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.

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Section one –

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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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-360 – Dan Weston Runs to Work

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Well hello my friends and welcome to Episode 4-360 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  This is Chris your host.  That’s 360 podcasts out there over the past 8-9 years.  Kind of amazing.  It’s been awhile since I re-jiggered the format maybe it’s about time for some fashionable new skins or something. 

I’d like to do more but there just isn’t much money in yak farming.  There is plenty of money in being a hit man but I have to keep that in secret, offshore bank accounts. 

Today we have a longish interview with Dan Weston who is one of our friends from the UK.  We talk through his running adventures. 

In section one I’ve got a piece on some of the finer nuances of hill repeats.  In section two I’ve got a thoughtful piece on ‘hope’ that has been kicking around in my brain for about a decade so I’m glad it made itself known.  I published this piece on LinkedIn this week. 

By the way a kudos to those of you who hunted me down on LinkedIn after I posted that piece about setting up your profile a couple episodes back. 

I published another piece on ‘Grit’.  I’m reading that book by Angela Duckworth and I would recommend it.  Very good book.  Pulls together many of the concepts we’ve talked about here and, frankly, a very appropriate read for endurance sports aficionados.

How’s my training been?  Am I still battling injuries?  I know I left you hanging with some knee pain and some foot pain and a couple week’s off?  Well the day after we last talked I went out and hit a hilly 18-miler with my buddies and felt great.  Coach has been beating the crap out of me but I’m hanging strong. 

He gave me a 13 mile step up run with 50 minutes of it in zone 4-5 that I struggled with.  He gave me these hill repeats that I’m going to share with you.  Then last Sunday I knocked off a hilly 19-miler on my own in 2:45.  Yesterday he damn near killed me with a set of 7 7-minute intervals.  But, I’m getting it done and nothing hurts.  6 weeks out from Boston so this is the hard part.  The dark place. 

For the remainder of this week he’s got me doing another set of hill repeats and then a tempo 14-miler with the middle 10 miles at faster than race pace.  So, yeah, the good stuff!

I’ve been trying out different guided meditations on Youtube as part of my morning routine.  Like I said you can search on “Meditation for _____” fill in the blank and you’ll find several.  Meditation for sleep, for studying, for energy, for anxiety, for dead possums…anything. 

Most of these are just breathing meditation. Some have various relaxation and visualization techniques.  But some are actually very close to hypnosis, so you have to be careful.  They will do that thing where they talk you into a meditative state and then do the old “you are going down an elevator…deeper and deeper…when I count to three…” that sort of thing.  Just be careful, because in this state you are susceptible to suggestions. 

Like I said it’s hard for me to meditation because Buddy the Wonder dog hates meditation and will invariably start his barking and whining when I’m deep in a meditative state.  He hates meditation. 

Funny, I noticed I’ve been buying a lot of extra dog treats recently…and going for a lot of walks…

Hmmmm….

On with the show!

I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  We 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 –

Hill Repeats Nuance - http://runrunlive.com/anatomy-of-a-hill-repeat

Voices of reason – the conversation

Dan Weston

Short bio :

I started running at the age of 26 and quickly progressed to running for North Wales.  I did well in 10ks, so moved up to half-marathons, then full marathons and Ultras often achieving a podium finish.  In the last year and a half I’ve been focusing on Ultra Marathons.  Representing my Country (Wales) in the last few.  

My goals for the next year are to achieve a sub 2h30m marathon, win a few more UK Ultra Marathons. 

Section two

HOPE - http://runrunlive.com/hope-is-a-strategy

Outro

Yes, my friends, not only have you run to work but you have taken a shower and found yourself at the end of episode 4-360 of the RunRunLive podcast. 

I will continue to train away for Boston.  I’m keeping my promise of not running any of the spring races and just focusing on the big race.  That will be my 19th Boston Marathon.  My club gets a hotel room at the finish with a massage / physical therapist. If you need a place to take a shower let me know and we can have a beer!  That is if you’re willing to wait until I drag my tired old bones across the finish line. 

I am collecting for Team Hoyt and I’m a bit light so I could use the help – the link is in the show notes.

My cross-training project for the summer is probably going to be to try to climb the 10 tallest mountains in New England.  Not sure I can do them all in one season but Teresa says she’s in. 

The days are noticeably warmer and longer.  I’ve been getting out in shorts the last couple weeks.  Spring is in the air.  I really like spring.  It’s a hopeful season. A season of rebirth.  A season of new beginning and promise. 

