You don't look like a runner

Non-elite, woke and very much weekly, your good friends Nick and Jon talk fitness, running and tech. Expect: marathon training, nutrition and weight discussions (trigger warning for that, btw), and a lot of badly thought ...more

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August 09, 2017 01:19:41
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Drunkathalon

Yes the rumours are true: this is a podcast about running and tech, and we have opinions on Bluetooth headphones. We discuss the joys of shopping at Decathlon and the ethical problems of shopping at Sports Direct, we spend a little bit too long discussing the geography of the West Midlands, and there’s been a terrible, terrible accident. Nick tries to be a better f* __ck*ng person, Jon does not, and we finally commence Nick and Jon’s Sh*t __Bluetooth Headphone Review. ## This week * Don’t say f** __k or b*gg*er __, but if you do [give £5 to Shelter](https://england.shelter.org.uk/donate). * [Bombhead](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombhead) is actually from [Hollyoaks](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollyoaks). * OB (also from Hollyoaks) [looks like](https://twitter.com/roundonefight/status/626740850215796736) the Australian bowler [Josh Hazelwood](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Hazlewood). * A [list of approved teatime swears](http://hallofthewendigo.informe.com/forum/neighbours-f135/swear-words-that-only-exist-in-neighbours-t1667.html). * Friends don’t let friends [go to Decathlon drunk](https://twitter.com/runnerpod/status/895369781402054658). * Sports Direct [treats staff appallingly](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36855374) and [their owner knows it](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/21/mike-ashley-turned-a-blind-eye-to-appalling-conditions-at-sports/). * As far as we can see, Decathlon is pretty responsible and decent, [with recognition for responsible buying processes](http://www.bipiz.org/en/advanced-search/the-responsible-buying-process-at-oxylane.html), [good employment practices](http://www.bipiz.org/en/advanced-search/decathlon-would-like-to-reconcile-pro-lifeprivate-life-for-all-its-employees.html) (it ‘won the 4th place in the “Great Place to Work” ranking in 2014 and 2015’) and [clear policies on sustainability](http://sustainability.decathlon.com/faq/). * Some good shoe chat on [Diz Runs Radio episode 444](https://player.fm/series/diz-runs-with/444-jonathan-beverly) * We reviewed Bluetooth headphones! * Top pick: [the aLLreli Soba](http://amzn.to/2vQ5RjN) which is a **neckband style**. We also talked about: * [over ear style](http://amzn.to/2wIWZJ1) which are great for battery life but not for running. * [in-ear with wire](http://amzn.to/2vQqEnx)—these are great but tend to fail quickly. * [Bluetooth versions](https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/the-power-of-bluetooth-4-0-itll-change-your-life/). * [Banning headphones at races](https://www.runbritain.com/news/wearing-of-headphones-in-road-races). * [Is the Apple Watch a ...

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August 01, 2017 01:19:41
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You're a monster

We talk about environments—from the perfect gym to urban running—and their effect on our training mindset, and we discuss plateaus and winning the battle with your mind. Nick has big news, Jon ups his recording set up game with dramatic results, and inevitably somebody mentions Poundland and Toblerone. ## This week * Will there be a posthumous release of the [missing tapes?](https://yodollar.podiant.co/admin/blog/5/) * Please do not send us any reviews of armbands. Unless you’re going to say you don’t like them. * Nick’s weight loss: [Mission Accomplished](https://www.instagram.com/p/BXHyVj5AJd_/?taken-by=roundonefight) * BMI (body mass index) [explainer](http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/3215.aspx?CategoryID=51) and [calculator](http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx). * Rocky gyms / old school gyms / back street gyms… [proper gyms](https://sabotagetimes.com/life/in-remembrance-of-proper-gyms) * I heart PB: some notes on [Perry Barr](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Barr), a place dear to Nick and Jon. * [Alexander Stadium](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Stadium), in Perry Barr, where Jon got training tips from heptathlete [Denise Lewis](http://www.uka.org.uk/ba-home-straight/hall-of-fame-athletes/denise-lewis/). * We’ve been recommended a book: [Long Road, Hard Lessons: Ireland to Japan by Bicycle - A Gruelling Test of a Father and Son’s Relationship](http://amzn.to/2wh0XbS) by Mark & Sam Swain. ## tl;dr “[Nobody is watching, nobody is judging. I was convinced people could see me struggling to do a mile and that they had opinions. Stupid head](https://twitter.com/jonhickman/status/891948140663902208).” ## Coming soon… * We _will_ talk about running watches. * Jon _will_ clear his pins about running familiar routes and the 1997 Elizabeth College B String 1600 metres race. * Nick _will_ talk about yoga. So be sure to subscribe… You can find us on [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/you-dont-look-like-a-runner/id1259875775?mt=2), [Stitcher](http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/you-dont-look-like-a-runner?refid=stpr), on [Pocket Casts](http://pca.st/YXAA) and [Overcast](https://overcast.fm/itunes1259875775/you-dont-look-like-a-runner) or anywhere you like to get podcasts. Please do subscribe and leave us some reviews. It’s a ...

