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Jenny Falconer: I'm a completely different person coming back from running

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The biggest running event of the year, the London Marathon, is just around the corner. Taking the start line on October 2nd is radio presenter and podcast host Jenny Falconer. In fact, the grueling is his ninth time to complete the 26.2-mile race.

“Honestly the best day ever,” the 46-year-old said of the high-profile event. “I’m the most excited in the world to do it” – she doesn’t let minor injuries get in her way. His personal best is 3:31:02, which is very high.

“There is something so beautiful about the spirit of the marathon.

Self-proclaimed cake fan Jenny Falconer says marathon training helps her think and stay in shape

The Glasgow-born host and mother of one, she made television appearances in the early 2000s on National Lottery draws, GMTV’s Entertainment Today, and now as a travel reporter for This Morning and Smooth Breakfast’s London. is perhaps best known for hosting the morning show of Shows across the UK on weekdays (6am-10am) and Saturdays (10am-1pm).

If that sounds like a painfully early start, she called her current 4 a.m. wake-up a “real life-changing lie” compared to the 2 a.m. wake-up she did in her previous role, Presenting Hart’s Early Morning Breakfast Show. “I was destroyed by the end of the day,” she admits. “It’s been a rough year, but I was a new mom. [to now 11-year-old Ella]I will give her dinner and go to sleep.

Running has always been a huge passion for me, ever since I started running at the age of 19 to lose weight and get in shape while living on my own for the first time in Glasgow. She said, “In a year she went up three or four dress sizes. I was eating liquorice all sorts and going out with friends and enjoying a good life, but I couldn’t stay in shape.” I didn’t think about being active or active at all.”

So Falconer started running. “Perhaps running he’s no shoes, horrible, baggy, horrible men he’s track he’s suit bottoms and trainers.” Her first big goal was to run around the city’s botanical gardens. “Eventually I did it and the goal was to run non-stop for 30 minutes, but in the end it just came down to doing it.”

Put it in the hard yard: Jenny Falconer uses miles of park trails to train in central London

Running 11km from work to home in London five days a week allowed her to factor that into her day. “For years, I’ve finished work at 6:30 a.m. People generally go to bed or go to work, so I’d go for a run at that time. I got used to running alone.

“I love it. It’s hard — sometimes it’s really hard. Sometimes the first mile of running isn’t fun,” she admits. “But usually I come back and say, ‘I’m so glad I did it.’ Sometimes I regret missing the window of opportunity, and I know that if I can adapt to the run-in, I will be a better person.”

“I like to eat cake, so I want to do both, and I want to enjoy my life,” she admits to liking running, but running brings Falconer more than physical benefits.

“You can be creative, you can gain clarity, you can get a little breathing space. It gets worse, and when you go out for a run, you get out of that situation and all of a sudden you see everything,” she says. “I’ll be back. I’m a completely different person, very sober, and I can see everything clearly.”

Jenny, now 46, first appeared on screen in 1994 as a contestant on Cilla Black’s Blind Date.

Alone time on long runs helps her organize her thoughts. “We planned our entire wedding in one marathon,” she said. [she married Emmerdale and Corrie actor James Midgley in 2010] It was the most meaningful three and a half hours of my life so far. No one disturbs you, just you and your thoughts. “

However, organization is not everything. Sometimes she “would aimlessly look at trees, wildlife, or water and zone out,” she adds Falconer. “It’s like I’m dreaming and I wake up and I can’t remember my dream. Sometimes I get home after a good run and I can’t remember what I was thinking, but I feel good then.” It probably corresponds to my meditation.

It’s been 12 years since Falconer set his marathon PR, and he’s not going to beat it this time. in the same form. “

But taking care of yourself is still a big priority. Falconer recently added new strings to her bow and co-founded her Kollo Health, a liquid collagen supplement brand. It also has the benefit of being great for skin, nails and hair, especially for menopausal and menopausal women. “

Impressively, she has completed all eight marathons in the same 10 minutes. One year she knew she had to finish within her four hours. That afternoon she was in BAFTA Red because she was getting ready for the carpet.

Long-distance running does not have the same expiration date as sprinters. Falconer is in no hurry to quit.

Time is the biggest barrier she faces running a marathon at this point in her life. “When I was in her early 30s, I wasn’t a mother. I was with my husband and he was my boyfriend. But my life was dictated a lot by what I wanted to do.” I was there,” recalls Falconer. Lately, she’s been so busy with her work and parenting that “the whole training schedule has become a bit of a nightmare.”

Falconer also hosts a running podcast called Run Pod where, from Eliud Kipchoge (marathon world record holder) to Amanda Holden and Lorraine Kelly, we talk about famous faces and why they love running too. She is also an avid golfer and hosts her second podcast, The Women’s Golf Show.

So a day goes by without her running, golfing, Pilates, CrossFit, weight training, or walking the dog. “There are things I do without phone calls and emails, all of which are technology-agnostic. I’m fully committed to golfing, running, walking, and the next time she’s two hours, I’m here.” , the phone is off and that’s just me. It’s the best.”

Do you think she could possibly run a marathon? “This is what I always say. You have to allocate time,” she says.

Jenni Falconer is the co-founder of Kollo Health Liquid Collagen Supplement (kollohealth.com).

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