The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-381 – Megan – First 100 Advice

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Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-381

Hey folks, how is everybody doing?  I am doing fine, thank you for asking. 

Here we are in February.  Are you watching the winter Olympics?  Aren’t they exciting with all those fun winter sports?  I

Particularly like the snow-man building.  I think the Czechs have a real shot at gold there. 

With the Russians banned for doping that leaves the snow-fort-building and snowball-fight category wide open?  Who can forget Dimitri Puschov’s overhand ice ball of 88 in Calgary?

I don’t think anyone can unseat the French in competitive pairs snow-angels.  They just got that je ne sais quios.

Been a long couple weeks.  Started out well with the Derry 16 miler after we last spoke.  I ran it as a surge workout and felt fantastic.  Finished in almost exactly 2:15.  People were a bit startled to see me laying in those 3 minute surges during the race.  I’d blow by people like they were nailed down then pull up and settle back into a easy run. 

Like I said, I felt great.  Finished with a good kick and wasn’t at all sore afterwards.  That was at the end of a pretty big build week.  Then coach threw me into another build week with two long surge runs.  I did them before work down by the river.  One in a snow storm and one 10 degrees.  Nothing like an 1:30 surge run in a snow storm before work to make your cheeks rosy. 

This week I had a bit of a down week.  Coach gave me speed work.  I had a bad day Tuesday and had to walk away from a 7 X 1600 workout on the treadmill.  I was trying to do it after work and I was just mentally and physically exhausted.  I rarely give up on workouts but I just could will myself to execute.

But it was ok because it forced me to reevaluate my expectations of myself.  I’ve got to come to grips with not being able to do the paces I used to and just execute the workouts to the best of my ability.  I’m putting too much pressure on myself to live up to the Chris of 10 years ago.  I have to put that baggage away and get out of my own head. 

I did a ladder workout in the cold and dark ice of my neighborhood Thursday night.  I just ran as hard as I could and didn’t worry about pace.  That wasn’t so bad.  I was surprised at some of the paces I hit by not paying attention to pace. 

Tomorrow coach has me scheduled to do a 10K race simulation. I hate these race sims but he wants to see what I’ve got.  I’m just going to go out and run it by feel and, again, not worry about pace.  

I’ve got another gym story for you from last week.  Actually I’ll give this one to you as a math problem and a ‘choose your own adventure’ story.  I discovered something interesting.  It turns out one of my daughters has underwear that looks very similar to my athletic underwear, or what they refer to as my ‘man-thongs’, or what we would have called in the 70’s a ‘jockstrap’. 

So here is your math problem.  If you have the choice of a) going commando in your running tights (when it’s 10 degrees out), or b) wearing your cotton briefs in the workout or c) wearing your daughter’s underwear to your workout, and if you also have the choice of going commando to work, cotton briefs to work or girls underwear to work, How many different combinations are possible (assuming you cannot repeat any of the options for work or workout) and what is the formula?

Originally, I thought this would be a factorial, but I don’t think it is because it’s 2 situations, work and workout.   Therefor, unless one of you math geek corrects me I think it’s a simple square of 3.  3 X 3 = 9 different possible combinations of commando, cotton briefs and girls’ underwear. 

And this is the choose your own adventure part of the story.  You find yourself in a gym locker room at 6:30 in the morning.  You reach into your backpack for your running clothes and find a pair of girls’ underwear instead of your athletic underwear.  You have cotton briefs to wear to work.  What do you do?

On with the show!

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

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Section one – How to do workouts when you forget your watch - http://runrunlive.com/30-day-diet-reboot-day-30

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Megan – Teacher, VeganRunningMom and Ultrarunner

This was taken toward the end of headlands 100 in sept.

People can follow me on Instagram @veganrunningmom

Snapchat @veganrunningmom

Twitter @veganrunningmom

Or Facebook -Megan Storms

Was lovely to catch up some Today!

Thanks and good luck to you!!!

Section two – 30 Day Diet Reboot Summary - http://runrunlive.com/when-you-forget-your-watch

Outro

Ok my friends you have worn your womens’ underwear to the end of another RunRunLive Podcast.  Episode 4-381 done and done. 

What’s coming up for me?  Not much really.  I’m sure my training will ramp up as we get into the final weeks before Boston.  I used my Baystate time to upgrade my race position.  The BAA accepted my Portland time but didn’t take the adjusted time, they took the original net time, which was still a qualifier but 4 minutes slower than what the race directors gave me.  That was because they screwed up the course and made us run an extra ½ mile. 

My Baystate time is a minute plus faster than that adjusted time, so 6 minutes faster than the time the BAA gave me from Portland.  6 Minutes in the middle of the pack at Boston is probably 3,000 runners.  Might even move me up a corral. 

I’m not collecting for any charity this year.  It’s my 20th Boston Marathon and I’m running it for me, and for you.  I’m training for it.  If we get decent weather I’m racing it.  I’ll do my best and respect it.  We will celebrate it together.  I’m humbled and grateful that this special race has become part of our lives. 

Maybe I’ll run next year, maybe I won’t, but this year I’m going to run and celebrate how lucky I am. 

My wife lost an uncle this week.  We went to the wake and funeral.  It was good to see her cousins and aunts and uncles.  Her parents’ generation is getting to that age. 

I knew this uncle from her family events.  He was a kind and caring man. 

Seeing his kids and the impact he had on his family by being that kind and caring man impressed on me some lessons. 

You don’t have to be a superhero or save the world to make a difference in this world.  You just have to care for those around you. 

You don’t have to overtly do anything special to make a difference.  You can make a difference just by being there, being present and caring. 

Your actions, even those daily, run of the mill activities that we all take for granted, impact the lives of others. 

In fact, it is those small loving and caring moments that have the most impact on the ones we love and care about. 

Live your life, go through life, with the understanding that everything you do has an impact on others.

The hustle and bustle of career and stuff is not that important in the grand scheme of things.  Keep it in perspective and take time to be present for the ones you love.

And…

I’ll see you out there.

 

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-380 – Lori – Coma to Boston

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-380, This is Chris your host. 

It is well into January and I lied.  I am going to run the Derry road race this weekend.  I wasn’t going to because coach gets so made when I race instead of following my training plan, but Derry coincided with a long training run.  I promised to actually run the training run on the Derry course and not race. 

Today we are talking with Lori who has a wonderful, compelling story that I am grateful to be able to share with you.  The audio quality of the interview was a bit poor and I had to clean up a lot of noise, so apologies for the hum and fade in places.  But the story is great and should transcend the constraints of the medium. 

In section one I’ll talk about overlapping different types of training plans.  In section two I’ll share, with permission, a response I wrote to a listener seeking advice on presentation skills. 

My training is going fine.  I’m starting to build up my volume for Boston.  It’s less than 3 months away so I’m sure I’ll be getting into some longer quality work in the coming weeks.

The 30 Day Diet Reboot went well.  I dropped about 10 pounds and I feel much fitter.  You don’t realize how much difference it makes until you get back to race weight.  Eating clean just makes everything easier. 

I continue to put long hours in and commute to the city.  It’s difficult to find the time, and more importantly the space to write and record.  I hate pushing it to the weekends because I have other stuff to do.  It makes me feel rushed and less creative. 

Like I said I get up early, take the train in and usually do my workout before all before 8:00 AM.   As my volume starts to increase this means getting out to the Charles River path before 7:00AM – which is just when dawn is breaking.  I’m doing better.  I haven’t forgotten anything or put any clothes on backwards for weeks.

Friday morning I did my hill workout on the treadmill in the gym.  I’m still figuring out the treadmills.  I can’t figure out how to program it to do what I want so I have to manually adjust the speed and incline between reps. 

It’s tricky because you have to hold down two buttons at the same time.  When I was transitioning into my 3rd rep the button got stuck and went to 30% incline and wouldn’t stop.  I had to jump off and reset the whole workout.  That was a bit exciting.  I also discovered that these treadmills decline, at least 3%, which I’ll have to play with. That might come in handy for Boston training.

Remember, this is my 20th Boston.  I asked people what I should do to recognize that and one of the suggestions I liked was to design a special shirt with 20 unicorns on it.  Maybe a unicorn party!

I was listening to an author speak this week about moments.  They were talking about how many of the iconic moments in our lives were created, scripted if you will, by someone.  Birthday celebrations have a script of gifts and cake and candles.  Graduations, weddings, funerals, all these events don’t just happen, they are, were, designed for the social impact that they have. 

The author talked about the Olympic medal ceremony, how someone had to make that up.  It’s essentially a little story, a vignette designed for a purpose.  These vignettes create a message, a sticky emotional story that stays with us.  That’s the purpose of the moment. 

So, when you look at your daily lfe and the good people who share it with you what are those moments?  How can you write your own scripts?  How can you make the vignette of hugging your child have the import of an Olympic medal ceremony?

On with the show.

 

 

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

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Section one – Transitioning from one type of training to another - http://runrunlive.com/overlapping-training-plans

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Lori Riggles– Teacher and Survivor

Here are a  few links, my bio, and picture. The picture was the moment I saw my daughter during the Boston Marathon 2017.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/33637032/montgomery-catholic-teacher-hit-by-truck-to-run-in-nyc-marathon

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2016/11/05/powering-through-local-teacher-overcomes-injuries-run-marathon/92847480/

http://www.alabamanews.net/2016/10/28/local-teacher-recovers-serious-accident-prepares-nyc-marathon/

Teaching is a rewarding experience, which I have dedicated 25 years to.  I teach so that I can expose the infinite possibilities to achieve success to each child that I come in contact with.  I have dedicated my life to inspiring children to help others through charitable causes, service projects, and empathy.

