By Stimulate Run
Stimulate Run May 11, 2020
Road to Comrades Ep 5 (pre race)
Barry Holland - Plan your race and race your plan
Nell Rojas - Be your genuine self
Allirra Jennings - A candle doesnt lose its flame by lighting another candle
Road to Comrades Ep 4
Road to Comrades 2023 - Episode 3
We tackle a few listener questions about shoes, goals and changing surfaces through the week.
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Irwin, Caitriona, Murray and Wayne
Road to Comrades 2023 - Episode 2
Liz McColgan - Celebrate the joy
Reece Edwards - No Jargon
Reece is a qualified physiotherapist and shares his learners he has taken from running into his professional life.
Road to Comrades 2023 Ep1
Grenville Wood - Pure
Caitriona Jennings - balanced determination
It was great to go back into her history prior to running and then how she continued to rise in the sport. She represented Ireland at the 2012 Olympics and what many would say might be the pinnacle was actually closer to the beginning. We speak about the highs and lows and how the benefits of hindsight might've changed the way she might've approached things.
We speak about balancing a career in accounting and law works when trying to chase your running goals.
We then finish the chat about what might be to come in 2023.
To listen to our chat from 2019 have a search in the back catalogue. We were also joined by Wayne Spies in that episode.
Brendan Pang - Happy with where I am
Brendan discovered running recently and loves his daily run as an escape from his busy day. He's a high achiever who will be chasing his running goas to match his professional goals.
Find him on instagram and also his website for more information.
Mark Plaatjes - Grateful
Mark was one of the greatest in his era and amazingly due to the apartheid regime wasn't allowed to show the world. During the episode Mark talks about life during apartheid, being a straight A student but not being allowed to go to University and being cheers for on the weekend but on Monday its back to reality.
Mark speaks about his time at College, life in Boulder back in the times when training with Deek and Steve Jones.
He takes us through the 1993 World champs race and how it played out on the day.
Mark is now a Physical Therapist and owns a running store call In Motion which is based in Boulder.
Ash Watson - it means more than what you realise
Road to Comrades Ep 45 - Race Recap
For those wondering about the man in the arena quote search Theodore Roosevelt.
Roger Robinson - Running has an elemental simplicity
Listen to Rogers lessons on literature, language and literacy. How English has evolved and what his thoughts are on the role technology has played.
Roger shares his running history. How he has managed to continue to achieve such great results and how motivation comes from within.
Roger has released a new book and has written previous books too.
Road to Comrades Ep 44 - Pre Race
Wayne gives us an insight look to an elite camp. 300km weeks with 8 ultras in 3 weeks. How to the elite runners differ from the social runner it might surprise you.
Jackie is ready for world 100km. The rest of the crew wrap up their final touches.
We break the race into segments to finish and give you the listener an idea of how we want to feel or goals for particular sections.
For those heading to Durban we will do a meet up at some stage so stay tuned to the socials.
Road to Comrades Episode 43
Darren takes on questions on behalf of all novices to start adding thoughts in place for race day.
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If you are looking for the episode we spoke about from Barry Holland follow this link - podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/episode-8-making-a-comrades-marathon-legend-with/id1622191041?i=1000569799032
Road to Comrades Ep 42
Zoe Buckman - It’s part of the experience
Carlos Furnari - Was...Is...Going to be
From Radcliffe to Kipchoge. From Tinman to Strava. Carlos has worked with them all.
How did a guy of an Italian dad and country upbringing do all of this? Well listen in.
Road to Comrades Ep 41
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 40
Longest Road to Comrades - April Q & A
Tommy Hughes - Enjoy your journey
Jessica Smith - silent ambition
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 39
Darren is 3 weeks out from his Marathon, Sandy knows what she has to do and Irwin has had to shift the goal posts but is taking the wins.
Erika Lori - Do what you enjoy
Erika is the owner of the Bib track record which is 1000km Albany to Kalamunda. She shares the whole journey from where the idea came from and how it played out.
On her record completion of the 1000km Bib track Erika also raised $4000 for the blue tree project.
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 38
Meriem Daoui - Be proud of your identity
She speaks about how education is key and how she using her running to do so. She shares what running means to her and how she sees this continuing.
Anna Liptak - Surround yourself with good people
Anna shares her family story and where her drive and determination might have stemmed from. Anna was one of the first people in Australia to have Covid-19 and shares this story too.
To find out more about Anna via social media visit
And her Website and travel company:
Colin Thomas - Create your own destiny
Adam Didyk - Respect and appreciate the responsibility
As you will hear in this episode Adam is a very inspiring person and shares his journey with us.
