Unicorns-1.6

Introductory Comments:

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

[audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/unicorns16.mp3]

Unicorns16.mp3

Hello and welcome my friends.  This is Chris and this is the fifth and final in my series of personal podcasts that I am doing, to air out my brain and deal with my father’s cancer and passing and report in on my run for the Liver Foundation at the Boston Marathon this year. 

Note:  Even though this is on the RunRunLive Podcast feed, this is NOT the RunRunLive podcast.  You have fair warning to skip now because I’m not talking about running.  Standard RunRunLive episodes will be labeled as such. 

As part of this project, whatever this project is, I’m collected donations for the American Liver Foundation to layer on some purpose for the event and make it more personal.  

The donation links are in the show notes and at http://go.liverfoundation.org/goto/cyktrussell

My story is that I already had a number for this year’s race.  I Didn’t need to fundraise, but with my Dad’s health declining I thought it would be a decent thing to do to dedicate this to him and my family. 

The Boston Marathon.  Monday I ran the Boston Marathon.  It was a glorious day.  Not because I was fast or set a PR, I did not.  It was glorious because it capped the end of a long and sometimes arduous year for me and my friends and my family.  

I look back on the year and I see what I have done and it seems like something.  Maybe not the perfect body of work, but something, maybe even something worthy. 

My nuclear family had our internment ceremony for my Dad at the Groton Town Ceremony on Tuesday morning after Patriots Day.  It was a beautiful spring day.  My Mom, my brother, my nephew and my sisters had a very peaceful and thoughtful time wandering around the stones and remembering families and people we have known.  

My Dad is at rest nowhere Hollis Street meets Martins Pond Road and Chicopee Row, among his peers and friends. 

Monday I finished my 13th marathon in 13 months – Boston to Boston.  It was a wonderful day with wonderful crowds and support.  We took back our finish line.  I’m no hero, but I do what I can do with the gifts I’ve been given and if I can keep doing that I think my Dad would be satisfied with my efforts.  

Today I’m going to bring you some audio that I recorded on Marathon Monday.  I won’t contextualize it too much but let me give you some hints of what’s going on.

The first recording is riding the bus into Hopkinton with my Buddy Brian.  Then there are people I met and talked to at Athlete’s village – including Bree who was the local TV reporter for WBZ.  Next there are some clips on the way to the start and in the corrals.  Following that you’ll hear us cross the starting line.  

During the race you’ll here a couple clips with some interesting people I met.  You’ll here a long loud section in the middle that is the Wellesley College girls or as we call it the ‘scream tunnel’.  

As we get closer to the finish I start trying to help people who are struggling and I start having fun with the crowds.  The USA chant is the tipsy coeds at Boston College. 

Finally I talk to some people after the finish line as we are getting our medals. 

I don’t know when the appropriate time would be to listen to this. Hopefully you can feel the vibe and celebration.  

Close your eyes and put yourself on that course you may be transported.  

The air is warm and there is a spring sun pouring it’s warmth on your back and shoulders.  The brilliant blue sky is streaked with wispy cirrus clouds.  There is a slight and intermittent breeze from the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean that kisses your face every now and again.  The trees and bushes are brown with winter but tufted at the tips with the first outpouring of buds.  

There are the light footfalls of thousands of runners marching towards Boston.  There are struggles and striving of the average Jill and Joe.  There are the hearty New England crowds in Red Sox hats and black Bruins Hoodies.  They lean in and offer us orange slices, tissues and beer.  And they thank us!  They thank us for running this race! We who are the most privileged to do so are being thanked.  

The entire 26.2 miles of spring sunshine cordoned by adoring, grateful and thankful compatriots – that’s something you should do before you die. 

Featured Interview:

Sounds of the Boston Marathon

Summary Article: 

Thank you for joining me in my Journey.  As I wrap up my campaign for the Liver foundation I want to thank all of my friends who supported me and the Run for Research Team for letting me iron my Jolly Roger patch to one of their shirts.  I hope my small efforts save someone’s life or the life of someone they love.  

Thank you.  

The best way out is through and the best way through is to pick up your feet and run.  

May you have peace and prosperity on your journey.

Ciao, 

New Orleans Funeral March.

 

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 3-287 – Zoe Romano kicks it up a notch !

