The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-364 – Steve Spear – Across the USA

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Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening my friends.  Are you out on that early morning trail?  Or maybe the warm sunshine of a lunch-time trot?  Perhaps the star filled purity of a speedwork session at the track at night? 

Wherever, whenever, you may be, Hello my friends and welcome to Episode 4-364 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Today we chat with Steve Spear, not Steve Speirs of the 100 pushups app who we interviewed in episode 108 of the podcast, must’ve been the winter of 2008-2009.   BTW all those old episodes are on my website at RunRunLive.com. 

I’m going to go listen to some of them myself and see if there isn’t something interesting that I can curate for the members feed.  It’s bit surreal listening to yourself from the past.  Time truly is a river.

Today we are also going to squeeze in the 2017 Boston Marathon race report.  I think.  It’s not the most exciting story ever told but it has become a tradition now.  I think this will be the 9th Boston report that we have shared together.  We started with my 10th Boston back in 2008. 

What a long strange trip it’s been.

Anyhow – since the race report is long – I’ll just jump right into our interview with Steve Spear who ran across the USA to help get clean water to families in Africa.  You’ll hear me asking about how he did this because unlike Pete Kostelnik Steve ran the cross country route at a reasonable pace of 5 days a week and 35 miles a day.  I could see myself doing that. 

I’ll stick the race report in after that and we’ll call it a day.  My Friday’s have become increasingly pressed for time but I’ll persevere!

I took Tuesday, Wednesday off last week after the race.  I dug my old steel Fuji out, sprayed some petrochemicals on the chain and gears, pumped up the tires and went for a ride Thursday out to the rail trail.  That felt nice. 

I went for a run in the woods in the drizzle and dark with Teresa on Friday for an hour and felt fine.  It was nice to run with her.  Kinda cool getting to talk in a relatively neutral setting.

Saturday I met up with the running club to pick up litter on the Groton Road Race course.  Sunday I got to join the club run in the morning and it was good to not have to worry about a long workout.  The marathon gave me a lot of stress this year and I’m happy to have it in my rearview mirror. 

Tuesday morning I got up and went for a run in the woods.  It was grey and overcast and easing into a patient drizzle.  I brought Buddy, the old Wonder dog for the first 20- minutes or so then went back out and did another hour. 

There is something so peaceful and centering for me to run this loop.  Right outside my front door. Right on the other side of my vegetable garden is the trail head. 

Buddy and I cut these trails.  There was nothing here except bulldozer roads and animal tracks when we moved in.  It was slated to be house lots.  Over the years it became conservation land instead.  Now, my house is the last on the cul-de-sac with conservation land on three sides. 

The woods have not yet exploded in green.  We are in the April showers phase.  But, you can sense the arboreal tension in the woods.  Like a pensive skeleton waiting, on edge for the new leaves to burst forth. 

Hen turkeys, with beautiful sheens of reflecting feathers dart across the trail looking for the perfect place to raise this year’s brood.  Wood ducks bob on the gun-metal grey undulations of the pond.  All are ready.  We see the grey skeleton of winter.  They sense the green wealth of spring. 

Met the club on Saturday to pick up trash on the Groton Road Race course.  We spent a few hours and got 2 full truckloads of litter off the roads.  I suppose the most interesting thing I found was a plastic sandwich baggie with “Black Plague” and skull and crossbones written on it with a sharpie. 

What do you think?  Some parent with a nerdy kid and questionable sense of humor making lunch?  Or more probably an empty bag of a high-powered weed?  Or, you never know, I’m now patient zero of the zombie apocalypse like I always assumed I’d be.

Mostly it was Bud Light cans.  And flavored vodka nips.  The engineer in me wants to plot the beer can and vodka bottle distribution, do a regression analysis and lead an intervention to someone’s door in Groton.  Or just wait at the liquor store with an officer and some handcuffs. 

I guess if you are drinking on the way to work every day littering is pretty low on your list of worries. 

But, like spring, the road is clean and ready for the racers.  We’re going to have a great day.  I’m no longer Race Director so I think I may actually run the 10K!

That’s the way life is.  Life is change.  Life is winter.  Life is spring.  As Oprah says, we aren’t getting older, we’re evolving!

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 yet another Blue Apron or Hello Fresh ad.  As a matter of fact, stop being lazy and go shop for your own food.  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.

