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Marathon State of Mind
Marathon State of Mind
Who could you become in the long run? 2 x Olympian Eloise Wellings and Mental Skills coach Rory Darkins explore how to optimise your state of mind for performance, purpose and wellbeing.
Jun 1, 2023
Q&A: Mental skills for injury, setbacks, struggles and decisions.
In this episode, Eloise and Rory answer listener questions on topics such as: * How to stay positive during injury recovery. * How to mentally approach a race if preparation has been disrupted. * How learning from struggle and self-kindness intersect. * Why Rory breathes through his nose when running. * Tips for staying injury free. * How to not feel guilty for pursuing sporting goals. This episode is brought to you by our very own Young Athlete State of Mind Course. Enrolments are now open for our July intake.
May 19, 2023
Brett Robinson: The Road to a Marathon Record
In this episode Eloise and Rory are joined by 2 x Olympian and current Australian men's Marathon Record holder, Brett Robinson. In December 2022, Brett ran 2:07:31 at the Fukuoka International Marathon, a new Australian record. In 2020 he also set a national record in the half marathon, with a time of 59:57 at the Marugame Half Marathon. Brett's road to these highs hasn't been smooth sailing, with a mysterious recurring stitch hampering him in several marathons, including the 2021 Olympics. Brett discusses how he has turned these challenges into learnings that have helped him to let go and bring his best to the Marathon event. Social links: Marathon State of Mind Instagram Brett Robinson Instagram For The Kudos
Apr 19, 2023
How to thrive as a young athlete
If you are a young athlete, a parent or coach of young athletes, this episode is for you. Eloise and Rory unpack some of the unique challenges that young athletes face in pursuing their sporting dreams and outline the practical skills they can develop to thrive in sport and life. You may also want to check out Young Athlete State of Mind, a course we have created to guide young athletes in developing the mental skills they need to thrive.
Apr 3, 2023
Sinead Diver: The courage to go after your potential
In this episode we are joined by new Australian Marathon record holder, Sinead Diver. In December 2022, Sinead ran an incredible time of 2:21:34 at the Valencia Marathon. Just a few days later, we sat down with Sinead to discuss this record run. As you will hear, her path to this record is quite incredible. Sinead shares how an inspired decision to take up running during maternity leave turned into a burning desire to leave no stone unturned in exploring her potential. The rest, as they say, is history. Follow @marathonstateofmind @DiverSinead Sign up to our newsletter
Mar 23, 2023
Benita Willis (4 x Olympian): Embrace the challenge
Benita Willis is one of Australia's greatest ever athletes. Her decorated career included highlights such as winning the World Cross Country long course race in 2004, competing in 4 olympic games and setting multiple Australian records. In this episode, Benita shares: * Her happiness in seeing Sinead Diver surpass the marathon record she held for 14 years. * How running without pace splits helped her to achieve her best. * Why mindset is such a key element of marathon running. * How she turned challenges into opportunities. * Why consistency is a measure of success. * The role of risks in breakthroughs. * Her coaching philosophy & online coaching business Lace Up Running Social links: Benita Willis Instagram Lace Up Running Website Marathon State of Mind Instagram Marathon State of Mind Website
Mar 13, 2023
Introducing ’Marathon State of Mind’
Welcome to 'Marathon State of Mind'. In this episode, Eloise and Rory discuss what they mean by a "marathon state of mind" and provide a sneak peak of what's ahead with the launch of their mental skills training courses. Social links: Marathon State of Mind website Marathon State of Mind Instagram
Jun 16, 2022
Q&A How to Optimise Stress and Recovery
We all experience stress, but what exactly is it? How do we optimise it? Can stress be good for us or is it harmful? In this episode Eloise and Rory discuss both the science and practical application of stress optimisation. Hear how Eloise's thinking about stress has changed throughout her career and how she strikes the balance of stress & recovery in her marathon training and life. Thank you to episode sponsor, Earshots. Lock on, stay on & play on with Earshots wireless earphones. They have you covered for staying motivated and focussed while you train. Their patented Magnetic ear clip means you can push your limits without being distracted by annoying cords or earbuds that fall out. Use the code RIGHT10 at www.earshots.com for 10% off your purchase or simply follow the direct link: https://earshots.com/discount/RIGHT10 To use the same breathing practices that were discussed in this episode, monitor your heart rate variability and overall well-being, check out in8 app on the iOS App Store.
