The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-460 – Larisa on Burnout

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-460 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Here we are in July – moving into August of 2021.  We’ve turned the corner on summer and the days are already getting shorter up here in New England. 

What’s the update?  I have more doctor’s appointments than an 80 year old.  I’m 6 months into the sore knee.  I tried to increase my mileage last time we talked, but the knee got sore so I took a week off from running.  I had my second MRI and we’ll have a follow up with the knee guy to see if they can figure out why it still hurts. 

He saw a stress fracture in there originally, but there’s something else going on.  We’ll figure it out.  And if he can’t give me an answer, I’ll kick him to the curb and do my own rehab. Doctors!

I’ve been riding my bike a couple times a week and hitting the gym to lift.  I feel strong but it’s not the same.

One of the things that challenges me is those 3,000 calories a week I’d normally burn running.  I really have to watch what I eat, or I balloon up.  And even though I’m eating fairly clean, I’m not losing any weight because I’m just not burning those calories. 

I eat about 2,000 calories a day, no sugar, very few carbs.  I haven’t had a sandwich in 9 months or a real pizza.  The cauliflower pizza isn’t bad, but it’s not what I crave!

I went down and volunteered as a course marshal for the local Appleman Triathlon.   I’ve run that race a couple times.  It’s an interesting course.  The bike course has 4-5 monster hills and the run course has a technical single path trail section that challenges people.  Especially the non-trail runners.  And it was raining on Sunday, so they did that in the mud!

It was good to get out and volunteer.  Cheer some people on.  Good to see people racing again. 

I’m taking a day off to ride a century with my old running buddies this week.  Should be fun.  We’re going to ride to the coast.  There may be a brewery involved. 

I mentioned last week that I have been corralled to lead the fitness project for my team where I work.  I was out hunting for guest speakers, and I ran into today’s guest Larisa.  Larisa runs Strong by Nature Wellness that helps high achieving individuals who are experiencing burnout.  

So of course I signed her up for an interview.  We have a great chat.  She is doing honorable and worthy work and I think it should resonate with some of you.  I know it resonated with me.

In section one I’m going to talk about the Olympic Marathon. 

In section two I’m going to talk about how athletes deal with career ending injuries.

I’m still working on turning my other podcast the After the Apocalypse serial into a book.  It’s been hard.  What with all the agents calling me and fighting over the right to represent me.  Throwing money at me.  Fans storming the table at book signings, hanging on my every word, begging me for signatures.  And daytime TV producers trying to squeeze me into every broadcast. 

It’s exhausting.

All that stuff will happen.  It just hasn’t happened yet. 

But I’ll tell you something that has happened. 

One of the people at work is teaching us a course called “Infinite Possibilities”.  It’s a lot of the stuff you already know.  A little Tony Robbins a lot of The Secret.  If you don’t know The Secret it’s a book and movie that basically says you can manifest anything you want by focusing on it.

So, for instance, if you want a new job, you write down all the attributes of your dream job and visualize it.  If you keep visualizing and affirming that vision of the new job the universe will hear you and step in and give you what you want.  Voila – you’ve got that new job of your dreams.

The basic premise is that your thoughts create your reality. 

Now, I’ve read all this stuff and done it all before.  I was doing a bit of eye-rolling in the sessions. I don’t really think The Secret works, at least not in the magic way they lay it out.

There were exercises.  One of the exercises is to pick something, anything, and manifest it.  Some people pick a hawk feather and all of a sudden, they find feathers everywhere.  Some people pick a coin, and they find coins everywhere. 

I figured I’d play along and chose to manifest a ten-dollar bill.  I took one out of my wallet and visualized it.  Three weeks went by without my ten-dollar bill showing up.  Because, like I said it’s a bunch of magical thinking and hokum. 

I figured I’m meeting the universe halfway because I’m always out on the road running and riding so if anyone is going to find a ten-dollar bill it’s me.  You know, don’t make the universe work so hard.  I was starting to get a bit aggravated what with all these people finding their feathers and coins and me sans ten dollar bill.  I could’ve asked for a $100, right?  Ten bucks aint nuthin! Where’s my ten bucks mr universe?

A little scene painting now.

I live at the end of a cul de sac. I’m the last house. So in front of my mailbox is a circle of pavement. My driveway dumps out into this circle of pavement.

I went for my long ride today and came back in through the circle and up the driveway.  My wife was home. She had a flat on her bike, so I fixed it. She left to go for a ride over at the rail trail, so I jumped in the shower. 

After my shower grabbed Ollie and we got in the truck to go downtown to the police station to pick up my gun license – long story for another day.  As I back into the circle I see what looks like leaves on the spread around the circle by my mailbox and up on my lawn. 

So I throw it in neutral, get out and take a look.  It’s a one dollar bill. A crisp, new, one-dollar bill.  And another, and another, and another… and I’m thinking to myself, “ok it’s not a ten-dollar bill but…”  And I keep picking them up.  5, 6, 7, 8, 9… And that’s it.  9 one-dollar bills. Then I’m hunting around in the bushes looking for number 10!  But I didn’t find it.

So, I guess the universe discounted me a dollar for not believing in it’s hokum.  Or maybe Massachusetts has a 10% manifestation tax.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to ask the universe for a new knee. 

On with the show!

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

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Section One – The Olympic Marathon - http://runrunlive.com/the-2021-olympic-marathon

 

Larisa Harrington– Owner Strong by Nature Wellness

Meet Larisa

Larisa, (she/her), utilizes her extensive education and experience to support the holistic well-being of her clients. She has a deep understanding of how unmanaged stress and anxiety affect all aspects of life and believes that well-being encompasses mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and environmental components. Larisa is passionate about helping clients be their best selves, allowing them to thrive at home, at work, and in life.

Section Two – Career ending injuries - http://runrunlive.com/how-professional-athletes-deal-with-career-ending-injuries

Outro

Ok my friends we have burned out to the end of episode 4-460 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  That’s it man, I’m done!

Like I said in the intro I’ve got a century ride on the calendar this week with my buddies.  After that, next up is the Bird in Hand half marathon in Pennsylvania.  I know I can’t run, but these folks are the Galloway crew and I plan to just tuck in with some of the run-walkers and have a stroll. 

It’s only a half marathon.  Ain’t nuthin. 

More concerning is that I’m signed up for the Boston virtual in October.  I guess I’ll just do the same thing and walk-run a 6 or 7 hour Boston.  Look at it this way, it will be an interesting experiment.  Can a Chris with zero training and zero mileage complete a marathon?

Place you bets.

Then we have to think about the future.  Guess what?  I’m turning a new age group in 2022.  Yeah.  Extra time for me to qualify.  I’ve been thing a lot about starting to believe in myself again and taking on the challenge.  Maybe I can manifest a BQ somewhere on my manifested new knee? 

I’m also thinking about running for Zero – the end to prostate cancer. I have a friend in my running club who is in bad shape with the prostate cancer and it’s hitting close to home.  I should do something for him. 

Makes me mad that as a society we focus on stupid shit, when we could be finding a cure for cancer. 

On a lighter note, I have an Ollie update for you.  I had my evaluation with the new trainer.  This is my third try.  This outfit is called K9 training.  I went up and met the owner, Ramone.  Ramone is like something you’d see in a movie about the army.  Big dude.  Intense.  Military.  Weight lifter.

Anyhow he evaluated Ollie and they decide to Ollie was ok for semi-private lessons.  One of the tests was Ramone brought in his dog, a shepherd.  And while I’m holding Ollie n the leash he has his dog walk back and forth and basically do some drills to see if Ollie freaks out.  Ollie did not freak out.  Ollie thought it was great!

And Ramone is giving commands to the shepherd in German.  And the shepherd is as efficient off leash as a drill sergeant’s pride and joy.   

Bottom line, Not giving up on Ollie.  I think he has met his match. 

We had a lot of smoke in the air in New England this week.  Apparently from wild fires in Canada.  You could see the smoke in the air.  It was a haze.  You could smell it. 

And, me being me, it reminded me of a phrase writers always use when describing this phenomena – they say “The smoke hung like a pall…”

Then I wanted to know what pall meant and did it have something to do with pall bearers at a funeral or maybe Pall Mall cigarettes?

You know, smoke, cigarettes?  I could see a connection.  But, alas, Pall Malls were named in 1899 after a posh street in London.  That street, it turns out was named after a game, similar to modern croquet, which was pall mall, literally “Ball Mallet” in Italian. 

One of my favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut said of his Pall Malls, "a classy way to commit suicide." And, they were originally pronounced Pal Mals in America before we got radio and were taught the correct way. 

But, going back to the fire smoke that hung like a pall, no it has nothing to do with cigarettes, it has to do with death.  The pall is that cloth that they drape over the casket.  And pall bearers are carrying that.  So when our modern writes say the smoke hung like a pall they are invoking the misery and darkness of death. 

On that cheery note, remember to manifest something good this week.

And I’ll see you out there.   I will. 

My Apocalypse show -> https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

 

 

http://www.thenays.com/home.htm

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

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-459 – Gene Founder of Charity Miles

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Link epi4459.mp3

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-459 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

I found another way to avoid writing new material!

Long story.  I was volunteered to lead a fitness project for my team at work.  I did a survey around what people wanted to know and the top of the list was “How do you find the time to work out?” 

So – This question being eminently in the Chris Russell wheelhouse - I created a PowerPoint Presentation, of course I did, and I gave a little talk around that.

It ended up being about 20 minutes long – so I stripped the audio off of that and present it here for you.  I did some minor editing to mask the folks I work with. 

It’s quite brave of me!  I sound like I’m passionate about this!  As I get older I’m trying to lean in and merge the different aspects of my world. 

I got some good feedback that because of our little talk they went out and did some exercise.  So the ends justify the means. 

I’m going to drop that recording in here and it is long enough to take up enough space, so I’ll just do that one and the interview today and some other comments to get you a show.

Our interview today is with Gene Gurkoff who has an interesting story.  You know I have a history of being involved in startups – so I lead him down that path a little.  But, he’s the guy who started Charity Miles.  He’s still trying to navigate it to a successful outcome. 

I’m not an investor or a shareholder in anything right now but the venture capital / private equity space has been crazy this year.  There has been a record number of acquisitions and Initial Private Offerings or IPO’s.  On the other side there has been a record amount of money invested.  The investors are making money and spending money.  It would not surprise me to see Gene’s company in some sort of transaction this year, but that is purely speculation. 

My knee is still a problem.  It was feeling stronger last week, so I went out into the trails with Ollie Thursday to see how it felt.  No improvement.  Still a sharp pain when I try to run up hills or when I toe off.  Sort of the ‘climbing the stairs’ weight baring motion. 

It’s been 6 months so I’m back in to see the knee guy tomorrow.  Basically the only thing that changed over 6 months was that now I’m in terrible shape and my knee hurts. 

I got a reasonable 31 mile bike ride on the Cape Cod rail trail yesterday.  For the most part the cycling is pain free.  Then I went for a soupy slow 10 mile run with Ollie on the rail trail in Groton this morning.  I got it done but it was slow and I didn’t feel great.  That gives me about 20 miles for the week and another 40 or so of biking with a couple of weights work outs thrown in. 

I’m signed up for the Bird in Hand ½ marathon and I’ll be able to finish that but I won’t be racing.  We’ll see what the doctor says.  We’ll try to keep our enthusiasm and positivity up and muddle through.

Another co-worker of mine is doing a “Live your best Life” course with us.  It’s a lot of manifestation and visualization stuff.  Nothing that I haven’t heard before but it’s always good to remind ourselves to think positive thoughts and be grateful for what we have.

That’s what I’m doing with my knee.  Thinking positive thoughts and assuming that eventually I’ll be able to train and race like I want to.  Because our bodies are amazing. 

I have a random thought to share with you.  I’m listening to a history of the American Civil War.  And the names are awesome.  Seriously.  How many people do you know named Eustis? Or Gustavus? Or Beauregard?  Come on you young parents, name your kids something spectacular! 

Hope you are having a great summer, for those of you on this side of the planet.   Hope my friends in Germany are safe from the flooding.  Hope my friends out West are ok in the heat. 

Stay safe everyone. 

We need you with us. 

On with the show.

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

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Gene Gurkoff– Founder of Charity Miles

https://charitymiles.org/

Gene is the Founder of Charity Miles, an app that enables people to earn money for charity when they walk, run, bike and do other activities for charity.  Charity Miles is regularly featured as one of the top health and fitness apps and has helped earn over $5 million for charity.  Gene is also an avid runner, husband and father.  

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have charitably contributed to the end of episode 4-459 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Thank your lucky stars that you have the ability to help others!

I have a couple updates before I go. 

First, harking back to my comments on finding time to work out.  I’ve been doing a little engineering time study on my workouts.  And I discovered something quite wonderful.  The case study is going to the gym to lift weights. 

It’s 6 miles to the gym and 6 miles back and sometimes I’ll ride my bike, but let’s ignore the commute for now and focus on the workout itself.  I’ve been lifting heavy, which basically means heavier weights and fewer reps. 

Monday night I did chest and back and Abs.  This consists of 3 sets of 3 exercises for the chest.  So 9 total sets of chest. Then another 3 sets of 3 exercises for the back, so another 9 sets for the back.  Then at the end of each I throw in a set of Abs – so 3 total sets of Abs. 

