The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-455 – Zach Strolls to a Record in Tenn   

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Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-455 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

We’ve got a great chat with Zach today.  He’s a runner from Kentucky and is fresh off breaking the record at the Strolling Jim 40 miler that had stood for 30 or so years.  

In section one we’ll talk about socks.  In section two I’m going to talk you through some tips for presenting yourself on video calls. 

All in all a compelling and interesting package for you. 

This week I go back to the Knee Dr. to have my follow up appointment.  I’m excited.  There is still a little pain in the left knee where the stress fracture is when I put weight on it at certain angles.  I haven’t run for a full 3 months now, really. 

I’ve been riding my bike a little but mostly taking it easy.  And I can feel it. I’ve had to go on a diet because I was putting on weight so fast.  Some of my pants just don’t fit anymore.  I’m a good 15 pounds heavier than I want to be and, especially with the weather getting hot, it’s uncomfortable. 

I suspect the doctor is going to be overly conservative, like they always are.  And I’m going to be overly aggressive, like I always am.  So maybe we’ll be able to meet in the middle as I start spinning up some running.

I sure do miss it. 

I heard a great metaphor this week.  The leaky boat metaphor. 

I was talking to someone who had spent a lot of time in the navy.  He said he had been on two boats.  The first one was an old boat.  And they spent all their time fixing holes and painting and scraping and all sorts of other maintenance tasks to keep the old boat running. 

But he had also served on a new boat and they hadn’t needed o do any of that.  The boat was new and required very little maintenance activity. 

So I figure my old body is like the leaky boat.  If I want to keep it operational I’m going to have to keep doing constant maintenance. 

What do you think?  Good Metaphor? 

I’ve managed to sneak in some yoga but my flexibility is crap right now and my core strength is crap.  So, yeah, I’m in a great spot; fat, weak and out of shape.  Best place to start is at the bottom, right? 

As I start to work some running in I’m going to have to ease into it.  I need to balance the running with biking and some strength.  I’ve had good luck with triathlon training in situations like this in the past. 

I don’t really want to compete in a triathlon, but it’s a great training methodology to give you fitness and core strength without too much pounding. 

I’ll probably have to join a gym now that the apocalypse is winding down in my part of the world.  I just don’t have the set up to do this stuff in my house.  Plus I’d be able to get some swimming in, if I want to work that into my schedule. 

I have to decide if I want to do it myself or get coaching.  We’ll see.  I’m ready. 

With all this time working from home I did manage to get my garden started.  There’s nothing better than fresh veggies off the vine in the summer. 

Ollie is not happy with me.  I still manage to get at least one walk with him in every day.  Usually a mile.  I’m having to keep him on the leash because the horses are out in my woods all the time and I don’t want to have an incident.  Ollie is not trained well and very unpredictable.  I’m sure he misses running. 

So what are all of you youngsters up to?  Having plans for the summer?  Getting back to racing? 

It’s up to you.  You can write your own story. 

On with the show. 


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Section one – Socks -

Voices of reason – the conversation

Zach Beavin – Breaking the Strolling Jim Record

Hey Chris, 

Thanks for taking the time to have me on today! I've attached a couple photos here for you to use/choose. 


Zack Summary: 


Zack is an up and coming ultra runner based in Lexington, KY. He qualify and competed in the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials (2:18:26), has run the US #4 All-Time 50 mile time (5:03:06), and this spring broke a 30 year-old course record at Strolling Jim 40 miler that was widely considered to be one of the most untouchable records in ultra running. He works as the footwear buyer and Race Director at John's Run/Walk Shop after retiring from his engineering career on day 4. In addition to running, Zack purports to be a bourbon and PopTart aficionado. 


Links: Race ReportInstagramTwitterStravaStrolling Jim History


Thanks again! 


Section two – Video Calls -




Ok my friends we have run more than 40 miles through the rolling Tennessee hills to a record finish at the end of episode 4-455 of the  RunRunLive Podcast.  That was fun. 

I watched the Runaways movie on Netflix this week.  This is the remake of Cheri Currie’s novel “Neon Angel” that I read a few years back.  The runaways were an all-girl rock band in the 70’s that had a hit with “Cherry Bomb”.  Kristen Stewart does a great job playing Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning is Cherry Currie.  They don’t have much Lita Ford in the movie. 

I had been waiting for the movie to become available.  It had not been for a while.  But now it’s on Netflix. 

I won’t spoil it for you, but it was all the gross, sweaty, druggy stuff of the 1970’s wrapped in that Las Angeles rock and roll thing.  Worth a watch.  If you think about the fact that these were 15 year old girls it’s surreal. 

I was alive back then and it was sweaty, druggy and gross. 

Apologies for not having any exciting stories to tell you this week.  It’s hard when you are stuck in the house every day!  I’m still bashing my way through the first season on my serial apocalypse podcast project.  We’re up to 16 episodes.  I think I’m going to end season one at 20 episodes, take those and bake them into a book and an audio book. 

I’ve got about 8,000 downloads now, so it’s slowly growing.  But the thing about these types of properties is that they are evergreen – they last forever.  Slowly but surely.  I’m going to move towards retirement over the next couple years and writing would be a great hobby as long as I’m not funding it. 

This weeks show has been brought to you by 3 long time members.  Let me tell you a little bit about them.

First we have Craig.  Craig recently went on an adventure involving trolls and unicorns in the fairy land of ungbuttollop.  Therre he interacted with an evil snow queen and saved a princess, well, actually, that’s not allowed anymore, he helped a princess save herself and they lived happily ever after.  And something about candy canes was involved too.

Next is Lewis who is a mechanic for a professional race car team.  He spends his days splattered in motor oils and nursing bloody knuckles from having rapidly fixed a head gasket with a torque wrench in the Daytona 500. 

And finally we have Cliff who runs a tiki bar on a tropical island in the South Pacific called the Bali Hai, where he dishes out sweet drinks with little umbrellas in coconut shell to tourists while secretly gathering information for M5. 

RunRunLive Members lead interesting lives. 

You should try it. 

And I’ll see you out there.

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