The RunRunLive 3.0 Podcast Episode 3-283 – Scott Forrester – the Aging Athlete

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You know spring is here when you’re hanging laundry out on the clothesline.  Of course there’s still two feet of snow – but dammit it’s sunny out and above freezing and I’m hanging laundry today!

Buddy is standing by my desk staring at the side of my head and occasionally sighing.  He knows the sun is out.  I told you it would happen.  That’s another reason I love New England because we get to feel the rhythm of the planet, we get to be reborn every year.  

You know my friends…You never realize how much bending over and reaching life entails until you pull something in your back.  Yup, that’s right, I’ve spent the last two weeks grimacing from back pain.  

It was the Saturday after I came back from Europe, just after we last talked, and we got another 10 inches of snow at my house.  It was a deep powder and poor Buddy was up to his armpits..or are those leg pits on a dog?  Not sure, anyhow, Buddy was post holing in the front yard so he couldn’t go potty. 

When that happens the dog just does his business a foot off the front porch – which is a bit nasty.  I decided to dig him a nice long pathway so that he could get out into the yard.  Somewhere along the line I felt a twinge in my back, but didn’t think much of it.  

Later I went to the gym, not being the kind of person who takes a hint very well.  I figured I could spin a little but found I could not.  Instead I sat in the hot tub for awhile, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but probably wasn’t because I ended up not being able to walk without crutches by the end of the day. 

By Wednesday I was feeling a little better and decided it would be a bonza idea to go for an easy run outside to break my cabin fever.  That turned out to be a bad decision.  Then it kept snowing, so, ya know, I had to keep shoveling. 

And, here we are about two weeks later and I’m just beginning to be able to put my shoes and socks on without crying out in pain.  

But – I’m going to put appositive spin on it.  I’m optimizing my weight loss opportunity.  Here’s how that works – let’s say I’m fit…I’m 180 pounds and running and 8 minute mile in my training I’m only burning 100-120 calories an hour (according to That Running Magazine, you know the one) but as I continue to not train, lose my fitness and get out of shape I can burn 30% more calories per mile!  Yessiree! At 200 pounds and a 10 minute mile I’m burning more than 200 calories a mile! 

I’m optimizing my weight loss.  In reality it’s very strategic.  

Yeah so this whole 12 marathons in 12 months is coming to a close with me hanging on my a shoe string! 

I went in to see Eric in Boston to see if he could get me back on the road – you may remember Eric as a guest on the Mary McManus episode a few year’s ago.  He declined to work on my back but he worked on the ankle and tried to open up my psoas to relieve some of the pressure on the back.  

I haven’t got much training in with all this.  I did manage to get a long walk in down in Atlanta this week and even that seemed to make my back angry.  I’ll try to get in the pool tonight and hopefully I can get a couple more long pool runs in before I line up for the Umstead Trail Marathon next week.  (God help me).  Then I get a month and a half to see if I can get vertical for Boston.  

Then I am taking a hard look at my overall fitness.  I need to build some base and become less fragile.  Maybe get back on the bike or do some triathlons to build up some strength.  

If I’ve learned anything from this year it is the importance of base fitness.  I would not embark on another multi-marathon program again without a) being extremely fit in my core and b) having an enormous base of mileage to fall back on. 

Today we have a long chat with Scott Forrester about the importance of holistic strength and the mind/body connection and how it can help you stay strong into your old age.  

In section one I’m going to talk about what we can learn from the battles of history.  In section two I’m going to consider the question “What would be your advice to a beginning marathoner?” 

The clothes, sweet with the perfume of detergent flap in the low breeze.  Spring birds chirp tentatively in the trees, picking at the new buds.  The world shakes off its gilded torpor and looks to a new day.  

We strike forth, hardened by the knowledge of the transience of life to seize our world, while we can. 

On with the show!

Section one:

How a smaller army can beat a larger army - http://www.runrunlive.com/winning-with-a-smaller-army

Featured Interview:

Scott Forrester - transcendent-running.com

I have a free ebook download if you would like to look at it.

Chris, Thanks again for interviewing me. Here is the bio and picture you asked for. Also if you are looking for people to interview on the east coast you might find a friend of mine very interesting. Jae Gruenke at the balancedrunner.com  She has been using the Feldenkrais Method to help runners for years and has some great videos on youtube.  In the middle of the country, Boulder Colorado.  there are Douglas Wisoff PT and accomplished ultra runner at radiantrunning.com  He has worked with some top level athletes including Tim Deboom Ironman Hawaii champion. Andjanetrunyan.com a super running form coach I have worked with a lot. If you are interested in them , tell them Scott sent you their way.  