Add it all up and I’m getting 21 heavy sets down in this workout.  How long do you think that takes?  Well I timed it.  Less than 40 minutes.  My god people!  Less than 40 minutes!  Do the math! You could do a simple workout of 1 set per muscle group and be done in 10 minutes.  You can do a total body core set that has 15 or so distinct separate exercises in it in less than 15 minute. 

So I don’t want to hear anybody say they don’t have time.  You just have to go in and attack those workouts.  Don’t lollygag around the gym looking mean.  Get that shit done.  You’ll work up a sweat and look like Jack LaLanne in a month!

Second update, I finished up the first season, 20 episodes of my Apocalypse podcast.  Now I’m going to turn it into a book and get started on the second season.  It’s doing well.  I’m over 14,000 downloads and getting some good feedback.  That’s in 6 months, pushing out an episode every two weeks.

Again, do the math.  2500 words time 20 episodes is 50,000 words and you’ve got yourself a book.  Don’t wait for permission.  Don’t wait until you’re sure you know what you’re doing.  Don’t wait until you’re sure you’ll be successful.  Don’t wait until you can afford it. 

Start!

Start and pile up those pebbles one at a time and before you know it you’ll have a mountain.  Or an altar.  Or a sculpture.

Start and you will find a way.  Start and the worst possible outcome is that you’ll learn something.

I was interviewed by this guy Mike who has a “Wasteland” podcast called “The Apocalypse PostCast” and the interview came out really well.  I’m quite enjoying this new creative project. 

Links in the show notes.  And I’m going to drop Mike’s show with the interview on my After the Apocalypse feed next week as well. 

If you go back to my sermon on how to find time, you’ll remember what I said about finding something that brings you joy.  It’s an important nuance, that we’re talking about ‘joy’, not ‘pleasure’.  Getting high might bring you pleasure but being creative can bring you joy. 

I am getting great joy out of creating and producing these characters in this world and that comes through in my interview with Mike. 

So, my friends, that’s your homework for this week.  Find what gives you joy and embrace it. 

Then get started. 

And I’ll see you out there.

My Apocalypse show -> https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

 

 

http://www.thenays.com/home.htm

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

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-458 – Fall in Love With Fitness

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Link epi4458.mp3

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-458 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

This week’s show is going to be a bit of a “special” show or outlier.  We will be deviateing from our standard format.

Why?  You ask… Because I’m lazy.  Lazy, Lazy, Lazy.  And when someone drops a prerecorded interview into my lap that I have done scant effort in creating I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, because it may be filled with angry Greeks, who have been camping out on the beach outside the walls of your city for 2 years – I mean wouldn’t the smell have given them away?  I guess everyone smelled a bit earthy in the bronze age. 

But I digress, and by now anyone who was listening to this show for the first time might be reconsidering their life choices.

Yeah, so I got a random email from Sherry’s people to come on her podcast and talk about fitness.  And I asked if I could use the recording.  It looks like it’s about 45 minutes long.  So I’ll stick a quick intro and outro on it and let you suffer the cringeworthy nature of me trying to sound interesting and enthusiastic. 

My knee is still hurting.  It’s got one position where I get a sharp pain in the weight bearing motion.  I got a couple easy runs in this week.   Mostly I’ve been lifting heavy at the gym. 

I can knock out 5 sets of 2 muscle groups in an hour.  I can knock out 3 sets in like 40 minutes.  I don’t’ mess around.  I know what I’m doing and I go from exercise to exercise.  If someone gets in my way I switch to an alternate exercise and keep moving. 

Got a nice long ride in yesterday in the cold rain with my buddies.  Fuji-san, my ancient steel racing bike is at the shop getting serviced, but I still wanted to ride with the guys.  I figured I’d take my Motobecane mountain bike, but it’s got the mud-knobby tires on it right now and it’s hard to keep up with people on road bikes when you’re pushing that much rubber. 

I came up with a plan Friday for the Saturday morning ride.  I’d put a set of less-aggressive tires on it so I could keep up with those guys.  I went online and found some at the local Walmart and ordered them for pickup.  I went and grabbed them Friday afternoon before hitting the gym. 

Ironically, I got a text in the gym that said, “Hey your bike’s ready, but yeah, we’re closing at 5:00 and won’t be open for the holiday weekend” (it’s 4th of July here in the states).

When I got home, I hunted around for my tools and went to crack those new tires on there for the morning.  I lift them out of the bag and they are 26 inch tires.  My bike is a 29er. So, game over.

Meanwhile I’m texting with Frank and he says “Why don’t you take my extra Cervello?”  He asked me what size shoe I had, because, you know we’re all riding clip ins, and I say “Size 12, I’m not going to fit into your tiny little princess shoes – but bring your peddle wrench and we’ll spin your peddles out, spin mine in and be good to go.”

And that’s what we did.  It took all three of us to figure out which way the peddles came off and get Frank’s peddles out.  But, it worked and we rode 40 miles in a cold rain. 

That’s my intro story for you.   Enjoy the interview with Sherry.  And check out her podcast, it’s called “Fall in love with Fitness”, might be just the thing for you to get motivated about your summer fitness routine. 

Links in the notes.

On with the Show.

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

Become a member

Sherry Shaban – Fall in Love with Fitness

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https://fallinlovewithfitness.com/

About Sherry Shaban

You may have scrolled through my Facebook and Instagram account or pages of this site thinking “I could never do that” or “It’s her genetics, my body type is just not the same.”  It’s taken me many years to summon the courage to share my story with you. For years I was frustrated with myself, disappointed and angry for being a “victim” of my circumstances. My thoughts constantly tethered around the principle that if I hadn’t been hit by a car, that if I wasn’t missing pieces of bone in my spine, I would be able to compete as an athlete at the very highest level.

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have fallen in love with fitness to the end of episode 4-458 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Grab your towels and hit the showers.

So, which story should I tell you before I let you go?  Should I tell you the earwax story?  I don’t know that story could be off-putting. 

Or should I tell you the apocalypse story?  That’s amusing, but a tad short. 

Why don’t we do this, I’ll give you the punchline of the earwax story and cap it off with the apocalypse story. 

Why do we have earwax?  What is it’s purpose?  Seems like a bit of a design flaw.  To have a substance that gets hung up in our ears and blocks our hearing. 

The medical term is cerumen.  Which I figured would have something to do with ‘head’ because of that ‘cer’ prefix looks suspiciously like the word cerebrum, and cerebral.  I figured it would be Latin for ‘brain-wax’ or something, but, it turns out they are not related.  “Cerebrum” is Latin for brain.  “Cera” is Latin for wax. 

So, unimaginatively enough, cerumen is just a word for wax. 

Ear wax is 50-60% fat.  We secret it in the outer ear canal to lubricate, and also protect the more sensitive inner workings, by trapping dust and bugs and debris.  It’s human tree sap.  Maybe eventually it would harden into amber?

I had an earwax event this week that I’m not going to go into.  But, it got me to wondering how we would treat earwax removal in the apocalypse?

Which has nothing to do with the apocalypse story I’m about to tell. 

Turns out the Sherry wasn’t the only email I got asking for an interview.  I got another from a chap that does some sort of post-apocalypse podcast who has been listening to my “After the Apocalypse” podcast and wanted to interview me about it. 

So, I listened to a couple of his episodes and I learned something new.  Turns out that there is a festival called “Wasteland”, where these folks dress up like Mad Max characters and got into the desert for a weekend.  They build a not-insubstantial town and play apocalypse. 

This is an actual thing. 

They get 3,000+ survivors and charge $225 for general admission. They have their own economy and different tribes and all kinds of stuff. 

I was joking with my daughter that I’d tell my wife I had to go to a conference, and invite her to come with me.  Then jump in the rental car and drive her into the wasteland. 

That would be some good reality TV, right there.

At this point, any of the new listeners who made it this far are clawing at their eyes and pouring Clorox in their ears.  And wondering “What the hell does this have to do with running?”  and “Where’s the border collie?  I thought there was a border collie?”

I am currently injured.  Oliie the collie and I did do a slow 4 this morning – giving me a whopping 9 miles for the week.  But, I am confident that I will be back!  There are adventures ahead. 

And why do we still do this podcast?  Side note, I had someone looking for episode 10 this week.  The links on my website were broken.  I fixed them.  But, episode 10?  My god that’s got to be cringeworthy and the audio is horrible. 

Here’s a note I got a couple weeks ago. 

Hello Chris, my name is blank and I am a 39-year-old, off and on runner, father of two young children. I have been listening to your podcast for 6 or 7 years now and have always enjoyed it, so thank you for that. But I also want to thank you because for the last couple of years I've been really challenged at work, which has significantly impacted my overall happiness and work-life balance. But, your always positive nuggets of wisdom help me navigate through some difficult moments. Although admittedly sometimes it is temporary until I get back in the office, even those brief moments have helped so thank you very much. Your podcast is genuinely one of the bright spots of my week that helps me get through this challenging period until, hopefully someday soon, another opportunity presents itself. Thanks again. Take care and have a great week.

That’s our lesson here folks.  Don’t judge.  Just put yourself out there.  You never know who you’re going to help or how you’re going to help them. 

Life, indeed is short, make it count.

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-457 – Cody Runs the USA for Cancer Families

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Link epi4457.mp3

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-457 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

How is your week going? 

I understand from the news that much of you across the US are suffering through a heat wave.  That’s too bad.  115 degrees in Phoenix.  That’s toasty.  Makes it hard to get outside. 

I remember one time going running in Las Vegas, in the afternoon, after an all-day meeting, like an idiot, and then I got lost.  I could see where I wanted to be but I couldn’t find my way through all the fences and the buildings to get there.  I remember being seriously concerned for my well-being with the heat. 

But, apparently I lived.  Vegas is a weird place. 

I am still nursing a sore knee but as of today it seems to be getting a bit better and I’m hopeful.  I joined the gym.  I’ve been lifting heavy for the last couple weeks.  It gives me something to do. 

I used to lift in my 20’s before I got into distance running.  I had a guy I worked with who was an actual body builder and was able to learn some basic things that I still have in my tool kit.  Like good form and the different ways to go after the different muscle groups. 

Over the last 20 years with running I rarely lifted heavy.  My workouts were always light weight, high rep and mostly body weight.  You don’t need that kind of muscle mass or strength for running.  It’s counterproductive. 

The difference is that instead of doing body weight or light dumbbells for high-rep sets of exercises you do fewer reps with heavier weight. For instance instead of 20 reps with 15 pound dumbbells you might do 8 reps with 30 pound dumbbells.  The difference is that the lower reps produce strength and muscle mass while the lower weight, higher reps result in less muscle mass and more endurance. 

I have been getting 3 or more bike rides in each week with a longer ride on the weekend.  Typically I‘ll do an hour and change on the weekdays and 2-3 hours on the weekend. 

I backed off on trying to run after the previous week’s fiasco.  When I first joined the gym I jumped on the treadmill but it was awful.  I haven’t been on a treadmill in 18 months.  I had forgotten how awful it is.  Then I made a huge mistake and tried to use one of the old LifeCycle bikes in the gym.  The problem is that the angles are so different from an actual bicycle that it really tweaked my knee. 

But I have started again this week.  Sunday, I ran an easy 5k on the roads with my club.  We were able to all get together and have a brunch for the first time in a year and a half so that was joyous. 

Tuesday, I did another easy 5k on the rail-trail, pain free.  And yesterday I did a whopping 40 minutes of road and rail trail with some hills and trail sections, again pain free.  Pretty happy about that. 

I’m so hilariously out of shape that I have to get used to running being hard.  I have to watch out for all the beginner runner things like blisters and chaffing and Achilles tendonitis. 

Today we are talking with a nice young man Cody, who is aspiring to do a cross country run to support families dealing with cancer in a child.  It’s a good story.  He’s a positive influencer. 

In section one I’ll talk a bit about an observation that all the records for running are falling and why. 

In section two I’ll talk about a current phenomena that is being called the ‘turnover tsunami’, but I think it should be called the ‘JobQuake’. 

So Ollie is doing fine.  It’s my habit to take him for a walk when I get up in the morning.  This week I got up went down stairs and when I looked out the front door there was a rabbit sitting in the front lawn.  I thought, ‘well that’s going to make Ollie crazy’, but what can you do. 

So, I sat to put my shoes on. 

When I got back up to put the leash on Ollie, I looked out to see if the rabbit was still there.  And there was a big owl sitting on top of the rabbit looking at me. 

Not kidding.  A bit of a Wild Kingdom moment.  The owl looks at me for awhile and I guess decided I was scary, it takes off and the rabbit runs away. 

One of those early morning things where your have to scratch your head and wonder. 

Sometimes life is just being in the right place at the right time.

On with the show!

 

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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.

 

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Section one – 24 Hour Fast - http://runrunlive.com/how-to-a-24-hour-fast

Voices of reason – the conversation

Cody O'Connor – Cody Runs the USA for Cancer Families

https://www.championsdoovercome.org/

https://www.instagram.com/overcomerteam

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cancer-survivor-cody-oconnor-announces-walk-for-hope-to-raise-money-for-pediatric-cancer-patients--their-families-301282140.html

 

Cody O'Connor

My name is Cody O'Connor and after defeating cancer, losing my right fibula and being told I’d never walk normally again- I am embarking on the quest to walk across the USA. When fighting, I saw how my temporary illness was impacting my family. Seeing the struggles they faced I created Champions Do Overcome, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. CDO, supports families through paying monthly bills, providing food/gas, etc. which reduces stress on the family, and ensures no child is left to fight the beast alone. All of this to spread hope to all that need it coast to coast, and change the outcome for children battling pediatric cancer.