My relationship with running began when I was a child going through many of my own challenges. Running became an outlet that truly saved me and made me the person I am today. Born in Oklahoma, I discovered running while living in Wyoming as teen. I currently live in Alabama with my husband and three children. My interests include reading, writing, coaching Science Olympiad, playing the flute, and being active.

It has always been my mission to help others, I am currently writing a book of my experiences to encourage others to overcome their own personal obstacles.  My goal is to use the challenges that I have faced to help others. If what I have been through can help one person, then that is what is truly important. My future goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I aspire to reach goals beyond what anyone thought would be possible.

Lori

Section two – On Story Telling – A letter - http://runrunlive.com/story-telling-a-letter

Outro

Ok my friends you have worked your way from the coma of consciousness to the hard fought glory of triumph through to the end of episode 4-380 of the RunRunLive podcast.  Congratulations, we did it again.

Nothing radically new for me coming up.  I’ll use Derry as a training run tomorrow.  I’ll keep working hard everyday to meet my life goals and I’ll keep telling stories and smiling.  It’s pretty simple.  I used to think life was complex and hard.  But it aint.  You just keep picking them up and putting them down and smile while you’re doing it.  Life will take care of itself. 

I think Lori’s message is a great one.  We are not struggling and striving and overcoming just for ourselves.  We are doing it for others.  If we are doing it honestly, selflessly and with gratitude we are creating a clearing for others.  We are creating a clearing in the forest of fear; of don’t and can’t – a clearing of can do and a clearing of potential and a clearing of possibility. 

This is the life of abundance.  The more you give the more you receive. 

I’m going to keep it short.  I’m a bit exhausted today.  But I am grateful.  Grateful for you.  Grateful for the gifts I’ve been given.  Grateful to have a curious and active mind.  Grateful for the gift of physical capability and grateful for my choice to use it.

Like I said to Lori.  Studies show that this practice of gratefulness makes the same physical changes to your brain that meditation or prayer does.  Who knows, maybe my gratitude creates a positive ripple in the pond of universal consciousness.

It’s been a pleasure and a gift to talk to you today.  What can you contribute?  What can you be grateful for?  Surely you have gifts that you can share with us?

I’ll see you out there.

 

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-379 – The 30 Day Diet Reboot with Rachel Shuck

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-379, This is Chris your host.  It is the second weekend of the new year if you’re on the Gregorian Calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to upgrade the Julian Calendar.  Because if your calendar is messed up all your holy days hop around and it makes it harder to aestheticize the mediaeval masses with religious chicanery. 

Or something like that.

Anyhow… before I scurry down the rat hole of historical events let’s talk about the wild and wonderful world of endurance sports, or at least our little corner of it. 

It’s been a busy couple weeks since we last talked.  On the day before New Years, Dec 31st, I hosted my 5th Groton Marathon.  Which is an made up event where whomever wants to shows up and runs whatever they want.  We set up the clock so we have a real start and finish and I post the times to a website – I guess you could call it ‘pretend official’. 

The curious part is the a handful of us go out and run an actual marathon through all the local towns.  This year I got 4 other guys to join me.  The weather did not cooperate.  It was 2 degrees Fahrenheit at the start and never got out of single digits. 

I ended up getting in the support vehicle at 21.3ish because I was suffering.  We went out a bit fast for me and I didn’t have any legs left.  We had to go a bit fast in the beginning to get the feeling back in our toes and fingers from the cold.  It was miserable running weather.  There was a stretch from like 19 – 21 where we turned into a head wind that was awful.  The other four guys finished successfully.  My friend Gary ran in with a 3:52 and the other 3 came in around 3:55. 

The next morning my family and I went up to run the Hangover Classic in Salisbury.  The deep freeze did not abate.  It was -19 with the wind chill.  I ran the 5K with Teresa and she came in 4th in her age group.  Then, yes, we did, we ran over and jumped in the ocean.  I was a bit worried about surviving this but the water felt warm compared to the air so it wasn’t too bad.  The water in the ocean at 35-36 degrees Fahrenheit had steam coming off it like a hot tub in the single digit temps.

That same day, the 1st of the new year (according to Pope Greg) I started a 30 Day Diet Reboot with my nutrition coach Rachel.  I’m off the beer and the bad food for a month.  I’m logging all my food in MyFitnessPal and posting a daily blog about it on my website (RunRunLive.com) under a category called ’30 Day Diet Reboot’. 

On top of that Rachel is looking over my shoulder, reading my post and commenting each day on her site - http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/.  What we wanted to do is to give people an actual case study of how she and I approach the combination of fitness and nutrition. 

And, in today’s interview, Rachel and I talk through all this and hopefully it can help some folks sort through all the misinformation that is out there. 

In section one I’m going to muse a bit on why I think I’m ready to take on a 100 mile race this year.

In Section two I’m going to disassemble the oft-quoted phrase “No Regrets!”

I had something happen to me this week which was a first for me in my running life.  Have you ever heard the old joke that goes something like “I don’t jog because I don’t want to find a dead body!” Because for some reason those news stories always start with “…found by a jogger…”? 

Well I was running down by the Charles in Boston this week.  The weather warmed up to above freezing and the sun was out so I made a concerted effort to get out at lunch.  Boston got over a foot of snow during the ‘cyclone-bomb’ event last weekend and the bike path was still covered in places.  I had a 1:15 easy run so it wasn’t a problem to navigate around the snow. 

I ran up river to one of the far bridges, crossed over and came back across the next bridge to get a sort of lollipop route of the right length.  Since it had been so cold for several days in a row the full expanse of the rive was frozen over all the way down to the museum of science. 

There’s one bit along Storrow drive at the Boston University Bridge where the bike path abruptly runs out of room and they route you out, under the bridge, into the river, on a wooden bridge to get around the abutment and back on the bike path up river. 

Right after this the snow removal ceased and we had to navigate some lumpy foot paths for a few hundred feet.  When I met another runner or pedestrian, one of us would have to give way on the snowy single path.

It was in this dicey section on the way back that the lady runner I had already passed going out started talking to me.  I had my headphones in, but she said something about they were pulling a body out of the river up ahead.  They were breaking it out of the ice. 

Sure enough, when I went out on the wooden plank section that hugs the abutment there was a clutch of police.  As I came to it I was expecting someone to stop me and I asked the one sad looking cop there if I could sneak by.  He motioned that it was ok. 

Not more than 20 feet from me there were four more officers of some type carrying a stretcher up the icy bank with the body.  They had the top of the torso covered, but a man’s boots and snow pants stuck out from the waist down. 

The State Police were interviewing a shaken looking runner.  A good runner. I remember passing him and thinking ‘he’s the real deal’.  Skinny, athletic and underdressed for this weather.  He must have paused for some odd reason to stretch or to catch his breath between intervals or something to cause him to look over that wood railing into the river under the bridge.

I kept going.  They had Storrow Drive West shut down.  There must have been 15 police cars there. 

That’s a first for me.  Never had a CSI moment on one of my runs before. 

So my friends. As you’re out and about today.  You may have your head cold, or your other challenges but you’re not toes-up frozen in the Charles River.  You have that going for you.

On with the Show!

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

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Section one – Why a 100-miler? - http://runrunlive.com/why-100-miler-and-why-now

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Rachel Shuck – Nutrition Coach

Rachel Shuck is a board certified nutrition coach with a passion for running and all things fitness. She currently teaches nutrition courses at the local college while pursuing her doctorate in clinical nutrition . She is certified with the International Sports Science Association and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association as well. Her personal journey began with running 5k’s and being at the back of the pack, to running marathons and becoming a Boston Qualifier. Along her decade long path of coaching runners she found a true passion for teaching people proper nutrition to fuel for optimal performance. Rachel’s articles and videos have been featured in Mind Body Green, Personal Growth, and  the Livestrong website as well as local news shows covering health and fitness.

It’s no secret – a healthy body is a happy body. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Not only will you feel great, you will look great and inspire others to take care of themselves in the process.  As a mother of two teenagers, I know how important eating right and exercising are for not just you, but the whole family. We have the power to influence the health and well-being of our loved ones and create a healthy lifestyle for future generations.

I have experience teaching nutrition classes, group exercise classes and coaching runners.  I coach people on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle, which includes learning to eat right for life and developing the proper mindset to want to do that.   Long term success is the ultimate goal. Hiring a coach or trainer can strengthen your health, take your athletic performance to the next level, guide you in making the correct food choices, and improve your confidence and outlook on life. As a board certified nutritional coach, I’m knowledgeable in how food affects your performance,  So if you want to live a stronger and more confident life, I’ve got the training and the expertise to help you every step of the way.

http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/

Section two – No Regrets - http://runrunlive.com/no-regrets

Outro

Ok my friends you have eaten handfuls of probiotic macronutrients to the end of episode 4-379 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

Coach is starting to ramp me up for the spring season.  It looks like he’s going to add some back-to-back volume to my weekends in addition to my normal Boston Marathon training cycle.  I’m not going to run any of the spring races with Frank and Brian.  Maybe I’ll do Eastern States in March, but I’m skipping Derry. 