Bio:

Running has always been an important part of my life. I am blessed to enjoy my favorite activity into my 60’s. In order to do so I have had to continue to learn. It is the learning process that I want to share. After falling off a roof and breaking my ankle in the year 2000, I continued to run. By compensating for the ankle I developed knee problems. After having my ankle surgically repaired the knee problems persisted. An orthopedic surgeon told me that I should not run anymore. The MRI indicated narrowing of joint spaces and degenerative changes occurring.

That's when I began to search for answers. This led me to develop The Transcendent Running Method which helps people run more fluidly and with greater self awareness. Benefits include better performance, quicker recovery, and unleashing individual potential. If you are an older runner you can decrease problems with arthritis, avoid unnecessary surgery and continue to enjoy life at a higher activity level than you may have thought possible.

 I’ve enjoyed running and finishing many half marathons, 2 marathons and 2- 50ks. I’ve been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 1999, a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2010, and currently an authorized Student Awareness Through Movement® teacher, and be will graduating as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in June 2014.

Section two:

Advice for a beginner marathoner - http://www.runrunlive.com/beginner-marathon-tips

Outro:

There is that moment in a long race when you begin to have doubt.  It creeps into your mind like a parasitic worm and begins to eat away at your resolve from the inside.  Your body is in pain.  You system is exhausted.  Your dinosaur brain is sending you messages of despair and hopelessness. 

This is the point where you can pull your shoulders up right.  Take a deep breath and let it out slowly.  Look your fear in its beady devil eyes and smile.  That smile, that small curl of the lips will set you free.  Because when you smile you have made a decision to be content with your situation.  You have accepted it and with that acceptance come serenity.  

In that moment you are stronger than you have ever been.  In that moment you are indestructible. 

I will be taking my indestructible mind and body down to Raleigh to try and make the 6 hour cutoff at the Umstead Trail marathon.  Should be fun.  A nice easy stroll in the woods with a couple hundred friends.  I wish Buddy could come. 

And that will be 12 marathons in 12 months.  If you’re in the area come on by and let me but you dinner on Saturday.  I’ll be stag again.  My wife didn’t want to join me, even though it’s her birthday.  I mean what could be more fun than celebrating your birthday at a trail marathon?  I’ll never understand women. 

Thanks for the written encouragement over the last few weeks.  I think you folks give me too much credit.  You are the strong ones.  I’m just the noise in your head.  Thanks for letting me kill some time with you.  

I’m going to change format again at Episode 300.  I’ve got a hankering to do some more comedy pieces or something a bit more creative.  I guess we’ll find out when we get there. 

As you know if you downloaded the Unicorns episode I’m running Boston for the Liver Foundation.  My Dad is losing his battle to cancer and it is what it is.  I’m going to try to do Unicorns episodes in the off weeks between the RunRunLive core episodes.  If you don’t want to listen to them, just delete them.  I won’t be offended.  My Liver page is http://www.go.liverfoundation.org/goto/cyktrussell if you want to pitch in. 

But, enough about me, what about you?  What are you going to do today to make it your masterpiece?  What are you going to do this year that is epic. 

The snow is going to melt over the next few weeks and you’ll have to crawl out of your hole and look for your shadow.  When that happens you’ll have to commit to 4 more weeks of epic-ness. 

And I will, maybe with a limp and a grimace, see you out there. 

Cheers,

Outro Bumper

Thanks for listening folks I appreciate your support.  RunRunLive is a free service for you because I like writing and telling stories.  

I also love to meet folks so feel free to reach out to me at Gmail or any of the other social networking sites.  I’m CYKTRussell.  And as you know that’s Chris-Yellow-King-Tom-Russell with two Esses and two Ell’s. 

My Website is http://www.runrunlive.com and most if not all of this content is posted out there.   If you want the show notes to magically show up in your inbox when I publish a show in a beautiful HTML wrapper you can subscribe to the mailing list at my site.  It’s a useful thing if you are moved by something I say and would like to see if what I wrote is the same thing! It also has all the links to everything and everyone I talk to and about. 

Other than that, thank you for your attention, do epic stuff and let me know if I can help. 

