Here are all the Blokeology podcast episodes.

 

Episode 009: Blisters, Gait Retraining and Compression Clothing

Episode Notes

In this episode, I take a deep dive into the research evidence around some running topics. That is what Blokeology is all about and it is time to get into a little more detail. I’ve picked out three research papers covering the topics of blisters, gait-retraining, and compression clothing. We sift out the facts (or as close to facts as we can get) but also take some time to think about the research and just how helpful it is.

Here are the three papers with links and time stamps if you want to skip right to them:

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Episode 008: Make Running as Fun as Possible: Interview with Isaac Williams, Editor of Men’s Running Magazine

Episode Notes

Isaac Williams has, in his time as editor of Men’s Running magazine, run round a 400m track for 24 hours, scaled a volcano, run a 63-mile ultra marathon and interviewed the heavyweight champion of the world. It’s an impressive list of achievements for a bloke who could barely run 5K when he first joined the magazine as an intern.

It means he has a sound understanding of the challenges facing men getting into running and also those pushing on towards the longer, gnarly end of the ultra running spectrum. We talk about getting started, running technique, the ethos behind Men’s Running magazine, and his desire to “make running as fun as possible”.

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Episode 007: Interview with Jeff McCarthy from RunEatRepeat

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Episode Notes

In this episode we chat to Jeff McCarthy from RunEatRepeat.co.uk. Jeff is a 5x award-winning blogger, writer for Trail Running magazine, ambassador for #Run1000Miles challenge, race reviewer, and kit reviewer. He writes regularly about his experience of running but he has also interviewed many runners for his site. It’s highly recommended. He loves trail running and he is also passionate about baking, homemade food, and smoothies.

We chat about getting into running and those first experiences. We also talk about running communities – from a traditional running club to Facebook groups. And, of course, we talk a bit about food and nutrition. Jeff has had a lot of problems with Lyme disease in the past but he went on to complete an ultra marathon in 2015 and he also talks about his incredibly positive experience.

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Episode 006: Digging into Weight Loss and Diets

Episode Notes

In this episode, Euan and John chat about their own experiences with weight loss and diets. They talk about people who are ‘naturally thin’, calorie tracking and lessons learned from using diet tracking apps, middle age spread, protein supplements, low carb, high fat diets, BMI and more.

  • Naturally thin? 05:00
  • Calorie tracking 13:10
  • Middle age spread 15:40
  • Lessons from using a diet tracking app 17:30
  • Diet quality when running – avoid poor quality carbs 18:45
  • Protein supplements 20:05
  • Atkins Diet and the real reason John gave it up 25:00
  • Mediterranean diets 27:40
  • BMI and body image 32:00
  • Olympians as role models 34:00

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Episode 005: Eight Key Principles to Build an Evidence-Based Training Programme

Episode Notes

In this episode, Euan runs through some cornerstone techniques and key principles that will help you build an evidence-based training programme for running. There are many off-the-peg schedules for training for various running distances but understanding the underlying principles will allow you to build your own programme or adapt as needed. It will give you the flexibility and versatility to get fit for any distance, it will allow you to reduce your risk of injury, and it will help ensure you have the resilience to thrive as your training gets harder.

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Episode 004: Goals and Habits for Runners and Beyond

Episode Notes

In this episode, Euan and John talk about goals and habits. They might seem mundane but with 40% of our lives being lived on automatic pilot getting these right is absolutely critical to developing a running habit. Or any habit for that matter. Setting appropriate goals and hacking the habits in your life is the surefire way to long-term health. It’s still not easy but it’ll make all the difference.

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Episode 003: Basic Injuries and Managing Running Niggles

Episode Notes

We continue with Season One of Blokeology and it’s all about running. Euan and John chat about running injuries in this episode. Not the big nasty ones but the minor niggles and irritations you have to learn to manage if you get into running. We’ll cover the more serious ones in later episodes.

  • The dreaded stitch 03:00
  • Shin splints 08:05
  • Muscle strains and injuries 11:58
  • Knee pain – anterior knee pain 18:10
  • Osteoarthritis of the knees 22:30

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Episode 002: Basic Running Kit and Equipment for New Runners

Episode Notes

Euan and John chat talk about the basics of running kit. From running shoes to a few simple accessories we go back to the simple stuff. John is one of the few individuals on the planet who looks good in lycra and Euan is still slumming it in a pair of ancient Ron Hills. There’s scope for everyone to indulge themselves but running kit doesn’t have to be complicated either. This episode will get you started with a few easy principles.