Please follow our journey @overcomerteam on Instagram.

Please consider donating to our cause at:

Fundraiser by Cody O'Connor : Walk For Hope - Cross USA Walk For Cancer Relief (gofundme.com)

 

Companies Involved:

Kroger & affiliates,  Infinit Nutrition, Altra Running, MyMedic, Dude Wipes, MyFanThreads, Groov App, GermX, Sacan Martial Arts, Feedback Audiology Solutions & Consulting

Influencers Involved:

 

Rich Franklin (UFC Hall of Famer), Ben Higgins (Bachelor Star Season 20), Ashley I and Jared Haibon (Bachelor in Paradise), Harvey Lewis (Team USA 24 Hr. Run Team), and Pete Kostelnick (Record for running across USA)

 

Section two – Turning difficult work situations to your advantage - http://runrunlive.com/dealing-with-difficult-people-and-situations-at-work

 

Outro

 

Ok my friends we have run across the US of A to the end of episode 4-457 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  And a good time was had by all.

All-in-all I can’t complain.  I’m reasonably healthy, the days are long and the weather is nice.  Feels good to be taking it easy in the summertime. 

I have managed to lose 10 of the 20 pounds I had found.  It doesn’t come off as fast when you’re not running.  I’m not a naturally slender person and I have to work at it.  That’s one of the reasons I’m lifting is to build up some more muscle, not just to be stronger, but to burn more calories. 

I ordered a couple new short sleeve shirts from Amazon.  I needed some new bike shorts anyhow so I figured I might as well get up to the free shipping.  I ordered them as mediums.  My whole life I ordered large shirts.  Now I’m wearing medium.  Not sure if I got smaller or they adjusted the sizes.  Probably a little of both.  This week is Prime Day for all you techy folks who need new gadgets. 

I don’t have a Prime membership.  I leach off my daughter’s membership for the Prime video.  I don’t buy enough stuff to make it worth it.  I really don’t need my orders to come same day.  Call me old, but I like waiting for the stuff to come.  You forget about it and when it shows up it’s a nice surprise. 

I found another, hopefully better, dog training center for Ollie.  It’s up in New Hampshire.  We’ll see if they can help me with his aggressive behavior.  He’s even more nuts than normal when he can’t run.  I’m telling people I had to go out of state with him because he’s exhausted all the local trainers. 

Not sure what my plans are for the rest of the summer.  I’ve gotten a couple runs in this week pain free.  I’ll go out with the club tomorrow and see how it feels.  If I can keep stringing pain free runs in maybe I can get back into the woods, just in time for deer fly season.  That would help Ollie. 

It’s ironic.  I remember when Buddy was a puppy back in the early 2000’s, I crashed my truck and smashed my knee.  That was in the late summer and it took me a year to get back in shape – I ended up requalifying at that rail trail marathon in Baltimore the following Thanksgiving. 

So, yeah irony.  New dog.  Smashed the other knee. 

But it all works out. 

My garden is growing well.  Being home and able to water it every day is helpful, even though the weather has been weird.  I’ve already started harvesting lettuces and should have peas in the next couple weeks.  But, the best garden story is the mint.

I have this mint that we had growing at our house when I was a kid.  I transplanted some into my garden.  This stuff is a weed.  It grows everywhere and you can’t kill it. 

It’s the family mint. 

Which is nice and everything but what do you do with it?  I know people will say mint jelly and such but that’s all a ruse.  I’m not making mint jelly.  So basically I just weed it out of my garden every year.  But, this year, being still working from home, I discovered the fresh mint makes awesome tea.  I’m drinking some right now  You just throw some leaves into your cup and pour hot water over it and Bam! You have excellent mintyness. 

Finally, I know there is a lot of change going on.  There has been change going on for the last couple years.  Lots of chaos.  And I know that has an impact on people.

I’m going to give you a simple thought to help with that chaos.  Think about it this way.  You are an island in the sea of chaos.  What can you do in your little boat out there in the crashing waves of chaos? 

You get to choose.  And what you choose makes a difference.

You can choose to be an island of chaos in the chaos or you can choose to be an island of calm in the chaos.  When you choose to be an island of calm there is nothing that the chaos can do to hurt you.  It can’t get to you.  You choose to be ok.  You choose to be happy.  You choose to not ignore the chaos, but to let it flow around you. 

When you choose to be this island of calm, you’ll notice that others are drawn to your calm. 

You are a leader. 

You become the gravity well that sucks others in and then you can work together to find a path through the chaos.

You get to choose.  Through your attitude and actions. Are you an island of chaos or an island of calm?

Be the island of calm in the chaos.

And

I’ll see you out there.

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-456 – Destination Marathons

 (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4456.mp3]
Link epi4456.mp3

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-456 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Today we have a conversation with Mark Janik who leads a travel company called Destination Marathons.  I thought it would be cool to talk to Mark as we come out of lockdown.  I think we are going to see a big surge in destination races as people revenge buy from being couped up so long. 

That’s an actual term being used now: “Revenge Travel”.

In section one I’m going to talk about a successful, little nutrition experiment I did last week.  In section two I’m going to give you a different, maybe new, hopefully helpful view on how to deal with difficult work situations. 

As I look out my office window it is full on summer.  The green of greens has descended on everything.  It is always amazing to me the unbridled enthusiasm of the New England summer after 8 months of cold.  It’s really something.  

The tree pollen is very high.  There is a layer of yellow dust on everything.  Makes it hard to breath. 

Well – I went for my follow up with the knee doctor and he gave me the green light to start running again.  I started out with a mile around the athletic fields, then jumped up to a 5K in my neighborhood.  Neither of which will be inspiring any move scripts. 

I am slow, weak and heavy. 

I then showed up for my club run on Sunday morning.  I told them I might be able to eke out 4 miles easy.  They said ‘no issues just come with us’.  Ollie and I ended running 8 miles with them.   

I have to be honest I was struggling at the end.  Not because my knee hurt. Because I’m in terrible shape.  I found it to be fitting karma because I was always known as the guy who scared off the new members. 

But the knee does still hurt. 

Specifically when climbing hills.  There’s a spot where I get a stabbing pain when I toe off.  I’ve decided to keep trying to get out 3 times a week for 40 minutes or so but stick to the flats and keep it slow.  I’m still riding my bike on the off days too.

The Doctor wants to give it some more time and look at it again in July.  He’s no help. 

Not a lot of good news I’m afraid.  I’m going to have to figure out how much of my race calendar to scrap in the fall.  It’s all a bit disheartening.  I feel like the walls are closing in. 

But I will eke it out.

Isn’t that a funny little word? Eke?  This word is e-k-e, not eek, e-e-k.  Eek is an interjection of being startled, like “eek, a mouse!”  No, eke, is a good old Anglo Saxon word that originally meant to supplement or add to.  Like “He would eke his emu farming income with some freelance needlepoint.”

We use it today to mean more of a sense of struggling to get by with just enough. 

First usage of eke is traced by the Oxford English Dictionary, that grand old dame of word books, to 1596, so a late Elizabethan word for you to try in a sentence.  See if you can eke it out.

Ollie is doing fine, but I’m going to have to get some help with him.  He has some behavior issues and hasn’t learned his basic, life-saving commands.  He’ll come when called but only when it’s convenient for him.   I can’t let him off leash in the woods because of all the traffic, especially the horses. 

I’m perfectly ok with keeping him on leash.  If he doesn’t respond to voice commands then it would be irresponsible and potentially dangerous to let him off leash. 

The challenge I have is that having him on leash, especially when I’m already struggling to run.  It’s hard.  And frankly, no fun. Even in the harness he tries to drag me at the worst moments and throws off my balance.  It’s exhausting.  I feel like we’re constantly fighting. 

So I’m casting about for some professional help to get some control over him.  One option I have is to send him off for a 3-week deep training session, where he basically goes away and comes back trained.  I would love that option, but up where I live it would cost me the better part of $4,000 dollars.  I’m almost at the point where that seems worth it. 

Other than that he’s an absolute sweetheart.  He’s loving and energetic.  It’s not like he’s tearing the furniture up, he just needs to get some training and unlearn some bad habits. 

I had him in for a grooming appointment today, so he smells good too. 

I see that a lot of races are running this summer.  I got an email from the Hyannis triathlon this morning.  I also saw that they’re planning to run the Peach Tree on the 4th of July. 

Let us know what your plans are.  I have to see how I recover before I make any big plans. 

Remember our talk with Dr. Sarb Johal back in April about how to mentally survive the apocalypse?  Well he’s killing it.  He had the most popular post on Psychology Today magazine last week.  He has a new book out on how to get good sleep in the apocalypse.  He’s coined a new phrase Coronasomnia. 

I read an interesting article this week about how most people really only have 4-5 good hours of work in them a day.  The key is to realize that you can only do good work some of the time and the rest of the time you’re not going to be as effective or efficient.  The challenge then is how to schedule the important work into the times when you are manifesting your best self. 

Something to think about!

On with the show!

 

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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.

 

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Section one – 24 Hour Fast - http://runrunlive.com/how-to-a-24-hour-fast

Voices of reason – the conversation

Mark Janik – Destination Marathons

https://www.destination-marathons.com/


Destination Marathons was started by Mark Janik in 2018 after a 30 year career with Merck. Being a runner himself he knew about all the hassles runners face preparing for race weekends and he started Destination Marathons to create a much better, stress free weekend so runners can have a great time.

The company is based in Charlotte, NC and completed 7 race weekends before the pandemic including the Boston Marathon. NYC Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, Kiawah Island Marathon, Publix Atlanta Marathon/US Olympic Trials, and Wilmington Marathon. Destination Marathons became an official tour operator for the Berlin Marathon and is recognized as an official travel agency with their IATAN certification.

The company provides ideal race weekend accommodations, pre race pasta dinners, gear check, post race celebrations, massage therapists and if needed race day transportation. There are always on site hosts to make sure everything goes smoothly. They will do “everything but run for you”.

Future trips include Grandmas Marathon in Duluth, Boston, Berlin, and Disney Marathon Weekend. They are a team of experienced runners who will provide excellent service and create opportunities so their guests can connect and achieve their best.

https://www.destination-marathons.com/

It began with "The Horse"

I (Mark Janik) have been a runner since my junior high school days in Michigan. In those days, they called me “The Horse” on my track team. Since then, I’ve been an avid runner and have always loved to travel. After retiring from Merck following a 30 year career in sales I decided to start my own runners travel company. Having run over 35 marathons and half marathons I knew first hand how difficult it was to find a hotel in a city where thousands of other runners are all looking for the ideal place to stay. I knew how difficult it was to try and get a reservation for several friends at an Italian restaurant the night before and I knew how hard it was to connect with other runner friends who were in town for the same race but staying in a different location.

 The reason I started Destination Marathons was to create a much better experience for runners. A hassle free, worry free weekend where they can focus on having a great time. We design stress free trips for runners so our guests can connect and achieve their best. 

Hi Chris,

If you haven’t already please take a deep look on our website to see our story, the charities we support and our blog.

https://www.destination-marathons.com/ourstory/

Take a look at the reviews prior guests have given us both on our FB business page and at our Google Business Account:

https://www.google.com/search?q=destination%20marathons&tbm=

The largest running club in Charlotte called Charlotte Running Club has profiled us at least three times and they have been a great partner. Here is the review that Club President Chad Champion wrote about after our very first trip.

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Charlotte-Running-Club-Newsletter---March-2019.html?soid=1109987088548&aid=LiZpblFbPZw


Talk to you tomorrow (Wed at 7 pm Eastern)

Thanks!

Section two – Turnin g difficult work situations to your advantage - http://runrunlive.com/dealing-with-difficult-people-and-situations-at-work

 

Outro

 

Ok my friends we have traveled to run the end of episode 4-456 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  And a good time was had by all.

It’s going to hit 90 Farnheit today here.  I got out early on the rail trail with Ollie and ran about 40 minutes. It was hard and hot.  It takes about ten minutes for him to calm down enough to run with me. 

I got out pretty early, but everyone else had the same idea and the rail trail was packed.  I had to keep Ollie close, which he’s not good at.  That’s my schedule as of today.  I bike 3-4 days a week and try to run 40 minutes or so 3 times a week. 

The knee will only let me run on flat, even surfaces.  There aren’t many of those where I live.  I went out in the trails behind my house Tuesday and it was too hilly, the knee wouldn’t let me do it.  I had to hike home.  I went out on a flatter trail on Thursday, without Ollie, and it was ok but I still had trouble with the roots. So it’s the rail trail or the track for me. 

I asked the Knee Dr. about getting some PT but he wasn’t willing to prescribe that. I’m going to have to look and see if I can’t find a 30-day knee stabilization and strengthening routine I can do on my own. 

It’s not much, but it’s something.  I feel a bit like I’m in full on retreat from the fitness lifestyle.  But, I’ll keep looking for that break in the clouds, that ray of sunshine, where I can put my head down and run hard towards the freedom of it.

And when that time comes.

I’ll see you out there.

 

http://www.thenays.com/home.htm

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

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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

 (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4455.mp3]
Link epi4455.mp3

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

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

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. 

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

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.

 

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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! 