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Hello my friends and welcome to episode 3-287 of the RunRunLive podcast.  

Well my friends here we are.  With any luck I’ll be pushing this show out on the Friday before the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Or should I say the “International melodramatic circus that has replaced the Boston Marathon”?  

Let me stop right here and tell you that the first version of this intro was a whiney, negative speech about how my version of the Boston Marathon, that was very sacred and personal to me has been high-jacked by clueless national media a-holes.  But bitterness is not how I want to roll! 

So let’s back that up and ask a different question.  What is going to be good about this year’s Boston Marathon?  What beyond all the distasteful and idiotic melodrama… sorry, back that up, what will this year’s race mean to us and how will it positively impact the world.  

BTW – I’ll leave the original text in the show notes if you really need a good whine….

What’s going to be good about this year’s race is that the attention of the world will be focused on our sport, and our community and our premier event.  The world will get a glimpse of the running community I know.  They might get to see the heroes of my life that have very little to do with bombs and deaths.  These are the people that I’ve shared the roads of New England with for the last twenty years.  Through twenty long cold winters we plied our craft on our roads, by our seashores, up our mountains and around our islands.  

Look closely you’ll see the old veterans with their calm, ironic smiles relaxing in the field at Hopkinton High.  Their faces are wan and hollow and hardened by long miles in the early morning in the biting cold.  They come here because they can.  They come here because there just happens to be a local marathon in April – not because it’s some monumental or overblown apparition.  

These are my friends.  These are my quiet heroes.  Engineers, teachers, artists and, yes if the opportunity arises, men and women of insurmountable courage.  They come into this thing not to prove anything.  They come into this thing because it is sacred to us and we respect it and do our best to honor it. 

With any small parcel of luck the frothing international press corps will get a glimpse of my heroes and they will take that with them from this year’s race.  And we will change the world just by being who we are and doing what we do. 

Un-deleted Rant here…

I mean, I get it.  Everyone is all emotionally wrapped up in our race this year.  Every TV I walk by has someone sobbing.  I get it, but this is not the race I qualified for 15 years’ ago.  That has been taken.  

That race was a sacred and emotional exercise for me each year.  It was the culmination of 3-4 months of lonely striving in a cold dark place with my friends.  It was the celebration of this thing that was very hard, and very honest and very scarce and very good.  Now it’s the simpering mediocrity of ‘Good Morning America’ and their sister evils.  

My Boston Marathon is gone. 

I will be dragging my old, tubby, broken body out to the starting line on Monday morning and accepting whatever comes with a good natured smile.  I’m going to let the race come to me with whatever comes with it.  Will there be dark moments?  Will there be tears? Will there be smiles and laughter?  I don’t know. Maybe a little bit of each. 

The world is drawn to our raw emotions like predatory vampires.  They want to share in the pain and suffering and yes the celebration too.  They’ll all forget about us in a few years.  

But, you know what?  The Boston Marathon has always been a sweet, private time of suffering and celebration for me.  

It’s going to be a long day for me.  I’m not in the kind of shape I should be in to respect the distance. I’m still pretty beat up.  But over the last 8 weeks I have focused on becoming less fragile and more flexible.  These efforts combined with my knowledge of the course and my experience should get me across the line with a modicum of well-deserved suffering. 

People have started to gather in the city.  The streets are lined with media trucks.  I’ve been fending off blog and media requests for comment these weeks.  It doesn’t seem right.  It feels like we’re having a rugby party in a church.  

I don’t know what I expect.  I’m sure this ennui is a personal problem.  Different people grieve in different ways.  There is no rule book.  Different people celebrate in different ways.  There are no rules.  

Today we’ll be having a follow up chat with Zoe Romano who ran a tour de force on the Tour de France course last year.  It’s a fascinating discussion with a person who, as we know, has a deep, inner strength.  In Section one I’ll talk about my 5AM life hack project and in section two we’ll talk some more about this year’s Boston Marathon. 

Let’s get this party started. 

On with the show!

Section one:

The 5AM Life Hack - http://www.runrunlive.com/the-5am-life-hack

Featured Interview:

Zoe Romano

website: www.zoegoesrunning.com

Twitter: @zoeromano

Facebook: "Zoe Goes Running"

Photos and videos can be seen at www.alexanderkreher.com, although the trailer link is not live yet. 