I’m going to run my plan and focus on staying healthy.  I’m not even half way into the Diet Reboot but I already feel better.  I have so much more energy in my runs.  I feel like someone removed a sandbag from my shoulders.  I’ve got an hour on the schedule today.  I think I’ll put my old trail shoes on and go muck about in the snow in the woods.  Maybe I’ll take Buddy with me for a short bit.  The old dog is getting cabin fever. 

Next week I’m talking to a really cool guest, Lori, who is running Boston this year.  She got hit by a car out running in 2016 and went from being in a coma for 5 days to running New York and Boston.  I hope the audio is good enough because it’s a impactful story. 

I’ve been working some long hours in the city.  I get up at 5:00 AM and am on the road by 6:00 and in the city by 7:00.  Depending on my schedule I usually hit my workout in the morning to get it done and off my plate.  Which gets me into my office around 8:30.  Typically I’ll work until 6:00 or 7:00 and get back to my house around 8:00.  It’s a long day.

Towards the end of the week, especially this week with my head cold, I was dragging. 

I had a hill workout on Friday.  I haven’t quite figured out a good place to do hill workouts in the city yet so I did it on the treadmill in the gym.  I was surprised how easy it felt given the head cold and how I was dragging.  Again, the diet reboot is amazing for your workout energy.

Then I got showered up and put on my work clothes.  This office isn’t suit and tie, but it’s business dress.  I’m an executive so I try to err on the side of business.  I had a full day of meetings including interviewing a candidate for a position I’m hiring to. 

During the day I was noticing how baggy my underwear felt.  I don’t wear anything special just your run of the mill boxer briefs.  I kept thinking, there must be something going on with this pair because they just aren’t fitting right. 

Towards the end of the day I realized what it was.  Have you guessed?  Yeah, I was so tired in the morning I put my underwear on backwards and didn’t realize it until the day was almost over.  I had a good chuckle over that. 

Hey, No regrets, right?

I’ll see you out there.

 

 

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-378 – End of Season Contemplation with my Coach

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

 

Hello, and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-378, This is your dear friend Chris.  How is everything going?  I’m trying very hard to get back on my publishing schedule.  To get back in balance.  Not just because I believe consistency is a big part of quality in the product you consume here. 

I do appreciate your attention and I’m grossly aware of my duty!

I also need to keep writing to keep my own creative furnace fueled – which is why I started doing this in the first place – partly to help people, and myself, become better versions of themselves by sharing some of the tribal knowledge I’ve accumulated over the eons that I’ve been a practicing amateur endurance athlete.  But also to keep my communication skills tuned up – writing as well as reading this copy to you with as much gusto as I can recruit!

Well maybe not gusto, but at least enviable sincerity. 

Today we catch up with my coach, Jeff.  He and I talk through the ups and downs of my 2017 training season.  I like to use myself as a test subject to see what worked and what didn’t.

It’s always important to look back at your training, your successes and your failures, to see if you can learn anything.  You’re never too old to learn. 

We talked for a long time.  I’m going to edit it down to a reasonable size, but I’ll post the raw interview on the members feed.

In Section One we will talk about over-training.  How to realize when you’re getting over-trained, what the symptoms are and how to avoid it. 

In Section Two I’ll tell you 10 things you don’t know about me.  Like one of those Facebook posts. 

It’s cold up here in New England now.  We are in full on Winter.  We’ve had some good snow to make everything festive.  It’s below zero Fahrenheit this week. 

More importantly how is Buddy the old wonder dog?  Well, he just turned 14 years old.  Which is pretty damn old for a border collie. He’s and old man!  His hips don’t work so well and he’s deaf but he’s still mentally sharp. 

He gets skinnier every day.  Skinny old man.  The kids dress him in sweaters this time of year.  They use him as a blanket to stay warm when they’re watching TV.  He is very warm.  He is well loved.

He barks a lot.  Just like an old man, he wants to be heard and doesn’t have time for niceties.  He’ll stand in the front yard and bark at the woods at night.  Picture it as a 98 year old man in his underwear yelling at the coyotes to stay off his lawn. 

“…when I was a boy… we had real coyotes, not these namby pamby city coyotes they got now…”

I ran out of podcasts to listen to last week.  I’ve been changing phones a lot and have lost some of the regular ones I used to listen to.  Some house cleaning and some pruning.  Podcasts come and go.  It’s an industry now and the old amateurs like myself are the anomaly.

I opened the app and was looking around and went to see what Steve was doing over at Phedippidations.  The app sorted with oldest first, and I downloaded a couple of his marathon race reports from 2005.  The BayState Marathon and the Cape Cod Marathon.

Steve did a great job with those old podcasts.  Compelling and interesting stuff.  Really well produced.  Entertaining.  You can hear how much in love he is with his training and racing and the newness of the sport and the community. 

If you listen to the Baystate race episode you’ll hear my buddy Frank calling out Steve’s name at one of the first water stops, the one with the rock music playing.  That’s the same Frank who ironically qualified at Baystate with me a few weeks ago.  I wasn’t at the water stop in 2005.  I was running the race.  I think I ran both those races and came up short in both.  I think that year I ran a race in Maryland around Thanksgiving to finally get my qualification. 

That was a year and a half before I started podcasting but I would have been in the process of publishing my first book of running stories, The Mid-Packer’s Lament, (which is still available on Amazon). 

I love that about the podcasting thing.  Being able to capture a moment of time.  Being able to freeze the river of time and that person you were.  It’s a slice of self-awareness.  That Steve didn’t know what the future would hold.  That Chris didn’t know either.  In our hopeful narratives we saw that moment as a waypoint on an upward slope into the future. 

I think the one important take away for me is to understand that today, this race, this fitness, this Chris is a unique thing and may very well be as good as it gets. 

Think about that.  How would you run your race?  How would you live your life if today was as good as it gets? 

Seize the day.  Savor that day.  Today is all you have.  The past is a old movie spinning sepia images across time.  The future is nobody’s business.  Today is your day.  Use it.  Enjoy it.

On with the show.

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

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Section one – The Symptoms of over-training - http://runrunlive.com/over-training-symptoms

Voices of reason – the conversation

Coach Jeff Kline

“Coach” as he is referred to by athletes has been training runners and triathletes globally for 20 years. The Coach is the founder and designer of Daily Fit Book. Although he is fully committed to the development and growth of DFB he will take on athletes of all levels that show a commitment and a strong desire to achieve new dreams and goals.

www.dailyfitbook@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/DailyFit22/

@dailyfitbook (twitter)

fitbook2 (instagram)

 

Prsfit@gmail.com

Section two – 10 things about me - http://runrunlive.com/a-little-bit-of-navel-gazing

Outro

Ok my friends you have wound down your training season to the end of 2017 and to the end of episode 4-378 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Well done.

What have we got going in the new year?  Actually, big things! 

I decided I needed to set myself up with a running goal that was a challenge.  I signed up for the Burning River 100 in July and will chronicle my training for the race.  Yeah, I know I said I’d never do it, but you hear in my conversation with coach that turning point. 

Why not?  I’ve done a lot of stuff in my life but I don’t have a belt buckle.  And, there’s a good chance I’ll fail spectacularly either in my training or in the race itself.  If so are going to set BHAGs you have to have a good chance of failure.  That failure is the stuff that teaches you and forces you out of your comfort zone and forces you to grow.

So, calling all my ultra friends, I’m going to need advice, support and pacers!  Here’s your chance VeganRunningMom, DirtDawg, Cooker, Leadfoot and all the others.  Once in a lifetime opportunity to watch Chris Maddog Russell cry like a baby and soli himself.

In addition to this I’ll be running my 20th Boston marathon.  And, yes, I am qualified.  We’ll have to schedule something fun for that. 

Oh, and I committed to finishing my zombie novel. 

There are some personal and professional goals that you don’t care about that I’ll be chasing as well.  2018 is going to be epic!  (one way or the other)

But, that’s all in the future.  I’ll be wrapping up my 2017 season with the Groton Marathon.  I’ve got 5 folks who said they were running with me.  We’ll see who shows up because it’s going to be single-digit cold.  But, you know my theory…If you do something truly stupid people will show up.

On the first of the year I’ll run the Hangover Classic with Teresa and then jump into the Atlantic Ocean, because that’s what you do, right? 

And last but not least, I’m kicking off a 30 day Diet reboot on January first with my nutrition coach Rachel.  I’ll be logging my food and stats and blogging about it every day.  I’ll catch up with Rachel each week to review progress.  I’ll probably record those weekly chats and put them up on the podcast feed.  I thought it would be useful for people to hear my/our point of view on clean eating for endurance athletes. 

Think that’s enough?  Another one of my theories is when you have too much to do, schedule more stuff and it will sort itself out!

I’ve been listening to a meditation podcast on the train in the morning called the Meditation Minis podcast.  Episode 2 is about using meditation to clarify your vision, i.e figure out what you want to do.  This is a great exercise to create goals for the new year. 

She walks you into a meditative state.  Then brings you into the future so that you are looking back on your life.  And asks the simple question “What are three things that you wish you had done?” 