Ciao

Happy Song – Super Hero - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Superhero

Other products from Chris Russell you may be interested in

The Mid-Packer’s Lament

On Amazon

On Kindle

On Audio (Read by the author) – http://www.runrunlive.com

The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy

On Kindle

Standard Links:

http://www.runrunlive.com

http://www.runeratti.com

Http://www.coolrunning.com

http://www.Grotonroadrace.com

http://www.SQRR.org

www.midpackerslament.com

Contact:

Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube

Bio

Chris Russell lives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad. 

Tags -> Running  Podcast, podcasts for running, podcast for runners, free podcast for runners, Running Blog, marathon, triathlon, mileage, sprinting, run, track, training, running clubs, running groups, running shoes, exercise, health, 5k, running, swimming, sports, injuries, stretching, eating, jogging, biking, trail race, 5K, 10K, Ultramarathon, jogging a good exercise, road runner, jogging tips, benefits of jogging, free running, running shoes, marathon training, running, jogging, health and fitness, runners, runner, Boston qualification, Marathon BQ, Boston marathon

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Unicorns - Finish Lines, Cancer and Family

Unicorns-1.0

Introductory Comments:

http://go.liverfoundation.org/goto/cyktrussell

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Hello and welcome my friends.  This is Chris and this a new series of podcasts that I’m doing that I’m going to call ‘Unicorns’.  Let me explain.  Be warned this is a bit of departure from what I’ve done in the past.  I’ will try to give you enough information so that you can decide whether you want to get on this particular bus and share this personal journey with me.

This series is going to be about my current life events and journey.  It involves running and the Boston Marathon, but only tangentially.  If you’re looking for marathon tips you should stop now and switch to one of the main RunRunLive episodes or any of the other fine marathon podcasts out there.

If you have been listening to my show for any of the last 5 years and 282 episodes you know that I have chosen not to share much about my personal life.  You could if you listened carefully tease out some of the background noise from my sanitized avatar but for the most part I’ve isolated you from my job and my family. 

I did this for two reasons.  First I didn’t want the show to be about me – I wanted it to be about you and your journey with running and endurance sports.  Second, I suppose I was afraid to trust the internet with too much personal information.  That’s the way we were raised.  It’s part of our culture in New England.  We keep the shades drawn and we give our neighbors their peace and privacy.

Well, my friends, today, and in the unicorn series I’m going to throw open the curtains of my personal life a bit.  I’m going to do so to bring purpose to this year’s running and to let you help me in my journey.

First we’ll have a 15-20 minute interview with Nick from the American Liver Foundation and then I’ll share with you what I’m doing and invite you to get on my bus as things get weird over the next 9 weeks or so.

Cheers,

Chris,

Featured Interview:

Nick Giordano is a 13 time marathoner.  He has been the chair of the
American Liver Foundation's  Run for Research Marathon on two occasions.
Nick serves on the Board of Directors for the American Liver Foundation's
New England Chapter.

ALF- The American Liver Foundation's Run for Research® program is the
oldest and one of the largest marathon teams in the Boston Athletic
Association's official charity program. For over two decades we have
helped thousands of runners compete in the historic Boston Marathon while
raising funds for the fight against liver disease.  The organization's
mission is this one of advocacy and education while raising important
funds for research.

Myfinishline link:  https://www.facebook.com/ThisisMYfinishline

 

Summary Article:

I said I’d get personal and here we go…

A year ago during the holidays my Dad wasn’t feeling well.  He began to look Jaundiced.  After a few visits and trips to Boston we discovered that he had an inoperable tumor on a bile duct in his liver.  They were able to put a stent in to relieve the bile duct and he went through a round of chemo to keep the cancer at bay. 

Over the last year he has had a series of setbacks and infections and now is ready to leave us in the near future. 

My Dad was a runner.  My dad introduced me to the concept of running to get in shape when I was quite young.  He never ran a marathon or any of that he just set the example of running to stay in shape.  My Dad was and is a strong man.  My parents have been very active in their social circle and teaching dance lessons and being an inspiration into their 80’s. 

I’m the youngest of 4 children who all turned out well, thanks in no small part to the direction our parents set us on.  Their belief in education, in learning, in being a better person and making the difference you can have been lessons that have guided us well.

My parents supported me and encouraged me when I started racing marathons.  They came to my races and passed me bottles and cheered me on in my success. 

My parents were always there for me.  In a short while my father won’t be there for me anymore. 

To honor my family, my parents and my family I have decided to run this year’s Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation.  I am going to track my journey through this Unicorn series and I need your help. 