Zoe Romano is an innovative ultra runner and adventure philanthropist. She first fell in love with running while a student at the University of Richmond, from where she graduated in 2009 with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. She recently became the first person to ever run the entire 2,000 miles of the Tour de France route, averaging thirty miles - over a marathon - a day, and raising nearly $200,000 for a children's charity. She encountered wild animals, rock slides, and four weeks of rain; and overcame injury, illness, and sun poisoning. This endeavor came at the heels of a successful run across the USA in 2010, during which Romano, at age 23, became the first female to complete a transcontinental run unsupported. Safely recovered from both feats, she now shares her story as a dynamic writer and speaker and provokes others to reconsider personal and professional limitations. Romano began training for each journey by running just six miles a day, a fact which she hopes demonstrates that we're all capable of more than we think. 

 

Section two: - http://www.runrunlive.com/my-boston-marathon-routine

More Boston Marathon

Outro:

It snowed on me this week in Chicago, and then again in Detroit and finally it followed me home to lay an inch or so of hard icy stuff on my home in Massachusetts.  It was in the 20’s with snow on the ground when I woke up a couple days in a row for me.  

That’s just not right in the middle of April.  I had to go down and do my run on the treadmill Tuesday.  I had no idea that it would be too cold to run when I packed.  This weather has been something.  

Like I said last week, I’ve been focusing on just getting a little bit stronger.  Since the Umstead Marathon at the beginning of March.  I’ve had about 8 weeks.  

My ankle is almost healed, but still lurks.  I did something to a ligament in there in December.  I haven’t been doing any speed work and didn’t get much volume in.  I’ve been limited to running 3 days a week.  Over the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been able to get out in the woods with Buddy and our body, minds and souls have very much appreciated the change.  

I’ve been doing a Abs, shoulders, back and arms workout on Mondays.  I’ve been doing a solid leg strength workout on Wednesdays.  I’ve been spinning on the stationary bike on Friday nights with some core thrown in and I’ve been getting 1250 meters in the pool every Saturday morning.  

I’ve been at it fairly consistently. I should have some core strength built up and maybe a little healing.  

Interestingly enough, I developed that same back pain that I had for last year’s marathon.   I went to the chiro and he said it’s just the muscle that runs down from my clavicle.  It hurts when I stop to walk and then start running again.  My upright, hands-high, run-tall form actually makes it hurt because it scrunches up the back.  But, as long as I know it’s just a pulled muscle of some sort I can ignore it. 

Next week is the Groton Road Race.  We’ve got everything lined up and sorted out for the most part.  Registration is off a bit and I think it’s because the weather was so bad for so long.  We made some improvements this year.  We are having gender specific shirts for the women – because even though our art is fantastic t the women don’t like to wear generic shaped tees.  

I’m quite looking forward to summer.  I plan to take some time off from running to get my body healthy and then we’ll see what I feel like doing.  I need to find a new adventure.  Something the challenges and fulfills me.  I’m thinking about spending some extended time down in Cape Cod – because I can work from anywhere really.   

I need to recharge my batteries and re-find myself after this year.  

Is your life meaningful? 

How much of your day do you spend doing work that is important to you? 

If today were the last day of your life would you do what you have planned today?  Perhaps you would but you wouldn’t go through it like a mindless robot.  You would try to life this day and do this work with purpose. 

What’s stopping you from that today?  Regardless of what you have on the schedule, what do you choose to do and how do you choose to do it? 

You’ve got choices. 

-You could continue this day and do it like you would have if you and I hadn’t had this conversation. 

-You could come to the realization that you have a day planned that is not one that you would have chosen in your right mind – and you can choose to do something else. 

-Or, you can look at you day and decide to use your unique gifts to make whatever you do today special and meaningful for whatever it is you do. 

You’ve got nothing to lose.  Today may or may not be the last day of your life, but either way we are all going to die and this life will be over before you know it.  Today is really all you have.  Your life is a series of todays that you need to make special and meaningful to you and the people you live with. 

What about the job and the mortgage and the family and the adult responsibilities of our lives?  You don’t have to pack your rucksack and wander off to live with the Sherpas in Nepal.  But you don’t have to just show up either.  