May 9, 2022
Building Deep Well-being: Eloise & Rory
In this episode, Eloise and Rory talk about deep well-being - what it is, why we need it, and how we can build it. Highlights include: * The Mother Run & how it is changing lives in Northern Uganda * The 8 dimensions of deep well-being; Strengths: How Eloise has benefited from knowing hers. Values: Using them to make decisions. Emotion: What does it mean to "optimise" emotion? Purpose: How to experience more purposeful progress. Breath: Why it's not to be underestimated. Mindset: Why Eloise is working on mindset more than ever. Needs: The fundamental human needs that contribute to well-being. Health: How physical health influences overall well-being. Thank you to episode sponsor, Earshots. Lock on, stay on & play on with Earshots wireless earphones. They have you covered for staying motivated and focussed while you train. Their patented Magnetic ear clip means you can push your limits without being distracted by annoying cords or earbuds that fall out. Use the code RIGHT10 at www.earshots.com for 10% off your purchase or simply follow the direct link: https://earshots.com/discount/RIGHT10 We are also excited to share that the in8 app is now available on the iOS App Store with a 3-month free trial.
Mar 10, 2022
Genevieve Gregson on Bouncing Back from Olympic Heartbreak
In this episode we are joined by our first repeat guest, Genevieve Gregson. 2021 was a tumultuous year for Gen, rupturing her Achilles on the final water jump in the Tokyo Olympic Steeplechase final. The vision of her laying face down on the track was one of those moments of devastation that becomes etched into memory. But there is a reason that Genevieve is known as "The Comeback Queen". Her approach to this latest challenge is truly inspiring. Themes discussed include: * Gen's experience of the Tokyo Olympics. * How Gen has grown through adversity and utilised her mindset to bring joy to the process. * How to adapt when you can't do what you love. * Her pregnancy news :) * Why her and husband, Ryan (Olympic 1500m finalist) have set up Gregson Running, an exclusive online running coaching business for all runners. * How Gen has changed her definition of success in the last 6-months. * What realistic optimism is. This episode is brought to you by Earshots. Lock on, stay on & play on with Earshots wireless earphones. They have you covered for staying motivated and focussed while you train. Their patented Magnetic ear clip means you can push your limits without being distracted by annoying cords or earbuds that fall out. Use the code RIGHT10 at www.earshots.com for 10% off your purchase or simply follow the direct link: https://earshots.com/discount/RIGHT10 This episode is also brought to you by In8 App, a personalised daily guide that helps you to know yourself better and be yourself well. It’s coming to the App Store any day now, so if you want to optimise your well-being and learn what helps you to be bring best, then follow @in8app on instagram and Facebook.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 26, 2022
Eloise & Rory on Defining Success and Setting Better Goals
In this episode Eloise and Rory discuss the year ahead and strategies for setting the right goals that help you tap into deeper motivation, meaning and living out your personal definition of success. Topics include: * How Eloise goes about planning for a year ahead. * Why defining success for yourself can help you pursue your goals with greater freedom. * How Eloise and Rory each define success. * Why you shouldn't rush goal-setting. * The importance of understanding your values before setting goals. * How to come up with an overarching purpose to guide your goals. * How to find and fuel motivation. * The in8 app, what to expect and when it will be available to download. Social links: * The Elzy Wellings 1000m fun run Saturday 29 January 2022. * Love Mercy Foundation * Eloise Wellings Instagram * Rory Darkins Instagram * In8 app Instagram
Dec 14, 2021
”If you‘re in, I‘m in”: Mind Over Matter for the Melbourne Marathon
