Here are all the Blokeology podcast episodes.

 

Episode 049: Jeff McCarthy on running with Lyme disease and chronic illness


Episode Notes

How do you continue to exercise and be physically active in life when you have a chronic disease? Award-winning blogger Jeff McCarthy has had Lyme disease and the effects continue to cause him problems. We discuss how he still manages to run and race regularly while managing a chronic disease and serious challenges with fatigue. If you are have any kind of chronic illness then his advice will be welcome and it’s good commonsense stuff for anybody, with or without problems. Jeff also talks very openly and honestly about the challenges he has experienced with his mental health.

Jeff tells us about his journey with Lyme disease and how he had cyclical problems with fatigue and other symptoms. His body crashed in mid-2013 and he lost a lot of weight and was bedridden. He had treatment intermittently for a couple of years before he sought treatment in Brussels from a specialist. Since 2015 he has improved significantly and he has not needed any medication for the past year. The effects still linger and he describes it as “permanently running with flu” but Jeff has become an expert on his own condition and managing it day-to-day.

Jeff McCarthy runs the successful blog runeatrepeat.co.uk

Links

Run Eat Repeat website
Twitter: @runeatrepeatuk
Lost Connections by Johann Hari

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Episode 048: Gender socialisation, development and masculinity with Dr Judy Chu


Episode Notes

Dr Judy Chu is a researcher who teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development at Stanford University in California. She has done some fascinating research into adolescents and younger boys examining gender socialisation, their development and relationships. She has fantastic insight into this field and we delve into masculinity issues that are relevant to all men. We talk about toxic masculinity and how that whole phrase is problematic, the pressures boys and men face to conform in society, and what we can all do to help make it a little better. 

She wrote a book, When Boys Become Boys, based on her research and you can check out her website for more posts that reveal a tremendous amount around masculinity and how young boys cope with identity and their place in society.

Editorial note:
Judy mentioned Zac Seidler in the podcast. There is also a Vic Seidler who works in the area of men and masculinities. Vic is based in the UK and Zac is based in Australia and it is Zac who is heading efforts to help practitioners to consider gender when engaging boys and men in treatment. Here’s the link to his project: http://manisland.com.au/

Links

Judy Y Chu website

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Episode 047: John Adams and Dad Blog UK


Episode Notes

I’m joined by John Adams who runs the Dad Blog UK blog to talk about fatherhood, parenting, and lifestyle. John is a stay-at-home father and the main carer for his kids while his wife goes out as the main wage earner. We talk about health and fitness as well as some of the attitudes and the issues that have affected him in that role as a man. We also talk about the work he has done with the charity Hey Girls to help raise awareness about period poverty. A good topic for two dads with daughters! Check out the link below to get involved in the #Pads4Dads conversation. 

Links

Dad Blog UK
Twitter: @dadbloguk
Instagram: @dadbloguk
Facebook
Youtube
A Dad’s Guide to Periods
Hey Girls website

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Episode 046: Skepticism with Professor Chris French


Episode Notes

In this episode I chat to Professor Chris French who is an active skeptic and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chris is Special Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine, the UK’s foremost and longest-running skeptical magazine.

It’s a chance for us to talk about skepticism and the use of science, reason, and evidence to examine all sorts of phenomena. We cover the paranormal, near death experiences, conspiracy theories, anti-vaxxers and the kind of psychological biases that can creep in to all these areas.

A concise description of skepticism used by Chris as the strapline for The Skeptic Magazine is: “Pursuing truth through reason and evidence”. We delve into the skepticism movement and knowing how we are prone to biases can only help us make sound, reasoned decisions about all sorts of areas of our life. We also manage to talk about risk perception in humans, MMR vaccines, and the wonderful Skeptics in the Pub movement. (Get yourself along to an event if you can.)

Links

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
The Skeptic Magazine
Skeptics in the Pub
Skeptics in the Pub – Greenwich
QED Conference – two day science and skepticism convention

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Episode 045: Mudfest: Post Race Debrief


Episode Notes

After a brief hiatus it’s time for another informal and chatty episode this week with Dr John Richmond. We were all psyched up for the Lakeland Trails 18K Cartmel Challenge Race but the weather chipped in to rain on the plans. We still had a great day, despite the efforts of Storm Gareth (a name which seems more sinister for its complete normality) and we reflect on how it went as we slogged through 10K of mud and water, some thoughts on over-training and under-resting, and our plans for the next few months. 

Links

Lakeland Trails website

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Episode 044: Preparing for Races and Events


Episode Notes

It’s an informal and chatty episode this week as John Richmond and I talk through how we go about preparing for events and races. Back in the very first few episodes of Blokeology John and I talked through some of the basics of running. We’re both running a local 18k trail race in a few weeks and we discuss how we’ve trained for it, how we’ll prepare for the day, and some thoughts on our strategy for the race as well. None of this is rocket science but it’s good to run over it and think about how we do things. 