It makes me think about how lucky I am.  How many podcasts I’ve been able to produce on this journey.  How many adventures we’ve had together.  How many great new friends I’ve made. 

I’m a lucky person.  I really am.  I am grateful.  Thank you for hanging around with me. 

Think about what you’re grateful for.  I bet it will make you smile when you’re doing hill repeats!

And I’ll see you out there.

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Apologies folks – I did manage to drop Episode 4-337 on Friday but for some reason it’s not making it to iTunes.  We’ll keep working on it.  Until then you can download the show mp3 or listen directly on my website www.runrunlive.com

Cheers,

Chris,

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-320 – Laura McDonnell – Learning Speed with MarathonBQ

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Hello my folks.  Wow! What a whirlwind of a week I had.  And what a whirlwind of a month I have coming up.  Here we are Episode 4-320 of the RunRunLive Podcast and we’ve got some ground to cover.  

I’ve got a chat with Laura McDonnell today who is deep into training for a marathon with the MarathonBQ program.  I actually have two interviews with Laura.  After we were done with the first one I found that it had an awful digital click in it that would make you crazy, so I interviewed her again.  

But, I was disappointed because I really liked the first take, so I sent it out as a gig request to Fiverr.com to see if someone better at audio mixing than I could save the interview.  It turns out they did.  I love crowdsourcing.  For $5 I got my file fixed. 

The bad news is that in order to get the click out they really had to step on the audio so the resultant quality is not so great.  You’ll find it a bit clipped and roboty sounding in places – but the content is great – so I decided to go with it.  I’ll post the second interview up as an added bonus at some point if you want to hear a different take on the same topic. 

I also have for you my Hood To Coast race report which is going to be super long – so I’ll slot that into the second section.  You may want to listen to this one in chunks or on a long run.  Then I have a shorter manifesto piece on why we need to do these epic events. 

I was on a plane this week.  I got upgraded to first class.  It was supposed to be a meal flight for first class but the caterers missed the plane – so no meals. 

The guy next to me was grumbling about how he paid for a meal and he should get one.  He wouldn’t let it go.  I could tell there was something up with the stewardess. She was an older woman and seemed to be bothered by something.  

I told the guy to think about the stewardess because we don’t know what’s going on in her life and his crappy airline meal is probably not that important in the grand scheme of things and definitely not her fault. 

The next time she came by I asked if she was ok and she said she was fine in that way that all women say they are fine to men when they are definitely not fine.  I let it drop. 

Later the young stewardess from coach was there and she was one of those happy go lucky confident types telling us all about how she met her fiancée on Tinder.  

The older stewardess leans in and says “She keeps trying to get me on Tinder, but it’s only been 3 months since I lost him…” 

That’s when the guy next to me learned a valuable lesson in empathy.  

You don’t know what’s going on with people.  You don’t know why that person cuts you off.  You don’t know why they explode over something trivial.  You don’t have any right to know.  

But you can’t assume it has anything to do with you.  

On with the show!

Section one - Running Tips

Epic!

 http://runrunlive.com/epic

Voices of reason – the conversation

Laura McDonnell

 

Section two – Race Report

http://runrunlive.com/the-unexpected-epic-ness-of-the-hood-to-coast-relay-2015

Outro

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

Sorry for that long race report, but, now you have run into the driving rain and wind of my audio prose to the end of episode 4-320 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

I’m not running at all this week because, needless to say my leg was a bit upset at me from running 28 miles on it.  I won’t be able to run the Wapack Trail race this weekend, but I’ll be up there volunteering.  I’ve got a crazy schedule of travel for the next 5 weeks straight so I may just step back from training and do a maintenance routine for September. 

We’ll see.  I’m not going anywhere.  

If you want to help me you can recommend the podcast to a friend, or you can leave a positive review for my MarathonBQ book on Amazon.  

I was sitting in the hotel this week reading Archeology news on my computer.  I was chatting with the kid that was working there. When I told him what I was doing he said he couldn’t read books.  He said he got a couple minutes into reading and just lost focus.  

I told him, of course you can read books.  I asked him what he was good at; what he really enjoyed. And he said basketball.  I asked him how he got so good at basketball.  He said by practicing and playing a lot.  I told him it was the same thing with anything you want to get good at – including reading.  

I told him a story of flying home from Portland to Boston the day before with my wife.  She was sitting beside me and I was reading a book.  I was underlining bits that caught my interest and making notes.  She said “That seems like a good book, I should read that.” 