I found that context very helpful to sort out the things I’m working on and what is important and what will make a difference. 

Try it.  Don’t put off your dreams.  Put them down on paper and find a way to get them done in 2018.

And I’ll see you out there.

 

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-377 – Alex Runs Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

 

Hello, and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-377, I will be Chris your host, thank you for joining me.  I am speaking with you the day after US Thanksgiving.  The weather has finally started to turn here and it is below freezing outside. 

Teresa and I went and ran the Ayer Fire Dept 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  I get to see many of my friends from the running club.  One of our members, Anthony was the original race director who created the race. 

I used to go up and run the Feaster 5 miler in Andover but this is so much more convenient.  The Feaster gets almost 10,000 runners and a bunch of local running celebrities show up to take pictures with McGilvary.  It’s a good race but Ayer is less hassle for us being the next town over. 

I can’t say I had a good race.  I can’t say I had a bad race either.  In terms of how I felt and the pace I ran it wasn’t my best effort, given how I actually tried to train for the race and am coming off a successful marathon campaign. But, on the other hand, being out on a cold, sunny morning with my daughter and all my friends – there’s really no complaining about that!

Today, we speak with friend of the show, Alex, about his epic adventure at the Ultra-trail du Mont Blanc at the end of the summer.  If you pay attention to the ultra world you may have heard of Leadville or Western States.  UTMB is the Western States of Europe, if you will.  It gets all the best international mountain and trail runners.  It’s over 100 miles long and has an insane amount of vertical. 

Alex, used to volunteer to edit the audio for the interviews on RunRunLive.  Another one of those Sympatico friendships I’ve been graced with through the podcast.  I think you’ll enjoy it. 

Remember a couple episodes back when I gave you my new Apple sauce recipe?  Well, I tried an excellent variation.  I’ve started putting overripe bananas and ripe peaches in with the apples. And I’ve discovered you don’t have to peel the apples either.  Just throw it all into an oven-safe dish, covered and bake it on low all day long and you get amazing, healthy apple sauce for your morning oatmeal. 

In section one of this episode I’ll talk a little about how I attempted to pivot from the marathon to the 5K and in section two I’ll write about running in the city of Boston. 

I finally got around to getting my flu shot.  I try to get in each fall because I think it’s important to do my part in keeping the herd healthy.  I usually don’t’ get sick since I started training regularly.  A number of people I know, work with and even my wife who is usually healthy as a horse came down with this nasty chest cold this fall that seemed to last for 2-3 weeks. 

I went down to the local drug store, CVS, where they give the shots on a Saturday.  It wasn’t a very productive day for me.  The dump was closed because of veterans’ day and I didn’t know it until I loaded up my truck and drove over there.  I found it impossible to get in for a haircut two weekends in a row due to some bizarre spike in the demand for haircuts locally.  But, I did manage to get the flu shot. 

While I was sitting there an old man came in and joined me.  It was veterans’ Day and he was wearing a WWII commemorative hat.  He told me that he enlisted in 1942 at the age of 17.  He was in Normandy 6 days after D-day.  He was stationed in Czechoslovakia.  Then he went to the Pacific theatre and was in the Philippines and Japan. 

He’d be about the same age as my Dad would be if he were still alive.  Local guy.  Grew up in the town.  Lived his life there.  Still there.  Getting his flu shot.  Imagine the changes he’s seen?

That was a couple weeks ago.  Today is thanksgiving.  I find myself thankful.  On with the show.

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

Become a member

Section one – Pivoting from the Marathon to a 5K - http://runrunlive.com/pivoting-from-marathon-to-5k

Voices of reason – the conversation

Alex Cooke

Alex is 43 and hails from Birmingham in the UK. Like many of us, he started running in early middle age to improve his health, but quickly found benefits in multiple dimensions. He’s got a busy life, and uses running dreams to keep him motivated to train and live a bit cleaner. After [not quite] conquering the Boston marathon and falling in love with the European Alps on a family holiday, he set his sights on trail running and, specifically, the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc -  a 106 mile, 33,000 feet mountain race as his next goal. Three years after setting the goal, did the reality live up to the dream?

Twitter: @TrustCooker

Instagram: trustcooker

UTMB stats and videos: http://utmbmontblanc.com/en/live/runner/1811

Section two – Running in the City - http://runrunlive.com/running-in-the-city

Outro

Excellent job my friends, you have slipped, crawled and struggled through 30 hours of the RunRunLive podcast Episode 4-377. 

The intro for this podcast was written just around Thanksgiving.  Now it is 2 weeks later.  Apologies for the tardy publishing cadence.  My new gig in the city is very intense and time consuming.  I don’t have any place to record.  By the time I get to the weekend I have a full slate of other activities and no time to record either – I’m also fairly wrung out intellectually. 

But that’s not your problem!  It’s not a problem for me either.  I’ll figure it out.  I have spent these few weeks well and wisely.  I ran my turkey trot 5K and it was as struggle but I did ok.  I got to spend some time with my friends and Teresa. It’s a nice event to kick off the day. 

Last weekend I ran the 4.7 mile leg, leg 2, of the Mill Cities Relay.  I ran 7:30’s as I predicted but it was hard work and I was fairly sore on Monday of this week.  Basically I’m feeling the effects of a active fall racing season. 

Coach wants me to start training for Boston but I kind of want to take some time off and do something different.  I was looking at Comrades Marathon in June – but that’s probably outside my reach – as epic as it is.  I’ll figure something out. 

I’m so busy I find I’m falling into the ‘switching cost’ trap. This is what happens when you work on many important things in parallel.  Every time you go from focusing on one important thing to focusing on the next important thing you pay a penalty.  It takes your brain a certain period of time to transition out of the one thing and then refocus on the next. 

It’s like when you’re working on a project and you are deeply focused and the phone rings.  It’s important so you answer.  Now you’ve lost the flow of that project.

What ends up happening eventually, as you try to string more projects in parallel, is the time spent switching and absorbing the impact of the switch begins to outweigh the value of the thing you switched to.  They discovered this concept in the early computers.  Eventually the entire CPU is tied up switching tasks and nothing gets done. 

What do you do?  Unfortunately, the answer is to work longer and try to carve out appropriately large and specific chunks of time for important tasks.  You may find that the only time you can find is outside of work hours.  Or, you can say no.  You can identify those things that are not urgent but are important and make sure those get done.  Because those are the things that will pay off over the long run. 

For example, you are having to deal with customers because you don’t have enough qualified employees.  What should you do?  If you don’t deal with the customers, you’ll take a high profile hit for being unresponsive.  But, if you don’t focus on hiring and training you will never get out of the trap.

You’ll be tempted to try to do both.  Deal with customers and hire and train in the spare time.  What happens? You end up being mediocre at both.  As painful as it is you have to focus on the thing that will give you the long term win, not the thing standing in front of you screaming. 

It comes down to knowing what you’re trying to accomplish and aligning your tradeoffs with those strategic goals. 

Sounds strangely intellectual when I talk about it this way.  In reality it’s the chaos of daily life. 

I’m going to keep plugging along, doing the right thing, and I’ll see you out there.

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Category:Running -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast - Interludes 2017 – Priorities

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

 

Hey Folks, This is Chris.  I am dropping you a quick note so that you can stop worrying about me! That’s right, you can stop checking the morges and the hospitals and the retirement homes.  I’m ok, I’m just busy and as much as I’m committed to producing the podcast, it is not, and you may be shocked to hear this, my highest priority!  It’s up there and I take consistency of delivery and quality seriously, but that should give you an idea of how tactically strapped I am.

Anyhow, I do have a half-written show for you coming and I will keep working on the fun scheduling and priority tetris that allows me to talk to you, but I beg for your patience.  I’m also feeling that we’re in a rut and I need to change the format in the new year.  It’s been a couple years so I’m willing to take suggestions for anything that you think we could do that would be useful, new and exciting in a RunRunLive Version 5. 

Also A quick note – I am running my personal festival of races called “The Groton Marathon” on December 31st in West Groton Massachusetts at 9:00AM if anyone wants to come up and join.  We have people show up who run all different distances at all different speeds.  Myself and some veterans jog the full 26.2 in 4-5 hours and we have some cheer. Shoot me a note at cyktrussell with any thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions.

And just for fun I’ll share a journal entry from a early morning train ride where I was trying to noodle out how to work my priorities to get everything done.  It’s a bit of navel gazing and has nothing to do with running, but hey, why not?

Scheduling for me is about priorities. On the one hand I think my priorities are good and normal.  I prioritize my career, the work that puts bread on my table, my family and my health.  Those are my drop dead items on my todo list.  Everything else is negotiable.  The challenge is when these top-of-list items crowd out the creative things; pursuits that I get a juice out of – a joie du vivre.

Career means work.  It means putting in the hours.  It means learning fast and acting faster.  It means having a change mindset and looking around corners.  It means having hard change conversations with people who’s support you need to be successful.  It means all these things and more.  I don’t just show up and hang off the back of the pack.  I set the pace and the tone and I lead.

Career is a daily heavy lifting that starts early, ends late and burns hot the mental torch.  Career is exhausting intellectually and emotionally.  Sometimes in a good way.  Sometimes in a long-term capacity building way that training always is. 