I’ll also remind you that I have started raising money for team Hoyt for my 2017 Boston Marathon.  I would appreciate any help you can give.   The fundraiser is on Crowdrise (so I don’t have to touch any of the money) it goes straight to the Hoyts and supports acquiring equipment and supporting others who want to participate like the Hoyts do. 

https://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoytboston2017/fundraiser/christopherrussell

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.

Yes, we are still working on setting up the separate podcast feed for the member’s content.  Most recently I recorded and uploaded the first chapter of the zombie novel I’ve been writing for 30 years. 

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Section one –

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Voices of reason – the conversation

Steve Spear

About Steve Spear

In 2013 Steve Spear, Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, ran from LA to NY to bring clean water to children and families in Africa. Steve roughly averaged a marathon a day for 150 days straight. His run took him through 10 pair of running shoes and 14 states. 

Steve Spear is an honors graduate of Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. He led at senior levels at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL for over 15 years in a variety of pioneering efforts. As a Team World Vision Volunteer Running Ambassador Steve has completed numerous marathons, ultra marathons, a 2013 transcontinental run from LA to NY and personally raised over $500,000 for clean water in Africa. Steve and his wife Frances, of 28 years, have two grown children and reside in Carol Stream, IL. 

About the Global 6k for Water

Steve Spear, Running Ambassador at World Vision is encouraging runners and churches around the U.S. to take part in the Global 6k for Water. 6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water — water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. From fast runners to leisurely walkers, thousands of people will unite around the globe and run 6km to bring clean water to communities in need. Each participant's registration of $50 goes to World Vision's Water Initiatives. After you register you will receive a World Vision Global 6K for Water t-shirt, race bib, and medal in the mail. Map out a 6km route in your neighborhood or attend a bigger gathering at a host site on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. More information is available at: http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=848&referrer=media

Section two

Boston Race Report -

Outro

Ok my friends, you have run slowly across the country and through the hills of Newton to the end of episode 4-364 of the RunRunLive Podcast.

I’m running the Groton Road Race this weekend and the, just like that, it will be May already!  I’ve got to peel off some time to get my vegetable garden started! 

I’ve been trying to get my old motorcycle on the road.  I got it registered but ran into a bit of a snag last night.  I put a new battery in an n no power! Now I’m going to have to chase around the wiring diagram with my multimeter and see if it’s a fuse or a short or a ground… sigh… I’m not really designed with the patience for that. 

I went and gave blood this week.  They’ve been pestering me but I needed to get through the marathon first.  My vital signs are all fantastic.  I had to do the mind control thing to jack my HR up over 50 for the nurse so I could avoid the red flags.  It took a awhile but they were able to get my blood out of me. 

They have this sound track of 70’s pop music that they play and it is a bit surreal.  I hear those songs and I remember specific situations, where I was.  For example building a fort in the rafters of my father’s garage with my buddy Dave as pre-teens listening to “Ricky don’t lose that number” by Steely Dan on the portable FM radio on a warm summer day in 1974.  Us with our Mad Magazines and Farah Faucett posters. 

Now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this glorious summer laying before me like an unwrapped gift.  So far all I’ve committed is to climb some mountains with Teresa.  But, soon enough I’ll get the itch.  I do love trail running.  I think I’ll do some more of that. 

What’s next? 

I don’t know.  I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my life forever.  There’s no silver bullets.  Sometimes you have the opportunity to choose epic and worthy things that in some way define you and in other ways demonstrate a worthy path to endeavors to the world.  Sometimes circumstances knock you sideways and that unchosen path becomes the worthy thing. 

Every day, every mile, you get up.  Whether your plan for that day works or something else happens you grind on with as much aplomb and reason as you can.  Then you get up and do it again.  Someday the crumbs of your life might lead someone else to something worthy for them. 

And that’s it, my friends.  Whether you think you are a leader or even an exemplar, people are watching you, the universe is watching you, get up and get it done today.

And I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-363 – Lauren Fern Watt – for the love of dogs!

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Hello my friends and welcome to Episode 4-363 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Come on over here and let me pet you.  Wait, no that’s inappropriate, what I mean is today we are talking dogs and running and books with Lauren Fern Watts, whose book “Gizelle’s Bucket List” I had the pleasure of reading recently. 

As is my habit I called her up and asked for an interview.  Great story.  Starving artist who went viral and got a book deal. 