Two weeks ago, Eloise and Rory decided to run the Melbourne Marathon. For Eloise this was two months post her debut at the London Marathon. For Rory, it was an unexpected first. This episode contains two seperate recordings. The first half was recorded on the day before the Marathon and provides insight into how Eloise and Rory were thinking about the challenge ahead. The second half was recorded the day after the marathon and provides real-time reflections on Eloise's eventful but successful day, and Rory's take, from the perspective of a mental skills coach living a day in the life of an elite athlete. Themes include: * Focusing on what you can control * Adjusting when things don't go to plan * Learning from challenges * How courage and vulnerability are two sides of the same coin * Self-talk when it's hard * Why Rory decided to nasal breathe during the marathon * Breathing to help with sleep and recovery * What's ahead for Eloise in 2022. Social links: Eloise Wel…
1 hr 2 min
Nov 7, 2021
Jessica Fox on Her Journey to Olympic Gold
In this episode, Eloise and Rory are joined by Olympic gold medalist, Jessica Fox. Jess is the most successful individual slalom canoeist of all time, competing in the C1, K1 and extreme slalom events. She is an 8 time world champion, and now an Olympic champion. All of this at just 27 years of age. Jess’ mindset is truly world class. She’s a fierce competitor and thrives on challenges, but brings real joy and humanity to the process. In this conversation, Jess unpacks how she has learned to use her mind to bounce back from disappointments, rise to the occasion and continually improve as she explores her potential. Socials & links: Jess Fox Instagram Jess Fox Facebook Eloise Wellings Instagram Rory Darkins Instagram
1 hr 1 min
Oct 5, 2021
Eloise Wellings: Reflections From a Record Marathon Debut
Less than 24 hours after running the fastest ever debut marathon by an Australian woman (2:29:42 in the London Marathon), Eloise and Rory catch up to unpack it all. Eloise shares what it felt like, how she managed her mindset, how she prepared, and what her first 42.2km taught her. It turns out that the marathon really is an apt metaphor for life.
1 hr 4 min
Mar 20, 2021
Dr Sarah McKay on Practical Neuroscience for Health & Performance
In this episode we are joined by Dr Sarah McKay, a neuroscientist with a PhD from Oxford University. Dr McKay specialises in translating brain research into strategies for professionals working in coaching, mental health, education and healthcare via training courses, books and from the stage. She is the founder and director of The Neuroscience Academy, which provides continuing education and development to professionals wishing to use neuroscience in their work as a tool for human change. Dr McKay is also the author of The Women's Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness, which explores the female lifespan through the lens of neurobiology. In 2019, Sarah hosted an episode of ABC Catalyst exploring brain health, bio-hacking and longevity. Topics discussed in this episode include: Popular myths about the brain; How to build brain health; Dealing with uncertainty Habit change; Visualisation practices for improving performance; Why social support is a key pillar of…
1 hr 2 min
Feb 14, 2021
Brad Beer on Optimising Physical Health & Injury Recovery
In this episode we are joined by Brad Beer. Brad is one of Australia's leading voices in athlete health and performance. Through his Physiotherapy practice, POGO Physio, Brad has worked with countless Professional and Olympic level athletes to help them bounce back from injury and move towards their potential. Brad is also the host of the incredibly popular podcast The Physical Performance Show in which he explores physical health and performance through interviews with high performing athletes and expert practitioners. An accomplished athlete himself, Brad has a rich perspective on the physical and emotional process of moving through injury and towards your physical health and performance potential. Themes in this episode include: Brad's experience with performance anxiety; the importance of strength training; bone and tendon health; stress fractures & considerations in choosing running surfaces; and the body's ability to adapts and improve. Follow Brad on Insatgram: Brad_Beer
1 hr 1 min
Jan 17, 2021
Lockie Ferguson on Life Learnings from the Highs and Lows of International Sport