Today is an opportunity to change only one thing, the way you approach that work and life.  This is completely under your control.  Approach today’s mundane task with gratitude and, dare I say it, love.  

Make them meaningful to you and you will notice something amazing and fulfilling happening.  You will notice that they become fulfilling to those others that you interact with.  Your purpose and intent will spread with a warm glow into your circle of influence. 

Another wonderful symptom of making today meaningful is that it will open up access within you to your unique gifts.  Your strengths will come to the surface in response to your meaningful and grateful approach to life.  Those things that make you special, that have been hiding like scared bunnies under the desk in the routine of life will start to blossom. 

Make today meaningful. If you want to follow me in the big circus my number is 25840 and I’m in Wave 3 corral 8.  You shouldn’t have any problem because I’ll be out there for a long time. 

So that’s it.  We’ll chat again soon. 

Cheers, 

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Unicorns-1.5

Unicorns-1.5

Introductory Comments:

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

[audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/unicorns15.mp3]

Unicorns15.mp3

Hello and welcome my friends.  This is Chris and this is the fourth in my series of personal podcasts that I am doing, to air out my brain and deal with my father’s cancer and gear up to run for the Liver Foundation at the Boston Marathon this year. 

Note:  Even though this is on the RunRunLive Podcast feed, this is NOT the RunRunLive podcast.  You have fair warning to skip now because I’m not talking about running.  Standard RunRunLive episodes will be labeled as such. 

As part of this project, whatever this project is, I’m collecting donations for the American Liver Foundation for my running of the Boston Marathon this year.  I wanted to layer on some purpose for the event and make it more personal.  

The donation links are in the show notes and at http://go.liverfoundation.org/goto/cyktrussell

My story is that I already had a number for this year’s race.  I Didn’t need to fundraise, but with my Dad’s health declining I thought it would be a decent thing to do to dedicate this to him and my family. 

Life is an adventure and adventures are not planned.  They start early in the morning when you have had very little sleep.  They are not planned.  They are flowed into, organically.  They build experiences like a bubbling pot on the stove. 

I told my Dad the story of the Persian king who asked his wise men to come up with an answer that could be used to answer any question.  (This was one of those rare occasions where I actually got a story out before he interrupted me to tell me he already knew it or to correct my version of it!) The wise men, after much deliberation, came back with the answer that could be used for any question.  

The answer was: “This too shall pass.” 

My Dad said something like, “I suppose it will.” 

Maybe it’s just a symptom of old age but I find the solution to most things is perseverance.  In long distance running we have the concept of continuous forward motion.  If you just keep moving you’ll eventually get to the finish line.  That’s life.  

You have had times in your life when you think that you can’t go on.  You have been beset upon by difficulties and challenges and burdens that weigh you down to such an extent that you feel crushed.  We all have.  

In these situations you just have to keep moving.  It doesn’t take strength to keep moving.  It sometimes takes more strength to stop.  But it’s all we can do.  And those of us who get good at it realize that there is a certain joy in the movement itself.  

It is one of the defining aspects of humanity that we hope.  We always think that there is a better place and we keep moving.  We move forward on hope and faith, because that’s all we have sometimes, right?  

I posted a copy of the classic Robert Crumb cartoon ‘Keep on Truckin’.  You youngsters can think of it as a counter-cultural internet meme from 1967.  The cartoon was born of a blues song and show’s four happy bums marching in a line into the future.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_on_Truckin'_(comics)

That’s us my friends.  Happy bums marching into the future.  We have faith and hope in our pockets. 

Today I’m going to let my sister Mary Lou interview me.  I warned you it would get personal. 

Cheers, 

Featured Interview:

Summary Article: 

Thank you for joining me in my Journey.  I achieved my, rather arbitrary, donation goal but will leave the donation page open until after the marathon if the spirit move you.  

I haven’t been able to train as much as I wanted to for the marathon this year.  But this year’s marathon isn’t really about time and I’ll just get out there and keep on truckin through the finish.  It will be a nice bookend for my year. 

Hopefully these off-center forays into my personal life haven’t skewed (or skewered) anyone’s impression of me.  I would much rather be a likeable avatar than a real person.  Real people, like you and me have spaghetti strands of chaos in our lives and it’s messy.  

