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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-443 – Chasing Summits with Gary Harrington

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Intro:

Hello and welcome to episode 4-443 of the RunRunLive podcast. 

I’m going to apologize in advance. I’ve been having a hard time staying positive these last couple weeks.  I think some of it is seasonal – maybe you have these blue periods as well.  And, of course some of it is the ongoing apocalypse and the level of uncertainty and weirdness in our worlds. 

So – if any of that bleeds through, I apologize in advance.

But, here’s the good news, being who we are, life-long endurance athletes of one form or another we are going to take this as an opportunity.  We are going to flip this on its head.  We, you and I, are going to ask better questions. 

I don’t have all the answers, but we can as the questions and have the conversations with you and potentially together we can find some strategies to do better. 

And at the end of the day, I guess that’s all we can really ask, right?  To do a little bit better. 

So in today’s show we are going to talk to a fellow runner, ultra-runner and a peak bagger extraordinaire Gary Harrington about his book “chasing summits”, which on the surface is about climbing a bunch of mountains, but under the covers is about how Gary went from a divorced, struggling, overweight sports journalist to a guy who created a lifestyle of physical freedom, physical and mental health. 

As is so many times the case in our journey here at RunRunLive, what we find is that the Running, the swimming, the hiking – they weren’t the point, they were they vehicle for the self discovery.

In section one we’ll talk about how to address your sagging enthusiasm for running in the apocalypse.  In section two we’ll talk about strategies for creating freedom in your life.

The last couple weeks have been up and down for me.  I’ve maintained my off-peak training schedule of getting out 3-4 times a week for a run with 2-3 core workouts.  I haven’t been really good at keeping up my yoga.  I’ve really lacked enthusiasm for the workouts. 

Nevertheless, I have gotten some fairly pleasant long runs in the woods with Ollie.  There are a couple of compounding factors here.  First is that my 9-5 job has been mentally stressful and typically is more like 8:00 to 6:00.  By the time I role out of a day I’m exhausted and not feeling the workout. 

And my workout are consistently pushed to the after work hours.  I could get out early but the sun doesn’t rise until after 6:00 so I’m in danger of missing those early calls. 

I know, I know, I am the last person who should be in this position.  I literally wrote the book on how to train with a busy life.  But, there it is.  This is different.  Somehow the current house-arrest version of work combined with nothing to train for, makes working out feel kinda onerous and pointless.

Humans, right?  Just when we need it most, our brain manufactures ways to make it hard. 

The time change and lack of sunlight has been harder this year than previously.  I find that my eyes are really affected by staring at the computer all day and when I’m out in the woods I can’t see enough to manage the technical bits in the dark. 

This leads to having to run constantly on guard, which is stressful, constantly tweaking my feet and ankles on roots and rocks and consistently falling down.  None of this creates the mental relaxation that I go to running and trail running for. 

I can go on the roads, but then I’m dealing with traffic and the dog and it’s not the best.

So, when I got back from running last night I ordered one of those chest-based lighting systems.  I’m hoping if I can light up the trails better it will take some of the stress out of it and open those low-light options up.  My current headlamp and hand held just aren’t cutting the mustard. 

Ollie doesn’t seem to care about any of that.  He’s happy to go on the leash or on the trails.  He’s a year-and-a-half old now and there’s nothing I can do that is going to be beyond his ability.  He’s a horse of a dog and I really have to be careful and present with him on the leash.  If he decides to go ‘Call of the Wild’ on me I have trouble holding him. 

But, I love him dearly.  Even when he ambushes me on the trails and takes a nip at me. 

Last week we had a coyote come in close to the yard and just sit and watch.  Ollie was freaking out. 

Hopefully it’s not a sick animal, they can be unpredictable.  I think Ollie could hold his own in a fight.  As a sheep dog it’s basically what he’s designed for.  But, I’d rather not find out. 

See?  I told you I was in a dark mood.  Let’s turn up the lights a bit, shall we.