As we speak I am two days out from the my 19th Boston Marathon.  I am healthy and well trained and I’ve managed to hold my…shtuff together during the taper.  I’ll head into the expo tomorrow.  To pick up my stuff.  It’s funny, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even opened the race material they sent me a couple weeks ago! 

Imagine that.  Some day you may become so jaded with your marathoning that you don’t even look at the race packet!  Yikes! I used to be like a kid at Christmas when that showed up!

In section one I’ve got a piece on tapering.  In section two I’ll talk about algorithms .  Yeah, algorithms.  What can I say, I have a diverse set of interests.  

Haven’t been doing much except working over the last couple weeks since we last talked.  I nailed that last long workout.  22+ miles with 90 minutes of it at race pace minus 20 seconds.  A real monster.  Hopefully I didn’t leave my race out there!

Since we’re on the dog topic…my old friend Buddy is doing well.  He’ll still join me out in the woods for a 20 minute trot if I take it super slow.  His back hips bother him.  He’s got the classic collie dysplasia and arthritis.  And he’s got lumps.  Lots of lumps. Lovely Buddy lumps. 

He loves to cuddle and hug and have his butt rubbed.  He has this brief moment of activitiy in the morning where he’s up and wants to go out at 6:00AM and then it quite ornery for a couple hours. In and out, barking at the woods, barking at the walkers, barking at nothing in particular. 

Sometimes he’ll just stand in the front yard and bark at the door until I come out.  Like he’s saying “What’s wrong with you man? Can’t you see it’s a beautiful day?  Let’s go!” But, he doesn’t have to pay the bills!

It’s spring.  The tress are getting ready to explode.  I’ll have to get out and clean the yard and get my garden going soon.  I always start the year with such grand aspirations.  Then I give up on weeding by August. 

I went into Boston this week to see a gathering of robotics startups.  There were a couple of industrial robots that were cool. There were robotic bicycles.  There was a thing like a segue but you sat down on it.  There was a mouse-sized robot that scooted around under your furniture to clean the hardwood floors.

And there was a gardening robot to kill weeds!  I’m not sure if it would handle the weeds in my garden but they are heading in the right direction!

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 yet another Blue Apron or Hello Fresh ad.  As a matter of fact, stop being lazy and go shop for your own food.  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.

I’ll also remind you that I have started raising money for team Hoyt for my 2017 Boston Marathon.  I would appreciate any help you can give.   The fundraiser is on Crowdrise (so I don’t have to touch any of the money) it goes straight to the Hoyts and supports acquiring equipment and supporting others who want to participate like the Hoyts do. 

https://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoytboston2017/fundraiser/christopherrussell

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.

Yes, we are still working on setting up the separate podcast feed for the member’s content.  Most recently I recorded and uploaded the first chapter of the zombie novel I’ve been writing for 30 years. 

    • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!
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Practical Taper Tips - http://runrunlive.com/practical-taper-tips

Voices of reason – the conversation

Lauren Fern Watt – Gizelle’s Bucket List

http://laurenfernwatt.com/

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m an author and travel journalist splitting my time between Nashville and Los Angeles. My first book, Gizelle’s Bucket List, comes out March 7, 2017 with Simon & Schuster. To learn more about the book click here, or to meet me on tour click here.

I was born March 6,1989 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Traveling is one of my greatest passions, and my travel travails have included riding a camel named Booboo through the Sahara desert, bungee jumping off the tallest bridge in South Africa, exploring the colorful streets of Varanasi, and finding the most magical bookstore in Paris. But perhaps my biggest adventure of all happened when I was twenty-three, and packed up my life in Tennessee to move to the middle Times Square with my big English Mastiff, Gizelle. You can read all about that here.

I worked in fashion and travel PR in New York City, where I represented a number of hotel and travel-industry clients by day, and took writing classes at night. I’ve been a student at MatadorU, school for Travel Journalism, Photography, and Filmmaking, as well as Gotham Writers’ Workshop. When I’m not writing, I’m training for her next marathon or adventuring around California with my rescue dog named Bette. I’m an ambassador for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping families who struggle with addiction, and I currently reside in Los Angeles.

You can find me on FacebookInstagram, or send me a message here.