In this episode we are joined by New Zealand cricketer, Lockie Ferguson. Lockie is known as one of the fastest bowlers in the world, regularly clocking speeds over 150km/h. In 2019 he was one of the standout performers of the Cricket World Cup where his 21 wickets helped New Zealand reach the final, in which they famously tied with England. Lockie finished as the second highest wicket taker and was named in the World Cup team of the tournament. Lockie discusses what he has learnt through the highs and lows of international sport and why mental skills are just as relevant outside of sport as they are for performance. Other themes include the role of humility in high performance, what makes a great team culture, and why it's important not to allow who you are to be solely defined by what you do. Lockie is co-founder of Machineroad, a mobile app that enables you to see how fast you bowl. Social Media handles: Lockie Ferguson Instagram
Dec 18, 2020
Susan Krumins on How a Positive Mindset Fuels Perseverance & Performance
In this episode, Dutch Olympic Runner Susan Krumins discusses her path to becoming one of Europe's best athletes. Susan shares what she learned during the Covid-19 lockdown that helped her and her followers build positivity amidst the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic. Susan also discusses her new training journal 'Dreams' and outlines why daring to pursue what you love can be such a worthwhile pursuit regardless of the outcome. Susan sheds light on her unique (and very creative) approach to weekly planning and goal setting and why being fully present in the moment enables high performance to happen. Follow Susan on Instagram @susankrumins Check out Susan's Dreams Journal (currently only available in Dutch, but what better way to learn the language?) Susan's "Dying Swan" Impersonation: Follow hosts @elzywellings @rorydarkins
Nov 23, 2020
Eric Winters on Becoming Your Best Self
On this episode Eloise and Rory are joined by Eric Winters, a self-leadership coach, speaker and author of “Swipe Right on Your Best Self”. Eric has spent the last 12 years helping leaders and teams bring their best selves to challenges. Topics covered include gratitude, passion, purpose and how “courageous authenticity” can help you live a life with fewer regrets. To learn more about Eric, check out his www.ericwinters.com.au
Nov 5, 2020
BMX Olympian Sarah Walker on Overcoming Fear to Explore Your Potential
This episode is with Sarah Walker, a New Zealand Sporting Legend. Sarah has been World Champion, Olympic Silver Medalist, and is shooting for Gold in Tokyo 2021. Sarah is also a member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes Commission. In this conversation, Sarah details her journey in overcoming fear of failure in order to freely explore what's possible. Sarah shares so much wisdom that is relevant to anyone looking to move beyond limiting beliefs and towards the best version of themselves. Sarah Walker Instagram Eloise Wellings Instagram Rory Darkins Instagram What's Right Within Facebook
1 hr 10 min
Oct 23, 2020
Sara Hall on her Epic London Marathon Performance and How to Go Beyond Perceived Limits
In this episode, elite USA Marathon Runner Sara Hall discusses her recent second place finish in the London Marathon in an incredible personal record of 2:22:01. If you haven't seen the footage of Sara's phenomenal finish, we highly recommend looking it up! Using marathon as a metaphor for life, Eloise, Rory and Sara dive deep into the mindset and mental skills that have enabled Sara to consistently improve, adapt and get the best out of herself in the most challenging situations. Key themes include fear of failure, gratitude, self-talk, taking risks, finding joy in hard work and the power of perspective in bouncing back from disappointments. Relevant links from episode: Sara and Ryan Hall's Website The Hall Steps Foundation Sara Hall Instagram Eloise Wellings Instagram Rory Darkins Instagram
Oct 16, 2020
Q&A On Courage, Joy and Thriving Under Pressure
In this episode, Eloise and Rory discuss listener questions about pressure, stress, recovery, fear, joy, breath practices, relationships and effective mental health & well-being strategies. It's a broad a deep dive into some really fundamental human experiences and how to navigate them.
Sep 29, 2020
Special Episode: Proactive Health with Dr Ross Walker
In this episode we are joined by Dr Ross Walker to discuss the role of health in pursuing potential and thriving in life. Dr Ross is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally and has his own weekly radio show healthy living on Macquarie radio network. We cover some of the links between our physical and mental health and what Dr Ross has come to learn works for him and many of his patients in building habits that serve lifelong health.
