BBC Breakfast favourite Naga Munchetty, 45, has candidly revealed that although she and her husband James Haggar “don’t row”, they experienced a tense moment while training for the marathon together in tough weather conditions in 2013. The presenter recalled the situation and admitted her other half had a “meltdown” at the time while speaking to her co-star Louise Minchin, 51, and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson on the latest edition of their Her Spirit podcast.
Naga insisted before recalling the story: “James and I don’t row and he’s a lovely, lovely man, he’s definitely the better half.”
She then continued: “So I roped him into training for the marathon and it was horrible, the weather was horrible, it had snowed, it was cold, it was miserable.
“So we started training in October and then the gadgets weren’t brilliant so I think I had my phone and an app, and my phone signal kept dropping out and we were going out doing this 12 miler or 13 miler, it was like November and you have to build up to 20 don’t you?
“Anyway, we were running and he hated it. He didn’t want to do it, he got roped into it, he moaned all the time. Every time I said, ‘Let’s go for a run’, he would moan and would be moaning the whole time, like miserable. So it was literally a case of me dragging him along.”
Unfortunately, the training eventually became too overwhelming for James and he became frustrated with the difficult challenge.
Naga explained: “We probably had two miles to go home up a hill and he said, ‘How long does it say?’ And I said, ‘Oh, it’s saying eight’.
“Well, I won’t tell you what he said, but he actually had a meltdown in the road.”
While mimicking James’ voice, Naga shouted: “‘You’re lying to me, I’m sick of you lying about how far we’re going to go, lying about this, I don’t want to do this, you made me!’
“Standing in the street, in the freezing cold, screaming and I just stood there and I went, ‘The thing is James, we still have to run up that hill, either way we’ve got to get home, so you can scream and shout, the thing is dropping out – you can’t do anything’.”
Reflecting on her other half’s anger, Naga revealed: “He was raging and that was one of the huge rows.”
Luckily, the couple managed to put their differences aside and ran the marathon and took running lessons to improve their skills.
She added: “We even had running lessons, so my aim was I wanted to do it in four hours and 10 minutes.”
“Which is fast Naga,” Louise chimed, sounding impressed by her colleague’s mission.
Naga ended up falling slightly short of her target and finished at four hours, 42 minutes after suffering from a painful injury during the run.
The star also opened up about her fear of cycling on the roads due to her husband’s recent accident when he got hit by a car while out on his bike.
Naga said: “He’s battered and bruised, but he’s okay. So I’m petrified of cycling on the roads, absolutely petrified, I’m scared of traffic.
“I think everyone’s an idiot either who’s on a bike or in a car because they don’t have road sense.”
Elsewhere, the BBC presenter spoke about her “mission” during the coronavirus lockdown in an Instagram post last week after a 3k run in the sunshine.
Alongside the sweaty snap, which she shared with her 27,000 followers, Naga wrote: “Happy Monday! Another gorgeous day where I’m lucky enough to be today.”
“Short run (3k) ahead of a round of golf,” she proudly added before telling fans about her “mission” for the day.
“My mission today is to get some quality reading done in the garden later,” the presenter wrote, before signing off: “Stay safe #beyourbestself.”
BBC Breakfast airs today at 6am on BBC One.