... it was close!

- Slow down Tom! 

04:22 - News

- Thirtieth Running of the Virgin London Marathon this year (link)

- Fifty marathons in eight weeks... www.runwithmark.com

- Six marathons in ten months for Angie Whitworth-Pace

- Fastest half marathon of all time? (link)

08:12 - Tony's Trials

- Happy Valentine's Day!

14:14 - Rant and Rave

- Martin loves old people

- Tom doesn't love selfish people

18:50 - Alex Vero 

- Having let himself go, to the point where he couldn't even run a mile, Alex thought he needed a challenge... running a sub 2:20 marathon and qualifying for the British Olympic team seemed like a good place to start!

- Check out his website and buy his inspirational story on DVD at www.alexvero.co.uk

1:02:00 - Questions

- Pacing your recovery run?

- Compression clothing?

- What flicks your motivational switch?

1:09:08 - Winner of the Week

- Carl Dacres - Mr Inspiration (link)

1:10:56 - Close

- More cross country and bike rides for Tom

- Liz running Wokingham half marathon this weekend

- On Friday we're interviewing Dan Robinson (link) so get your questions in early. 


  1. Adam Thomson
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    Some of the main motivators for me are:

    - visualise crossing the finish line and think about how great it will feel
    - remind myself that this pain is temporary, while the acheivement will last forever
    - think about being able to say to my kids 'I did it'


    17th February 2010 01:27:06
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  2. Ben Hylton
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    some motivational thoughts....
    - you can always quit later
    - pain is temporary
    - being uncomfortable is part of the process of achievement
    - strive to re-establish new boundaries. The comfort zone is now that much wider

    I also like to think ahead to how you'll feel after a sesion if you didn't do that last set or push yourself that bit harder....you feel like s**t and a slacker if you don't. BUT you have a sense of achievement, pride and feel that bit closer to your goal if you do even if you are shattered! ;)

    obviously there are times when you have to tread carefully so as not to overtrain, but it's suprising how much your body can take and you often know after the first 20mins of a session. and if the session doesn't go as planned don't beat youself up as - some sessions are stones and some are starsbut they are all rocks and go towards building your goal!

    loving the show boys!x


    17th February 2010 03:57:07
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  3. Paul in Norwich
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    Great show, loving listening to this every week. I agree with the rant, being rude to volunteers at events is really not on. Without the volunteers the event wouldn't happen.


    17th February 2010 04:41:54
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  4. Michael Hartnett
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    I guess if I ever am getting really tired I just remind myself what an old coach always yelled at us

    "There is some out there training harder than you, to get better than you...are they better than you!"

    Seems to work for me most days. Otherewise I just empty my brain and listen to Billy Idol on my ipod.


    17th February 2010 05:13:02
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  5. Martin Yelling
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    Loving these motivational nuggets! Keep em coming! MY


    17th February 2010 05:51:04
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  6. Danny Norman
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    Just someway through this week's p'cast and I have to say Tony's Trials made me laugh this week. Good stuff. Also, Tom, your rant I think is very valid, especially after the past week in regards to parkrun controversy. Good man.


    17th February 2010 10:27:08
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  7. Mark Cooper
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    Hey, thanks for the mention guys, loving the show!

    mark@runwithmark.com


    17th February 2010 11:57:51
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  8. Becky Hall
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    Not a huge fan of Mr Vero, but thanks for interviewing him anyway, I do think you could be more questioning of all of your interviews though - ask tough questions its good!

    Enjoyed the rant - but you know you should have named and shamed Mr Elders ;)


    17th February 2010 12:00:59
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  9. Danny Norman
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    Me again. My mantra to push on through sessions always comes back to one moment. It's rather soft of me to admit, but when I ran London in 2008, seeing my Mum red of face, weeping tears of pride, screaming my name as hard as she could whilst leaning over the barrier at mile 25 as far as she could stretch will always drive me on to push harder and faster. I don't just do my running for self accomplishment and giving me a goal far more rewarding than any praise I could get in my job, I do it to instill enormous pride in my parents. That for me is far more important than any ache or pain.


    17th February 2010 12:27:18
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  10. Daz Reevell
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    Mantra;

    Just keep repeating over and over again...."HTFU, HTFU, HTFU"....that seems to do the trick ;o)


    17th February 2010 12:55:33
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  11. Ned
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    Ok my mantra issssss....

    Knowing that the more it hurts the easier the blog will be!

    Easy as that.