What I said to her is that this book isn’t of much consequence in the grand scheme of things.  It’s the other 50 or so books a year I’ve read over the last 40 or so years plus this one that make the difference. 

And that’s how life is.  It’s about daily practice and the long view.  It’s about placing the stones on tiop of each other every day so that someday you will have a palace. 

Start building your palace.  It’s never too late to start. 

And I’ll see you out there. 

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Hello and welcome my friends.  This is Chris and this is the third 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.

I’m the youngest of 4.  I have two older sisters and an older brother.  We didn’t always get along with each other as siblings do but we are close and working through my Dad’s cancer has given us the opportunity to spend more time together.  It’s been fun to talk through shared family experiences and memories.

As the youngest I don’t have the depth of memories as my brother and sisters, but they are there and as we spend time together they are unearthed like the quite turnings of some dusty album.  There’s nothing bad there.  There is some funny stuff.  Mostly it is bits and pieces and vignettes that we can compare notes on.

I remember my Dad coming home from work one day with a full size electric organ for the living room.  My sisters were both taking piano lessons and I guess he thought this would give them some additional enablement.

At some point we acquired a full size piano as well at some point.  My Mom taught my girls how to play songs on it when they went for visits.

My Dad designed a built a giant two story car garage out of pre-stressed concrete beams and I can remember helping shingle the roof with cedar shakes.  Snapping the chalk lines, as a kid, and knocking the shingle nails true, row by row, all day long.

He and my brother would work on cars together in that garage.  They had every tool and machine needed to do anything.  I remember one time in the 80’s I dropped my car off at the house.  It needed a universal joint in the front end. I was going to help them replace it (which for me meant handing them tools).  I went for an errand and by the time I came back they had it done already.

My Dad and I would go for walks in the woods in New England.  I don’t remember the walks so much as the trees. I still can identify every tree in New England by its leaves and bark.  If pressed I could make a serviceable whistle from a young willow sapling with a jackknife – which was one of our spring rituals.

The red oak, the white pine, the ash – used for axe handles and hockey sticks – the poplar, the white and grey birch, the pignuts and shagbark hickories – whose bounty we would collect in the fall for fireside cracking and snacking – the hawthorn and elderberry.  My connection to the natural world that I treasure so dearly was born in those New England summers.

My Dad loved to chop wood to feed the wood stove all winter long.  He taught me how to swing an axe.  His favorite axe was a light, thin-bladed axe for limbing the felled trees, and he would grind the cheeks of splitting axes to create the perfect tool.

He taught me how to swing a maul to split the green hard wood and how to stack the split logs so that they would dry.  He showed me that you could split any log with a sledge hammer and wedges.

The wedges in my garage came from his collection.  I use them every year as I relive the pure visceral joy of bringing the heavy maul down on the yielding log in the sultry autumn afternoons.  There is nothing I enjoy more than becoming lost in a large woodpile with my axe, maul, hammer and wedges.

And that’s the lesson here.  There is peace and honor in a job well done.  It doesn’t matter that you can pay someone $100 bucks to mow your lawn or drop a cord of presplit wood in your driveway.  That takes the honor out of it.  The pride and honor of reducing a pile of logs to a neatly stacked and tarped pile of BTU’s for the coming winter is a feeling of intellectual freedom that I am thankful for.

Today I’m going to share with you a chat I had with a friend of mine and fellow Goon Squad runner Michael Robertson about running for charity.

After that I’m going to read a story my brother wrote recently about something funny from our childhood.  I never realized how good a writer my brother was until he began to comment on the Caringbridge site my sister set up for my Dad’s friends to check in.  He was always the best story teller in our family.  He could spin the tallest tales with a straight face and get away with almost anything.

Cheers,

Featured Interview:

Michael Robertson

shots of whiskey for the plow drivers

Written Feb 13, 2014 3:46pm by Dave Russell

Being that it is a cold and snowy day today, I thought I would relate a story of how our Father (Russ) attacked problems head on with simple and imaginative solutions.

Shots of whiskey for the plow drivers

The Russells were the original Skyfields Drive hilltop residents of Groton. When we moved in, no other residents shared the top of the hill and during heavy snow we were pretty much on our own. This was the mid sixties; a time long before the advent of DSS when kids were considered free labor for the menial physical tasks. For example “Adults run the chainsaw and split logs. Kids carry wood and drag brush”.

To shorten the response time of the town plow crews, Dad came up with the brilliant but elegantly simple plan to bribe the plow drivers with hot coffee or shots of whiskey to encourage them to come by our neighborhood first. It was this type of imaginative thinking and direct approach that made him a legend and our “go to guy”.