Zack 

Section two – Video Calls - http://runrunlive.com/executive-presence-on-video-calls

 

Outro

 

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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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-454 – Ken Runs Ohio   

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Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-454 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Happy Mother’s Day!  How are all my moms?  I know how you are. Sick of it! Your carried them for 9 months, they beat the crap out of your body, you carried them around for another decade and now what?  No flowers?  Ungrateful so and so’s!

Ollie and I drove over and visited my Mom today, brought her some flowers.  I was up early because I went to get my second and final Moderna chip implanted today.  Anybody know how to link that to Strava? 

I feel fine, by the way, thanks for asking.  I might have overindulged in IPA last night binge watching season 5 of The Expanse, so, really don’t know if the shot made me feel hungover.

I’m still on the shelf.  People keep asking me ‘how’s the knee feel?’ And I honestly can’t really tell.  I get some pain in there using it sometime but I’m not sure if that’s the stress fracture or just old-man pain. It’s a broken bone.  All I can do is stay off it and wait for it to heal. 

Not this week, but next week will be 3 months and my follow up with the knee doctor.

I’ve been walking the dog and riding my bikes.  And this week I started working in some homegrown PT to strengthen the knees. 

We’ll see what happens.  Like I said, all I can really do is wait. 

The next big challenge for me is going to be slowly easing back in and not breaking myself through enthusiasm. 

This week we chat with Ken who’s working on an apocalypse running project to run every county in Ohio.  It’s funny how we itinerant runners make stuff up to stay in the game, right?

In section one I will talk about how hot weather impacts nutrition and some tips to deal with it.  In section two I’ll review a course I took on empathy this week. 

I miss running.  Especially in this nice spring weather.  I dreamt about trail running this week.

Seriously. 

There I was on a warm afternoon cruising down a swoopy, pine needle trail in the woods, just flying and feeling that runner’s high. I was very happy. 

I often dig up quotes to voice what I think will help people.  It’s practicing social proof or 3rd party authority.  If I were to just pop up and say “Hey!  Hey you! You should think about what you say instead of just yelling all the time.”  People would say, hey who the hell are you to tell me such a thing?  Mind your own dang business. 

But if I were to publish a quote and just leave it out there people will like it and say thank you.  Even though the sentiment is the same. 

For example:

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

― Rumi

So – a Persian Sufi Poet from Afghanistan from the 13th century has more contextual authority than I do. 

Think about that. 

But, I am the messenger. 

You can be the messenger.

On with the show!

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

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Section one – Hot weather nutrition - http://runrunlive.com/nutrition-in-hot-weather

 

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Ken Ludt – Running Ohio

Ken Ludt is a mid pack runner looking for ways to keep the joy in running while in denial of middle age. Born and raised in California, he's lived in Japan followed by 25 years in Australia and currently living in Ohio with his patient wife and two fur ball dogs. 

 

Section two – Empathy - http://runrunlive.com/empathy-at-work

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have run from Cleveland to Cincinnati to the end of episode 4-454 of the  RunRunLive Podcast.  I wonder how many people in Cincinnati could tell you who Cincinnatus was?  

But, of course, because I’m that guy, I’ll tell you.  Cincinnatus was a Roman politician and military leader early on in Roman history, way back before the empire, before Alexander the Great, born in 519 BC, Rome was just a city at that point. 

Stick with me. 

This was when there was no standing army, and Rome was a republic.  When they got in trouble Rome would promote someone to dictator to get stuff done.  Cincinnatus got appointed to Dictator twice.  The dictator was when the senate couldn’t get stuff done fast enough. 

But famously Cincinnatus could have parlayed that dictatorship into a kingship, but he didn’t, he retired to his farm.  (He didn’t grow cabbages, that was Diocletian). So, you see, Cincinnatus is a metaphor for public service, and selfless service to the republic.  That’s why when you hear someone called a modern-day Cincinnatus, what they are saying is that person put public service above themselves. 

History lesson over.  Can’t help myself.  Sorry. 

Took Ollie Wollie for a nice long walk today up around my old prep school in Groton.  I was trying to walk the old cross-country course, but I think they’ve changed it.  Ollie was hot, but it tired him out. 

I think our course was like 2 miles. In the prep league there was no consistency in the cross-country courses.  None of them were 5K – they were all short.  Some had obstacles you had to navigate like a steeplechase.  But, it’s pretty over there on campus this time of year.

Did I tell you about my greenhouse?  I made a little hothouse this year to keep my baby vegetables in.  With the apocalypse the veggies are going sell out before it’s time to plant.  So you can either plant early which kills the plants or not get what you want. 

But with my little hothouse I can sprout seeds and keep the herbs and veggies alive and happy for a couple weeks until it’s time to plant.  It works great.  The only issue I have is some of these windy or stormy days it threatens to blow away. 

I see people are back out racing in person.  I’m getting lots of emails from races exuberantly celebrating their comeback events. 

Did you see the postponed Boston Marathon had its registration last week.  It turned out that you would need to beat the qualifying time by 7:47 to get in.  For me that would be a 3:27 or better.  I haven’t run that time since 2010.  I already signed up for the virtual, so I won’t be running in Hopkinton. 

But, we’ll see, I might go jump in to pace someone if they want the company. The fire station in to the finish line is a nice segment. 

So that’s it.  I’m fully vaccinated.  I’m nearing the end of my running purgatory period with the stress fracture and the races are opening up.  All systems go!

I published episode 15 of my new apocalypse podcast last week. I’m up to 6500 downloads.  Starting to build an audience.  I can use whatever help you can give me to spread the word to any of your science fiction geek friends.  It’s a serial.  So every week is a chapter.  I try to keep the story moving along and I get to practice character development, action and narrative. 

Sometimes I leave the listeners with a cliff-hanger so they have to tune in for the next show!

As I move you to the exit, let me tell you a story. 

Where did the phrase cliff-hanger come from?  Well, thank you for asking. 

It originated as a concept in the late 1800’s in Victorian serials.  But, it was popularized in America by and early film serial called “The Perils of Pauline” – where they would literally end the serial with Pauline hanging from a cliff. 

The Perils of Pauline was publicized by William Randolph Hearst the newspaper magnate, who would have cliff-hanger articles so that you’d have to go see the film to find out what happened. 

The cliffs she was hanging off of were actually in New Jersey, because this is before the movie industry was established in Hollywood. 

So there you go, a fun fact to share with your running buddies. 

I’m going to practice a bit of cognitive empathy by calling out 3 more of our RunRunLive members. 

First is my long time friend and co-conspirator Eric who has a strange fascination with Llamas and suffering.  Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our adventures in no time at all.

Next is Lawrence who is the commander of a rogue, stateless submarine that prowls the Pacific preventing the abuse of sea lions and baby seals.  Good work that. 

And third is our old friend Joerg from Germany who is a famous fashion designer working mostly with faux animal prints and spandex.  Very popular with the ladies.

Thank you all for you long time and continued support.  I would have hung up the microphone years ago if I didn’t have you folks lurking around my back door waiting for an episode to drop.

Hope everyone is healthy and happy. Take the time to practice empathy.  Be kind.  Help each other.

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-453 – Stress Fractures!   

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Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-453 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Today’s show is all about stress fractures.  Because I discovered with the help of an MRI that I have a stress fracture in my knee.  Which is oddly comforting.  I was betting that it would be another case where the Doctor shrugs and tells me to take it easy and do some PT.  But, no, I have an honest to goodness, real-to-life, injury that you can see, or I guess that he can see. 

The Doctor asked me a silly question.  “Do you run a lot?”  That’s a solid ‘yes’. But, remember this was a follow up telephone call on the MRI, so he already talked to me.  I get the feeling he’s lost in a sea of patients. 

Anyhow – today we dedicate our show to the humble, but proud, stress fracture. 

At this point I’m 7 or 8 weeks into break.  I have been hiking most days with OIlie.  I’ve Been getting some easy bike rides.  I was about to launch full scale into some cross training and join the gym, now that I’ve had my first shot, but remember last time we talked?  I had just bounced myself on the road pretty hard after an unfortunate mountain bike incident? 

Yeah, well I’m pretty sure I broke a rib.  I’ve had a lost of pain there and haven’t really been able to do any kind of exercise while it heals.  So basically I’m just a mess.  An old, broken athlete. 

My original idea was to have the sound of bubble wrap in the background, and explain that my wife and my coach had told me to consider wrapping myself in a protective layer from now on. 

But, hey, A little time off won’t kill yah.

And today we talk about stress fractures. 

In section one I’ll talk about, well, Stress fractures.  In our interview I talk to Bill who had a good story about, well, I bet you can guess… Stress fractures. In section two I’ll talk about the new Geoffrey Moore book – which has nothing to do with stress fractures. 

I was about to say ‘Stress Fractures’ would be a good name for a punk band, but then I googled it, and it is indeed an emo punk band out of South Carolina – because of course there is an emo punk band out of South Carolina called the Stress Fractures – and that’s what I like about this world. 

 I kinda like their single “Rock and Roll is Dead”. 

I took this week off.  I mean from work.  It was a bit of an experiment.  I was a bit burnt out from this whole pandemic zoom call thing, but I didn’t really have a reason to take time off. 

My current company has an unlimited vacation policy.  Which is absolutely befuddling to a baby boomer. 

“So how much vacation do I get?” 

“It’s unlimited!”

“So, theoretically, I can just leave and never come back and you’ll keep paying me?”

“This is some sort of trap, right?”

I wanted to see if I could actually take a week and not get sucked back into work.  Maybe recharge a little.  Get some projects done. 

I’ve been mildly successful.  I did get pulled back in for some calls, and I haven’t gotten much done with my current physical disabilities. 

Monday was Patriots’ Day.  There was a lot of Boston Marathon chatter.  I posted a mile of my walk with Ollie for my Millennial Mile time of 23 minutes! A real scorcher there.  Now they send me a medal and the hat. 

I signed up for the virtual version of Boston again this year.  I’m in no shape to respect the race.  I probably won’t be by October.  But, by doing it virtually I can keep my streak intact.  Not that it matters because I don’t know how I’m going to qualify for the next one. 

This week on my self-imposed vacation I would make long lists of the things I wanted to get done, then proceed to waste time and not get them done. 

Do you do that?  DO you overcommit yourself and then get mad at yourself for not living up to your overcommitments?  That’s really setting yourself up to fail. 

Instead what you should do is set yourself up to succeed.  Instead of a making a long list, just pick one or two or three things that you want to accomplish today.  And if you get those things done the day is a win.  This is called ‘Winning the day’.

So that’s how you game the system.  Don’t do everything just do those things that give you the win.  And what you will find ins that when you win today, and then tomorrow and then string that together for a couple weeks you’ll start moving the needle. 

Win the day. 

On with the show!

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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.

 

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Section one – Stress Fractures  - http://runrunlive.com/stress-fractures

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Bill Pritchett – Stress Fractures

Bill Pritchett is an avid runner and triathlete who lives in Midland, Michigan.  He recently retired from Dow Chemical, where he worked as an information systems analyst.  Fitness and endurance sports have long been a passion for Bill.  He ran his first marathon in Detroit in 1987 and is registered to run his 40th marathon in June of 2021.  His active Boston Marathon streak began in 2010 and will continue this fall.  When Bill is not running, he cross-trains with cycling, swimming, and weight lifting as part of his triathlon training.  He also enjoys cross-country skiing and downhill skiing during Michigan winters.  When Bill isn't training, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.  He and his wife Kandis have an adult daughter and son.  They both hope that staying active will give them a long, healthy retirement!

 

Section two – Zone to Win - http://runrunlive.com/zone-to-win

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have stressed our fractures through to the end of episode 4-453 of the  RunRunLive Podcast.  Careful with those weight bearing activities. 

Did you see Des Linden set a new 50K world record last week?  She ran a 2:59:54 , which averages out to 5:47 miles.  Think about that.  5:47 miles for 31+ miles.  That’s solid work. 

So yeah, I’m more than halfway through a 3 month hiatus in running.  It will be interesting to see what happens when I come back.  I’ll be curious to see how much I lose.  In these more lengthy layoffs I tend to lose some speed permanently now that I’m older. 

To be honest with you, I need to find a safer, healthier way to integrate running into my life. 

The rib is feeling much better today.  Maybe I’ll get back to the gym if it recovers quickly.  I’m still a mess as far as strength and flexibility go.  We’ll see.  I’m in no hurry.  I’m sanguine.

 May 9th is when I get my second vaccine shot.  Then I should be able to travel again and I hope so, because I miss the road.  I know most people loathe work travel, but I always enjoyed it.  Not the work part so much, but certainly the travel part. 

I’ve been spending more time in the Science Fiction world since I launched my Apocalypse podcast – After the Apocalypse.  It’s one of those things.  It always fascinates me to see how every seemingly niche subject has a crew of enthusiasts.  SciFi is no different. 

These folks are deep.  I’m not sure you’ll catch me dressing up as an alien and going to a convention on Parsippany to take selfies with 3rd string actors, but that does sound like a great place to people watch. 

Speaking of dangerous aliens I’d like to call out some members.  Yes, there is a membership option at the RunRunLive website.  I don’t push it because this is a hobby, not a business, but they do make me feel all warm and fuzzy like a cuddly puppy when they sign up and give me financial support. 

You know what the most expensive thing about podcasting is now?  Internet security.  There are so many bad actors out there that you have to have you web site locked down.  That’s the big reason I switched to Acast for my new show.  They handle all the security for me. 

