The RunRunLive 3.0 Podcast Episode 3-291 – Life Events with David Hollingsworth

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Introductory Comments:

Hello my friends.  I think I’m supposed to say ‘welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast” or something like that.  Really – It’s like we’ve been married for 30 years, right?  I can’t even bother to introduce myself anymore?  Where are my manners?  Ah well...

I think it might because writing these intro and outro pieces are actually the final step in my creation process.  I write the other bits when I’m fresh.  I usually leave these last bits for just before my deadline when I’m brain dead – or more brain dead than usual.   

I’m still experimenting with the miracle morning and I get this killer energy loss around 3:00 in the afternoon.  I’m going to go try running instead of trying to work through it.  It seems like a bit of an artificial tradeoff – a zero sum game if you will – trading a couple hours of super clear productivity in the morning for a walking dead fugue state in the afternoon.  

I just feel like taking a nap! 

Took Buddy to the groomers this week and got him his summer cut.  He looks like a puppy.  They made me sign an ‘elderly dog’ waiver because he’s 11.  They said he was ok with everything until they tried to blow-dry his face.  He didn’t like that at all.  Understandable.  

Since we last talked I have started running!  I’m up to 3 times a week and it’s a bit grueling.  I was out Tuesday, at lunch and it was a bit hot.  I was trying to keep it in zone 2 but my heart rate monitor just wouldn’t stay down no matter how slow I went.  But I could talk in full sentences…and wasn’t breathing hard.  

Picture me barely moving down the sidewalk, looking at my watch and shaking my head, repeating “the quick red fox jumped over the lazy brown dog”.  It was either a monitor malfunction or a quadruple bypass event.  I just stopped looking at it and ran easy.  

Then I thought about it.  I’m running along worrying about my heart rate and it occurred to me that I’m just an idiot.  And I broke into a big smile because I was out running on a beautiful spring day.  That’s our theme today.  Stop worrying about the race you have in 3 months and the race you had 3 months ago and just enjoy the fact that you are here and can do what you love to do. 

In other news -  last week I learned how to play Sidoku! So there you go.  Old dogs can learn new tricks.  And I’ve gotten part way through the Rubiks cube.  Gotta keep your mind active with different things.  It turns out the Cube is just repeatable algorithms.  Some kid in Australia can solve it in 5 seconds. 

Since my Plantar Fasciitis has resolved itself I‘ve switched to wearing barefoot shoes most of the time to strengthen my feet.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not running in barefoot shoes, I’m just walking around in them.  I have a pair of vivobarefoot dress shoes that are super light and comfy that I wear on the road now and an old pair of Altra Lone Trails that I can wear around the yard.  

I think it helps with foot strength and balance and making you mindful of your foot plant.  You just have to be careful not to come down too hard on anything because they don’t have much protection and you can bruise your foot – especially the heel.  Every little bit helps!

I’m harvesting lettuces already from my garden!  There you go.  $200 bucks worth of plants and seeds, a few thousand dollars worth of my time and I get $1.29 worth of lettuce!  It coming on great and with any luck and another few thousand dollars worth of my time I might harvest $10 -$20 worth of fresh produce by the end of the summer.  

My berries are all coming back strong from last year, I’m going to get big crop of blueberries and red raspberries.  The strawberries didn’t come back.  That seems to be the way they are.  You get 2 good years and then they don’t come back.  

I’ve planted beans, corn, kale, tomatoes, chard and peppers.  We’ll see what grows.  If I shift my base of operations down to the Cape I’ll have to find someone to water and weed for me. 

I also was quite proud of myself this past weekend because I replaced a shower valve without causing a major plumbing disaster in the house.  What did we do before YouTube? 

That’s it people.  I’m ramping up my running and looking forward to some high-quality suffering this summer. 

In today’s show we have a chat with David Hollingsworth who talks about a life event that changed him and how that impacted his endurance sports and life outlook.  In part one I’m going to talk about living an action centric life and in section two I’m going to give you some tips on how to maintain your sanity when you’re on the comeback trail! 

