RunPod host Jenni Falconer talks London Marathon nerves and what running means to her

27th Apr 19 | Lifestyle

The Scottish radio and television presenter will be taking on the 26.2 mile course on Sunday.

Jenni Falconer

Jenni Falconer is what you might call a London Marathon veteran, and this year marks the eighth time in 10 years that she will take part in the event.

Running has become such a way of life for her, that she now also hosts a running podcast, RunPod, that’s all about the challenge and reward of putting on your trainers and going for a jog,

The TV presenter and Heart FM radio host, 43, explains why her podcast is for runners of any level and why her running sets a good example for her daughter, Ella.

How did RunPod get started?

“It was something I was thinking about about for a long, long time. I basically realised that when you meet another runner, you can talk about running until the cows come home.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a good runner, a rubbish runner or a first-timer. I  figured that because of this, there was an appetite for a podcast about running”.

What are your tips for any London Marathon newcomers?

“Anyone running it for the first time will probably have trained. There is nothing more they can do [in regards to training] but there is where ‘maranoia’ really kicks in, a kind of marathon paranoia!

“You start thinking, ‘I’ve not trained enough’. With only a few days to go there is nothing you can do but sleep, rest and eat well. Don’t go out, don’t change your diet and don’t go boozing – just really focus on the race you have been training for for the last few months.”

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Do you still get nervous?

“Oh my goodness I really do. Even just talking about it is making my stomach turn. I actually get beyond nervous. I struggle with nerves quite a lot when I’m doing something out of my comfort zone and this is definitely one of those things”.

What does running mean to you?

“For me it’s a way of life. I know that sounds so ridiculous, but I’ve spoken to so many guests on RunPod, like Natalie Cassidy who agree. She said ‘I used to hear people say that and I’d be like, ‘whatever’ and actually the minute you start running you realise that it does become a way of life’.

“The mental release, the stress relief and the relaxation – almost like meditation – you can experience while running, it actually is real.

“Also, from a health and fitness point of view, it exercises your entire body, it’s free, it gets you out and about and you can go whenever, wherever. You just need a good pair of trainers and a good sports bra.

“I like the flexibility of the fact that I can do it whenever I want to. I don’t have to commit to a time with other people, I’m not letting anyone down, I’m only letting myself down if I don’t go and do it.

“Being fit and active is good for my daughter and I’m really proud she gets to see me run. I feel it’s setting a good example for what we should be doing in our spare time, like keeping ourselves active.

“For my mental heath it’s key, if I get stressed out, and I work very anti-social hours, running really re-energises me and relaxes me when I panic about silly things”.

The latest episode of RunPod is available now and is a marathon special featuring Hugh Brasher, director of London Marathon and other special guests including TV’s Kirsty Gallacher and chef, Marcus Bean. Listen and subscribe to RunPod on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.

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