    Any chance of a big shout out for the leeds parkrun runners and their internet community (facebook, twitter, parkrun.com) We had more interactions this weel then ever before!... wonder why :p

    Ned


    18th February 2010 08:34:18
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  12. Sarah Willis
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    When I'm having a tough training session, I absolutely forbid myself from thinking about stopping running as it gets me into a negative spiral. Instead I try to focus all my attention on my running style. I try to relax, breath deeply, improve my posture, increase my foot turnover and reduce my stride length. It distracts me from feeling sorry for myself, and usually stops me from hurting as much. If I really want to distract myself, I try to do mental arithmetic!


    19th February 2010 11:44:59
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  13. Jay B.
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    Wonderful post... Very informational and educational as usual!

    <a href="http://www.top3acaiberry.org" rel="nofollow">Acai Optimum</a>


    21st February 2010 08:15:53
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  14. Richard
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    Mantras - in training I do lie to myself - "just 1 more mile then you can stop" then on we go. In events I have been known to sing karaoke - I do use my ipod - so if a good song comes up I might sing along. Upset some Italians in Florence with a bad rendition of 'Run' from Snow Patrol - my wife who was watching said it was particularly bad.

    For true motivation, counting helps - general up to 4 :)


    21st February 2010 08:48:52
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  15. Sam
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    My motivational booster came from a very good coach I had once. I look around at all the other athletes and I visualise them hurting just like me. Some appear to be better actors at hiding it, I imagine everyone hurting and then i laugh (sometimes out loud) because the others don't know my secret. "I'm Sammy the wedge!" I cut through any headwinds and get pushed like a sail with tailwinds. I'm slicker to the air than all the others and therefore i have an advantage so I can't be hurting as bad as the others. It spurs me on as I visualise it.


    21st February 2010 10:46:38
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  16. Raffy Valentino
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    Hi guys!! These are GREAT mantras!! Thank you!!.....and thank you to Tom and Martin for reading out my "mantra" question....and it's all true...during the London Marathon 2008 I did think (shortly) about the kids in Africa....then found that a burger + beer were way better motivational tools!!


    22nd February 2010 04:25:46
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  17. Mk Cairns
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    Hey lads, loving the podcast good work!

    re: motivational chants to keep going through the pain of a difficult session:

    1. I remember the pain I went through in the amsterdam marathon 2008 when I got to the 10k point, slipped and fell on the tram lines and broke my leg (clean fibula fracture). I didn't stop. I 'ran' 32.2km on a broken leg in a time of 5.09. The most difficult race I've ever done. The pain was disgusting. I had to wait till I flew back to Edinburgh before making it to a+e some 5 hours after the race finished. I was in crutches for a good few weeks and out of action from running for months. Makes intervals sessions seem like a walk in the park :-)

    2. Currently tapering for a 56mile ultra in under 2 weeks time. I've been training through the entire winter - yes the snowy, icy, minus 8-10 degree one doing some 100-150km a week. If it's too icy i've had to do 35km runs on the treadmill. It's a horrible way to train but i've come out of it mentally stronger and ready to beast this ultra!

    Cheers for now.

    -Mk


    22nd February 2010 08:06:10
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  18. Tom
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    Thanks for the great comments guys and even more thanks for your support of the show :)


    23rd February 2010 09:46:49
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  19. steve
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    I actually try to take my mind off the pain or struggle by thinking thru some physics or mathematics, mostly cos i first started running regularly during University


    28th February 2010 12:23:43
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  20. steve
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    More suitable for the gym really but my mate and I always used to say "What would Arnie do ?" just to try and push out an extra rep.


    28th February 2010 12:50:04
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  21. Kenley Jones
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    Martin, Tom, You guys are great. I can not say enough of what your show has done to me in terms of motivation, etc.. Just a brief breakdown, a year and a have ago, I was 245 pounds and could not run one km. I am now down to about 185 pounds and feeling better than ever being able to carry on @ 15 or so miles. My first half is on Sept. 12th, and I will PB. I am now getting my miling down under 10 minutes for shorter runs, and under 11 for longer runs. I can not wait. I just got through purchasing Alex Vero's dvd. I wait excitedly to be able to watch it. I am a driver and will repeatedly listen to the podcasts over and over and over. Each time I listen to it, I get something more, just as each time I run, I gain more insight. Thanks guys for what you do.

    Kenley Jones
    Dillsburg, PA


    2nd September 2010 02:08:03
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  22. warriorwoman
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    I loved Tony's Trials this week and what a fab podcast - you are getting me back into my training after injury and its great to know I've got a years backlog to work my way through.


    1st December 2010 11:38:08
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  23. Mary
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    I had to wait till I flew back to Edinburgh before making it to a+e some 5 hours after the race finished.
    <a href="http://www.club-penguin.org/" rel="nofollow">club penguin cheats</a>


    14th June 2011 06:32:11
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