One amateur athlete, will endure 10 gruelling months of physical and mental torture in the hopes of completing Irelands toughest endurance event. Known as "The Race", this insane 250KM course involves running, cycling, kayaking and mountain climbing. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows Blane O'Donnell and his coach Aidan Doherty, as he transforms from couch potato to Ultra runner.
Join Blane every step of the way as he faces the greatest challenge of his life. Learn all about what it takes to become an Ultra Runner as well as hearing experiences from athletes, coaches and sports nutritionists.
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Dr Noel Brick is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ulster University. Noel’s research interests include the impact of attentional focus, cognitive strategies, and metacognitive processes on the regulation of endurance performance. This work also extends to the role of cognitive strategies and metacognition on longer-term exercise activity adherence. Alongside his academic and research activities, Noel is also a long-distance runner and has completed more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons including the Marathon des Sables in 2012 and the Irish 24-hour Championships in 2013.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak with Seamus Fox and Noel Smyth. Both Seamus and Noel have stellar reputations as coaches and communicators of health and fitness. As well as personal training they have both opened their own gyms and more recently started a new PT mentoring programme called Elevate. They also run their own podcast called "The Elevate Podcast"
In this recap episode Blane and Aidan cover the top 10 things they have discovered so far. They also chat about new years resolutions, setting goals and highlights of the year.
In this episode Blane speaks to Nicola, Grainne and Eddie about everything from training techniques to seeing outside Stings house.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to Dr Caomhan Logue who is a specialist in dietetics. Throughout this episode we cover a wide range of topics including:
Nutritional requirements for children
Good eating habits
Symptoms of poor diet
Reputable information resources
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to local business men, Aaron McElhinney and Ryan Williams, as they discuss motivation and success.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to Sports and Injury therapist, Ruairi Lynch, as they discuss injury prevention tips as well as neurokinetic therapy.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to local triathlete, Odhran McKane as they discuss what it takes to become one of Irelands top triathletes.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to local podiatrist, Patrick Mc Gill as they discuss some of the facts and common myths that often come up in the athletic community
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to Marty Lynch, two time winner of the race and current fastest time record holder.
In this episode Blane and Aidan speak to Sean McCrudden who is one of the organisers of The Race.