Those are the good days when you are building roads and changing lives.

The challenging days are when the hordes pour over the wall and daylight to dusk is spent swinging swords and thrusting pilum with your back up against the sortie gate.

Could walk away from the world of business and spend my days on the farm?  I think I could, but I don’t pine for it.  I’m not bewitched by some retirement fantasy where everything is unicorns and rainbows and candy.  That would kill me in short order.

What about Family?  Family is the rock upon which my church is built.  This foundation allows us to venture forth into the world with some sort of hearth secured.  It gives us comfort and purpose. 

This foundation, even with its human cracks and mold in the mortices gives us the confidence and strength to do battle. We know our flanks are held and solid.  The baggage train is safe and we can sortie out into the world with some peace of mind. 

And Health.  Health for me, in this context is both physical and mental. It takes the form of training for things that challenge me. The challenge me enough to make me grow.  That challenge me enough to keep me mobile and strong.  That allows me the physical confidence in life.

These three areas of my life are an essential balance, but they sometimes become tactical and rote.  They miss a purely creative, purely unbounded and joyous act of creation.  This is when I become unbalanced.  When the mind is not fed on the creative mana – that food of the goods.  Underfed, the creative mind shrinks back in upon itself, meager and miserly and protecting. 

And I find myself unbalanced.  It’s easy to say that you are too busy.  It’s easy to say that just for today you will push the plow and tomorrow you will learn or grow. But, urgency aside, it is a trap.  As we all know from experience, today turns into tomorrow and tomorrow plows into next year and the years folds into a life.

And that, whether we know it or not, is a prioritization decision. 

It is true that you can’t do everything.  No one can.  And your life will shift out of balance occasionally as you embrace change and move.  But, you can be aware of balance and priority.  You can do a lot. 

Balance is a combination of time, place and priority. It is an outgrowth of process.  You create the places and the times that support the process.  Any amount of planning, (placing things in places bounded by time), creates process and process is the key to unlock a treasure chest of productivity – and creativity.

Priority is tricky.  When one of your top three life areas expands to pull so much energy and time it erodes your ability to reach those life areas that are important but not urgent.

The question becomes “Is it important?”

Is it adding value to you and yours and ours?

If it is important then you will find the time in the cracks to get it done. 

The fruit hangs heavy on your trees.  The frost is coming. Find the time to harvest.  Find the time to prune.  Find the time to allow bounty. 

Find the time to live.

 

 

Direct download: Interludes2017-Priorities.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EST

The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-376 – Jonathan Runs his Race Part 2

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Hello, and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-376

Today we follow up on Episode 4-374 where I interviewed Jonathan about his training and attempt to cut close to 30 minutes off his marathon time to qualify for Boston.  He walks us through his first attempt and what he learned from it.

It turns out that by taking the longer commuter rail train into the city I can get some writing done in the morning and in the afternoon.  As an added benefit it’s about a mile walk from North Station to my office.  This is a nice add of a brisk 15-20 minute city walk past Government Center, the Old North Church and Fanueil Hall to start and end my day. 

I could take the subway but it’s a nasty crowded ride that would take 15 minutes anyhow.

The net result is that I have a nice, long and very special race report from the Baystate Marathon for you.  It’s north of 5,000 words.  I’ll see how it fits, but it’s going to take up most of this show and I’ll be brief. 

My training is good.  My next events are the local Thanksgiving 5K and the Mill Cities Relay.  It looks like Frank, Brian and I are going to be on a team.  That means I probably won’t be the guy running the 10 mile leg.  I’ll get one of the shorter legs which are 5 -6 miles.  Hopefully I won’t be relegated to the 2.5 mile leg. 

Yesterday was my birthday.  I turned, well I turned older.  I jumped an age group.  I took advantage of the time change and got the 5:30 train into the city.  I ran down to the river and knocked out a set of 5 X 7 minute intervals at a hard effort with 2 minute rests. 

The speed work averaged around a 7 minute mile.  Which is neither here nor there, as they say.  I could compare that to my Marathon PR pace of 7:08’s and be sad about those slow loss of ability.  I choose not to.  I see it as a gift.  I see just being able to breath the bright morning air into my lungs and push the morning blood through my healthy heart as a gift.

And to be able to do it at a pretty good pace and effort is a bonus.  That’s a gift to me on my birthday.

I also got some attention from the people who love me, and that’s a gift, to be part of someone’s life and to know you are loved. 

And I got messages from c couple hundred of you my friends on the ever-efficient Facebook.  (There’s some ironic, snarky comment about robot overlords and birthdays here but I’m going to take the high road.)

You thank you, all of you for the gift of your attention, your time and the gift of somehow fitting usefully into your firmament. 

On with the Show. 

 

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

Become a member

Section one – BayState Marathon – Part one - http://runrunlive.com/baystate-marathon-2017

Voices of reason – the conversation

Jonathan Lieberman

https://youtu.be/aMkqqfB--V4

My Story: During my residency I was 241 pounds, miserable, and knew something had to be done about my health. So I started slow and short, and revisited my past love for distance running and marathons. Eventually I was turned on to Ironman and found my new love! Teaching myself to swim in the hospital pool and riding a folding bike to work each day, I applied by lottery for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. On my 39th birthday, I was selected for and ultimately finished this race…having also completed my first Ironman in Lake Placid just 10 weeks earlier. Consequently, in 2012 I was honored to be chosen for the Runner’s World photo shoot issue (video).

Training and competing - with *myself* - is my ultimate passion. It has enabled me to face and conquer life’s toughest challenges. Ironman has taught me that it doesn’t matter what you think, how you feel, or what you say in life - only what you *do*. I live this motto for my children.

Section two – BayState Marathon- Part two - http://runrunlive.com/baystate-marathon-2017

Outro

Ok my friends you have trained hard a raced smart to the end of Episode 4-376 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Time to hang that medal on the rack and recover a bit. 

This train into the city takes about an hour.  A lot of people sleep.  Supposedly there is internet access of a sort but I can never make it work.  This is the express train but it’s running slower this morning.  We don’t have real trains like Tokyo or London.  Ours are slow and barely keeping their heads above water.

I took the early train yesterday and it’s a funny crowd.  Those commuters all know each other. It’s like a family reunion of bureaucrats, slightly rumpled career office workers in comfortable shoes.  They chat away like a sewing circle.  Thank Steve Jobs for headphones. 

Did you se Shalane won the New York City Marathon!  That is amazing. 

Amazing. 

I have a funny story about the New York City marathon from my commuting experience.  You folks may remember that I ran the NYC marathon in 2014 as a sponsored athlete with ASICS.  One of the amazing things that has happened to me through RunRunLive. 

I know, I still can’t believe it either.  Why would anyone sponsor a journeyman marathoner like me?  Well they apparently mistook ‘internet famous’ for actually famous and sponsored me.  They gave me so much stuff.  If you look at my current Facebook profile picture you’ll see the 3D statuette they created of me that sits on the mantle in my living room where they made me look like Will Weaton with a full head of hair. 

One of my favorite stories is how I ended up on the front page of the Wall Street journal. True story. 

But, I’m still working my way through all the schwag they gave me as a sponsored athlete.  And since I’ve been commuting into the city I have been wearing the NYC jacket and carrying the NYC backpack for my gear. 

I was on the red line train last week heading out of the city and the guy across from me says, “Man you have all the gear!” 

I looked up from my book and said “What?”

“The New York City Marathon; you have all the gear.”

You see, he was running the NYC marathon that weekend, his first, and I just happened to stumble into his awareness zone.  You know what I mean.  It’s like when you buy a new thing and then start noticing that new thing everywhere.

So I said “Yeah, I ran it in 2014.”  And we struck up a conversation.  I did my best to fill him in on the overwhelming monstrosity that is the NYC Marathon. 

At some point I said, “I was sponsored by Asics, because I’m internet famous, which isn’t actually famous…” (I know I tell the same jokes over and over and over) And I could see the recognition dawning in his eyes. 

“RunRunLive!” he said, as both a statement and a question. 

And I, proud and peacocky now stood to shake his hand. 

So, Chris, if you’re out there.  That was fun for me.  Thanks for making my day. 

And, to drag out the tired vehicle, occasionally, I do indeed ,see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-375 – Leadville Father and Son

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Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast.  My name is Chris.  I’ll be your host for today. And for that I am truly grateful.  I guess you could say I’m your senior citizen of endurance sports. 

We’ve got a lot to talk about today.   “We need to talk.” – no, seriously, today’s show is going to be chock-a-block with racing and running.  It is that time of year, right?  This is the end of the summer training campaign where we put all the chips down and race.  We take the test at the end of the term.

Sometimes we pass, sometimes we fail.  Either way we learn.  And then we slide into the winter solstice of our training.  A celebration lap of Thanksgiving races and solstice celebrations.  It is the cycle of our lives. 

Along the way today, between the racing talk, there may even be some other thoughts.  I can never be sure once I start writing! 

In fact, the act of writing an episode is a bit like toeing the line at a race.  I never know what’s actually going to happen.  Until I get out there and feel the race.  That’s the good part.  That’s the uncertainty that keeps us moving forward.

Today we’ll have a couple of race reports probably and I try to squeeze something important out of Eric and his son Zach who ended up running Leadville together and serendipitously finishing together.