Please go to my page at the American Liver Foundation and Donate.

As an extra incentive, if you donate $50 or more I will write and record a personalized inspirational audio message for your next event.  This is not some throw away kindness.  I will write you something powerful and poetic that you can carry with you forever my friends.

Go to:

http://go.liverfoundation.org/goto/cyktrussell

Thank you for joining me on my journey with purpose.

Chris,

Music by Bridge Underwater - “sad song”

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The RunRunLive 3.0 Podcast Episode 3-282 – Dr. Phil Maffetone

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Hello my friends.  Wow! It’s been a weird and busy couple weeks since we last chatted.  Where do I begin? 

Let’s start with introductions for those of you who didn’t get the memo I slipped under your door while you were sleeping this is the RunRunLive Podcast and this is Chris your esteemed host.  I’ll pause for a second while you introduce yourself… Go ahead… {whistles}…uh huh? Really?  That’s fascinating…

Today we have Dr. Phillip Maffetone on for a long chat.  We were having such a warm and interesting conversation I let it run close to a ½ hour.  As much as the inconsistency pains me we may run a wee bit long today.  Take a deep breath and relax.

When I reached out to Dr. Maffetone it was because I remember him from the old days when he was one of the first to recommend training at a lower aerobic level to increase your speed and endurance.  His experiments with athletes ended up as some of the foundation for the Heart Rate training we all take for granted today.

Then I discovered this wonderful man who has gone back to the earth and writes ballads for a living.  Fascinating dude.  I’m going to hitch one of his songs with his permission to the back end of this show. 

In Section One we are going to talk about habits.  In Section Two we are going to talk about marathon strategies.

Like I said – Long show today.

Two weeks ago I met my buddy Ryan down in Waco Texas for the Miracle Match Marathon.  It was a really well put on race.  At some point over the next couple weeks I’ll have to write up a race report.  When we hear ‘Waco’ we don’t picture it as being a particularly inviting place, but I really liked it. 

The course was super hilly but went through some really nice landscape.  The support was awesome.  The swag was good too.  This is a race I would recommend and I’m not sure why more people didn’t show up for it.  My bib number was 50 and I’m guessing there were no more than 200 people in the full marathon. 

My ankle is still screwed up so I couldn’t race.  At this point I’m just trying not to do any lasting damage.  That was my 10th race in 10 months since Boston last year. 

Then on a short week which included snowpocolypse in Atlanta I turned around and flew down to New Orleans to run the Rock & Roll marathon with Eric and Dan.  Again my ankle prevented any ambitiousness. 

I am so glad I was able to run this race and spend the weekend with these two loons from St. Louis.  I had a blast.  This Rock & Roll event was much bigger than the Denver one I ran in October.  It was a big party. 

That was my 11th marathon in 11 months since Boston.

Then I had t get up early Monday morning and fly to Europe for a business engagement in Manheim. 

I guess in summary I managed to run those marathons and have some fun but I’m pretty beat up and haven’t really slept in a couple weeks.  Because of the ankle I haven’t run, except for marathons in about a month.  I’ve been staying in the pool to let it heal and that’s not a good way to stay fit!

When Ryan and I were doing our obligatory Sunday night beer celebration in Waco he was trying to convince to write a book about my efforts this year.  I told him it wasn’t a good story because my goal was to run a marathon a month and re-qualify for Boston.  You can’t have a story where the hero fails! That’s not how it’s supposed to work! 

In my mind’s eye when this started rolling back in last spring I saw myself getting stronger and fast with each race and training back into the fitness I lost to the planter fasciitis.  That’s not how it’s worked out.  I’m running some of my slowest races and limping around like a car crash victim.

The worst part for me is that instead of a celebration of running it is starting to feel like and obligation.  Like work.  That’s no good. 

I hear talk about being an inspiration.  That was never my intent.  After all the lunatics running across various countries and running multiple marathons every day that we have talked to here I didn’t think this thing I was doing was all that inspirational or challenging or note worthy. 

I’d appreciate your feedback my friends.  I don’t feel like an inspiration.  Mostly I feel old, tired and broken.

So Phil, if you’re listening, here are some new lyrics for you.  We can write a song called the ‘ballad of the idiot runner’.

Fight or Flight,

Bane or Blight,

Stand your ground,

Play your sound,

Bon Homme,

False pretense,

Drive the world,

Churn the seas,

Small men with,

Wool vests and cotton minds.

On with the Show!

