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Marathon Talk Episode 43: Mallory Creveling - Runner’s World Deputy Editor, Health & Fitness

What better time to exhibit the extraordinary mental benefits of running than during Mental Health Awareness Week.

That’s been a huge focus for this week’s Marathon Talk guest, Runner’s World’s Mallory Creveling, who’s been working on a must-read piece of work on wellness - ‘The Runner’s World Guide to Mental Health’. Check it out by clicking the image below.

Learn more on this week’s podcast, where we also share the best path to recovery from unexpected injuries, peek ahead at Bekele vs Kipchoge, and bring you some superb Six Star Stats.

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In this episode of Marathon Talk

  • 0:00 - At the top of the show we check in with Martin & Deena’s recent antics, from Deena’s L.A. trip to Martin’s camping escapades and an unfortunate injury
  • 6:15 - In the news this week, we FINALLY get a preview on Bekele vs Kipchoge at Paris 2024, some shocking revelations about Kipchoge’s recent struggles, and we crunch the numbers on the Six Star Statistics from the past season
  • 19:50 - Training Talk this week hits a personal point for Martin, with the best methods for recovery if you’ve picked up an unexpected niggle
  • 27:50 - Runner’s World Deputy Editor of Health & Fitness Mallory Creveling joins Deena to share their remarkable recent work for mental health, and Mallory’s own journey discovering the mental benefits of running

Episode highlights

“The Olympic Games is often a huge highlight on the athletics calendar, and this year in Paris, we're going to see one showdown that we've been waiting for for some time. Eliud Kipchoge vs Kenenisa Bekele.” - 6:30 - Martin Yelling

“It's so sad to see how people use social media to bully and accuse with no foundation to do so. It  was really sad to hear that he said he doesn't trust anybody, even his own shadow he will not trust - it was a heartbreaking thing to read.” - 13:25 - Deena Kastor 

“What tends to happen if you ignore that injury is the whole process takes a bit longer. So I almost think of it like: rest more early, and you rest less later. So if you nip this in the bud quickly, then I always hope that you'll be spending less time in the recovery process as a whole.” - 23:15 - Martin Yelling 

“We wanted to do a video series that would explore mental health because not only is it such an important topic right now, but whenever we ask runners why they turned to running, one of the most common responses is that it supports their mental health. ” - 29:25 - Mallory Creveling

“Running can definitely be a part of your mental wellness plan. There are so many benefits that come from it that are proven through science - the benefits for your brain specifically - but as all the experts will say it is just one piece of the puzzle.” - 36:40 - Mallory Creveling

“When I ran the New York City Marathon in 2021, I definitely saw how the mental strategies can both help and hurt you, depending on how much you pay attention to them for the race.” - 49:20 - Mallory Creveling


Useful links


Abbott World Marathon Majors

https://www.instagram.com/wmmajors/


Martin Yelling

https://www.instagram.com/martinyelling/

Deena Kastor
https://www.instagram.com/deena8050/

Mallory Creveling
https://www.instagram.com/malcrev/

The Runner’s World Guide to Mental Health

Eliud Kipchoge's BBC interview

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