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Section two

Algorithms to live by - http://runrunlive.com/algorithms-to-live-by

Outro

All right my friends you have trotted on your four feet, with your tail between your legs to the end of Episode 40363 of the RunRunLive podcast.  Don’t forget to sniff the flowers and mark the trees.

You won’t hear from me again until after Boston.  Looks like the weather is going to be decent.  We’ll see what I can come up with. 

I don’t lose much sleep over it anymore but I have been sporting a rather attractive cold sore for the last two weeks so there is some sort of stress I’m sublimating.  Will be nice to have the pressure off and get back to some casual, enjoyful running. 

I’ve watched a few movies over the last month or so.  Some odd ones.  As I get older I’m more interested in odd movies.  I watched Swiss Army Man with Harry Potter playing a farting, magical corpse. Quite a fun and interesting movie.  It all makes sense at the end. 

I watched half of The Lobster which is a bizarre, deadpan, UK art project that is just on the edge of being hilariously funny, but never goes there. 

On the serious side I watched half of Manchester by the Sea with Casey Affleck.  I thought the portrayal of Massachusetts Townie culture was spot on.  It’s a bit depressing though.

My wife and I watched HackSaw Ridge.  Very good movie.  Very long movie.  Typical Mel Gibson fare – he wasn’t in it but he made the movie.  Similar to “When we were Soldiers” in tone and morality.

My daughter and I watched Moana – the animated Disney movie about Polynesian adventure and demi-gods.  The Rock plays the comic relief demi-god Maui and he does a great job.  Classic Disney.  They must be running out of cultures to exploit…

Finally I watched “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and I really enjoyed it.  Very well acted and the visuals were great.

See – I do other things besides training!

You still have time to contribute to my Team Hoyt fund for this year’s race.  I just dropped a video with the links to my social media – cold sore and all!

I went by Starbucks today on the way into my office.  There’s one in the next town over that I used to be a regular at.  They built one in my town so I don’t go one town over much anymore.  There’s a lady who works there who remembers me and my order.  She hasn’t seen me more than 2 times in the last 6 months and she remembers me. 

That’s great. She makes me feel great.

Go ahead and remember someone.

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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Episode Boston 2017 – A preview of the Boston Marathon with Coach

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Folks, Friends, Marathon-wonks, this is a chat I had with my coach today about this year’s Boston Marathon, my training and what to expect.  I wanted to get something out to those of you who might find the information useful before race weekend.

See you out there!

Chris,

 

Coach Jeff -> http://www.prsfit.net/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-362 – Rick Hoyt – a Running Life

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Hello my friends and welcome to Episode 4-362 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Chris here.  I am criminally behind in my production schedule.  As some of you may have divined, especially those of you on LinkedIn, I changed gigs over the last couple months and am now back in startup land.  It’s not my startup, but still the the urgency and lack of resources spills over. 

(Humorous editor’s note: Microsoft word tried to change ‘divined’ to ‘deveined’ which is something totally different. 

That combined with being in my last few weeks of marathon training for Boston creates less space and opportunity to write and record. 

The company is out of Silicon Valley, (of course), and I’m out of Boston so there’s a 3-hour time change.  Even thought you’d think you’d be able to adjust your work days, it always seems to add 3 or more hours to the day. 

It reminds me of when I had a job where I had to contend with Boston’s infamous traffic.  I devised a plan to go in a couple hours early to beat the traffic and then leave a couple hours early on the back end of the day to beat the traffic again.  What really ended up happening was I’d go in early, get caught up in the day, and end up going home late after the traffic. 

I’m sure there’s some math we could use there to make everyone’s lives simpler.  The way we have arranged it everyone’s whims always line up.  For example, let’s say you’re sitting at work on a warm Friday in June and you think “I know, I’ll leave early and get a jump on driving to the Cape for the weekend!” You can bet that there are a couple hundred thousand people having that same thought at that same time and you will be soon sucking C02 with them on Route 6. 

I’m sure all of this will be solved when the impartial Artificial Intelligence of the robot overlords takes over.  But, will we miss it?  Will we someday be writing long, sorrowful poems in praise of a good traffic jam?  How it brought our families together and made the fabric of society stronger? 

How did I get down this rat hole?

Oh, yeah.  It’s Saturday Morning and It’s snowing.  It’s been snowing for 24 hours and it’s April first.  Last time we got this kind of spring weather two weeks before the Boston Marathon was 2006.  It ended up being 85 degrees at the starting line that year. 