We discuss the role of the coach and also letting those who are experts provide their knowledge.
From diving straight into coaching, showing that you don’t always know everything and reaching out to mentors.
Longest Road to Comrades Ep37
The final episode of the Longest Road to Comrades for 2021. Wayne talks about lactate testing, Sandy is embracing change along with a possible change to her running form, Irwin reflects on his half marathon and also his consult with the dietitian, Jackie nailed her 10km and is looking forward to a big 2022 and Darren speaks about his race at Gold Coast 50.
The whole panel would like to wish all the listeners a great holiday season. We cant wait to have you all back with us in 2022
Coast to Coast Ep 9
Dean Menzies - Be kind to yourself
Longest Road to Comrades Ep36
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 35
Coast to Coast Ep 8
Coast to Coast Episode 7
Longest road to Comrades Ep 34
Ellie Greenwood - Everybody's Runner
Jessica Stenson - What will be will be
Two time Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative Jessica Stenson is this episodes guest. Jess shares her journey from growing up in the country, making the choice to chase her running dreams and planning a family around her running career. Jess speaks about her love for seeing other succeed. We end the chat by touching on what she has planned and her hope to run a time at some stage this year as a reward for her training. Again thanks so much for Jess for jumping on this episode. Follow Jess on Instagram www.instagram.com/jess_tren/ or on her website https://www.jessicatrengove.com.au/.
Coast to Coast Episode 6
Julz gives an honest account for the challenges the last month have provided and the decisions she has reached. She shares what her whys are for running.
Guy shares his experience of the 100km Kokoda Challenge which he completed in July. He also shares some of the motivational challenges he has faced recently and what his plans are moving into the next 6-8 months.
Dawid is two weeks away from his first marathon and fills us in on how he is tracking. He has been dealing with a couple of niggles recently but is adamant he is good to go for race day.
Check all the panel out on strava and all other social channels
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Ray Boyd - No such thing as a free meal
Longest road to Comrades Ep 33
Coast to Coast Episode 5 - The race we almost ran
Join the Team for Episode 5. We recorded this episode on Sunday. As you will tell those heading to the Gold Coast were planning on enjoying the joys of race week...well things started to change within hours. As you would know the Gold Coast marathon has since been canceled and most capital cities in Australia put into snap lockdowns. We decided to go ahead with posting the episode as we share what our plans were if the race did in fact go ahead.
The good news is we are not going anywhere and we will be back next Month as we have all locked in our next marathons and Dawid iss till on track for Bibra lake. Enjoy the episode.
Zola Budd Pieterse - Train with your brain and race with your heart
Polly Phillips - be your biggest cheerleader
Coast to Coast Episode 4
Longest Road to Comrades Ep32
John Jacoby - Just take the opportunity
Coast to Coast Episode 3
The group recap their April with all having a hit out in the month.
We have a discussion around possibly attending races more to be more comfortable on race day.
A little bit of shoe chat at the end as Julz has tried the new Asics racing shoe.
Condolences go out to the Ranger family for their loss.
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep31 - Shaun Meiklejohn
Sinead Noonan - the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long
Carly & Jessica - Similarities
We chat about their similarities along with their differences.
They both share some amazing travel stories from visiting Kenya and Jess being caught in an avalanche.
Find both on strava and Instagram to continue following their journeys.
Longest road to Comrades Ep30 - Charl Mattheus
Coast to Coast Episode 2
Ted Richards - Touch typing, making honey and running a marathon
Ted shares his football journey and how he transitioned into his now career. He provides some great financial advice for listeners too.
We talk running and how he got into running post football. Ted shares what his learnings have been and what he would like to tick off next.
Ted also host his own podcast called the Richards Report which is very successful.
Nera Jareb - It is a part of my life but it’s not my life
Longest road to Comrades Ep29 - Lindsey Parry
On this episode the team share how they are travelling and Jackie gives us her 100km recap.
The special guest for the episode is the offical Comrades Marathon Coach Lindsey Parry.
So many learnings to take away from him so I hope you enjoy the episode.
Coast to Coast Episode 1
Every month we will discuss where we are at and how the previous month has gone.
Please feel free to send questions through and we will answer them during the episodes.
Andrew Senyszyn - From Marino to the big smoke
On this episode Andrew shares how New York became home, what its been like living in the states during the pandemic and also shares his running journey.
Pete Mann - There’s no failure in life just learning experiences.