Sep 16, 2020
Brooke Neal (Olympian) on Finding Balance, Mindfulness & Purpose
This episode is with Brooke Neal, a New Zealand Olympian, Mindset Coach, Yoga Teacher and Speaker. Brooke recently retired from the New Zealand Hockey Team (The Black Sticks) having played 176 internationals, including 4th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Brooke really gets mindset. In fact, she credits her development of mental skills and playing to her strengths as key reasons why she was able to transform from a “Baby Giraffe” warming the bench for her high school team to becoming one of the most valuable players in the country. Brooke is the founder of Finding Her Balance, an 8-week online program to help female teenage athletes learn the skills of mindset, mindfulness and well-being so that they can explore their potential with confidence in a healthy and sustainable way. To learn more about Brooke and her workshops, online course and speaking: Brooke Neal Website Brooke Neal Instagram All About Balance Instagram
1 hr 13 min
Sep 4, 2020
Positive Psychology Expert Emiliya Zhivotovskaya on Learning to Thrive despite Trauma
This episode is with one of the world's leading voices on applied positive psychology, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya. Emiliya is the founder and CEO of the Flourishing Center, a New York based Benefit Corporation training coaches, teachers and individuals in the science and art of thriving. Emiliya was a part of one of the first ever Masters Programs in Positive Psychology, training under the founder of the field, Dr Martin Seligman. She is also doing a PhD in Mind Body Medicine and holds over a dozen other certifications in topics related to well-being, health and resilience. Emiliya has experienced significant grief and trauma in her life, including losing her entire family. She shares how having trained the skills of resilience and well-being equipped her to show up and continue to thrive through such extreme challenges and how we can do the same. To learn more from Emiliya and her work: The Flourishing Center The Flourishing Center Podcast Prevent being Traumatized by COVID-19 Youtub…
Aug 28, 2020
The Mind of a Marathoner: Jess Trengove on Finding Joy in the Process
This episode is with one of Australia's best ever Marathon runners, Jess Trengove. Jess has represented Australia at two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and two Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018), picking up consecutive bronze medals in the latter. She now has her sights set on new personal bests having taken a brief pause in 2019 to welcome her first child, Billy into the world. Jess outlines how she is navigating the joys and challenges of balancing motherhood with running and unpacks how finding joy in the process and contributing to others along the way has fuelled her passion and perseverance in one of the most physically demanding sports. As a Physiotherapist as well as world class athlete, Jess' depth of understanding of the physical and mental aspects of exploring potential shines through in this conversation. You can find more about Jess and the "Rundies" she discussed on: Jess Trengove Instagram Jess Trengove Website Jess Trengove Facebook Run…
Aug 19, 2020
Special Episode: How to Be a 'Well' Being
In this special episode Eloise and Rory dive into what well-being is, why it's important, and how you can build yours in uncertain and challenging times. The purpose of this episode is to give you a simple framework for well-being so that you can check-in with yourself and apply science-based, practical strategies to boost your own well-being and that of the people around you. Whilst focusing on 6 key elements of well-being, Eloise and Rory also tackle some of the nuances and common misconceptions about well-being, such as why it's not always about feeling just 'positive' emotions, and the importance of creating space for all emotions.
Aug 6, 2020
Education Expert Adam Voigt on Culture, Communication and Leadership
This episode is with Adam Voigt, one of Australia's foremost experts on education leadership and culture. Adam is the Author of Restoring Teaching, founder of Real Schools, and the go-to education expert for Channel 10's 'The Project' and other national news media. Adam believes unconditionally in unleashing the potential of every student, parent, teacher and school leader to create a better future through education. This conversation goes far beyond formal education with Adam's practical insights being equally applicable to any relationship, organisation or culture. Adam brings practical wisdom that is grounded in good science and has proven transformational in some of Australia's most challenging school environments.