Today I bring you a RunRunLive podcast exclusive.  An interview with Rick Hoyt.  Rick has run almost twice as many Boston marathons as I have and I’m running my 19th this year.  I am thrilled to be able to ask him questions directly. 

My favorite Hoyt story is how Dick and Rick pushed their way into the Boston Marathon.  The Boston Athletic Association of the late 1970’s would not be considered an ‘open-minded’ organization.  They were steadfast in their belief that the Boston Marathon was a traditional race.  You had to qualify.  You had to be a man.  You had to pass a physical and be a ‘real’ able-bodied athlete to get in. 

Dick tried to get in and they wouldn’t let him.  They thought they had a good barrier to entry that he wouldn’t be able to get over.  They told him that he had to qualify, not only in his age group, but in Rick’s age group as well.  At the time this meant Dick had to run better than a 2:50 marathon with Rick. 

Dick didn’t whine about it.  He didn’t sue them.  Instead he trained and ran a 2:45 qualifying race pushing Rick.  This was before racing chairs existed.  This was before the first running boom.  These guys were breaking new ground.  They were all alone.  Their dogged persistence, their unassuming commitment to the sport, their grit earned them a spot on the starting line in Hopkinton. 

The way they did it also earned the respect of the running world and opened a door for a generation of runners.  They were pioneers who caused change.  They caused change by living that change. 

So that’s the context of our interview today. 

In section one I’ll go deep into how I do a pace run on the treadmill.  In section two, I’m going to give you an audio recording of the 2nd most read blog post I ever wrote, a chapter from my first book, called “Running with Buddy”.  This will give you a good lead in for the sentiment going into our next show which will include an interview with Luaren Fern Watts about her new book, Gizelle’s Bucket List.   

After we last spoke I attempted a 22 mile tempo run on the Boston course.  Frank and I did an out and back from Ashland, around mile 4, to Wellesley mile 15, right before the dip down into Newton Lower Falls.  This is the so-called ‘flat’ portion of the course.  I’m always surprised at just how not-flat it is.  It’s rolling hills.  Nothing major, but some good pulls when you’re racing. 

I was rolling off a hard week with a lot of miles. The plan was to run an hour in zone 2, then drop to race pace -5 for an hour and a half then do 5 minute on/off zone 3 surges for the last half hour.  My legs were heavy going in from the big week.  I ran 7 miles the day before and a set of hill repeats on the Friday.  It was around freezing and overcast to drizzly.  We didn’t see as many runners out as we thought we might. 

When we hit the hour mark I dropped into what felt like race pace to me, but my pacing ability proved to be clueless.  I was shooting for around 8 minute miles but we were clocking 7:30’s and 7:40’s.  At the end of each mile I’d say ‘Oh crap’ and let Frank lead for a while and we’d manage an 8:05.  Then I’d drop back into the 7:30’s.  It was a pacing disaster!

We hung in there trying to find race pace until around the 18 mile mark my wheels fell off.  We were climbing a long hill and my legs just went dead and said ‘no mas’.  This was about an hour into the pace part of the run.  I let Frank go and tried to find a pace I could manage and recover a bit.  I managed some to bash it out in the low 8’s with a couple of walk breaks. 

I finished up with over 22 miles and over 3 hours of decent effort.  I even recovered a bit in the last mile.  All-in-all I wasn’t horribly disappointed. It’s another brick in the wall and a good race-specific workout and a good reminder of just how deceptively nasty that Boston course is with its constant rolling hills.

Then I jumped on a plane to Silicon Valley.  Spent the week out there that nicely coincided with a rest week, although I did manage to run up a 1,500 foot mountain behind my hotel twice. 

Now I’m finishing up my last hard week and tuning up for the big show.  I’m off the beer and seeing how far I can get my weight down for the race, which adds to the stress of it all!  I made some poor nutritional choices in Cali and have been hovering around 180, which isn’t horrible for me.  This week I’ve stayed on top of it better and am down around 175. 

Those 5-10 pounds make a huge difference for me on race day.  Especially where my current bottleneck is my legs not my engine.  Taking a few extra pounds off my quads will buy me a couple extra miles at race pace on Patriot’s day. 

And the weather continues to not cooperate.  We are in the midst of yet another storm here 2-weeks out.  My day got away from me yesterday and I ended up doing a hill repeat session at dusk in the slush. 