I am still quite busy in my life.  I have raced twice since we last talked.  And, I see many of you have raced as well.  I see your smiling faces and sweat-shiny bodies sprawled exultantly in the grass of a finish line, exhausted and triumphant! 

Good for you.  You’ve cracked the code.  You’ve sipped from the well of knowledge that is endurance sports.

Race weeks are actually less busy for me. My workouts are shorter and less intense.  For me these were local races so there were fewer logistics as well.  Basically I just have to lay out my kit and set the alarm. 

Like I said, this is the end of my season.  This is the old cadence.  Train through the summer and race in the fall. 

Now, whether you’ve made your goals or not, you cycle down.  It can be a full-on rest. Or it can be a change of pace.  But you need to cycle to refresh.  You can’t balance on that edge of race fitness for too long.  It’s a peak condition.  A point on the curve.  Now you cycle down and start, in reality, building momentum for the next cycle, the next peak. 

The mistake people make is to load up a bunch of races in a row and just keep trying to execute.  When I do this I settle into a sort of mediocre purgatory of performance and enjoyment.  Life has rhythms.  You need to breath in and breathe out the physical and mental cycles to get your most fulfillment and best performance. 

Last episode I did a pep-talk piece on why we should all stop complaining and just show up and race.  I want to make sure that you understand when I do these oratory type pieces I am not focused on any specific individual.  Actually, I am focused on one specific individual; me. 

Yeah, that’s right when I drop into lecture or inspirational talk mode, most of the time I’m not talking to you.  I’m talking to me.  These pieces are a way of me sorting through my thoughts, emotions and fears.  To get them down on the paper (yeah I still write with a pen in a notebook sometimes).  To tease out the ‘why am I feeling this way?’  and ‘Why did I do this stupid thing?’ and ‘What can I learn from it?’

I know it feels sometimes like I’m talking about you or to you, and I am, in a way because the human comedy has the same patterns.  If it resonates with you that’s great. 

Any similarities to persons living or dead are purely coincidental. 

On with the show.

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

Become a member

Section one – Clip from Cheap Trick - Surrender

Voices of reason – the conversation

Eric and Zach Strand

Hey Chris,

Three photos attached, you choose.

Link for the 2017 Leadville video with Zach:  https://youtu.be/Tjk20Xj1wTQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjk20Xj1wTQ&authuser=0

My poorly maintained website: www.leadfeet.com

Congrats again on your Baystate run, super solid effort.  Makes it kind of hard to say 2018 is your last year at Boston.

Eric

Section two – Big D and the Kid’s Table – “Little Bitch”

Outro

That is it my friends, you have stumbled up and down rocky mountains in the dark and at altitude for 30 hours the end of a training cycle and yet another RunRunLive podcast.  Episode 4-375 in the can. 

I’ve got a seasonal recipe idea for you.  This time of year there are lots of apples where I live.  You can only eat so many apples.  But, you can make Apple sauce. 

Preheat your oven to 200-250.  Yes low heat.  Good for drying pumpkin seeds too!

Take those over-ripe, over abundant apples.  As many as you want.  Peel them.  Core them.  Cut up into pieces.  You can either mix in some spices before or after you cook them.  Your choice.  Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon - whatever you like. 

No sugar!  This is where I depart from grandma’s recipe.  And no butter!  You can add a bit of coconut or other healthy oil if you want. 

Put them in an oven safe crock or pan of some sort covered.  Ignore them while they bake on low heat for a couple hours.  When, some hours later, you walk by the stove and think “Crap those apples are still in there!” you can take out the crock and stir up the now applesauce.  If just have to have sweetner you can add some honey. 

Mix it in with your morning oatmeal.  Use it as a condiment.  It’s healthy and awesome. 

And, since we are getting all seasonally Martha on you here’s another tip.  I have been struggling with this problem ever since I bought the house I live in.  There is no fan in the master bathroom.  In the summer I can open a window.  In the colder months I have trouble shaving because the mirror fogs up.

I can wipe it with the towel, but it just doesn’t work well.  Th internet provided me with the trick.  You take a little shampoo, (or anything like that), and spread it on the part of the mirror you don’t want to fog up.  Then wipe it off.  Now, believe or not, that section will not fog no matter how long of a post-run hot shower you indulge in. 

Very helpful. 

Next up for me is the Thinksgiving 5K and right after that the Mill Cities Relay with my club.  And then the 6th rendition of the Groton Marathon!  Looks like Frank and Brian and maybe even Ryan will be healthy enough to run with me this year – on Dec 31st.

End of the season!.  I have to think of something to keep me interested.  Then we get back on the next cycle for my 20th Boston Marathon.  I think I’ll have a party this year. 

I have a great podcast story for you. 

This last week I went to see Mike Duncan speak at the Harvard Book Store on my way home from the city one night.  The smart kids in class will remember that Mike is the voice behind The History of Rome podcast. 

Mike was one of the early podcasters and The History of Rome was one of the first podcasts back in 2007.  Coincidently around when I started RunRunLive.  Mike completed the arc of the history of Rome a few years back and has continued with a new history podcast called Revolutions which is quite good as well.  The History of Rome took him around 300 episodes and is still out there in podcast land. 

Those of you who have been with me on this journey for a while might remember that I interviewed Mike on the show. He made the great mistake of mentioning that his wife was a half marathoner so I had an excuse to talk history with him.  (episode 160)

Tuesday night when I popped out of the train at Harvard Square and walked over to the Bookstore I was surprised to see quite a large crowd there to see Mike.  Standing room only.  Overflow crowd. And they had sold out his new book, The Storm before the Storm, the Beginning of the end of the Roman Republic, which he was there to speak on.  {Link in the show notes}. 

I was coincidently waiting for Teresa to get out of class, so I hung around with the overflow crowd, crouching in an aisle between biographies and gender studies and listened to Mikes talk over the loud speakers. 

I hung around and waited out the 45 minute line of people waiting to shake his hand or get their book signed.  I introduced myself to Brandi, Mike’s wife, and we chatted about running.  She had just run the Marine Corps Marathon a couple days earlier.  We had a great chat.  I gave Mike my congrats on his successful book launch. 

Talking to the people in the crowd, they weren’t necessarily there for Mike’s book, but they were there because of Mike’s podcast.  The voice had touched them.  The power of the voice of Mike’s podcast made them invested in Mike in a unique way. 

Over the 10 years Mike has been doing the podcast, we, his audience have seen him, heard him, been with him on his journey.  Starting as an unemployed history major, getting married, having two kids and now publishing a real book. 

He discovered that he could do what he loved from a room with a mic in Madison WI.  And make a living at it.  He didn’t need to ask for permission.  He just started talking about something that was interesting to him.  I’m very happy for his success.

Mike also found his tribe.  I saw them in Cambridge Tuesday night.  Bow-tied, balding, tweed-suited history students and teachers waiting in line for a chance to shake the hand of the voice that had become a comfort and a friend to them in some deep disembodied way.  That for me was a bit awe inspiring and humbling.

The lessons here are manifold.  First, of course, it to take action and do what you love and you will find your tribe.  Do it consistently and you may find success, however you define that.

Another lesson, closer to home, is that your tribe is at once a great privileged and a humbling responsibility.  To have written the words and produced the voice that creates this investment from your tribe, just by doing what you love, is a great responsibility. 

We all have our tribes.  We have this responsibility for our tribes.  What are you going to do today to make the investment of your tribe worth it and honorable?

I am humbled.  I am truly grateful. Thank you for joining me on my adventure.  On my journey.

I’ll see you out there.

 

 

Ok my friends you have run very quickly to the end of episode 4-374 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Let’s go for a cool-down and stretch a bit, shall we?

After the Maine Marathon I decide to double down and run BayState in a couple weeks. It’s a flatish course design for qualifying.  I’ve qualified there twice.  I know the course.  My buddies Frank and Brian are running so Hopefully we can pace each other.  Based on the Maine marathon I’m in good enough shape to run a fast race on the right day. 

I’m going to run the Groton Town Forest 10 miler tomorrow as a workout.  I’ll go out easy for the first 3 miles then race it in.  Should be fun. It’s a difficult course and one of my favorites.  It’s one of my club races and I do love to support the club. 

I’ve adjusted to the new work schedule. The most challenging part has been burning in new habits.  I take the train in with Teresa. Most mornings I’ll where my workout stuff and do my workout early then shower up for work. The logistical challenge is remembering to bring everything you need for both activities and doing so either at night before you go to bed or in the morning before you head in. 

So far I have forgotten, a belt, my office keys, my car keys, and my wallet and my shaving stuff – on different days this month.  No big deal – I just work around it.  One day this week I was throwing my workout stuff into my backpack – BTW I’ve found a use for the backpack that ASICS gave me – and I grabbed what I thought were my Hokas, but they ended up being a 6-year old pair of Brooks Launch that had been retired to lawn mowing long ago.

I had an easy run on the schedule.  I just wore the old shoes.  I mean I ran a few hundred miles in those shoes at some point so I should be able to jog around the city in them for an hour!   See?  Smikle and muddle through.  It all works out. 