Let’s talk about yellow sticky pads.  You know those little pads you can jot notes on and stick on the wall? 

I had a couple days this week where I was walking into full days of calls.  Some with angry customers.  My first thought was “I so don’t want to do this today.” But I realized that I was going to do it no matter what so I might as well set the tone.  And if I was struggling to stay motivated then they were too. 

So I decided to do one thing that was under my control and not worry about all the rest.  I decided to lead with joy.  To show up in each of those calls and demonstrate joy. Smile.  Ask them to smile with me and go about our business after we set that tone. 

Because even if you are totally out of control, you can control how you show up. 

It’s a choice.

I wrote “J O Y !” in big, block letters on a stciky and stuck it to the corner of my monitor to remind me. 

I ask you my friends; what would it take for you to show up with joy today, or tomorrow?

On with the show!

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Section one – 11 ways to rekindle your love for your sport in the apocalypse- http://runrunlive.com/11-ways-to-rekindle-your-love-for-your-sport-in-the-apocalypse

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Gary Harrington – Chasing Summits

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Garry Harrington hardly recognizes himself in photos any more. Staring down his fortieth birthday, he no longer looks like the collegiate athlete who once loved hiking and running. His dream job as a sports writer no longer holds the same thrill. As his marriage crumbles, he comes to the uncomfortable realization that something has to change before he loses himself entirely…

On the trails of New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock, he begins to feel it. Every heart-pounding slog up gets easier; every break on the summit feels freer, until he racks up 1,000 ascents. As he tackles harder trails in more distant locales, he sheds the life he thought he wanted in pursuit of something more. His journey takes him from the familiar peaks of his native New England to the foreign and famous—from the Rockies, to the high peaks of Mexico to Tajumulco Volcano, the highest point in Central America, continuing ever-onwards and upwards to the summit he’d dreamt of climbing since childhood—the Matterhorn. Harrington is in rarified company, completing not only the High Points in the continental U.S. but also one of a handful to have summited all 66 of the accepted 14,000-footers in the Lower 48

Harrington’s journey of self-discovery parallels the peaks and valleys of life and loss as he seeks perspective and purpose on the high points of the Americas and Europe. His path defies all convention and expectations—including his own—rarely leaving unanswered the echoing question: “What if?”

 

Section two – Van Life- http://runrunlive.com/van-life

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have vagabonded around the world chasing mountain tops to the end of Episode 4-443 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

So another name for the binge listening people is Michael.  I have known him for 5 years but apparently he went back and listened through the original 4 years for the start.  That’s not easy. 

I am getting to the end of another podcast that I binged through while painting the house.  I’ll take any suggestions for something new and interesting in the history space.

In related entertainment news I started watching the Walking Dead again and frankly the last couple seasons are non-interesting.  They always created tension by being willing to kill off main characters, even main characters you really liked.  The challenge there is that you are left with a bunch of secondary characters that just aren’t as interesting. 

In the 2 days between writing the intro to this show and writing the outro my chest lighting system showed up. Along with a pair of winter gloves I ordered.

I have not tried it yet but the lighting system has a white LCD light in the center of your chest with a red warning light on your back.  It is USB chargeable – so no more battery issues.  The waist band goes around your torso like a belt with the two lights, front and back.  There is a single shoulder strap that goes over one shoulder.  It’s a WestLight RunLight 5508 and I’ll et you know if it helps with my old eye in the woods.  It was $20 on Amazon.

The gloves are a thicker winter glove.  My hands get really cold in the winter.  I misplaced the thicker running gloves I had so I ordered some new ones.  They are “Prodigen Outdoor Winter Gloves Touchscreen Running Warm Gloves” which is a keyword rich description.  It’s hard to shop for gloves on-line because you really can’t know how warm they are until you have them.  But these are cycling gloves so at least they’ll block the wind.  I’ll let you know but the feel good. 