But, back to our discussion about dangerous aliens I’d like to introduce some of our friends that have paid a membership recently. 

First is Marcie.  Marcie is a member of the international space force who is currently working to put out some accidental fires that got started on the attack ships off the shoulder of Orion.  It must be difficult to find a certified course to requalify for Boston out there. 

Then there’s Jason.  Jason is a professional archaeologist and undercover spy currently in deep cover in the Levant attempting to thwart organized crime in Babylon. 

Daniel F., who, hey Daniel, friend me on facebook or something so I know who you are, but my best guess is he’s either a shape shifting alien from the future or a multi-dimensional deamon sent as an explorer from a dying universe. But, that’s just an educated guess.  

Anyhow thanks for the support.  It takes a village. 

You know what else you can do?  Reach out to me or send some audio.  cyktrussell@gmail.com

It’s a fun thing.  Take some random audio of nature sounds and send those in.  I’ll use them in the outro!

I did mange to get my garden prepped and burn my brush pile this week.  So, yeah won those days. 

Other than that, I’ve been catching up on reading and writing and generally wasting time. 

One of the things you realize when you take time off work is that you don’t have to work.  You choose to work.  But, you could just as easily choose not to work. 

We make up so many rules and constraints on our lives, but at the end of the day, it is all just made up.  And those are your rules.

So If you don’t like them, make up some new rules.

Your game, your rules. 

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-452 – Caffeine!   

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

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-452 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Today is Sunday April 11th.   Next week it Patriots Day up here in Greater Boston.  And due to the Apocalypse there will be no marathon. 

It’s a strange thing.  I was working in the garden yesterday, turning over my vegetable beds and I realized that for the last 20+ years I have not been working on my yard until after Patriots Day. 

I would be deep into the red, misty paranoia of the taper weeks, trying to cling to sanity.  One of my rules has always been not to do yard work during the taper.  Taper time is such a fragile time that I just wouldn’t risk it. 

You come out of 3 or 4 months of intense, committed training. Somehow you have miraculously avoided injury.  You’re not going to leave that effort under the bushes in your yard!

But not this year.  This year I’m injured anyhow and I’ve got no race, so it was nice to get out into the garden and work a bit while before it gets hot and buggy. 

This week we are going to talk to the owner of Caffeine bullet all about caffeine. 

I am a coffee drinker.  I usually drink two 16-oz cups of good coffee in the morning.  I like the darker stuff, arabica beans.  I get my coffee from Starbucks and grind it myself.  I love the smell of coffee being ground.  I get great joy from that first sip of hot coffee on a cold morning.

I switch over to tea in the afternoon.  I’ve been mixing oolong tea with yerba matte, less than a half teaspoon of each into my silicon tea bag.  Then I refill it all afternoon without changing the tea grounds. Eventually, by the end of the day it’s just hot water!

I’ve never been a heavy medicator when running.  I know ultra-runners who take caffeine pills and ibuprofen by the fist full in their events.  To be honest with you, I just don’t think that is healthy.  I think it’s probably a crutch that they could train away from.  But, everyone leads their own life. 

I will take a caffeinated gel before a race or when it gets hard late in a marathon to get that boost of energy.  

Today we talk about caffeine.

Then in Section one I’m going to re-read a piece I wrote in 2013 when I was coming back from my 18 month dalliance with plantar fasciitis. 

I have this tradition of writing a piece before every Boston Marathon.  I’m glad I did this because It’s an interesting historical document.  As you listen to it remember what happened in 2013.  I ended up having a horrible race. 

I was walking by Newton.  And because of that I was behind where I usually would be. 

I never made it to that finish line.  Or, more accurately I made it to that finish line in 2014. 

In section two I’m going to talk a bit about pandemic shopping habits.  It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe consumer behavior.  I find it interesting. 

When I was working in my garden I had my phone in my pocket and was trying to listen to podcasts.  I realized how noisy it is in my neighborhood on a Saturday. 

There are various saws and lawn equipment buzzing.  There are planes flying around overhead.  The dog is barking his fool head off at hikers in the woods and walkers on the street.  It’s a cacophony!

I’m still staying off my knee.  It will be six weeks on Friday this week.  I had my appointment with the knee guy.  X-rays didn’t show much except I have very little arthritis in my knees. 

I’ll give you a little play-by-play on the dance. 

I went into the office early on a Monday.  They gave me a clipboard with paper to fill out.  Each piece of paper asked the same questions about name, DOB, etc.  I got through two of them before I was called in for my X-rays. 

Then I was hustled into an exam room with my clipboard.  Changed into a very utilitarian pair of exam shorts. 

The lady, who is not a doctor but has the same basic training as a doctor and I talked about my injury.   She poked and prodded a bit. 

I asked her if she wanted my clip board, she said no. 

Then the Dr. himself joined me and went through the same routine.  At one point he started talking about me in the 3rd person which was confusing.  “I’ve got this gentleman who’s a runner and wants to keep doing it…” 

And I’m thinking, “Do I know him?  Sounds like I should.”

He said the knee looked a little swollen and recommended the MRI and a follow up.

That was my 5 minutes or less with the Dr. 

Then another lady, who was not a doctor, came in with the MRI information.  I asked her if she wanted the clipboard and she said to leave it in the room.   No one ever looked at it. It’s probably still sitting on a chair with all my personal information for the other patients to read like an old copy of Highlights magazine.

I was already familiar with the MRI process from my injury in the fall – so that was easy – I got that this week and have my follow up 5 minute phone call with the doctor next week. 

Where he will offer vague comments, painkillers and physical therapy.  I will thank him and decline that offer, now a few thousand out of pocket dollars closer to my deductible, and get back to work, as I have always done. 

And you should too.

That’s all we can control. 

We keep positive, put in the work and let the road come to us. 

On with the show.

 

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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.

 

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Section one – 2013 Boston Marathoin  - http://runrunlive.com/fitness-recovery-and-the-2013-boston-marathon-2

 

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

David Hellard – Caffeine Bullet

https://www.caffeinebullet.com/nutrition

 

https://www.badboyrunningpodcast.com/

 

info@caffeinebullet.com

THE BENEFITS OF CAFFEINE IN SPORT

Fat Mobilisation

Caffeine releases fat into the bloodstream, mobilising fat stores and delaying muscle glycogen depletion. Caffeine allows athletes to train harder, longer and faster before becoming fatigued - allowing you to get a new personal best, gain extra places in a race or those last few reps in the gym.

Reduced Perception of Effort and Pain

Caffeine affects the central nervous system, influencing the dopaminergic and other neurotransmitter systems, decreasing the symptoms of fatigue. A reduction in skeletal muscle pain and force sensation also lowers the perception of effort making it easier to train hard and go beyond your mental limits.

Improved Focus and Concentration

Caffeine users maintain a higher dopamine concentration especially in those brain areas linked with 'attention'. Through this neurochemical interaction, caffeine improves sustained concentration and focus. Not only great for the office, but mental fatigue also plays a vital role in performance in endurance events.

 

Section two – Pandemic Shopping - http://runrunlive.com/pandemic-shopping-trends

 

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have Shaked and jittered from our caffeine through to the end of episode 4-452 of the  RunRunLive Podcast.  Now it will be impossible to sleep tonight.  

I went in Yesterday and got my first vaccine shot.  Yay!  It was the Moderna vaccine.  Moderna is a Boston company.    I got it in the early morning.  Have my second shot scheduled for May. 

I felt fine all day, I bit thirsty, but fine.  Worked in the garden and stacked some wood and ran my errands.  Then I met my buddies for a trail ride on the mountain bikes.  It was a wonderful ride until I crashed as we were coming in. 

It was one of those weird things that happens so fast you just can’t respond.  We were crossing a road section, going slow, talking.  I had my right hand off the handlebars for some reason.  Frank drifted in front of me so I instinctively pulled the brake on the left which, is, unfortunately the front brake.

The wheel locked and my momentum threw me over onto my right side.  Didn’t hit my head but landed pretty heavy on my side and was in a fair amount of pain.  Still am today.  Seem to have a good bruise on that latissimus and the rib.  But I’ll live. 

The weather has been fantastic.  Warm and dry.  The trails are all dried up. 

I got a surprise visit from Just Plain Dave our ultra-running friend who lives a bit south of me on Thursday afternoon.  I couldn’t run but we went on a 2-3 mile hike down by the pond and let Ollie get some exercise.  It was good to get out and talk to someone.  He got to experience the canine crazy that is Ollie Wollie the Crazy Collie.

Ollie is turning 2 years old and he’s starting to mellow out a bit. 

Dave and I talked through my new SciFi podcast and he helped me with some plot points and recommendations on character arcs.  It’s been fun producing that and I think the last couple chapters have been really good. 

Don’t’ forget to go to subscribe, either on Acast or iTunes, it’s After the Apocalypse.  Leave a review.  Tell some friends.  Send me some feedback.

And finally, I have a editorial clarification for my friend Russ who used to live in Duchess.  He sent me a note that he was disappointed in me for referring to R2D2 as a ‘humanoid’ robot in the last show.

Yes indeed.  You are right. I meant “human-like”.  Probably should have gone with C3PO.  But, my point was we are still a few years away from a general AI that can enable robots to do all the things a human can.

There was an actor inside of R2D2 in the Lucas films. English Actor Kenny Baker, at 3ft 8 inches tall was R2D2’s inner human. 

I’ve had  a lot of adventure for a couple weeks haven’t I?

The next thing I have on the calendar is the Patriots Day Mile, which is a virtual race put on by the BAA next Monday.  I’m going to take the week off anyhow.  I should be able to run a mile.  I liked the hat, so I signed up. 

After that I am signed up for Hood to Coast at the end of August and the Boston virtual in October.  I signed up for the virtual because I don’t want to waste a charity bib and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to requalify, ever, and it counts towards my streak if I do decide to try and run going forward. 

I’m starting to consolidate on a plan.  The last few times I’ve had these types of injuries I’ve switched to cross training to build strength and flexibility while letting my legs heal.  I’m thinking I’ll join the gym now that I’m vaccinated and perhaps start hitting the pool and the weights. 

I think the change will do me good.  It always has in the past.

That’s the opportunity.  Look ahead and see where the advantage is.  Look inside and see what you’ve got for tools to use, and then use them the best you can. 

I’ve got that itch to start a new project. 

You’ve got to scratch that itch.

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-451 – Dylan Runs and Writes  

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

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-451 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

How’s everyone doing?  Spring has arrived up here in New England.  We will lose the last of the snow today.  There is one dirty little pile in the lee of my stone wall in the front lawn that has been tenaciously hanging on. 

The weather has been fabulous these last two weeks.  Up into the 50’s and 60’s Fahrenheit.  What we call mud season up here.  Quickly followed by allergies and black flies, and settling into mosquitoes. 

But, in all seriousness, It is a interesting thing to be able to watch.  The animals know it’s spring before we do.  Less than a month ago it was snow and single digits but the birds knew spring was coming.  You could here them in the mornings busying up new nests and beginning the process of raising the next generation. 

I was walking Ollie on morning this week and I had to pause and marvel at the noise. 

This time of year, we have what are known as vernal pools.  That’s where the water gathers during the spring melt in glacial hollows.  They only manifest this time of year.  They are ephemeral pools of water.  They dry up by late June. 

Because of their ephemeral nature they have no fish in them.  Because there are no fish the local amphibians and insects run riot like partiers on a South Beach spring break.  I had to stop and listen because the level of noise from the frogs coming out of this vernal pool was so loud.  Where less than 30 days ago it was frozen solid.

Life finds a way.  We all find a way. 

I am still laid up with the sore knee.  It’s been 4 weeks off running.  I did try a little bit of running but it needs more rest.  I have experience with these things.  It’s typically 6-8 weeks, unless there’s real damage, then it could be 6 months. 

I’m ok with that. With these nice days I wish I could be out in the woods with Ollie.  I’ve been riding my bike more as the weather improves.  It will take me a couple weeks to get my bike legs back.   I’m lucky enough to have a lot of experience with both road biking and mountain biking, and to have enough equipment to do both without an large expenditure!

In between I’ve been doing core workouts and long yoga sessions. 

Today we talk to Dylan who is a writer of young adult fiction.  I ran into Dylan through our friend Ann who we’ve had on the podcast.  Dylan is a runner and I talk to him about running and writing. 

In the back of my mind, I have always wanted to be a writer, because I enjoy the process and get great satisfaction from the work.  This has always been true.  At one point I was pursuing journalism in college but realized that wasn’t going to provide the standard of living I wanted, and instead I turned to business. 

This project of RunRunLive came from my desire to write again.  It forces me to write something for every show. 

I think the lesson here is that you can still pursue those things you’re passionate about, throughout your life.  You can clear a space for whatever that is and still put boiled potatoes on the table.  There’s always a tradeoff.  Or you can choose to go all in, like Dylan and make a career out of it.

It’s your decision.  It’s not an either/or decision.  It’s and either/and decision. 

Let’s face it, there are millions of us runners who will never win a race.  But we still have that passion.  We still like to get out and find our own personal edge and derive that satisfaction.

My new podcast, After the Apocalypse, is letting me play more in science fiction than I have before.  I probably won’t win a Hugo award from it, but I’m learning stuff and enjoying the process.

That’s the lesson. 

Find a way to explore things that you might be passionate about. 

There’s always a new adventure on the horizon.

On with the show.