You and I are and are not the smiling picture displayed on the shelf in the den.  We are the sweaty mess that we wake up to every day too.  But that’s ok.  We are what we are.  We are made of clay.  But that clay can be molded as well as broken.  

Life is what it is.  You and I can’t control it.  Enjoy it while you can, because as the wise men will tell you ‘this too shall pass’. 

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 3-286 – Joe Bears – New England 6 in 7

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Hello my friends and welcome to episode 3-286 of the RunRunLive podcast.  

At the time I thought it was a great idea.  I told the people that I work with that whenever I go to a conference I like to run in the morning.  I know these days that there are a handful of others with my affliction.  And, wouldn’t it be a grand idea for us to have an organized group run in the mornings during our yearly customer conference?  

As I was sitting in the hotel bed sweating from a fever last week it didn’t seem like such a great idea to be getting up at 5:00AM to lead a group run in Piedmont Park in Atlanta.  The virus that my loving children had gifted me when they came home for spring break morphed into some devilish flu that lasted most of the 2 weeks since we last talked.  

This is our company’s big event of the calendar.  Over 200 of our customers, from all over the world, with whom I have built personal and professional relationships, are in attendance.  Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM and dinner and drinks carries on into the evening.  Not something I could call in sick for.  

Can you picture me propped up in a sitting position with pillows in the hotel bed so I could sleep without coughing?  Sweating a fever into the sheets and then rolling out before dawn to jog a weak 5k in the park?  

Amazingly enough I made it down to the lobby each day.  I got 7 runners the first day and 5 the second.  I think that is amazing.  How much has the corporate world changed since when I started that I have professionals from all over the country willing to roll out of bed to jog with me before the sun peaks over the horizon? 

It was like your typically running club experience.  There were the two guys who took off hard and pounded out a slug fest against each other.  There was the group of steady midpackers.  And there was me with the stragglers bringing up the rear.  

Here we are 3 weeks out from Boston and my training is half-dead and not showing any signs of re-animation.  I’m keeping at it but I lost another 2 weeks of quality to the flu and the services for my Dad.  My ankle sprain is still there to remind me not to toe off and I’ve got an extra 10-15 pounds strapped around my mid-section for stability.  

I told Eric yesterday that my body is rejecting marathon training like a diseased liver transplant! 

It’s going to be a long day on Monday the 21st for me.  But, like they say, if life gives you lemons you can use the juice and a couple of copper pennies to make a home-made battery to power your cell phone during the zombie apocalypse. 

Maybe you could put a positive spin on it by saying I’m ‘well tapered’.  

I’ll just get out there on the course and run walk the crap out of it, meet some people, have some fun and be done with marathons for awhile.  I keep forgetting that even in my current fat, sick and broken state I’m still in better shape than most of the planet.  

Today we have an interview with our old friend Joe Bears, who besides acting weirdly sycophantic, is running all the New England states in a single week, more or less.  It’s an interesting concept.  

I’ll bet we have a whole series of these events pop up where someone constructs marathon series that are geographically co-located in the corners where states come together.  If you engineered it correctly you could probably get at least 48 states into a year.  It’s a simple multi-variable traveling salesman problem – we could solve it with a little linear programming. 

Anyhow – Joe’s a great guy and he’s running all these states for Girls on The Run, who I think I interviewed the founder a couple years back – excellent charity to enable the future young women of our world with Running as a Keystone habit.  When you get back from your run go visit Joe’s page on Facebook – Bearss Marathon Challenge.

In section one we think through how to differentiate yourself in a value exchange. In section two we talk through a couple tips to tackle the Boston marathon course. 

It is exceedingly easy to become inwardly focused in times of stress and difficulty.  It is our dinosaur response to close the shutters of our perception and hide.  We feel out of control and vulnerable.  But it doesn’t have to be so.  

The people looking in to us do not feel our angst or see our burden.  They don’t know our trials.  They still look to us for leadership and it is our unique opportunity to lead in hard times.  

It is entirely possible to remember the simple thing; that it is not about you.  I saw people this week looking at family photos and they always say ‘look at my hair’ or ‘that’s a terrible picture of me’ even though there are 6 other people in the photo.  It’s human nature to see a reflection of ourselves in everything.  It’s the ego.  

