The RunRunLive 3.0 Podcast Episode 3-290 – Ken Lubin and the Executive Athlete

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Introductory Comments:

Hello my friends – How are we doing? Enjoying your spring?  I certainly am enjoying mine. 

I got my garden in this weekend.  It’s always a good time to turn over the black soil and get the little plants plugged in.  Remember we talked about deer ticks last time. Well I picked up a couple more before my trip to Phoenix a couple weeks ago.  The nurse keeps giving the same answer: watch for symptoms.

The problem is that all these parasitic diseases have the same symptoms, right?  Fatigue and achiness?  I can’t actually recall a time when I WASN’T fatigued and achy. 

I’m coming towards the end of my month off.  I saw my Ortho, Dr. Hester, and we had a kinda funny conversation.  He said, “What happened to the plantar fasciitis?”, and I was like “Nah, I fixed that now it’s something else…”

He says I have Peroneal Tendonitis.  Not Perennial tendonitis, which comes once a year, or periodontal tendonitis, which gives you a sore jaw, or prefrontal tendonitis which gives you a headache… No Peroneal Tendonitis which runs up the outside of your leg and attaches to you ankle. 

Nothing serious.  Just need a little rest and ice and anti-inflammatory.

I’ve been working on biking and stretching and core.  Bit of a vacation for me.  I’m looking forward to getting back into some good hearty training this summer – something I can sink my teeth into.  Maybe even spend a little time in the dark place J

I was down in Phoenix for the week and it was pretty much all out with breakfast starting at 7:00 AM and dinner till 9:00.  Not a bunch of room for training or practicing my miracle morning routine. 

Today we have a chat with Ken Lubin who manages a group on LinkedIn called “Executive Athletes” that has 15,000 members and lots of interesting interaction to see if we can learn something about the role of the amateur athlete in today’s company culture.

Now, I don’t have a linkedIn group for RunRunLive, but I do have a facebook group and you should go join and say hi.  Or join my email list so I know where to find you when the authorities question me.

In section one I’m going to give you some tips on how to act in small talk situations and in section two I’m trying an experiment in combining running with guided meditation.  You should really listen to that bit while you’re out on a long run. 

It’s interesting because the universe has been pointing out meditation to me recently.  As part of my miracle morning routine the first thing I do is 5ish minutes of guided breathing meditation.  I don’t know what it is doing but that simple 5 minutes kicks my ass and changes my frame and puts me into a flow state for a couple hours.  It’s really amazing. 

Then a bunch of the podcasts that I have been listening to all seem to be talking about meditation.  From Rich Roll to Tim Ferris – it just seems to be coming up all the time into my radar field.  Then last week ZenRunner put out an instructional podcast on meditation. 

I figured I’d stop fighting the universe and see if I could create a running meditation for you to use.  Tell me how it works out.  Let me know if I hit the mark or missed. 

I love this time of year.  I have so much energy and everything seems to have so much potential. 

Now all we need to do is take some action!

On with the show!

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On with the show!

Section one:

Mastering Small talk -

Featured Interview:

Ken Lubin – Executive Athletes


Good Morning and once again, thanks for taking the time to chat

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Please let me know if you need anything else.



Section two:

Running Meditation -


Did a great interval workout on Fuji-san on the Rail trail Memorial Day weekend.  I took the speedplay peddles off and put some old flat, teethy metal platform peddles on because the clip-ins tweaked my ankle when I pulled up on them. 

Picture me puffing away on the rail trail spinning as hard as I can.  A blur of rusted true-temper terrifying the walkers and children.  I’ve been putting on weight so I’ve got a nice, great belly swinging away under my bike shirt bumping into my knees on the upstroke. 

And somehow my iPhone decided to shuffle into 100% live Grateful Dead music and it seems strangely fitting in this weird alternate universe of non-running exercise among the frightened populace.

Buddy is doing fine.  I had to get up in the middle of the night last night.  There were thunderstorms and he wanted to be let into the basement.  I guess he feels safer down there.  He’s still got all his faculties and he’s the sweetest old man. 

I think his serious running days are over but we still enjoy the brief odd trot in the woods together.  He’s been a devoted friend to me.  This morning as I was up early in my home office in a meditative state he sneaks up behind me a lets out one sharp bark to get my attention and it just about causes my head to explode. 

Crazy old dog. 

Towards the end of our conversation you heard Ken and I talk about not letting yourself get too comfortable.  Life is supposed to be full of ups and downs and if you’re not having them then you’re not living. 

Go out and do something that scares you.  Expect to succeed but be ok with failing because that’s how we grow.  We are never too young and we’re never too old to learn some new tricks.

I expect to see you in the facebook group.  It helps me test out some half baked thoughts and stuff.  I’ve been posting some of the thoughts that boil up out of my morning sessions and some of them are fairly interesting. 

Cheers, or just search FaceBook for “RunRunLive”.

And I do have an email list that I shoot the shows out to.  I’ve been writing some extra posts on my website RunRunLive and I may start recording them as a bonus for those of you who are paying attention!

Happy Mother’s Day people. 

Be good to each other – party on.


Outro Bumper

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

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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  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at Chris also writes for ( and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.

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