Running Tales
Karin Blak: Talking Therapy author on lockdown and being a ‘Hill Demon’

Karin Blak: Talking Therapy author on lockdown and being a ‘Hill Demon’

March 26, 2021

Qualified couples counsellor Karin Blak is the author of 'The Essential Companion to Talking Therapy' - a guide to what therapy is and how it works.

With the Covid pandemic bringing fears of a mental health crises, Karin is keen to re-frame the discussion. Time to analyse and talk about our problems means, she says, this could be the chance to start a mental health revolution.

One of the ways Karin looks after her own wellbeing is through running - including sprinting up hills with my Step Forward With Lewis group.

I spoke to her about her book, lockdown and how TV doesn't always tell the truth about therapy...

 

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Karin's website: www.karinblak.co.uk

Karin's blogs: https://karink-blak.medium.com and https://psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/demystifying-therapy

You can buy Talking Therapy on Amazon

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Gareth Snelson: The man who decided to set up a parkrun before even running one

Gareth Snelson: The man who decided to set up a parkrun before even running one

March 19, 2021

Gareth Snelson is Mr Milton Keynes parkrun.

But his journey to founding the event is not what you might expect.

Already a keen runner, Gareth stumbled upon parkrun and decided it looked like the perfect thing to get people running together in the new city.

Incredibly, though, he'd never previously taken part in the 5km event.

That didn't stop him though - although those at parkrun HQ did suggest he tried one out himself before he took a plunge which, until Covid hit, saw hundreds and sometimes thousands of people turn up in MK every Saturday morning to take part.

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Alan Hackett: Facing up to cancer, life in a wheelchair… and new challenges

Alan Hackett: Facing up to cancer, life in a wheelchair… and new challenges

March 12, 2021

Alan Hackett has spent a significant chunk of his life running.

His achievements include 24 hour runs, taking on the London to Brighton challenge and serving as chairman of Northampton Road Runners.

Recent years have thrown a different set of challenges his way, but he's already using the skills and mindset he developed during ultra running to tackle them head on.

After developing a back injury, Alan eventually found out he had cancer and the coronavirus pandemic means he is still waiting for an operation to remove a mass from his kidney.

Now in a wheelchair, he has recently completed a fresh challenge to complete 100kms and help him lose weight in the process.

I spoke to Alan about his life in running and how his health issues might slow him down, but they won't be stopping him...

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Stephen Buck: Inspired to run - and write - by an orange

Stephen Buck: Inspired to run - and write - by an orange

March 5, 2021

Stephen Buck never intended to write a book about his experiences in the world of running.

Then again, he didn't really plan to start running either.

Once he did though he found a love for the sport that took him away from fears he would never amount to anything.

The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other changed Stephen's life and gave him a new confidence.

When a little boy offered him an orange at a race it not only encouraged him to complete it, but also gave him the inspiration to write a book about his experiences.

This is Stephen's Running Tales story...

 

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Stephen's book, 'Inspired By An Orange,' is written under the name S.I. Rolland

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

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