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

Become a member

Section one – Knee injuries  - http://runrunlive.com/knee-injuries

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Dylan Roche – full-time journalist, blogger, and novelist

Sure! Here's a headshot, a picture of my book cover, and a picture of me at a book signing, whichever you think would work best for what you need. Here's my bio:

 

Dylan Roche is a full-time journalist, blogger, and novelist based in Annapolis, Maryland. When he isn't busting out words on his laptop, he can usually be found going on long-distance runs or training for his next marathon. His first book, The Purple Bird, debuted in 2019, and he's currently working on the next installment of the series. Follow him at www.dylanrochewriter.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @dylaniswriting

 

 

Section two – Robots - http://runrunlive.com/robots

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have, what?, Roboticized?  Limped?  Written? through to the end of Episode 4-451 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  What ever it is, here we are.

Like I said earlier, I’m still nursing a sore knee.  I made an appointment to take some pictures.  See what’s going on in there. 

The snow is gone, and that makes Ollie sad, because one of his favorite things was to pee in the snow.  It is like one of those fancy restaurants where they put shaved ice in the urinals.

Shout out to our friend Tim who’s embarking on the Appalachian Trail next week.  That’s a cool adventure, and I can tell he’s excited about it.

I’ll tell you a story about the last time I had a knee problem.  I think it was 2004.  You may not have heard this story as that is pre-Podcast – unless you were reading my blog at the time!

I used to have an office in Quebec City.  I used to drive up there because it was easier than flying. 

I think it was the end of the summer, but I can’t be sure.  Buddy was just a puppy, maybe 9-months old.  I was only a few years into serious running.  I had spent a couple years with Achilles problems but was in a comeback of sorts – running very well – lined up to requalify.

One morning, after rushing through my run, jumping in the shower I headed out, as usual in a rush. 

A few aggressive mosquitoes got into the truck with me.  As I was leaving my driveway and my neighborhood I was swatting at these mosquitoes and took my eyes off the road.  I ran into a telephone pole less than a ¼ mile from my house. 

Yes I did.  Low speed, but enough to total my truck.  I had my seat belt on but smashed my knee into the dashboard, among other things.  

No one believed the mosquito story.  They figured I was on the phone or eating something. 

I sorted it out and went on with my trip but there was something not quite right in my right knee.  A visit to the knee doctor confirmed that I had broken the end of the patella.  I was off my feet for the better part of 6 months. 

I remember returning to running with Buddy in the trails behind my house, overweight and out of shape.  I remember those first few runs were the dog would literally laugh at my slow progress, and I would tell him to enjoy it because I would some day still be running when he was gone. 

I slowly, and then rapidly got into shape, through training and racing.  I eventually requalified that fall and ran the next year’s Boston.

I lost some speed in that layoff that I would not get back, but I found new adventures in trail running, and mountain running and ultra-running that enriched my life. 

A few years later I found you folks as well and that kicked off a whole new epoch of adventures.

I’m going to believe that I’m in that same place today.  That in in 2 months or 2 months or six months I’ll be climbing back out to new adventures. 

That’s what I will focus on.  New opportunities and new adventures. 

That’s what you should focus on as well. 

And I’ll see you out there.

 

http://www.thenays.com/home.htm

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

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

Direct download: epi4451.mp3
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Dick Hoyt Interview January 2013

Originally Episode 3-353 of the RunRunLive Podcast

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-450 – Tom Grilk CEO BAA  

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Link epi4450.mp3

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

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-450 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Since we, you and I, have arrived at a milestone of sorts, we’ve got an extra special show for you today.  Somehow I got past the rational screeners of the BAA and got Tom Grilk to do an interview with me.  I had not planned for this to coincide with the announcements around this year’s Boston Marathon, but it did. 

I just happened to be talking with Tom while he was being chased by NPR and all the other real news organizations.  He literally hung up with me and then spoke with NPR.  Apparently there was some kerfuffle around letting people run Boston who had not ‘earned’ the right.  You know, all that typical stuff around Boston. 

Anyhow, like I said before I have been an admirer of Tom from afar for a long time.  He grew up with the local marathon royalty and now gets to hang out with the marathon royalty of the world as the CEO of the BAA.  It’s a good chat.  Tom is a well-spoken, thoughtful guy.  And a runner.

Since we were arriving at a milestone episode I figured I’d put his interview in here. 

In section one I’m going to talk about taking some time off the heal.  In section two I’m going to give you a primer on a business bingo term that is all the rage these days. 

I have had a hilarious couple of weeks since we last talked. 

Remember I said I tweaked my knee?  Yeah, so that’s a real thing.  Haven’t run a step since that fateful Friday night hill workout. 

But it’s ok.  I needed the break. 

Also in these two hilarious weeks was my wife’s birthday and our anniversary.  Always a dangerous time.  Fraught with opportunities to make an ass of myself.  But, this year it was hilarious. 

I came down with some sort of plague.  Not sure what it was.  It might have been psychosomatic.  Maybe stress related?  I took a test for the currently popular plague, and it wasn’t that.

But, here are the hilarious symptoms.  I got a horrible rash over some large swaths of my body.  Had to go to the clinic and get some prednisone.  The fake Dr. at the clinic told me I had scabies – which, although matches the symptoms was not entirely possible given that I’ve been locked in my house for 12 months. 

At the same time I had 3-4 days of horrible gas.  Like drive the humans out of the house gas. Like, painful, have to mute the zoom call every three minutes gas. 

Yes, and this is the set of symptoms that my long-suffering wife had to contend with during our anniversary.

You can’t make this stuff up. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be as funny.

I’m out the other end of it, pun not entirely unintended, but I haven’t done a workout in two weeks, and I find myself oddly humbled and sanguine.    

I also drove my mom down to Foxboro to get her second shot of the vaccine which is a load off everyone’s mind.

Poor Ollie is suffering through this as well as he creeps up on his 2nd birthday.  No runs for him.  I did manage to limp in a walk or two. But he doesn’t like to sit around. 

I’m going to give the knee a full 3 weeks off before I test it.  One of the things I’ve learned over the many years is that coming back to early doesn’t pay. 

Tomorrow I’m going to take my old bike Fuji-san out for a roll.  I’ll work in some strengthening yoga this week.  We’ll see if we can’t get back out on the roads next week. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I think I read that I can claim Irish citizenship because my Grandmother was an Irish citizen.  Not sure what that buys me.  I’ve never been to Ireland and would love to visit.  Put that on the bucket list.

Can you believe that it’s been over a year since I’ve gotten on an airplane?  Holy cow!.  Who knew?  The world ahs changed so much in my lifetime. 

Change is where it’s at.  There’s an old joke that everyone should embrace change, except, of course the people who are telling you to embrace change. Change is great, as long as it’s happening to someone else, right?

It’s a journey.  What I like about talking to Tom is that he’s discovering new things and helping the BAA bring change to the Boston Marathon.  It’s a real skill of management to shepherd something with so much history through positive change. 

If you look at happy people, successful people and admired people they haven’t led calm and peaceful lives with no change.  Just the opposite.  Their lives have been filled with rapid and abrupt change.  How they dealt with, or reacted to, or led through that change is what makes them happy and successful. 

So – my friends, don’t ask for a passive life that rolls down a smooth road from cradle to grave.  Lack of change is not peace.  Lack of change is stasis and ennui.  Give a big hug to the bumpy road of life and smile you way through it.

On with the show.

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

Become a member

Section one – Healing time  - http://runrunlive.com/healing-is-it-ok-to-take-time-off-to-heal

Voices of reason – the conversation

Tom Grilk – CEO BAA

https://tedxbeaconstreet.com/videos/in-boston-everyone-owns-the-marathon/

Tom Grilk

Executive Director, Boston Athletic Association

Tom Grilk is the Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, which annually conducts the B.A.A. Boston Marathon as well as a number of other athletic and community service events.

He is a long time member of the Boston Athletic Association, having served on its Board of Governors since 1990 and as its President (outside Board Chair) from 2003-2010. In 2011 he assumed the role of Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, with responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organization. During his tenure he has worked with the B.A.A. Board and staff to strengthen the B.A.A. as an organization, especially from a managerial perspective. He has also worked with the Board in shaping the B.A.A.’s short and long-term development across all areas of the B.A.A.’s activity: the conduct of athletic events, the operation of community service initiatives, and the training and development of athletes.

He practiced corporate and business law over many years in and around Boston, both with the Boston law firm Hale and Dorr and serving as counsel and general counsel to several well-known companies in the information technology and semiconductor fields, including Digital Equipment Corporation, Teradyne, Inc. and Brooks Automation, Inc. As a lawyer he worked in the fields of securities law, M&A transactions, corporate governance, compliance, dispute resolution, competition law, commercial law and intellectual property. He is a graduate of Cornell University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School

In addition to his duties as Executive Director, Grilk has had his share of hands-on experience with the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A.’s premier event. He has been the marathon’s finish line announcer since 1979 and is a former competitor, having run a personal best marathon time of 2:49:03 in 1978 and a Boston Marathon personal best of 2:54 that same year.

 

 

Section two – Digital Transformation - http://runrunlive.com/digital-transformation

 

Outro

Ok my friends digitally transformed through to the end of Episode 4-449 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  No algorithm will ever be able to run a marathon, right?

We set the clocks back! One less hour to get stuff done! 

My old man running group went out this morning for 7 miles.  Frank’s coming back up to speed since having his second hip done.  Tim has decided to just ignore the weird feeling in his knee.  Brian is chugging al long at 2 runs a week.  And I rode my bike alongside them. 

The knee feels better. A previous version of Chris probably would have taken it for a test drive today, but I’m going to give it another week to heal before I test it. 

I’m going to start easing back into things this week.  With the longer days I should be able to get out on Fuji-San, my old road bike a few times and I’ll start working in some long yoga sessions for strength and stability.

Then I’ll spin up the running slowly, or not.  I could use a break.  We’ll see.  

I do have an itch to get out and see some new places and maybe that means run some new races now that the pandemic seems to be waning instead of waxing. 

I took my Mom to get her second vaccine shot but I’m still at the back of the line.  Could I claim over-training as a medical condition? 

I am up to 11 episodes of my new apocalypse story podcast project.  I do appreciate any podcast love you can give it.  I have to figure out a way I can get some more eyeballs on it.  I don’t’ have the time or capital for the marketing it needs!

You can search for it on your favorite pod-catcher as After the Apocalypse. 

Is there anyone who Doesn’t have a podcast these days?  It seems like everyone just paired up to interview each other.  

I got a new product to test out.  It’s called Caffeine Bullet.  The owner sent me some to try.  It’s like a caffeine candy with 100mg of caffeine in each candy.  I haven’t tried them yet.  I do like my caffeine though.  I think these might be a good kick in the ass late in a long run.  The timing is poor with me not currently training, but I’ll let you know when I get to them.

I know I’ve been a bit maudlin recently.  The long pandemic, the cold dark days of winter, my training not going great, my work being a pain in the butt… It all weighs in on top of a guy. 

But it’s not a reason to despair.  It’s a reason to celebrate.  We get to do these things.  My life is filled with health and prosperity.  I’ve got things I want to do.  I’ve got things I get to do. 

You do too.  You may feel like you’re shoveling water, but you get to choose.  You could walk away.  You could buy a van and sell your house.  No one is stopping you. 

You, my friend, whether you believe it or not, are in control of your life. 

I always liked asking Dave MacGilvray what his favorite adventure was.  Because he’ll always say “the next one.”  And he’ll say it with conviction. 

I’ve got a lot of things I want to do.  And I’m doing them. 

You’ve got a lot of things you want to do?  You should just start doing them. 

As a crunchy old New Englander said:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,  

But I have promises to keep,  

And miles to go before I sleep,  

And miles to go before I sleep

 

And I’ll see you out there.

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-449 – Your Spring Nutrition Plan

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Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-449 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Are you hungry?  Are you feeling a bit porky after this long winter of our discontent? 

Well that’s good! Because today Rachel my nutrition coach and I talk about how to tackle that spring nutrition plan.  The do’s and Don’ts and some simple things that can lead to success. 

In section one I’ll walk you through a long tempo run.  In section two I’ll talk about tall birds stabbing frogs. 

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since we last spoke.  I was supposed to be wrapping up two weeks of hard training this week with another 3 hour long run today.  But, I seem to have tweaked something in my left knee running hill repeats last night. 

That’s the danger of doing high effort, high impact workouts on tired legs.  Eventually something gives up.  The benefit is, if you get through, you have a big improvement in your fitness and your capacity to race. 

If you get through, that is. 

I was hoping to get through this week and hit all my workouts, but the old body is talking to me.  It’s telling me that I’m not stretching enough, that I’m doing too much too fast and I’m not giving myself enough time to recover. 

It’s been challenging because my job is taking up too much time.  Time in the mornings.  Time in the evenings.  That I would normally have for training.  I don’t complain (much).  I focus on getting the workouts done.

But this leads to two things that raise the risk of injury.  First is the weather.  I can’t control the weather.  And I do believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just soft athletes.  But, this means I’m throwing some extra work at my body having to deal with the snow and ice on the trails and the slippery roads. 

Second, because by the time I get out to do my workout it’s late and I’m emotionally drained.  That’s important, because for these bigger, harder workouts you really need to be able to bring your mental ‘A’ game.  The quality of the work suffers. 

I’ve been skating on thin ice, (pun intended), for a few weeks now and it caught up with me.  I don’t think it’s serious.  There’s nothing swelling or aching.  Just a sharp pain when I put weight on the flexed knee – think lunge mechanics. 