Jul 24, 2020
Q&A on Mindset, Beliefs, Adaptability and Optimism in Uncertain Times
In this episode Eloise and Rory answer your questions relating to mindset and adjusting well to change in life. Questions include: 3:40 - "Strategies to help change a limiting belief system and help me feel excited to race?" 11:00 - "What is the one thing I can do everyday to help me be feel and be better?" 12:36 - "How to calm your nerves before a big race?" 15:13 - "How to feel like you are 'enough'?" 18:44 - "Tips for being more optimistic in the pandemic?" 21:33 - "Advice Eloise and Rory would have given to themselves as teenagers" 24:43 - "How do you develop a mindset that is consistent to keep moving forward despite life's setbacks?" 27:11 - "Best piece of running advice Eloise has ever been given?" 29:17 - "How do you balance listening to medical advice about injuries versus your own desire and wisdom within to come back from injury? 32:32 - "How Eloise adjusted her mindset for running when pregnant?" 36:34 - "How to find your passion and purpose after years of trying…
Jul 16, 2020
Lauren Parker on Finding a Way Forward
This episode is with Lauren Parker, World Champion and Commonwealth Games Medalist Paratriathlete. Lauren grew up competing at elite levels for swimming and professional ranks for triathlon and ironman before a freak training accident in 2017 left her paralysed from the waist down. Twelve months later, having checked herself out of rehab early to take up a new sport she hadn't heard of before, Lauren lined up for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Lauren still lives in excruciating pain, yet finds purpose in her training and the pursuit of what's possible. She is perseverance personified and our hope is that this conversation inspires you to realise that whatever challenges you face, there is more within you - you have what you need to adapt, adjust and thrive.
Jul 8, 2020
Mark Monchek on Conscious Growth in Business and Life
This episode is with Mark Monchek, CEO of The Opportunity Lab, an organisation whose mission is to empower conscious leaders to build great companies that make a difference in the world. Mark has worked with leaders from the likes of Google, Apple, The New York Times and the United Nations to help them take their organisations to the next level of sustainable growth. He is also the author of amazon best seller Culture of Opportunity: How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption.
Jun 29, 2020
Genevieve Gregson on How Enjoyment & Mindset make High Performance Sustainable
This episode is with Genevieve Gregson, a 2 x Olympic runner and Australian record holder. Genevieve shares honestly about the ups and downs in becoming a world class athlete and reveals the mindset and mental skills that have enabled her to adapt in the face of adversity and go from "rock bottom" to breaking records in the space of 12 months. The insights from this episode extend well beyond elite sport and apply to anyone interested in carving their own path through challenges and finding joy in the process.
Jun 22, 2020
9/11 survivor Ron DiFrancesco on resilience, perspective and post-traumatic growth
Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? For our guest, Ron DiFrancesco, it was just another day in the office ... until it wasn't. Ron's office was on the 84th floor of the World Trade Centre - the second tower that was struck by a terrorist-hijacked plane. From here, Ron witnessed the world changed right before his eyes. In a conversation that breathes fresh perspective into the very meaning of life, Ron courageously shares his experience and reveals unforgettable insights into the resilience of the human spirit and why there is always cause for hope. Ron has since developed a resiliency framework, been featured in Time magazine and become a keynote speaker at global positive psychology conferences and large corporations. *A word of caution: Whilst this is an episode about hope and perspective, the traumatic nature of the events described may be distressing or triggering for some listeners. Discretion is advised, especially for younger audiences.
Jun 14, 2020
A surprise start: Eloise Wellings on persevering with passion and purpose
Rory puts co-host Eloise Wellings in the hot seat to explore her journey in becoming who she is today. Eloise is one of Australia's most decorated distance runners, having competed at 2 Olympic games, 4 Commonwealth games and multiple world championships (and she isn't finished yet!). In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Eloise made the finals of both the 5000m and the 10,000m events. However, her journey has been anything but plain sailing, having been forced to miss three consecutive Olympics games through devastating last-minute injuries. Whilst Eloise has overcome and achieved a lot in her sport, running by no means defines who she is. Off the track, Eloise is a founder of the Love Mercy Foundation - an award winning not-for-profit that works in Northern Uganda to empower communities out of poverty sustainably. She is a mother of two and a sought after speaker on mindset and resilience. In this episode, Eloise and Rory discuss the power of purpose, passion and perseverance towards a vision of…
1 hr 3 min
Jun 10, 2020
Introducing: What's Right Within
Join Olympian Eloise Wellings and human performance & well-being researcher Rory Darkins as they explore human potential through stories of great character, resilience and hope. In a world that focuses on what's wrong with us and imposes limits on who we believe we can become, Eloise and Rory highlight what's already right within you that you can uncover and build upon to become the person you want to be. *Disclaimer/correction: Rory is a psychology practitioner, not a "psychologist".