We would usually see the plows start up the hill from 119 through the windows off the deck and have about 5 minutes to prepare.

Since Mary Lou was the oldest but couldn’t go out alone, she and I usually got the nod. We had to wear dark clothing to contrast with the snow and flag down the plows without getting plowed into a snow bank ourselves. Over time, we learned that it was best to stand across the street and approach from the driver’s side door as the plow traveled slowly up the hill. Each driver usually downed one on the way up and stopped for a second on his way back down.

As expected, the shots of whiskey were far more popular than the hot coffee. In fact, if we tried to offer only coffee, the drivers would ask if the whiskey was already “in there”. It did not take the DPW long to learn that there was free whiskey available up on Skyfields Drive and there was not a quicker or better plowed road in town.

Often, we had to service a whole line of snow removal vehicles waiting for their whiskey and make multiple trips back to the house for re-fills. Mom would count the trucks by looking down towards 119 and have our resupply ready. I think this serving experience prepared both of us for work later on at Johnson's

We were also expected to keep track of repeat clients and inform them that “Our parents say you’re shut off” when they reached their 3-shot limit..

One morning years later, my friend Jason and I decided to surprise the paper delivery man with a free shot of whiskey around 5:00AM. When he saw us coming, he drove away in terror. By that time, life in Groton had changed forever.

Dave R

Summary Article:

Thanks for listening if you have been.  I know this is entirely self serving but too often we seal off the past and look to the future.  As we get older we begin to unwrap those packages.

Last time I checked I’m at about $1700 of my $2000 goal.  The Boston Marathon looks like it is going to be crazy this year.  Thank you for all my friends who have helped.

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”

Direct download: unicorns13.mp3
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Crickets 4.0

Well, my long suffering friends, I recorded this to be part of episode 3-276, but alas it was too wordy, windy, expressive, effusive, elongated, loquacious, and of course long.  So – you get it as an extra Crickets episode.

Please – enjoy my Denver Rock and Roll Marathon race report.

Music -> http://www.theslackers.com/ernestos

The Slackers – Live at Ernesto’s – The work song… Go buy it.

The Denver Rock and Roll Marathon - http://www.runrunlive.com/denver-marathon

Direct download: Crickets-4.0.mp3
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Crickets 3.0.3

My dear friends, I apologize effusively and throw myself like a penitent at your furry feet, but the challenges of travel and work and training and racing and, God help me, sleeping every once in a while I have been brought to bay – I have been finally cornered me like a mangy rat and there is no way I can put a full show out this week. 

It is a dirty shame, because, with so much going on I have a lot to share, but alas no time to share it.  Instead I’m going to lay at the altar of your listening skills my Pocatello marathon report today and try to polish up a full episode for next week. 

Over the last month I have been in California, Idaho, Atlanta and Phoenix!  This weekend I’m driving up to Presque Isle, in Erie PA to race again!  I raced an 8 mile leg of the Winnepesauke relay last weekend in New Hampshire and crushed it, averaging 7:15s over a difficult hilly course.  I had the punk rock on my headphone and was laughing out loud at how strong I felt.  I passed a couple other racers, many years my junior and it felt great to be in the game. 

So – my friends – light those candles and put on some sexy music because I’m about to tell you the story of my Pocatello Marathon.  

Enjoy, 

Pocatello Marathon - http://www.runrunlive.com/pocatello-marathon

So this week I was out in phoenix at the Phoenician (which is one of those hoity-toity resorts where the nouveau and not-so rich pretend to be members of a leisured cast – I was at a conference) – but one great thing about the Phoenician is that it backs up against Camelback Mountain.  

Yesterday morning I got up before dawn and ‘ran’ up the mountain from the Cholla Trail head.  There is no better exhilaration then standing on the summit of Camel back in the wee hours glistening with sweat in the cool desert air and watching the sun rise over Phoenix in the long shadow of the mountain. 

I am super-happy to have regained the point in my training where I can roll out of bed and go run up a mountain.  

As I was descending, skipping along, bubbling with the goodwill of life, the following song cycled onto my headphones and I had one of those iPod moments where it all synced – so enjoy your week and I’ll see you out there. 

Big D and the Kid’s Table – “Noise Complaint” - 

Chris,

[audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/Crickets-3.5.mp3]

http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/Crickets-3.5.mp3

Direct download: Crickets-3.5.mp3
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