So – instead of my long run today in the freezing rain, I’m talking to you!

Had a great email from an old friend of the show yesterday.  Those of you who have been with me for a while might remember Collin who did all the running parody songs.  He told me that someone with another running podcast had found the old songs we made and interviewed him. 

I remember running in Seattle with him when my wife and I were out there on vacation, maybe 2013?

I told him I had just watched the Mott the Hoople Rockumentary on YouTube and had a new song idea for him.  It’s to the tune of “All the Young Dudes” – but the parody would be about a runner who left some gels in their gear bag in the trunk of their car and the gels exploded all over their running stuff before a race. It’s called “All the old Gu’s”.

It would go like this:

All the old Gu's, 

Stuck in my shoes,

Banana Gu's, 

Stuck in my shoes, 

 

It’s a guaranteed hit. 

The weather is turning here.  We’ve got a bit of melt.  This means the trails will go from snow, to ice, to mud, alternatively until the end of April. 

I’ll be honest.  I’ve been getting the anxiety as much as everybody else during this house arrest.  There are some days where I just don’t want to show up on Zoom or talk to anyone. 

These long days where basically all I do is roll out of bed, work all day, go for a late run, read for a few minutes, fall asleep and do it all over again feel like a treadmill.  By the time I get back from my run it’s after 8:00 and I’m asleep by 10:00. 

On a positive note the days are getting luxuriously long now – the sun is up at 6:30 and sets after 5:30.  If I didn’t have a standing call at 5:00 I might be able to run in the daylight!  And I’m getting plenty of sleep.  I’m probably averaging more than 8.5 hours.  And I don’t have time to do anything harmful or stupid.  So there’s that.

It’s in situations like this that we endurance athletes have an advantage.  We can look at this life like a marathon or an ultra.  We can appreciate the sucky days, even if we are stringing many together in a row.  We can stand back from it and realize that all we have to do is keep moving through the suck. 

All we have to do is keep going with consistency, even when the joy and enthusiasm leave us.  Consistency and perseverance will overcome any obstacles eventually. 

So, don’t be downtrodden or disheartened in this winter of our discontent.  Just keep showing up.  And if you can show up with a smile in your face, that’s even better.

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Section one – The Long Tempo - http://runrunlive.com/the-long-tempo

Voices of reason – the conversation

Rachel Shuck – Next Level Fitness

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Outro

Ok my friends We’ve eaten a good breakfast and that allowed us to get through to the end of Episode 4-449 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

I always like talking to Rachel.  She’s actually working with my wife right now and it’s weird for me to be in the other side for a change. 

Next week I’m going to be talking to a runner who is also a writer of young adult fantasy fiction.  Interesting stuff.  He said he liked my new apocalypse podcast (After the Apocalypse) but I think he might just be shining me on!

By the way thank you for all the listens and the reviews on iTunes.  I appreciate it.  The writing and editing has been very satisfying. 

And on the horizon I’m coordinating a call with Tom Grilk – who is one of the leaders of the BAA here in Boston.  A real mover and shaker in the Boston running scene.  If you have not listened to the BAA podcast I would recommend it.  A couple of Tom’s interviews are outstanding. 

Tatyana McFadden is amazing and Des Linden’s Boston win in 2018 told through the lens of a couple of insiders is amazing.  There aren’t that many episodes and it appears to have pod-faded but the ones that are out there are good and Tom does a great job.  Very polished guy.

I’m looking forward to Massachusetts getting it’s act together on the Vaccine so I can get back into an airplane.  Boston has been pushed out to October.  I’m not sure whether I’ll run or not.  At this point I’m stuck in the end of an age group. 

I wrote a post on this, probably 10 year’s ago! Called “Crazy Eights”.  The qualifying standards are linear but your ability loss in non-linear, so when you hit an age that ends with an 8, qualifying is really hard, especially with the new times.  I’d have to run 3:35 marathon to qualify.  Which doesn’t sound that hard in theory, but I think it’s beyond my grasp. 

The thing is, in a scant 12 months I get another 15 minutes which reels it back into the realm of possibility.  You never know.  It’s such a heavy lift right now I’m not sure I have the mental capacity to do it again. 

We opened this podcast today with the concept of consistency.  I think it’s only appropriate that we close it with a discussion of habits and to-do lists.

I had an interested philosophical conversation with myself this week. 

I had it with myself because there’s no one else to talk to in the apocalypse.  Accept maybe the dog.  But his philosophy is much more rudimentary and deals mostly with balls and runs and occasional belly rubs.

Frankly, that’s what I like about dogs.  Theirs is a more honest philosophy then we will ever achieve.

I was thinking about habits and tasks lists. 

What precipitated this was a few recent experiences and some environmental stresses.

My current job has me scrambling to keep up with a seemingly endless flow of tasks.  My current training plan is getting into the dark place where workouts are apocalyptically challenging.  We are deep in the heart of darkness winter-wise in New England. 

That’s a snapshot of life at a point in time. 

A seasonal cycle.

I know this. 

But it still causes pressure. 

A long day on the video calls with clients who have intractable problems that require my attention, my accountability, and my empathy.  Followed by a long, hard workout in the dark and snow.  Left with a scant hour of consciousness to maybe grab a quick dinner, read a chapter in a book and fall into a worried sleep, only to do it all again the next day.

Like I said, I know this.  We all have these times.  These dark places.  That is the seasonal nature of life. 

And we develop tools to deal with these dark places. Tools to survive so we can enjoy the sunny times.

One of these tools is habits. 

Habits allow us to get more done more efficiently.  If you can habitize yourself to get up, do the work, and be rigorous about the tasks in front of you, you can get through to the other side. 

But, this week in the philosophical discussion with myself I questioned the outcome assumptions.

We build these habits so that we can get things done, but why?  What does getting these things done have to do with anything important?  Isn’t this just an attempt to automate rote and joyless activities so that we can get through them faster without giving as much?

It starts to feel like you’re bailing the ocean with a toy bucket.

The justification in optimizing the task list and building habits is to be able to free up time to do the things you want to do. 

In my philosophical discussions with myself I realized that this justification was just another form of a classic lie.  The classic lie is that by making you more efficient we are going to free up time to do ‘more important things’. 

Whether by choice or rule, that’s not what happens. 

What happens is that as soon as we lift one plastic pail of tasks out of the ocean another pail-full of tasks flows in behind to fill the void.  Until you are at capacity again.  You aren’t doing ‘more important things’.  You’re doing more of the same stuff faster with less attention and no joy. 

Now, one saving grace of the habit hamster wheel is that it promotes or creates consistency.  And there are many important goals that require consistency.   For instance, if you are training for an event – consistency trumps everything else.  If you are saving money for a worthy thing, again, consistency trumps everything else. 

There is power in consistency.  Habit promotes consistency.  But there is also a mindless spinning of the endless wheel that you have to put a foot to or you will habit yourself into a joyless grave.

So – as you and I get on with our weeks, let us not be a slave to habit.  Let’s be brave enough not to finish a task list.  Let’s look at these things and ask ‘why?’.  And then say ‘no’. 

Find those things that give you joy, not pleasure, joy.  Use your magnificent to-do lists to schedule a few of these things into you habit hamster wheel. 

Take an hour and a half in the middle of a perfectly good workday and go out for a run in the sun.  No one will ever know.  When they ask you why you didn’t do X or Y you say “I’ve had to prioritize recently and I just haven’t gotten to it.”

Which is the truth.

And then if you’re extra Machiavellian, you can ask a follow up question.  “Is there any way I can get some help with some of this stuff?  I hate to leave it half finished.”

That’s it.  Do your best.  Make sure you remember to stick up for yourself. 

And I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 – A Mid-Winter Tale

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Hello folks this is Chris.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the time to podcast this week.  I don’t know about you folks but I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks.  Actually it’s been pretty crazy since before the holidays.

I won’t bore you with the details but my job has been super time consuming.  I’ve got calls starting in the morning every day and also in the evenings. And you know the morning time is my writing time. 

But, I’ll give you an update. 

I wrapped up my week of training last week with a stellar 30K long run on the roads.  We got more than a foot of snow and it was too soft to do a multi-hour long run in.  I was worried about switching to the road so abruptly. And I did pick up a little soreness in my plantar, but for the most part it was a great run.

Let me tell you the story.

I set out from my house in the direction of the rail trail in the next town over.  I figured if the snow was going to be packed down and passable anywhere it would be on the rail trail. 

I can get to the midpoint of the trail about 10K from my house, so I headed out nice and slow in that direction.  It was a sunny day, no wind, but pretty cold.  I did my errands in the morning and waited for it to warm up a bit. 

The roads were dry but with the snow there were some places where the shoulders got a bit skinny.  I wanted to avoid too much hill work and stay on back roads. 

I wore my vest with the two 500ML mammary bottles under my outer layer because it was in the high-teens, low twenties.  After the previous week’s bad adventure with the spoiled gel I decided to go full ultra-fuel and keep it simple.  I made a nice organic peanut butter and honey sandwich on Dave’s 21 grain bread.  I cut it into 3X3 chunks – so 9 bite-size pieces and threw them into a plastic bag and stuffed them in a pocket. 

When I got to the trail It was impassable.  I stopped to eat a couple pieces of sandwich, take a drink and figure out what to do next.  As I was standing by the side of the road, basically having a stand up picnic, cars kept stopping and waving me across.  And I was like, “no, I’m not crossing.” I finally had to scootch back into a driveway to stay out of their line of site. 

I figured I was an hour in and felt pretty good, so I’d just keep going east and see where I ended up.  I vaguely knew where I was.  I headed out through the back roads of Westford and east into Carlisle.  Babe Ruth lived in Carlisle when he played for the Red Sox. 

Eventually I came to a main road.  I was trying to figure out where I was. I only needed a few more minutes, so I mentally flipped a coin and turned left. 

I’m glad I did because in a couple hundred feet I came upon Great Brook State Park.   This is a good-sized park in Carlisle that I’m familiar with having mountain biked in there a few time.   I learned that I am about 9 miles away from the park crow-fly if I take the back roads.  Which is cool. 

With the snow, they had opened it up as a snowshoe and cross-country ski venue. The place was packed.  On the east side they were selling tickets to get in and ski.  I asked if I could go into the trails on the west side where people were snowshoeing.  They said it was ok.

The trails were packed down and perfect for running and it was beautiful. The sun was high and families were out.  I just ripped around in the woods for a few minutes.

Then I popped back out on the road and headed back home after eating some more sandwich and taking a drink.

Really beautiful day.

On my way out I had noticed that it was apparently trash day in Carlisle because all the trask cans were out at the end of driveways. I began playing the beer can game that I like to play.  The way this works of course is that you pick up a beer can that some a-hole has tossed out the car window and you drop it in the next trash can. 

I felt pretty good now, still running well.  Not fast.  But well.  No crash.  Good energy. 

And I crossed back into Westford.  As I was coming back through Westford, I got cocky.  I saw a brown paper bag in the snow bank and figured I’d throw it out.  It turned out to be a empty fifth of vodka.  Which is a good-sized bottle.  And a glass bottle too.  Then I see a Bud-light tall boy and grab that too.

So I’m running down the road carrying an empty vodka bottle in a brown paper bag like a football and a big beer can and I realize “Oh Crap!” it’s not trash day in Westford and there’s no place to put these.  I went on for a mile or so like that looking in peoples’ driveways and such, but eventually gave up and put them back into the snowbank.  I chose and obvious place at the corner of a neighborhood figuring someone would pick them up. 

Ce’st la vie.

As I was heading up Powers road towards my house I realized I was going to be short on my planned time so I re-routed through the Nashoba Mountain ski area.  It was packed too.  I guess the virus is afraid of heights.  

I stopped at the kiddee slope to see if I could find my running buddy Bob who is a ski instructor there, but I didn’t.  I kept going, starting to get a bit leg-tired now, out through the back to the tubing hill. 

It was a perfect day for tubing.  Plenty of snow and cold enough to keep the snow fast.  Of course the tubing hill was packed as well. 

As I churned through watching the kids rocket down slope, I thought about how we would do this when I was a kid.  We’d grab something totally dangerous, like a cafeteria tray or a trashcan lid or the hood of a VW and we would break our necks sometimes. 

Even our official sledding implements were super dangerous.  My family had a 6-person toboggan.  There was no controlling or turning these things.  You just went until you crashed into something.  I can remember falling off the toboggan mid run and getting my foot caught in the rope and being dragged down the hill at high velocity on my face. 

We had these things called ‘flying saucers’ that were plastic disks that you sat in.  They had no steering or padding or anything.  You just went until you wrecked. 

But the pros had sleds.  The old Flexible Flyer.  You sanded down and waxed up the steel runners.  Then you hauled ass down the hill face first on the sled.  You could steer them a little bit and at high enough velocity you could sort of Tokyo drift around the corners. 

Anyhow, that was what I was reminiscing about as I wrapped up my 18.6 miles.  I had not planned to run a 30K.  I was just running by time.  It was serendipity.  Felt pretty good.  Didn’t eat the whole sandwich.  Wasn’t sore on Sunday.  Ran an hour with my buddies the next day. 

Good weekend effort. 

