Marathon Talk Episode 38: Mark Rogerson & Katie Garrity

Marathons form very unique bonds within the running community, but when your life is in your guide’s hands it’s truly a bond like no other.

That’s where Six Star hopeful Mark Rogerson’s story sheds light on the joys of running - he joins us on this week’s Marathon Talk fresh from a PB-setting Tokyo race with guide runner Katie Garrity. Mark is now aiming for star No. 6 in Boston this coming April.

Join us this week as we round off all the other stories from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the year, from surprising slow runs, to sprint-finish drama in the Women’s Wheelchair race.

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In this episode of Marathon Talk

  • 0:00 - Martin and Deena kick things off with a retrospective on the Indoor Athletics World Championships, and Martin’s endeavors to dust off the road bike in spite of some savage weather conditions
  • 8:55 - We round up the hottest news from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the season, with shock slumps from Kipchoge and Hassan, the sprint finish in the Women’s Wheelchair race, and the 2,628 runners earning their 6th Star
  • 22:20 - Training Talk this week tackles the vital final five weeks of race prep, and the emphasis on nailing that all-important final long run
  • 29:10 - Mark Rogerson and Katie Garrity talk us through the complexities of training on opposite sides of the Atlantic, their emotional Tokyo experience, and how they’ll take on that all-important 6th Star

Episode highlights

“The great performances at the Indoor World Championships really breeds success for the future and inspires the younger generations.” - 6:30 - Deena Kastor

“Sifan Hassan didn’t quite cement her title potential, so what do you think she’ll feel and do between now and Paris.” - 17:15 - Martin Yelling

“Learn from other runners, observe how they handle a challenging day, and learn how you can apply that to your own buildups.” - 25:50 - Deena Kastor

“During the winter months it’s difficult, because I suffer from night blindness, so I tend to do a guided long run on a Sunday. The problem is, as I got fitter, the pool of guide runners I could have got smaller!” - 35:10 - Mark Rogerson & Katie Garrity

“We’ve got this bond that I don’t think I have with anyone else - we do all this running together, it’s a unique bond. I trust her with my life in these races.” - 46:20 - Mark Rogerson & Katie Garrity

“They say that joy shared is joy doubled, and sorrow shared is sorrow halved. Running with Mark is like that - every high is shared with your friend, it’s so much better than doing it alone.” - 52:20 - Katie Garrity

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