I should mention that it seems the number one requirement for gloves is being able to poke at your phone.  I have to confess that I seldom have a desire to poke at my phone in situations where I’m wearing those thicker gloves.  I guess it’s a nice to have. 

And finally I bought some socks.  I am pretty hard on running socks.  I like the thin versions.  Typically my big toe pushes a hole in all but the most aggressive running socks.  I hold out as long as I can.  I put the side with the hole on the other foot or attempt a sew job.  But I was running out.  Again buying socks on the internet is hard because you can’t touch them. 

So I just opted for a multi-pack of Saucony running socks called “Saucony Men's Multi-Pack Bolt Performance Comfort Fit No-Show Socks” – Again surprisingly keyword rich, but also there doesn’t seem to be a big need to poke at your phone with your toes – but that would not surprise me as the next generation. 

I don’t know what the material is but they slip down inside my shoes when I’m running and I have to either deal with it or stop to pull them up.  They seem functional.  I’ll give it 6 months before I tear toe-holes in them.  But they are super comfy to wear around the office in the apocalypse.  Because no one wears shoes anymore in the apocalypse.

Ollie Wollie is doing well.  He and I get out a couple times a week.  He’s still very energetic.  But, with both my wife and I home a lot he’s also learning to be more cuddly.  It’s hard for him, he’s not a hugger. 

I was just out checking the mail and my neighbor stopped me to complain about barking.  Ollie does bark at the people in the woods a lot.  He’s just doing his job.  The neighbor said it was bothersome at 10 o’clock at night.  Which is impossible because neither Ollie nor I can stay awake past 9. 

Taking a rest day today.  Well, working in the yard. Raking, cutting some wood.  But my knees were rather crunchy after my hill workout yesterday on the road.  I realized that my shoes were getting old.  I went and looked and as near as I can tell I bought those shoes in October of 2019.  So, I ordered some new Hoka Clifton’s. 

I need to find something to train for.  I’d prefer it be something challenging so I could get some of the old fire burning.  Of course all the Thanksgiving races are canceled.  Victims of the apocalypse.  I’m not going to do the Groton Marathon this year.  It’s just another thing to worry about at the end of the year.  I don’t need any more things to worry about.

This would be the perfect time to change routines and take up swimming or lifting but all the gyms are closed too.  I’m going to have to think about it.  I need something to motivate me. 

I’m still plugging away at the apocalypse stories and I will drop them onto the RunRunLive feed randomly as I get them written. 

I guess life right now for all of us is like that scene in the scary movie, maybe the zombie movie, where the protagonists have survived the initial disaster in one piece and are experiencing a relatively calm spot.  But, as we watch them recuperating and rebuilding their energy we know there are more bad guys hiding just around the corner. 

And as the scary, ominous music builds, bah, dum, Bah, Dum!

I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-442 – 24-Hour Run with Bill Shultz

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Intro:

Hello and welcome to episode 4-442 of the RunRunLive podcast. 

How’s everyone doing?  Stressed out by the year that was 2020?  Today we have a good show for you.  We are going to talk with veteran runner Bill Sullivan about 24-hour races and other things ultra. 

Our friend Greg recommended I talk to Bill.  He said ‘Bill has some worderful stories’ and that’s one of the joys of running with a group that I miss.  Running as a social lubricant Where you get into some great story telling. 

Besides the fact that it’s my birthday.  Happy Birthday to me.  No, I haven’t gained a new age group yet but I’m getting close and I think this one will net me 15 minutes. 

The challenge that I run into, (pun intended), is, besides the apocalypse, my many of my workouts don’t lend themselves to social runs.  It’s not like I’m meeting you in the park for an easy 5K.  I also tend to be rushed for time on most days.

I do have Ollie with me on most runs and he keeps me busy by ambushing me, playfully, (I think) nipping at me and running between my legs growling with giant pointy sticks. 

Speaking of Ollie, I got one of those step-in harnesses for him that works very well.