But you will see more; more than your own reflection, if you pause to look into the eyes of another and truly focus on listening to them and hearing them and asking ‘how can I help?’  Most of the time they just want to be recognized and understood.   You will gain much from this. 

It is not about you.  

On with the show!

Section one:

Value Exchange - http://www.runrunlive.com/understanding-your-value-in-a-value-exchange

Featured Interview:

Joe Bearss - Bearss Marathon Challenge 2014 - https://www.facebook.com/BearssMarathonChallenge2014

https://www.raceplanner.com/donate/Bearss-Marathon-Challenge-2014

Colorado runner, husband, dad and Girls on the Run of the Rockies advocate Joseph Bearss will be running 6 Marathons in 6 States in 7 Days!

Fundraising Goal: $2,500

100% of donations will go to Girls on the Run of the Rockies, which inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Where? Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont!

Why? Currently, more than 50% of the girls in the program come from low-income communities. Funds raised by Joseph will allow these girls to participate in this life-changing program, empowering them to be confident, healthy and joyful. Your support will help Girls on the Run of the Rockies maintain the commitment to serve all girls, regardless of financial need.

Join Joseph on his quest to run the New England Challenge and the Shires of Vermont Marathon from May 12-18, 2014!

This endeavor will be documented with personal blog entries, leading up to the week of races and then nightly race reports and pictures of each marathon, keeping all supporters up to date! 

Check out Joseph's Facebook Page and join the community!

First Blog Post is up! Check it out here: Bearss Blog

Thank you in advance for your support. No donation is too small. Check out this video to learn a little bit more about Girls on the Run of the Rockies! 

Race Schedule:

May 12, Monday: Pine Tree Marathon in Portland, Maine

May 13, Tuesday: Granite State Marathon in Nashua, New Hampshire

May 14, Wednesday: Red Island Marathon in Warwick, Rhode Island

May 15, Thursday, Nutmeg State Marathon in Hartford, Connecticut

May 16, Friday, Old Colony Marathon in Springfield, Massachusetts

May 18, Sunday, Shires of Vermont Marathon in Bennington, Vermont

Section two:

6 tips to run the Boston Course - http://www.runrunlive.com/running-the-boston-marathon-6-tips

Outro:

The green, feathery fingers of spring reach up through the muddy crust and embrace the new world.  

I couldn’t run the Easter States 20 miler this past weekend because I had to be in the city for a conference.  I managed an hour of roadwork and an hour in the pool instead.  They had a miserable day with high winds and a cold drizzle.  

It rained consistently for 3 days and Tuesday afternoon, like a fever breaking, the sun came out and it was 50+ degrees.  I raced home from the city, grabbed Buddy and we hit the trails.  There was still some ice and the ground wasn’t entirely thawed but it was glorious.  

The old wonder dog and I negotiated the mud and the puddles and it was joyous.  No Garmin.  No music.  Just a boy and his dog out in the spring mud and sun.  The way it should be. 

The ice hasn’t cleared form the ponds but the frogs are singing and the ducks are nesting.  

And just like that, it is spring. 

My trail shoes squelch through the soft forest floor rolling into pits left by the melting frost.  Buddy gallops by throwing a rooster tail of mud and debris into the air.  We dance across the rocks of swollen streams and slide down the muddy slopes.  

The air is filled with a thick fecundity as if life has been unchained.  And we are reborn. 

Everything is going to be ok.  I’ve got the Boston Marathon in a couple weeks and the Groton Road Race after that.  You can do me a favor, even if you’re not coming out to run Groton with us, and post or repost the link to the race for me. 

I’ve gotten a good response to the RunRunLive facebook page so come on by and tell us what you think.  

I’ve been working on a lifestyle hack this week that has been very successful so far, but it’s too early to tell whether I’ll be able to sustain it or not.  Another one of those keystone habits we were chatting about.  

I’m at a meeting in Scottsdale next week if anyone wants to go run up a mountain on Tuesday Morning at the crack of dawn.  Then I’m out in Chicago the week before the marathon if anyone wants to go for a run. 

It’s spring folks, time for rebirth and renewal.  Let’s get moving.  We’ve got things to do. 

You me and Buddy – out on the trails getting it done! 

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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. 

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