I quick update of Buddy the old Wonder dog.  He’s doing ok.  He’s shrinking. Literally shrinking.  He appreciates the colder weather but he can’t run much anymore.  His back end bothers him and he’s slow getting up and down.  Just like me, he doesn’t’ know he’s old.  He sleeps all day and gets bored still.  He’s happy, but that’s built into his DNA. 

Another product I want to give you a review on is a pair of Bluetooth Headphones I’ve been trying to kill.  I got these sent to me in June by a company called Jaybird Wireless. They are the X3 – sweat proof, secure fit.  I have not been able to kill them.

You see my super-power is sweat.  Not just any sweat, toxic Chris sweat. You folks are privy to the kind of workouts I do in all kinds of weather. Most headphones I’ve used that claim to be sweat-proof are not Chris-Sweat-Proof.  They last a couple weeks and I kill them.  I have not been able to kill these. The closest I got was one long workout in July when I filled them with so much fluid that they sounded like they were underwater.  I thought that was it, but they bounced back. 

They survived the sweat filled days of July and august. They survived multiple of those as long runs.  They survive the occasional rainy tempest – like the back half of the Wapack Trial race.  At this point I’m willing to concede that these things are tough.  The only thing I managed to kill was the little blue light that comes on when you put them in the charging cradle.  That does not come on anymore.  But they still charge.

They come in an overly complex iPhone type collectors box packaging.  They have a tricky little USB charging cradle.  They have a companion iPhone audio program that has dozens of audio profile adjustments and other tweaky Millennial thingies which I ignored.  The default sound is fine. 

They are on a flat wire that you can loop around the back of your neck.  They have multiple secure-fit ear thingies.  They work ok but I’ve been losing the little ear buds and I’ve found them hit or miss on the security side.  I’ve had my best luck jamming the earbud deep into my ears and looping the wire over my right ear to support the mic. 

The challenge with this deep-jamming methodology is that they become totally noise cancelling which isn’t always a good thing when you’re running in traffic. The plastic wing-thingies that are supposed to grip onto the inside curve of your ears work, but I find them a bit stiff so that they make my ears sore after a while. 

They are supposed to work for making calls.  When I’ve tried that the people on the other end can’t hear me.  I’m probably doing something wrong.  The Bluetooth set up and sync works great. Actually, too well.  They will sync to my phone and my computer and my car and sometimes I have no idea what they are connecting to until I notice sound coming out. 

I do love the hands-free, wire-free experience.  You can put your iPhone in a plastic bag and stick it in your pocket or in your backpack.  That’s very convenient and safer for the iPhone.  They claim an 8 hour battery life.  I haven’t taken them much beyond 4-5 hours but they made it that far.

The bottom line here is that I tried to kill these headphones and couldn’t.  I’m going to keep trying.  I do have some challenges keeping them in my ears but I do appreciate them and they have helped make some long runs much more enjoyable. 

Again, I don’t make any money off it, but the links are in the show notes.

https://jaybirdsport.com/en-us/x3-bluetooth-headphones.html

That’s it.  I did have some lady offer me a mattress to test.  That’s interesting, huh?  How exactly would I test it?  That’s a topic for an entirely different podcast. 

I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-374 – Jonathan Trains Hard to Qualify

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Hello, good morning maybe, and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast episode 4-374, but who’s really counting anymore?  This is the endurance sports podcast where we dole out such useful tips as ‘don’t eat curry for lunch if you have a speed workout planned for the afternoon’  Good thing there’s a public restroom on the Esplanade where I run now.  That was like a scene from Alien. 

Oh, sorry, that was a little rough right out of the gates wasn’t it?  The weather is finally turning colder now so we are getting some relief from the hot humid days we’ve suffered through all summer.  The leaves are doing their fall leaf thing.  I’m sitting in my home office typing on a new keyboard that arrived for my Surface. 

I like this Surface. I’ve had it for 3 years now.  I use it like a laptop. It’s got an excellent form factor for travel.  It’s classified as a tablet so you can keep it on during takeoff and landing.  It does everything I need to do but my keyboard went wonky on me this week and started adding extra letters into my sentences.

Today I have a chat with Jonathan who, at the time we had this conversation was training for a BQ attempt.  If I can manage it I’m going to do this as the first of a 3-part series.  He missed his goal at his first race by a couple minutes and is currently scheduled to try again in a couple weeks.  I think it would be interesting for you to see both the physical and emotional arc of missing your goal and extending your cycle to double down. 

He’s got a great back story.  Check out the links in the show notes.  He’s a physician and was a pack-a-day 400+ guy in his residency and turned his health, and his life, around with endurance sports. 

I’ve also got a quick race report for the Maine marathon I ran since last we talked and in section two a pep talk on using our endurance in life. 

I’m going to throw in a couple product reviews today.  The first one is some socks.  I’m a big believer in good athletic socks when you’re going long.  They help keep your feet healthy.  But, other than that I can run in just about any athletic sock.  I tend to like the short socks now.  I got like 10 pair from ASICS when I ran the New York City Marathon for them and they have survived very well. I typically tear through the big toe after a few months in regular socks.  I still have most of these, so they are pretty tough. 

https://www.nicelaundry.com/

A couple weeks ago I got a couple pair of socks from an outfit called nice laundry.  Now, there is nothing super special about the tech socks they sent.  Good, tough tech material, reinforced in the heel and toe.  Good socks.  I don’t make any money off this but if you’re interested the link is in the show notes. 

There is something very special about the second pair they sent me.  They are 1980’s style tube socks that are tech socks.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Remember like Larry Bird style socks? Maybe 8 inches up the calf, white socks with the two colored stripes at the top?  Yeah, those. 

Now I can show up at a race with my fashion-disaster short shorts AND a pair of 1980’s, retro tube socks to race in!  It totally completes my fashion disaster protocol. 

Socks are the next thing.  Our over-financed friends in Silicon Valley have decide that socks are the next accessory.  We’ve done away with ties.  Have to find something else to differentiate yourself from the fashion herd.  It’s socks now.  Socks as a service. 

On with the show.

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

The RunRunLive podcast is Ad Free and listener supported.  We do this by offering a membership option where members get Access to Exclusive Members Only audio and articles.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

Become a member

Section one – Maine Marathon - http://runrunlive.com/the-maine-marathon

Voices of reason – the conversation

Jonathan Lieberman

https://youtu.be/aMkqqfB--V4

My Story: During my residency I was 241 pounds, miserable, and knew something had to be done about my health. So I started slow and short, and revisited my past love for distance running and marathons. Eventually I was turned on to Ironman and found my new love! Teaching myself to swim in the hospital pool and riding a folding bike to work each day, I applied by lottery for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. On my 39th birthday, I was selected for and ultimately finished this race…having also completed my first Ironman in Lake Placid just 10 weeks earlier. Consequently, in 2012 I was honored to be chosen for the Runner’s World photo shoot issue (video).

Training and competing - with *myself* - is my ultimate passion. It has enabled me to face and conquer life’s toughest challenges. Ironman has taught me that it doesn’t matter what you think, how you feel, or what you say in life - only what you *do*. I live this motto for my children.

Section two – Smile and Muddle Through - http://runrunlive.com/stop-complaining

Outro

Ok my friends you have run very quickly to the end of episode 4-374 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Let’s go for a cool-down and stretch a bit, shall we?

After the Maine Marathon I decide to double down and run BayState in a couple weeks. It’s a flatish course design for qualifying.  I’ve qualified there twice.  I know the course.  My buddies Frank and Brian are running so Hopefully we can pace each other.  Based on the Maine marathon I’m in good enough shape to run a fast race on the right day. 

I’m going to run the Groton Town Forest 10 miler tomorrow as a workout.  I’ll go out easy for the first 3 miles then race it in.  Should be fun. It’s a difficult course and one of my favorites.  It’s one of my club races and I do love to support the club. 

I’ve adjusted to the new work schedule. The most challenging part has been burning in new habits.  I take the train in with Teresa. Most mornings I’ll where my workout stuff and do my workout early then shower up for work. The logistical challenge is remembering to bring everything you need for both activities and doing so either at night before you go to bed or in the morning before you head in. 

So far I have forgotten, a belt, my office keys, my car keys, and my wallet and my shaving stuff – on different days this month.  No big deal – I just work around it.  One day this week I was throwing my workout stuff into my backpack – BTW I’ve found a use for the backpack that ASICS gave me – and I grabbed what I thought were my Hokas, but they ended up being a 6-year old pair of Brooks Launch that had been retired to lawn mowing long ago.

I had an easy run on the schedule.  I just wore the old shoes.  I mean I ran a few hundred miles in those shoes at some point so I should be able to jog around the city in them for an hour!   See?  Smikle and muddle through.  It all works out. 

I quick update of Buddy the old Wonder dog.  He’s doing ok.  He’s shrinking. Literally shrinking.  He appreciates the colder weather but he can’t run much anymore.  His back end bothers him and he’s slow getting up and down.  Just like me, he doesn’t’ know he’s old.  He sleeps all day and gets bored still.  He’s happy, but that’s built into his DNA. 

Another product I want to give you a review on is a pair of Bluetooth Headphones I’ve been trying to kill.  I got these sent to me in June by a company called Jaybird Wireless. They are the X3 – sweat proof, secure fit.  I have not been able to kill them.