Section one:

Habits - http://www.runrunlive.com/the-power-of-habit-and-how-to-make-it-work-for-you

Featured Interview:

Dr. Philip Maffetone

An internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician and author in the field of nutrition, exercise, sports medicine, and biofeedback. Throughout his 35-plus year career, Dr. Maffetone has worked with many athletes, including Mark Allen, Angela Naeth, David Leadbetter, Mario and Michael Andretti and others, has been a respected pioneer in the field of complementary medicine, bringing the latest advances to health care professionals around the world, and has been published in many general, sports and medical journals.[edit]

Dr. Maffetone was presented with the prestigious Statuette award by the International Academy for Child Brain Development, was named coach of the year by Triathlete Magazine, and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top 20 most influential people in endurance sports worldwide in the 20th century. Dr. Phil still lectures on diet, nutrition and stress management, and teaches biofeedback to health practitioners. He is the author of over 16 books from publishers including McGraw-Hill, Human Kinetics and Lyons Press, including books published in German, Italian, Korean, Swedish and Japanese.

In 2003, Phil became a songwriter, and began working with producer Rick Rubin, a relationship that continues today in 2013. Along the way, he worked with Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a variety of other professional musicians. He currently has released five albums of his original music. His personal website (www.philmaffetone.com) includes his music and a large collection of articles on music, health and fitness, including his Off The Grid writings, which are commentaries on social and environmental health.

Phil’s song included at the end of this podcast with permission is “Twice in one Lifetime

Section two:

Marathon Strategy - http://www.runrunlive.com/marathon-strategies

Outro:

Through the drifting banks of snow we trudge wearily to the end of a long podcast.  Scrape the frost from your glasses and don’t forget that we have one of Phil’s songs on the back end of this show.

What now?  What is the road ahead?  I managed to sneak into a popular trail marathon somewhere in the Carolinas (I think) for the first week of March.  That will be 12 in 12.  I need to heal so I can get some of my fitness back for Boston. 

We got another foot or so of snow at my house when I was in Europe.  But soon enough it will all be gone and the green things will push up through the mud and mulch to brighten the gift of longer days.

It’s just around the corner. 

Since this show is already over budget I’ll keep if brief.  Thank you all for your support.  Reach out to me with steadying hand of encouragement if you can as I limp through the last months of a particularly draining year. 

I will wrap my arm around your shoulder as we stumble forward into the dawning of a new future.  We will lift up our heads, straighten our ties and spit in the eyes of the fates.  We will wrestle free our destiny from the hands of our oppressors and stride smiling mischievously into the unknown.

‘Cause you can be damn sure that I’ll see you out there.

Cheers

Outro Bumper

Thanks for listening folks I appreciate your support.  RunRunLive is a free service for you because I like writing and telling stories. 

I also love to meet folks so feel free to reach out to me at Gmail or any of the other social networking sites.  I’m CYKTRussell.  And as you know that’s Chris-Yellow-King-Tom-Russell with two Esses and two Ell’s.

My Website is http://www.runrunlive.com and most if not all of this content is posted out there.   If you want the show notes to magically show up in your inbox when I publish a show in a beautiful HTML wrapper you can subscribe to the mailing list at my site.  It’s a useful thing if you are moved by something I say and would like to see if what I wrote is the same thing! It also has all the links to everything and everyone I talk to and about.

Other than that, thank you for your attention, do epic stuff and let me know if I can help.

Ciao

Happy Song – Super Hero - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Superhero

Other products from Chris Russell you may be interested in

The Mid-Packer’s Lament

On Amazon

On Kindle

On Audio (Read by the author) – http://www.runrunlive.com

The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy

On Kindle

Standard Links:

http://www.runrunlive.com

http://www.runeratti.com

Http://www.coolrunning.com

http://www.Grotonroadrace.com

http://www.SQRR.org

www.midpackerslament.com

Contact:

Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube

Bio

Chris Russell lives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.

Tags -> Running  Podcast, podcasts for running, podcast for runners, free podcast for runners, Running Blog, marathon, triathlon, mileage, sprinting, run, track, training, running clubs, running groups, running shoes, exercise, health, 5k, running, swimming, sports, injuries, stretching, eating, jogging, biking, trail race, 5K, 10K, Ultramarathon, jogging a good exercise, road runner, jogging tips, benefits of jogging, free running, running shoes, marathon training, running, jogging, health and fitness, runners, runner, Boston qualification, Marathon BQ, Boston marathon


 

 

 

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