Now normal people might think, “hey, the sun is setting, it’s 33 degrees out and alternating rain and snow, I think I’ll skip that hill workout.”  But, I think, “Here are the marathon gods putting another challenge in front of me.  Here is another opportunity for me to rise to the occasion.  To do what others will not.  And that has some merit to it. 

I kitted up quickly, before I lost my nerve, and headed out through the trails to a secluded road behind my house with a nice hill.  The woods were quite peaceful.  The snow/ice was a couple inches deep but nice and granular, like running on beach gravel.  There was no wind, and it was quite beautiful with the hiss of the sleet in the tree tops. 

The hill repeats themselves were a bit tricky.  I had 3 sets of 5 X 40 seconds.  It was snowing fairly hard.  There was slush on the road.  It was maybe an inch deep on the shoulders, but the tire paths from the occasional car were relatively clean with just a skim of icy slush.  There were parts where the melt water was running in streams down the hill. 

The question in my mind was where would I get the most traction?  The tire tracks?  The slush?  The shoulders?  I opted for the tire tracks.  It was slick and I had to run a bit flat footed. I couldn’t really toe off with any vigor.  The trick was to find the places where the road was cracked or lined because these irregularities provided a bit of a traction point. 

When the occasional car passed, I’d drift over to the slushy shoulder mid repeat.  That wasn’t bad either because there was barks and sticks and dirt under the slush on the shoulder that could give you some traction.  But you had to run through the deep stuff and got much wetter feet.  I switched back to my old Hokas for the outing so as not to abuse my race shoes.

And you know what?  It wasn’t that bad.  I got my workout done and felt like a total stud.  I felt like I ‘won’ somehow. 

That’s the lesson here my friends.  You make your own rules in this world.  Don’t let the slush storms of life cause you to miss a workout. 

On with the show.

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Section one –

Treadmill pace run - http://runrunlive.com/anatomy-of-a-long-treadmill-pace-run

Voices of reason – the conversation

Rick Hoyt – Team Hoyt

http://www.teamhoyt.com/About-Team-Hoyt.html

 

The Early Years

Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. This was just the beginning of Dick and Judy’s quest for Rick’s inclusion in community, sports, education and one day, the workplace.

Dick and Judy soon realized that though Rick couldn’t walk or speak; he was quite astute and his eyes would follow them around the room. They fought to integrate Rick into the public school system, pushing administrators to see beyond Rick’s physical limitations. Dick and Judy would take Rick sledding and swimming, and even taught him the alphabet and basic words, like any other child. After providing concrete evidence of Rick’s intellect and ability to learn like everyone else, Dick and Judy needed to find a way to help Rick communicate for himself.

With $5,000 in 1972 and a skilled group of engineers at Tufts University, an interactive computer was built for Rick. This computer consisted of a cursor being used to highlight every letter of the alphabet. Once the letter Rick wanted was highlighted, he was able to select it by just a simple tap with his head against a head piece attached to his wheelchair. When the computer was originally first brought home, Rick surprised everyone with his first words. Instead of saying, “Hi, Mom,” or “Hi, Dad,” Rick’s first “spoken” words were: “Go, Bruins!” The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup finals that season. It was clear from that moment on, that Rick loved sports and followed the game just like anyone else.

In 1975, at the age of 13, Rick was finally admitted into public school. After high school, Rick attended Boston University, and he graduated with a degree in Special Education in 1993. Dick retired in 1995 as a Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard, after serving his country for 37 years.

The Beginning of Team Hoyt

In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair (for the running stage).

Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, “The thing I’d most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once.”

The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt’s 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race.

2013 was going to be Dick and Rick's last Boston Marathon together, but they were not able to finish due to the bombings. They vowed to be back in 2014 to finish "Boston Strong" with all the other runners, which they did; stopping many times along the 26.2 distance to take photos and shake hands of the many well wishers, and finishing with several of the runners from their Hoyt Foundation Boston Marathon team.

Dick and Rick will continue to do shorter distances races and triathlons together, and teammate Bryan Lyons will be taking over in pushing Rick in the 2015 Boston Marathon. Bryan and Rick ran some local races together this year, and will start training for Boston after the holidays, doing a half marathon in Carlsbad, CA in January, as well as, other local half marathons and races.