You see my super-power is sweat.  Not just any sweat, toxic Chris sweat. You folks are privy to the kind of workouts I do in all kinds of weather. Most headphones I’ve used that claim to be sweat-proof are not Chris-Sweat-Proof.  They last a couple weeks and I kill them.  I have not been able to kill these. The closest I got was one long workout in July when I filled them with so much fluid that they sounded like they were underwater.  I thought that was it, but they bounced back. 

They survived the sweat filled days of July and august. They survived multiple of those as long runs.  They survive the occasional rainy tempest – like the back half of the Wapack Trial race.  At this point I’m willing to concede that these things are tough.  The only thing I managed to kill was the little blue light that comes on when you put them in the charging cradle.  That does not come on anymore.  But they still charge.

They come in an overly complex iPhone type collectors box packaging.  They have a tricky little USB charging cradle.  They have a companion iPhone audio program that has dozens of audio profile adjustments and other tweaky Millennial thingies which I ignored.  The default sound is fine. 

They are on a flat wire that you can loop around the back of your neck.  They have multiple secure-fit ear thingies.  They work ok but I’ve been losing the little ear buds and I’ve found them hit or miss on the security side.  I’ve had my best luck jamming the earbud deep into my ears and looping the wire over my right ear to support the mic. 

The challenge with this deep-jamming methodology is that they become totally noise cancelling which isn’t always a good thing when you’re running in traffic. The plastic wing-thingies that are supposed to grip onto the inside curve of your ears work, but I find them a bit stiff so that they make my ears sore after a while. 

They are supposed to work for making calls.  When I’ve tried that the people on the other end can’t hear me.  I’m probably doing something wrong.  The Bluetooth set up and sync works great. Actually, too well.  They will sync to my phone and my computer and my car and sometimes I have no idea what they are connecting to until I notice sound coming out. 

I do love the hands-free, wire-free experience.  You can put your iPhone in a plastic bag and stick it in your pocket or in your backpack.  That’s very convenient and safer for the iPhone.  They claim an 8 hour battery life.  I haven’t taken them much beyond 4-5 hours but they made it that far.

The bottom line here is that I tried to kill these headphones and couldn’t.  I’m going to keep trying.  I do have some challenges keeping them in my ears but I do appreciate them and they have helped make some long runs much more enjoyable. 

Again, I don’t make any money off it, but the links are in the show notes.

https://jaybirdsport.com/en-us/x3-bluetooth-headphones.html

That’s it.  I did have some lady offer me a mattress to test.  That’s interesting, huh?  How exactly would I test it?  That’s a topic for an entirely different podcast. 

I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-373 – Bill Sycalik Runs the National Park System

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Hello and welcome to this autumn edition of the RunRunlive podcast.  I’m a bit tardy with this one because of a perfect storm of scheduling priorities.  Like I said I have a new gig in the city where I have been figuring out the commute and putting in long hours, plus I’ve been in the final stages of a training plan with those long runs and hard workouts. 

Time has been short and logistics has been challenging for writing and recording. 

But, this is not the ‘whine about things’ podcast.  No this is the RunRunLive podcast where we talk about transformational power of endurance sports.  

Today we interview Bill Sycalik from Run the parks – you may have seen him in that running magazine or heard him on a podcast recently – he’s got a good PR presence and it’s a great story.  It’s a good chat.  I like what he’s doing.  It’s a good transformational story. 

Like I said in the interludes comment last week I’ve been hard pressed with a new professional gig.  I had two business trips this past week and have been putting in some long hours.  I’m not complaining, I love it and I understand that the first 90 days in any new position, whether it’s a contract or a new job or a new role in your current company – those first 90 days are a special opportunity that you need to seize.  And that can adjust your life balance. 

So – here it is Saturday and I’m going to give you the present of a few hours of my thoughtful attention, my RunRunLive friends.  

Training has been a struggle over the last couple weeks but I did get a nice long run in on the Wapack course and I’ve got another tomorrow.  Am I ready for the Maine Marathon in 3 weeks?  Of course.  I could roll out of bed on a random Tuesday and run a marathon.  Am I in race shape?  I give myself a solid B- on that.  My engine is still good but my legs aren’t keeping up as well. 

The big news, I guess, is that I got my confirmation letter for the 2018 Boston Marathon.  This will be my 20th Boston.  I am qualified for this race.  For those of you who have been on this journey with me, or more correctly on your own journeys with me, we’ve seen some ups and downs haven’t we?  We’ve been witness to many things.  We’ve experienced the meat and marrow of many endurance happenings.  We’ve learned a lot.  What a long wonderful trip it’s been, huh?

Here’s a story from one of my first days in the new office. 

I have been getting into the city early to beat the traffic.  Another team member showed up.  Just he and I, chatting.  I don’t know how we got on the subject, maybe it was a segue from the nice cool fall weather, but he starts telling me about the time he ran the Ragnar Relay on Cape Cod. 

I nod and ask some clarifying questions like, ‘Did you have a 12-person team?  Did anyone pull up injured?” 

Then he tells me about how he ran it with his Spartan buddies and about how obstacle racing is really his big thing. 

I ask, “Do you run that one up in Killington?”

He says, “Yeah, I love the Beast.”

I say, “Good for you, that’s a tough race.”

He says, “Yeah, I did it in like 9 ½ hours.”

And the point of my story is that I didn’t say a word about myself.  I just complimented him on his achievements.  Because, I try not to be ‘that guy’ in the office.  I always have tried not to be ‘that guy’ that people avoid because ‘that guy’ always drives the conversation back to himself. 

Let people celebrate their lives and achievements.  Don’t always be playing ‘who’s got the biggest’, even if they stumble into your domain of expertise.  Celebrate with them. It’s not about you.

But just for the record…Remember back when we ran the Ragnar as a Brooks sponsored ultra team with 6 athletes and won it?  And, yeah, remember when I talked to Joe DeSena about his Spartan stuff last year and he gave me an entry to the Killington Beast and a ran it in 6 ½ hours as a 54 year old?

But, it’s not about me, is it! Hah!

On with the show.

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Section one – 2017 Wapack Trail Race - http://runrunlive.com/wapack-2017

Voices of reason – the conversation

Hi Chris,

Thanks again for the opportunity to be on the podcast. I think it was a good discussion. I attached a few photos. One Rocky Mountain, the other USVI.

Links

National Parks Marathon Project - www.runningtheparks.com

Generosity.com Crowdfunding Page - https://www.generosity.com/sports-fundraising/national-parks-marathon-project

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Bio

Bill Sycalik is the founder of the National Parks Marathon Project, his full-time effort to run a self-directed, self-managed, self-measured 26.2 miles in all 59 U.S. National Parks. Until June 2016 Bill was a management consultant leading large technology projects in New York City. Unfortunately, his passion for health, fitness and the outdoors were out of synch with his profession and location. He wanted to break from the corporate world and get back to nature.

When he read about the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, as a marathon runner, Bill thought what better way to experience the parks than covering 26.2 miles in each one. He saw an opportunity to promote the National Parks, reconnect with the natural world through long trail runs and inspire people to get out and move in our country’s unspoiled wilderness. So, he quit his job and started running the parks.

Bill ran 48 marathons in the past 54 weeks completing all the parks in the lower 48 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is now planning to visit the parks in Hawaii, American Samoa in Alaska. To learn more about Bill and the project go to www.runningtheparks.com. To connect with Bill and join

him at a park please reach out via Instagram (@runningtheparks), Twitter (@runtheparks) or Facebook

(www.facebook.com/runningtheparks).…

Section two – The First 90 Days - http://runrunlive.com/the-first-90-days

Outro

Ok my friends you have run through various national parks in various states to the end of episode 4-373 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Please wipe that dirt of your feet before you come in. 

I drove up to Quebec for an appointment this week and the leaves are starting to turn.  It’s a pretty drive but there is nothing up there in northern NH and VT.  Since the paper mills left there really isn’t much industry.  There’s no traffic either.  You can just set the cruise control and nap for a couple hours.

Having had an office in Quebec City for a number of years I know this route very well.  And, I know that if you want to you can cut through Franconia Notch.  There are a string of mountain hiking trails in there, smack dab in the middle of the Presidential Range of mountains. 

I pulled off, threw my kit on and went for an afternoon run/hike up the falling waters trail up the side of Mt. Lafayette.  It’s a super difficult trail.  You can’t really run it.  The rangers call it ‘falling people trail’ because of all the tourists they have to drag out. 

It’s really pretty though.  Runs right up a cascading brook.  Not runnable per se but certainly works your legs and gets your HR up.  I only fell once on the way back down. 

Like I said I’m still trying to figure out the rhythms of my new gig.  We are all in the same boat.  We all get the same 24 hours.  You just have to figure out the rhythm that works to balance everything.  You have to remember that any change like this causes stresses that you may not be aware of.  They can manifest in ways you’re not aware of.  Just got to keep your head right and try to get enough sleep!

I did get a club membership in the building and that should give me more flexibility to work out around the traffic or even just to shower and start exploring Boston with my feet.  I’ve never actually lived in the city and hence really don’t know my way around the city proper much. When I’m not traveling I’ll see if I can’t seize that opportunity to fill in some blanks. 

I’ve missed a few workouts with the travel and the exhaustion but I do what I can.  That’s the secret, do what you can. 

I’ll see you out there.

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