  • Running shoes 04:00
  • Socks and compression clothing 21:00
  • Shorts and leg stuff 26:10
  • Tops 30:30
  • Accessories like hats, buffs, gloves, reflective vests… 34:50

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Episode 001: Running for Newbies

Episode Notes

This episode Euan chats to John Richmond, another doctor. We talk about running for newbies, going right back to the basics on how to get started and how we got going after enduring the traditional British school experience of humiliation by cross-country running. We talk about the need to run slow at the start. In fact, you may even need to walk. And, that’s cool. It’s an important part of the process for many people getting into running. The fear of people looking at you can be a concern, but take heart from the evidence – most people simply are not paying any attention. See the link below for the Gilovich paper. We also mention the mere-measurement effect – the importance of saying what you are going to do and how surrounding yourself with runners could be an important step as well.

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The Blokeology Podcast: An Introduction

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Episode Notes

What Is Blokeology?

Blokeology is all about an evidence-based approach to health, fitness and lifestyle.

Blokeology is my effort, in my own little corner of the internet, to live a decent, healthy life but to bring in some evidence around men’s health to inform that. I’m a doctor so that involves stuff like physiology and psychology. And all the ‘ologies’ of medicine. Cardiology, neurology and neuropsychology. Gastroenterology. Urology. That’s a big one for blokes and their prostate. It also includes epidemiology and sociology. That’s a lot of science and ‘ologies’ across a whole load of disciplines. They are others we can chuck in too: behavioural economics, gender studies. The list is huge.

And the Blokeology podcast is about using that understanding to help men, just like me and just like you, live a little better.

You can be a blokeologist for selfish reasons. And you should. There is plenty to gain. Most of us want to squeeze out the crappy habits in our life and be happier. Sometimes it might be the mundane stuff that everyone wrestles with, like losing a little weight or getting a bit more exercise. Other times it might be altogether more serious and big and scary. Like understanding about prostate cancer or managing your mental health so you don’t end up as another male suicide statistic.

You can also be into blokeology for magnificent altruistic, generous reasons. Because you want your sisters, your girlfriends, your girl friends, and your mothers and daughters to be safer and happier too. In fact, I’d go further. I’d argue that if you care about the women in your life then being part of the solution is essential.

Why blokeology?

Because when men get it wrong, when they are unhappy and ill, then the consequences for the rest of society are severe. Yes, men hurt themselves. That’s a serious and worrying problem. Male suicide is the most obvious manifestation of that. Often, when things get violent, then they hurt other men but, just as importantly, women and girls bear the brunt of it. You only have to take the briefest of glances at the figures for domestic violence, homicides, and sexual assaults.

I want my daughters to live in a world where they do not have to be fearful of men. I’m not under any illusions that will happen soon but I do believe helping men with their own health can push in that direction.

And I want to improve inequalities in health and society. As a doctor, as a person, as a bloke, it’s the one core value I keep coming back to. That means I support progressive polices. I try to look through a health equity lens when assessing any intervention to improve health. And, by improving men’s health, I am utterly certain that will, indirectly, improve women’s health. And that will reduce inequalities.

We can’t do that unless we improve a whole lot of health concerns around men. For normal men and regular blokes.

What blokeology isn’t?

Blokeology is not, in any shape or form, some kind of push back against women. This is not the podcast wing of the Men’s Right Activists. The suggestion that somehow, as a white middle-aged male doctor living in the UK I am, in any shape or form, anything other than utterly privileged is complete bollocks. As far as I am concerned blokeology is an effort that is in complete solidarity with women’s rights. If we can get it right, then it is, in my view, a win-win situation. Blokes will be fitter, healthier and happier. And we can turn down the dial on the elements of toxic masculinity that disrupt lives.

Blokeology is not an apology for being a man. At least not from me. I don’t think that’s a good place to start for a discussion. I do think much more can be done to improve men’s health and wellbeing. And without falling into the same cultural traps around unobtainable body images and unrealistic expectations. Take a look at the cover of any men’s magazine. When was the last time you saw a ‘normal’ body shape? When was the last time a magazine had a regular bloke rather than some ludicrous aspirational, and more often than not, unobtainable mega bod?

I hope women will also read about blokeology. Partly because many of the messages around health and wellbeing will be just as relevant to them. But also because they almost certainly have men in their life, sons they are bringing up, who they want to be the best version of themselves.

My definition of wellbeing is wide. It’s not just going to be stuff about running, diets and sleep. Productivity and living well are just as important. How we spend the time, the products we buy, the causes we support, are all just as important to our wellbeing.

Blokeology is just normal life

All of this sounds rather heavy. But, actually learning about new stuff is fun. And doing it with the benefit of science is exciting and satisfying.

As I said, most of what blokeology is about is the day-to-day stuff with which we all wrestle. How can I squeeze the right amount of exercise into my life? Is the latest exercise fad any good? What’s the evidence for diets? What’s the best way to keep my weight under control? How can I feel a bit happier and less stressed?

Just the usual stuff.

Catch you next time.

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