On this episode I got to sit down with Pete and talk about all of the above. We chatted about how a teacher moved into becoming a business owner and the calculated risks he took in making his dream a reality. I had to ask a couple of questions about his time on the bachelorette and how it impacted his life.
You can find Pete on instagram.
Kate Bevilaqua - Don't be afraid of what others think
We talk about what have been some of Kates biggest learning in her sport and how they carry over to life. Kate gives some advice for people starting in the sport and also those looking and going professional.
We also talk about Kate jumping into Ultra running at the end of 2020 and also aiming to run a 100km road race in January 2021.
Find Kate on Instagram and Facebook at Kate Bevilaqua.
Longest Road to Comrades Episode 28
We found Wayne after he went into hiding. He updated us on what he has been doing and how a Covid breakout might impact his first race of 2021.
Darren is back on program and enjoying it.
Jackie make the call to take on a 100km after completing some long runs. The aim is just to go out and give it a go.
Sandy has thrown down her first goal of the year to break 25mins for a 5km.
We have some great guests already locked in for the year so we hope you can join us every month.
Carla Molinaro - Just give it a go
Her latest achievement though is probably her greatest. In 2020 she broke the Guinness world record for the time to run from Lands end to John O'Groats 1327km in a time of 12 days 30mins and 14 seconds.
We also chat about what running has taught her and how she uses it in her daily life.
For more about Carla check out her instagram and strava.
The Longest road to Comrades - 2020 recap...the sun will shine in the morning.
Dion Finocchiaro - Australian men’s 50km record holder.
In January like many Dion was planning on running Comrades 2020 in June but we know how that has all worked out.
Dion is based in Melbourne which went through months of hard covid restrictions.
In an amazing effort Dion smashed the Australian men’s 50km record by racing the distance on a track.
To find out more about Dion check him out on Instagram and also strava.
For more on the Stimulate Run Podcast check out Instagram, Facebook and also join the strava club.
Todd Ingraham - be loyal to yourself.
The Longest Road to Comrades - Gerda Steyn
The Longest Road to Comrades - Mark Page Interview
Mark talk about what running was like when he started compared to now.
Dr Graham Bates - All things hydration
With his expertise he created an hydration product called aqualyte.
On this episode we talk all things hydration, the common mistakes made and what steps can be taken to prevent dehydration.
For more information visit aqualyte.com.au
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The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 24
Season 2 Ep23 - The Takeover
The longest Road to Comrades Episode 23
Erin and Guy Ranger - Making each other better
We discuss Erins ambition (which Guy might now be secretly in on) to tick off all the world marathon majors.
How a bit of healthy competition is a good thing but also the importance of staying grounded.
We discuss their current times and where they want to possibly see them finish when it time’s to sit on the porch and reflect.
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep 22
On the episode along with the usual segments we discuss a listener question about how do we know when to rest of continue pushing on.
Check out the crew on strava.
For more information on the podcast visit Stimulate Health on Facebook and Instagram instagram.com/stimulatehealth?igshid=19esdewlc0hud
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan - consistency is key.
▪️Where it all started.
▪️Her career to date.
▪️Her future goals.
▪️Impact Covid has had on her career.
Laps of The Lake Ep5 (race recap).
The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 21
Laps of the Lake Ep4
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep 20
🔸Wayne racking up local legends on the island.
🔸Sandy joins a running club.
🔸Darren runs 90km.
🔸Jackie reclaiming her mojo.
The GoFundMe is still live for 2021 entries. If you’d like to donate follow the link gf.me/u/x69gss.
Laps Of The Lake Ep3
▪️Fortnight gone - physio visits, fractured bones and ticking boxes we cover it all.
▪️Pre and race nutrition.
The Longest Road To Comrades Ep19
🔸Wayne and Jackie run PBs in the first post lockdown race.
🔸Sandy runs a trail marathon.
🔸Darren stays on program.
🔸Marisha joins us as a guest panelist.
The GoFundMe is still live for 2021 entries. If you’d like to donate follow the link gf.me/u/x69gss.
Laps Of The Lake Ep2
Laps of the lake - Ep1
Chris Lark - Mr RunningWorks
The longest road to Comrades episode 18
The Longest road to Comrades Episode 17
Margie Hadley - dont be scared to fail
The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 16
Stu Hopkins - Back your ability
The Longest Road to Comrades ep 15 - Jenna Challenor
Nick Marvin - The pursuit of goodness
Road to Comrades Ep 14 - Bruce Fordyce
Road to Comrades Episode 13
Road to Comrades Episode 12
David Bryant the Catalyst Dietitian - All things nutrition.