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July 25, 2017 00:56:31
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Mark it zero, Jonny

## We have had listener feedback! * Jenny says she gets what we’re doing but it’s not really for her. She also told us about the ITV documentary _[Trouble in Poundland](http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week25/trouble-poundland) _ and the fauxblerone—[Poundland’s own brand Brexit Toblerone](http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/poundland-selling-pre-brexit-toblerones-10647376). * Steve tweeted us to recommend _What I Talk About When I Talk About Running_ by Haruki Marukami; “it helped me think about running in a new way”, he told us. Nick and Jon have committed to reading it soon and dedicating some airtime to chatting through it. Why not [buy a copy](http://amzn.to/2uZ5nHD) now so you can join in (it’s also available on Audible, so you can think about it while running). * The book about running Matthew Inman (of _The Oatmeal_ ) is called _[The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances](http://amzn.to/2uudFpm)_ * This is what [Jon did on his stag do](http://monopolyboardpubcrawl.com)—but did he finish it? * Ben says [_Wild_ by Cheryl Strayed](http://amzn.to/2urO9zu) is a way better book about the PCT than the terrible book Nick has been reading ( _[The Last Englishman](http://amzn.to/2sXilB7)_ , see [episode 2](http://runnerpod.com/e/3549fb61ce9574L/)). Ben knows books well—he runs a [newsletter](http://tinyletter.com/benjiw) for reading recommendations and it’s really nice to get each month. * Nick and Jon have been [arguing about who loves High Fidelity the most](https://twitter.com/jonhickman/status/888997573389942785). * Nick recommends _Accidental Billionaires_ on Audible (or [as a book](http://amzn.to/2vXwiQB)). * If you have any feedback for us please tweet us @[runnerpod](http://www.twitter.com/runnerpod) or email [email protected] ## Jon’s marathon training Jon is now on week 12 of a [16 week plan](https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/r/running-programme-marathon), ...

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July 14, 2017 00:46:59
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Alright, Fat Nick?

Things get pretty deep this week as Nick, celebrating a weight-loss milestone, talks about the problem of self image and how he works at getting over negative feelings about his weight from childhood. Jon plays the role of an unqualified psychiatrist (as he is not a psychiatrist at all he has gone full method on this). We also spend a lot of time talking about Nick's new Kindle, books we've been reading and looking at why Jon can run for hours but only swim for 20-minutes. ## This week we talked about: * Nick has a new Kindle * _[The Last Englishman](http://amzn.to/2sXilB7)_ * [The Pacific Crest Trail](https://www.pcta.org) * Bill Bryson's _[Walk in the Woods](http://amzn.to/2uq8t79) _ and _[The Lost Continent](http://amzn.to/2sXAb74) _ although The book that Jon was talking about was actually _[Notes from a Big Country](http://amzn.to/2t9ZdEj)_ * [The Appalachian Trail](http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail) * Nick's on the kettlebells again * Losing love handles * How our memories of being bigger shape how we relate to ourselves today * The feeling of going XL to L * Calorie counting—but your veg for free * Using tech to track calories * It takes a long time to learn your own metabolism * Swimming as cross training on Jon's marathon plan * [The lovely pool by Jon's work](http://www.aston.ac.uk/news/releases/2011/december/birminghams-oldest-working-swimming-pool-re-opens/) * Picking a lane at the pool (by the way the pool is 25m not 15m, thanks a lot Nick) * Seeing when you're swimming—a guide for spectacle wearers * Tracking swimming: expensive ...

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June 30, 2017 01:19:41
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Looking for Good

Nick and Jon finally get round to talking about running, weight training, and exercise tech from the perspective of two 30-somethings who spend way too much time coding, running, listening to podcasts, and talking about starting a podcast about running, weight training and equipment from the perspective of two 30 somethings who can terminate a recursion pretty neatly. This week we talked about: * are the microphones working? * the absolute shambles that is Poundland these days * “[some people are saying](https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/strength-training-for-fat-loss-building-a-bigger-engine.html)” you lose more weight on the weights than you do on the road * Nick will sell you some Kettlebells * Jon is training for a marathon * BUPA [marathon](https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/r/running-programme-marathon), [half marathon](https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/Directory/R/running-programme-half-marathon) and [10km](https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/Directory/R/running-programme-10km) training plans * [goodgym](https://www.goodgym.org) * carrying tech while you sport * whether or not a gold plated USB cable will help us win advertising from Blue Apron Blue Apron haven’t called yet but they or you can find us on Twitter @[ngmoreton](http://twitter.com/ngmoreton) and @[jonhickman](http://www.twitter.com/jonhickman) and the show is @[runnerpod](http://twitter.com/runnerpod) You may wish to buy these things: * Govivo Running Belt * Shorts with big pockets Thanks to [Podiant](http://www.podiant.co)—professional-grade podcast hosting at a price you choose—for supporting You Don't Look Like a Runner. ...

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