Neither Dick or Rick are ready to retire yet.

The Team Hoyt Theme Song “Run!” By the Ted Painter Band

It's available for download at www.tedpainterband.com as are other songs and information about the band.  

It was written by yours truly and band members John Prunier and Kat Duffey, recorded in Nashville and Harford, CT. and performed by the Ted Painter Band. 

Incidentally, I'm also a member of Team Hoyt and have been running with Nick Draper, a 27 year old man with a similar disability as Rick, for the last 3 and a half years.  This will be our 4th Boston marathon and 16th marathon.  We also do triathlons.  If interested, you can learn more about "Team In the Nick of Time" at https://www.facebook.com/inthenickoftimeteamhoyt/

Thanks for your interest in the song, Chris.  

Take care,

Ted

Section two

Running with Buddy - The Mid-Packer's Lament: A collection of running stories with a view from the middle of the pack Paperback – November 21, 2005

by Christopher J. Russell (Author)

Outro

Alright my friends.  I’m running out of daylight so I have to get this show out the door! You have slip-slided through the snow and slush to the end of episode 4-362 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Like I mentioned, next week we talk about dogs! Going to the dogs.  I love my old dog. 

He’s lying on the floor by the door here with me as I write.  He’s bored.  He’s wearing one of the ridiculous shirts Teresa bought for him.  

The music in the Rick Hoyt interview today was the The Team Hoyt Theme Song “Run!” By the Ted Painter Band.  I got permission to use it from Ted who also runs pushing Nick for Team Hoyt Boston Marathon team- they do sub 3 hour marathons and this will be their 3rd or 4th Boston together. It's available for download at www.tedpainterband.com as are other songs and information about the band.  

To learn more about Ted and Nick search for “Team in the Nick of Time” on Facebook – or find the link in the show notes.

It was written by yours truly and band members John Prunier and Kat Duffey, recorded in Nashville and Harford, CT. and performed by the Ted Painter Band. 

"Team In the Nick of Time" at https://www.facebook.com/inthenickoftimeteamhoyt/

I just assume at this point that everyone knows what I’m talking about but I guess it wouldn’t kill me to give you a quick review.  I post the text of all these shows on my website, RunRunLive.com.  You can also click on the show in your podcast player and all the links and notes and text are in the actual show file. 

That’s what I mean when I say – it’s in the show notes. 

I would appreciate any contribution to my Team Hoyt fund you can make. The crowdrise link is ironically enough, in the show notes.  https://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoytboston2017/fundraiser/christopherrussell

 

I told you my hill-repeats-in-the-slush story.  Let me tell you another story from this week where the evil gods of marathon chaos beat me. 

Tuesday I had one of those 13 mile pace runs on the calendar.  I had it scheduled for mid-morning. I had a gap in my schedule and weather window where it would warm up a little and before it started raining. 

Of course calls got rescheduled and things went sideways and I couldn’t get out.  I repositioned it for early afternoon. 

The challenge for me with this kind of run is I’m looking at close to 2 full hours out on the road.  It’s hard to squeeze into a day.  And that 2 hours is just the running part.  I should have done it early morning but I was still recovering from West Coast jet lag. 

Early afternoon comes and I’m still at my desk.  Now it’s getting dark and it’s raining.  I’d squeeze in a regular run in these conditions but a 2 hour tempo run in the pitch black rain, not really.  I didn’t have the right clothes with me or a headlamp. 

But, I had a flash of inspiration.  I still have the key card for the gym at my old office.  I had to pick up Teresa later so I would drive to the treadmill, knock out this run and get to the train. 

I ended up getting to the treadmill after 6 and had to take some potty breaks, etc. but was getting the work out done.  Then around 8:00PM I’m 8 miles in, 2 miles into that last 5 hard zone 4 miles and I notice I’m the only one in there and the cleaning staff is in.  I look at the clock, and I look at the cleaning lady and it turns out the gym closes at 8:00! 

That was it.  I got my 8 miles in and didn’t concede defeat as much as called it a draw.  The evil marathon gods of entropy and chaos didn’t let me complete my planned workout, but I did get an 8 mile tempo run in.  We’ll call it a tie.

Because sometimes.  Even when you really hang in there.  When you make the extra effort.  The chaos and entropy still wins. 

Just go down swinging.

And I’ll see you out there.

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