Road to Comrades Episode 11
Road to Comrades Episode 10
Road to Comrades episode 9
Road to Comrades Episode 8
Road to Comrades Episode 7
Road to Comrades Episode 6
Road to Comrades Episode 5
Jon Pendse - Delirious West Recap
Road to Comrades Episode 4
Jessie and Jordan - Humble high achievers
Road to Comrades Episode 3
On this episode we check in to see how everybody is going at the start of February and a few listener questions.
Follow the guys at their respective strava links:
Cynara Stalenhoef - Learnt to run before my legs did.
This was an outdoor interview so it was pretty windy early but stick with it as the wind dies down. We also had a couple of local seagulls drop in for a chat too.
Road to Comrades Episode 2
Wayne speaks about successfully won the Australia Day Ultra 50km race and bounced back well the days after.
Sandy speaks about starting to build consistency and the confidence she got from completing her recent long run.
Darren also speaks about getting consistence, he has started his exercises and he can see an improvement in his running already.
Check out @stimulateHealth on Facebook and instagram for more. Feel free to contact me @Iswinny88 with any questions for the next episode.
John Hallis - Overweight to Kona
Road To Comrades Ep 1
For this years race we will have an arm chair ride which will follow the preparation of 3 runners:
Wayne Spies - 9 time finisher and best time of 6:21
Sandy Roux - 11 time finisher and best time of 9:55.
Darren Purnell - Novice.
We will hear from them on a fortnightly basis and check in on how the preparation is going.
Dan Sharples - It’s ok to say no
Andrew Wall - All in
This is also an episode for the non-runners to have a listen too.
Kat Watt - Dont tell me I can't
Isaac Birir - The true Kenyan story
David Bryant - The Catalyst Dietitian
Find David on Instagram and Facebook at The Catalyst Dietitian or visit his website at www.catalystdietitian.com.au/.
Hazel Moller - Find your reason
In this episode we go back to where it all started, where she is at today and she shares an exclusive for next year at the end of the episode.
Adrian Fabiankovits - Ceiling is higher than you think
suzanne mcmahon - let my legs do the talking.
Mark Lee - keep smiling and saying hello
Harmony Waite - ultra mum
Ben Alexander - Find something you love
Ash and Nath - selfless, dedicated and creating awareness.
Jon Pendse - Defy the norm
Jon share his history in running and where it all began. We speak more in-depth about Jon’s 2019 running year and how he has managed to run 5 marathons, just as many ultras and manages to back up every time.
Jon shares information of an event he has been chosen to be an ambassador for in October. Visit the following website for further event information. http://squashworks.com.au/?page_id=5816
Ryan Shand - Make them proud
Wayne McMurtrie - resilience personified
Sydney Trail Sisters - Living our best life
In this episode they both share how they got into trail running, we speak about their careers and also whats still to come.
Look them up on instagram @sydneytrailsisters.
Vlad Ixel - Playing to win
Caitriona Jennings - Grit, Determination and Humble
Caitriona Jennings holds a Marathon Personal best of 2:36 which qualified her to represent Ireland at the 2012 Olympics. Her most recent achievement is placing Third Female in the Comrades Marathon which is the world’s oldest Ultra Marathon in a time of 6:24:12.
During this Episode I speak to Caitriona about how ecstasy quickly turned to agony during her Olympic marathon due to injuries. Caitriona speaks about her decision to take up rowing in the aim of partnering her sister to an Olympic games.
Caitriona speaks about her professional career and how she balances it with running.
We touch on Comrades with Caitriona providing some insight into life of an elite Comrades runner.
At the end of the interview we are joined by somebody Caitriona met in the closing stages of Comrades during a time she had a real fear of not making it. Wayne Spies was on hand to provide Caitriona with extra motivation to push through to claim her gold medal. The two of them haven’t spoken since that moment on race day so I was glad I could facilitate the reunion which encapsulates the true Comrades Spirit.
Tony Smith - Mr Consistent
Kevin Matthews - Distance unlocks your running dreams
Wayne Spies - The road from Comrades DNF to PB
2019 Pre-Comrades breakfast
Michael Hayes - exercise is a vehicle for happiness
Refreshing interview with Michael Hayes gone from 120kg to a 16:30 5km and 35 minute 10km. Michael explains how for him running is a vehicle to overall happiness and well-being. We talk about how his passion for fitness, mental well-being and running came about and where he would like to go from here. You can find him on Instagram/Facebook at mental health fitness coach or the_oversized_runner. Michael's future running goal is to one day run a 2:30-2:45 Marathon.