Links

Lakeland Trails website

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Episode 043: Vybarr Cregan-Reid on Primate Change and Modern Life


Episode Notes

Vybarr Cregan-Reid has written a fascinating book on how our bodies are affected by the modern world and our current environment. He’s written extensively about running, movement, and the body. In many ways “modern life is rubbish”. It’s all covered in his most recent book Primate Change. We talk about modern diseases that didn’t exist thousands of years ago and how we need to appreciate how our lifestyles have changed us. Vybarr also wrote a wonderful account of running, Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human, that draws on similar areas and Vybarr’s background as an academic in the humanities brings a unique perspective that will poke at your preconceptions. 

“The modern body is a work of art that is 10,000 years in the making”

Some areas covered:

  • How diseases like asthma and problems like chronic back pain are all products of modern life.
  • Why so many people are short-sighted – 85% of people in Singapore are now short-sighted because they live indoors.
  • Chairs, squatting and how modern life is rubbish for the glutes.
  • How ancient humans had denser (and therefore stronger) bones.
  • How we need to appreciate that how you can’t fully compensate for a sedentary life by doing exercise. But the people who do worse are always those who doing nothing.
  • How our current lifestyles might be a blip in humanity’s story.
  • How to introduce more walking into your life and how Vybarr gave up his car as a result of the research he did into the book, Primate Change.
  • How the pre-historic diet bears little resemblance to the diet and food environment we’re exposed to daily.
  • How our faces have been changed by modern life.
  • How Vybarr’s books have been love letters to the feet and their amazing biomechanical capabilities. He also talks about barefoot running but in his words: “barefoot running is not a religion”.

Links

Vybarr Cregan-Reid website – Psychojography: Thoughts on running and the environment
Twitter: @vybarr
Primate Change on Amazon
Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human on Amazon

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Episode 042: Addictions and Peak Performance with Nick Elvery


Episode Notes

Nick Elvery has a fascinating background. He’s now a ‘Peak Performance’ coach for CEOs and spends his time helping people make positive changes in their life. Nick has had his share of problems. His father was very unwell with MS and Nick used drugs as a coping mechanism. He had many years of addiction to drugs and alcohol. We talk about those: ketamine, ecstasy, cocaine, and cannabis amongst others. Nick ended up using crystal meth in Cambodia before he bottomed out and got himself sorted. He understands a lot about how we are the sum of our habits and he has lots of valuable thoughts on how we go about addressing the core factors that make up our identity and make real changes.

Links

Nick Elvery website
Nick’s Daily Habits podcast

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Episode 041: Strength Training for Runners with Jason Fitzgerald


Episode Notes

Jason Fitzgerald is a runner who has seen huge changes with strength training and helped many achieve results through his coaching and training. He’s been running the strengthrunning.com website since 2010 where there are tons of resources. He found strength training helped him recover from a serious ITB injury and he’s studied it in depth and put it into practice. He knows all about strength and conditioning for runners. We chat about why you would want to incorporate strength training – it will give you performance improvements but it will also make you more resilient with fewer injuries. We also talk in detail about some of the myths around strength training (and you’ll get plenty out of the chat even if running is not your bag). Strength training is an option for everyone: men and women.

Strength training has definitely been one of the biggest changes I’ve made in my physical activity over the past few months.There’s great evidence strength training is one of the single best ways to reduce the risk of injury. And some of the benefits and underlying gains are not just about being stronger: it can help you run more economically, improve coordination, and you’ll get wider health benefits as well. You don’t have to life weights either: you might do a bodyweight strength routine a couple of times per week and that will be tremendously beneficial. And, as we discuss in the podcast you are not going to build big muscles and bulk up with the compound, multi-muscle movements runners will be doing.

10 Feb Edit: if you downloaded this episode to your podcatcher and can’t hear my side of the interview then don’t throw out your headphones… I managed to mute my side of the audio in the final edit. It’s been fixed so just delete and re-download and all should be well. 

Links

Jason’s website: www.strengthrunning.com
Jason on Twitter: @JasonFitz1

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Episode 040: Alan Flanagan, The Nutritional Advocate


Episode Notes

Alan Flanagan is a passionate advocate for science-based nutrition and communicating nutritional science. He has very clear views in a host of areas that could completely change how you think about nutrition: he lingers on the middle class fetish around carbs and fat; the need to change energy availability in the environment and food culture; the role of mandatory regulation on public health; and he jumps into one of his big passions on how nutritional science needs to engage on its own terms with the evidence and not get pulled into an RCT model that is inherently not applicable to food. Oh, and he’s also a lawyer: he knows how to structure an argument. Enjoy. 

Links

Alan Flanagan on Instagram

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