First, because he hates anything that you have to put over his head.  He will see that coming and unless you’re willing to lose some skin you’re not getting that on him.  This one, you lay it on the floor flat, he steps into with the appropriate treat bribery, and you pull it up and snap it. 

Second, he can’t slip out of it.  The collar he can get out of.  The harness is safer.  The rings to attach the leash are on his back, about his shoulders. 

Finally, he doesn’t seem to want to pull as hard from that configuration as he does on the leash.  He still leans into it a little but it’s much better.  It’s a little loose.  He’s in between big dog and medium dog, but it’s workable. 

In Section One today I’m going talk to you folks who might be ultra-curious.  In section two I’ll give you another apocalypse story.  I’m writing them anyhow so I might as well use them here. 

But, today is a momentous day. 

This week we have seen the culmination of something that has been years in the making.  A triumph of the soul as well as the physical world. 

It is a new dawn.  No longer do I have to be governed by the never-ending worry and stress.  We have burst free of the impure and corrupt.  We are staring ahead at a bright future without the evil constraints of the past.  We have remedied the dirty, corrupt and contaminated state of our lives. 

Yes, today, I declare, before all, that this week…

I finally finished painting my house. 

Yeah.

What did you think I was talking about?  Took me all summer.  I did it all with a paint brush. 

Looks nice. 

Anyhow, back to the old man in the apocalypse.  The only reason this is even tangentially relevant to you in a podcast about running is that my main character is the Old Man, who is an ultra-runner.  In today’s chapter I try to build the backstory with a little exposition.  He is a man who enters the apocalypse having lost faith in humanity and his arc will be how he recovers that faith.

I signed up for Nanowrimo.  Which is a daily writing challenge in November.  People try to write a few thousand words a day and finish the month with the first draft of a novel.  I’m not looking to write a novel.  I think my plan is to write a podcast. 

I don’t really have the time to sit and write for 6 hours a day, but I can give it a few minutes every morning and see what I come up with.  Stitch together the stories and characters that I have been playing with. 

My current plan is to get enough of the story put together into a narrative that I can build a new podcast feed around it.  The first pass will be just me, reading into audio.  If it get’s any kind of traction and if I can build a community around it I can then organize it into a ‘radio play’ in the second version.

We’ll see how it goes.  For me it’s a big goal and a big risk.

But, I think that’s one of the keys of life.  We talk about ultra-running today.  How many people do you think sign up for their first ultra event thinking they have no chance of failure?  Of course not.  Every one of them doubts whether they can do it. 

That’s the beauty of taking big risks.  If you have a good chance to fail you’re guaranteed to learn something along the way.  You’re guaranteed to find your edge.  Even if you fall a little short you’ll move your set point and be ready for even bigger things next time.

And that’s how I’m treating this effort in November.  A bit of ‘why not?’  and a bit of ‘who cares?’

And that my friends is a lesson, right?  Don’t aim so low that you are confident you can’t lose.  Because if you do that you’ll never win either.

On with the show.

About Zero

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Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

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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 me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) 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. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

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.

  • Member only race reports, essays and other bits just for you!

Links are in the show notes and at RunRunLive.com

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Section one – For the Ultra-Curious- http://runrunlive.com/for-the-ultra-curious

Voices of reason – the conversation

Bill Shultz – Dawn to Dusk to Dawn

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The Delco Road Runners Club, in Delaware County, PA, is a large, inclusive group of runners, walkers, triathletes, and others fond of fitness. We have more than 200 members of all ages and abilities, and we host fun runs/walks on six days of the week. The club organizes the popular Tyler Arboretum 10K Trail Run, the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn Ultramarathon and the Delaware County High Schools X-C Championship, as well as the Junior Development Track Meet for athletes age 18 and under. Our website, emails, and Facebook page help keep our members up to date on upcoming events and races around the Philadelphia area.

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Section two – The Ford of Death- http://runrunlive.com/the-ford-of-death

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have run a 24 hours straight, maybe to set even a world record,  to the end of Episode 4-442 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

I would like to introduce you to Tony.  Tony is THAT guy. The one who binge listened through all 400+ RunRunLive podcasts.  I find this fascinating and I have to get him on the zoom phone to chat about it. 