On with the Show!

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On with the show!

Section one:

The Action Habit -

Featured Interview:

David Hollingsworth 

"I'm a full-time dad, technology executive, speaker and part-time athlete, constantly trying to challenge myself to grow and improve. 


I'm a spinal injury survivor, having recovered from a severe accident in 2004. I had to learn to stand and walk all over again. Since then, I've moved from a wheelchair to walking, running, cycling and swimming. I've ran a half-marathon, completed a triathlon and one of the toughest bike rides in the country. 


I write and speak about overcoming obstacles and getting past fear to the fun on the other side." 


Hope this is what you need...let me know if you need anything else.. 





Section two: 

Coming Back -


Had a great run with Buddy in the woods last night.  I ignored my heart rate monitor and just ran easy.  The legs were sore from a leg workout on Wednesday, but it was a real joy to be out on the trails with my dog.  7 miles was a bit long for Buddy and he’s getting up a little slowly today.  He’ll sleep it off today.  He’s up in my bed right now, recovering.   

It was 66 degrees and misty – perfect trail running weather. 

If you were one of the 361 people on my mailing list you got the a link to the meditation piece I did last show.  I edited it stand alone with some zen music from podsafe.  You can also find the post on my website RunRunLive.   

If you have issues with the website just keep trying.  I’m trying to move my site over to a different hosting provider and it’s taking forever.  After 5 years we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff.  Once I get it up and running I’m going to revamp it.  It’s time.  

Since we are closing in on 300 podcasts I’ve been thinking about a new theme and a new format.  If you were one of the 93 members on the RunRunLive Facebook group you’d know I’ve been batting around some ideas and looking for feedback. 

Our current theme is the transformational power of endurance sports.  I think the next theme will be ‘Service through endurance sports – to change the world’.  I would interview people who are making an impact in our community.  I would work the questions towards “How can we, through our own running and training change the world?”  And I’m not just talking about charity running – I’m talking about setting an example and building a sphere of influence.  What do you think? 

For the other two segments I’m considering some combination of 1) reading other people’s impactful blog posts, 2) some more comedic pieces, 3) a Q&A session with a guest host. 

Let me know your thoughts.  Oh yeah…My core followers – you know, those folks on the email list and Facebook group – they want the punk rock back.  I know, right?  

<Punk rock clip> Come on! Doesn’t that lift your spirits? Heh, heh… Come on! I kinda remember the 70’s 

Sorry – back to running.  Yup I’m up to 7 miles or so 3X a week and climbing. I’m sore but structurally sound.  Mark Robert Sands – you remember Mark from the 366 project interview - he had the same perroneal tendonitis in his ankle that I have and he sent me a video on how to work the trigger points to keep it at bay – it seems to be working.  

I haven’t actually signed up for any races yet, but I’m looking for something to take a late summer swing at a qualifier – I might go back to Pocatello – A bunch of people I know are going there this year.  

I’m also in the midst of investigating a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run.  It’s on my bucket list.  The way I would do it is run across on the first day, stay at the lodge, and then run back the next day.  Anyone interested?  It would be in late April/Early May of 2015.  It’s about a marathon distance each way, with drastic weather changes and about 4500 feet of loss and gain.  I hear the scenery is beautiful. 

Life is good.  

That’s one of the secrets.  Being able to live in the present and celebrate it.  

Part of it is simply having a positive outlook and looking for the abundance instead of complaining and looking for the scarcity.  

Part of it is being ok with the fact that there are things that you cannot change, things that are out of your control.  You pour your energy and spirit into those things that you can influence and you make a decision to accept and not worry about those thinks you can’t.  

Part of it is being aware and awake in the present.  Why continue to suffer about events in the past?  You can’t change them.  Why let yourself be worried about events in the future?  They are in the future and you’re mortgaging today in the process.  Take the time to smile and enjoy the hard work that is life. 

You only have one today. Celebrate it. 

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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