I do the same thing with some of the history podcasts that I listen through.  It’s a weird bit of time traveling because the author lives 10 to 12 years f their life, while you may only listen through it in a couple months. 

For you, when listening, you may listen to 4-5 episodes in a row while painting on a Sunday and you get the compressed narrative of the author’s life.  Then you hit the end of the line and eventually run out of fresh content. 

There’s this moment of exhilaration and sadness when you realize that the narrative has now slowed to normal time.  Some of these histories I listen to only put out a podcast every month!  And in that time you tease out a bit of the author’s real character behind the character of the avatar they project into the podcast. 

I’m training away at my off-season pace.  3-4 easy runs a week with some core work on the off days.  I’ve been super busy with work.  Had to stop riding my bike because we got a cold snap where the temps crashed down to below 20 degrees F and we got a few inches of snow last weekend.  Now, this weekend, it’s 70 again. 

I can finish up the yard work and chores I was trying to get done. 

We moved the time back last weekend as well.  This means it’s brighter in the morning, which is great for taking Ollie out for his walk.  But, it’s conversely dark at 4:30 and will basically stay there until the winter solstice in December. 

I went out into the trails a couple times this week in the dark with Ollie and it’s tough running.  My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be and with the trails covered in leaves it’s really hard to navigate the technical bits.  Not super relaxing when you’re constantly fighting the trail. 

But, it’s ok.  Looking around and back over the last decade of running, like Tony got to do, I’ve got a lot to be grateful for.  I’m still out there and I’m still functional even if it doesn’t’ come as fast or as easy as it once did. 

A quick programming note: I got a taker for the FreeTrain phone vest, but still have that super small Aonijie vest that would make an excellent gift for the school girl runner in your life if you have one.  Free for the ask.  And the entire Jack Campbell ‘Lost Fleet’ series if you’ve got a SF fan in your house. 

This week I’ll also include the 20th and final song off of Brian Scheff the rock opera by The Nays.  It’s my friend Frank’s band. Love it or hate it, it’s my podcast and I can do what I want!  Any other starving artists out there that want to contribute some music to play out the end of future shows feel free to reach out – I’m, as always cyktrussell@gmail.com

I have quick tip for you folks who may be stressed out in your work, having to take all these remote video calls.  And I have tested this.  You can have a browser window open and play meditation music in the background of your calls and no one can hear it but you. 

Seriously, while you’re getting yelled at by your boss r some unhappy customer you can have calming music in the background.  It really change the tenor of some calls.  Just search YouTube for “Happy Morning Meditation Music”.

And I know it can be a stressful time.  Things get tough at work, or in life, and as you have challenges it’s easy to slip into scarcity and negativity.  One prominent symptom of this is when you start to complain.  You start to tell people why everything is awful and all the things that are being done poorly by all the stupid and lazy and incompetent people. 

If you see the people you interact with or even yourself start to complain it’s time to act.  Because, complaining is non-intentional.  It is being the victim.  It is basically saying you have no control. 

And you always have control.

You have control of what you say and how you say it.  You have control of the questions you ask. 

So, my assignment for you this week is to watch out for the complaining.  Be alert to where you start to complain or your group starts to complain.  This will be your trigger.  This will be the alert in your mental inbox. 

When you hear the complaint you’re going to take control.  You are going to be intentional.  You are going to flip the narrative.  You are going to ask better questions.  “What can I do to make this better?”

And you are going to vocalize those thoughts within those bitch sessions.  You are going to say to the complaint committee, either the real-life one or the one in your head.  “We need to focus on what is going well and what our long term goals are.  We need to intentionally stay positive and work to learn from these challenges and get better over the long run.”

Because this is an opportunity for leadership. 

We need to keep our eyes on the prize. 

And in doing so set an example for others.

And I’ll see you out there.

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