Work being so crazy and time consuming reminds me of another story.  This one is a SCUBA story.  Anyone know what SCUBA stands for?  Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

In my 20’s I used to go diving for lobsters off Halibut Point in Gloucester.  I had a bunch of hand-me-down SCUBA stuff.  But we never went deep and never more than one 80 tank.  So we really couldn’t get into too much trouble. 

I remember one afternoon; my buddy Keith and I went out.  We had to hike a bit out through the state park to get to the shore.  It’s a good place to lobster dive because the shore is rocky and drops off quickly to 30-40 feet. And by rocky, I mean big chunks of granite. Like refrigerator size. 

To get to the water you had to climb down the rocks and jump in.   Now, if any of you know anything about SCUBA diving you know there’s a bunch of equipment involved.   You have the tank.  A hose comes off the tank and connects to the thing you put in your mouth, called a regulator.  The regulator allows you to breath off of the tank.

Then you have your mask with a snorkel attached. 

The water in the Atlantic off of Gloucester is pretty cold, even in the summer, like 60’s.  So you have a wet suit. You wear fins so you can propel yourself.  All good so far.

But the part that non-SCUBA folks don’t get is that you need buoyancy regulation.  Any of you triathletes know that if you have a wetsuit on you float.  With the whole point of SCUBA being the underwater stuff you need some way to overcome the floating of the wetsuit. 

The way you do this is to strap a bunch of medieval looking lead weights to a belt around your waste.  The lead makes you sink.  Which creates the opposite problem because you don’t’ want to get stuck on the bottom. What you want is to find that perfect buoyancy where you neither float, nor synch. 

This is where you have that last piece of critical equipment, the Buoyancy Compensator.  This is like an inflatable life vest you wear. 

So, the way it works is, you inflate your BC – Buoyancy Compensator, jump in, snorkel out to where you want to dive, because you want to save your air for the dive.  Then you put your regulator in and start deflating you BC until you sink.  Easy peasy.

I remember on this day the weather wasn’t great and the surf was pretty high.  Pounding on those rocks.  Makes it a bit tricky to get into the water.  You have to get in, put your head down, use the fins and power out through the surf.

Which is what I started to do as Keith was on the rocks behind me.   

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had forgotten to inflate my BC.  So, instead of snorkeling out through the surf, I was snorkeling straight to the bottom with 35 pounds of lead. 

Lucky for me, and I suppose you, I’m a pretty strong swimmer.  Because I panicked.  Nothing like in haling that first big gulp of sea water to put some adrenaline into the system. 

The smart thing to do in these situations is to drop your weight belt.  It’s got a quick release on it.  And then put your regulator in your mouth so you don’t drown. 

I didn’t do that.  I treaded water with 35 pound of lead in the washing machine surf until I could get some air in my BC.  The surf tore my mask off me.  I caught glimpses of Keith looking distraught trying to decide whether he should come in after me. 

And, not to spoil the story, I lived to tell the story.  We retrieved my mask and went back in to see if we could catch some dinner. 

But, that’s how I felt at my job this week.  Like I was treading water in the heavy surf with 35 pounds of lead.

But, I’m older now.  I don’t panic as much.  I’ve traded stoicism for panic. 

Here’s a tip for you.  You can download a translation of Marcus Aurelius’’ diary for free.   It’s basically his morning journal.  He was the last of the good emperors.  He was a stoic. 

And yes his son was Commodus, who, yes, liked to pretend he was a gladiator.  But, Russell Crowe did not kill him.  His wrestling partner Narcissus killed him. 

And finally to take you out, I heard a great piece of advice from the Olympic runner Alexi Pappas.  It’s the ‘rule of thirds’.  It says that if you look at any part of your life, whether it’s your work, your workouts or your relationships – a third of the time they are going to be good, another third of the time they are going to be OK, and the final third of the time they are going to be crappy. 

The key is to realize this when you’re in the crappy spots. 

For those of you who like math that would be a normal distribution. 

So my friends that is my race report for you this week.  What shall we call it?  The Lost Pirate 30K?  The Tired Turkey 30K?  The Old Man 30K?

Your choice.

We’ll see you out there.

 

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-448 – Dave McGillivray Boston Marathon to Covid Vaccination

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Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-448 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  How we doin?  Here we are flipping the page to February of 2021.  How about that? 

Big news from my side of the world, that being New England, is the cold.  Cold, cold, cold.   It was zero degrees F this morning. 

I just got back from 7ish miles in the woods with Ollie.  We waited until after lunch and the temp came up over 20.  Nice day, sunny, windless, cold.  It’s really good running in the trials right now.  With the freeze, the ground is nice and hard. 

We got a couple of light snowstorms earlier in the week, maybe 3-5 inches of fluffy snow.  With so much traffic in the trails these days it’s all packed down and hard and fast.  It’s only icy where the spring come up. 

I had a pretty good week of running coming off the end of the infected toe.  The antibiotics cleared the infection up.  I took a bout a week off, but was back on it this week.  I bought some silicone toe caps,  toe protect that toe while it heals.  They work really well for me.  For some people they fall off, but for my big toe they fit great and keep the toe safe. 

I got back to training.  Had a pretty good weekend, despite the cold weather.  Friday I did a set of long hills in the cold, which were awful while I was doing them, but when I looked at the data were a decent effort. 

Yesterday I did a long 16 miler in the trails.  Most of it was pretty sucky, but that’s how ultra training is supposed to go.  You run until it sucks and then you run more.  That’s the name of the game.  And Ollie and I knocked out another 7 just now so that’s close to 30 miles in 3 days.  That’s encouraging. 

I didn’t take Ollie yesterday for the long run.  I thought it might be too cold for him.  I didn’t want to chance him hurting his feet.  For myself, I had to figure out how to carry water.  The challenge with this weather is that your bottles freeze in under an hour in any handheld. And the bite valves freeze even faster on your packs. 

What I ended up doing was wearing my Aonjiie vest with the two 500ML bite valve bottles under my outer layer.  I had my phone in an inner layer as well.  That worked well.  The bite valves didn’t freeze and I could unzip my outer layer to get a drink.  

I brought an old spring energy recovery gel from my ultra-bag; that bag where I keep all the ultra stuff, for fuel.  But when I opened it up at the halfway point it tasted like it had gone bad.  So – basically 3 hours in the cold with no fuel.  My balaclava froze to my head.   But I got it done and felt fine today. 

After the antibiotics and taking a week off I was noticeable chubby so I’ve been watching my food this week and have already knocked 5 pounds off. 

Today we chat with out old friend, director of the Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray.  He is a case study in resilience and the power of a positive attitude.   This pandemic knocked his business of race directing right out from under him.  He had to pivot.  And he did.  He’s now running the vaccinations at Fenway and Gillette stadium.

Of course we also sneak in some Boston Marathon talk. 

In section one I’m going to talk about what to expect and how to counter the effects of aging as an athlete and in section two I’ll talk about work stress. 

Because I’ve had a really stressful week of work.   And I got through it.  Next week might be worse or better – but I’ll get through it. 

I try to show up with a positive attitude, have empathy and lead as best I can.  I also know I’m not going to get everything done and I make choices about what to not get done based on what’s important to me. 

Getting my workouts in is important to me. Writing and communicating is important to me. 

You, you’re important to me. 

We’re in this together right?  That’s what they keep telling me anyhow…

On with the show.

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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.

 

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Voices of reason – the conversation

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY– DMSE Sports

 

https://www.dmsesports.com/about

 

WHEN DAVE MCGILLIVRAY FOUNDED DMSE SPORTS IN A MEDFORD, MA, STOREFRONT IN 1981, RUNNING WAS KNOWN AS JOGGING, WICKING MATERIAL WAS A TERRY CLOTH HEADBAND, AND SPORTS DRINKS AND RUNNING SHOES WERE IN THEIR INFANCY.

 

OUR MISSION

DMSE Sports is an industry leader in event management operations and logistics. From road races to charity walks, we pride ourselves on producing safe and technically excellent events by creating trusted relationships, paying attention to every detail, and executing flawlessly. DMSE strives to produce the highest-caliber experience, whether consulting on existing events or building and managing them from the ground up.

 

OUR COMMITMENT

Black Lives Matter.

 

We at DMSE Sports have always supported that sentiment internally, but stayed silent externally. However, we  want to be part of the change for good, and to do that, we recognize it’s necessary to speak out and stand in solidarity with those who are fighting for equality and racial justice.

 

It’s time we become better allies. To externalize our internal anti-racist beliefs, to learn from those who have lived the experiences, to listen when they point to injustices and prejudice. Black and brown lives matter, and they deserve to have an equal opportunity for happiness, success, and long life.

 

As a start, we will be donating all funds raised by the DMSE Foundation during the Medford2Medford race to organizations that directly support communities of color.

 

This is just the beginning of DMSE's effort to effect real change. We know we have a long road ahead.

 

OUR EVENTS

The company and its 75+ consultants manage more than 30 major road races and charitable events per year, including:

 

New Balance Falmouth Road Race

 

Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital

 

Camp Harborview Citython 5K

 

Run to Home Base

 

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

 

Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race

 

BAA Half-Marathon

 

BAA Boston Marathon

 

lululemon San Diego 10K

 

TD Beach to Beacon

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

 

BAA 5K

 

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Run

 

Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty at Patriot Place

 

BAA 10K

 

“There are 3 rules I never break—No questions asked. 1) Call my mom back within an hour. 2) Tell someone every day that I love them. 3) Always say yes to Dave McGillivray.”

— DAVID BROWN, CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER OF THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

THE EARLY YEARS

Since 1981, DMSE has organized or consulted on more than 1,000 events, raising millions for charity and earning a reputation as one of the most thorough, well organized race management firms in the U.S.

 

DMSE’s first event – the Bay State Triathlon at Wright’s Pond in Medford, Mass. – attracted 100 participants and was one of the first triathlons ever held in New England and the nation. McGillivray had competed in the 1980 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and brought the concept back to his native Northeast. A triathlete for years, McGillivray competed in eight Ironman triathlons and introduced the inspirational father-son team of Rick and Dick Hoyt to the sport. In January of 2011, he was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.

 

Triathlons were just the beginning for DMSE. As the group organized more athletic events, McGillivray and his staff quickly earned a reputation as detail minded, safety oriented and creative thinkers in the competitive arena of event management. In 1988, the B.A.A Boston Marathon noticed and appointed McGillivray technical director of the world-famous marathon, and in 2001 he was appointed race director – a title he still holds today.

 

PICKING UP SPEED

As DMSE grew, McGillivray added to his team, hand picking the best in start and finish line management, lead vehicle programs, runner registration and results, while working with local volunteers, race committees and police and fire departments to create a smooth operation come race day. So when Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson had an idea for a road race in her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, she reached out to McGillivray and his team.  The TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K was launched in 1998 and is now among the most popular on the U.S. road race circuit, attracting some of the world’s fastest elite athletes and drawing rave reviews from participants.

 

Others noticed as well. From the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon Series throughout the U.S. to Run to Home Base at Fenway Park and Run For The Dream in Williamsburg, Va., a DMSE race is known for being safe, organized, technically advanced and produced without flaws. No wonder that in 2000, McGillivray and his team received the prestigious Race Director of the Year award from Road Race Management. 

 

MAINTAINING THE PACE

In 2014, DMSE added another high-profile event to the portfolio as the team was brought on to manage the Across the Bay 10K in Annapolis, MD, which has had more than 20,000 runners in each of the first two years!

 

PHILANTHROPY

DMSE Sports also is a pioneer in what is now one of the most important aspects of the athletic industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. Nearly every DMSE endeavor has that unbeatable combination of fitness and fundraising, giving back to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Lazarus House and many others.

 

MILESTONES

DMSE has been involved with more than 900 major events over the 30+years, but here are a few highlights:

 

1980 Dave McGillivray Running and Sports Center opens in Medford, Massachusetts

 

1981 Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE) is born, sets up offices in Medford

 

1982 DMSE directs first triathlon, the Bay State Triathlon at Spot Pond in Medford

 

1983 DMSE produces Cape Cod Endurance Triathlon, first Ironman-distance triathlon in the continental U.S.

 

1984 Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. is incorporated, April 19, 1984

 

1988 DMSE is hired as the Technical Coordinator of the BAA Boston Marathon.

 

1989 DMSE manages Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

 

1990 DMSE directs the Triathlon World Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

 

1993 DMSE manages Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Andover, Massachusetts

 

1996 DMSE assists with 100th running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon with a record 38,000+ official entrants

 

1996 DMSE consultants hired to assist with venue management of all road events for Atlanta Olympic Games

 

1998 DMSE directs Goodwill Games Triathlon in New York City

 

1998 DMSE asked by Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Samuelson to manage the first TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K (then the People Beach to Beacon 10K)

 

2003 DMSE creates its own foundation: The DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation

 

2004 DMSE manages USA Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials in St. Louis

 

2008 DMSE assists BAA in managing USA Women’s Marathon Olympic Trial in Boston, Massachusetts

 

2010 DMSE launches four new races – Spring Training 10K Classic in Jupiter, Florida; Run to Home Base at Fenway Park in Boston; Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough; and the Run Gloucester 7-Mile Race in Gloucester

 

2010 DMSE Foundation launches “Running in Places” program for Boston-area school children

 

2010 DMSE hired as consultant to the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

 

2010 DMSE hired to manage 2011 Run for the Dream half marathon in Williamsburg, Virginia, and 2011 Mt. Washington Road Race

 

2011 DMSE celebrates "30 Years Running" March 12 with more than 450 dignitaries, consultants, and athletes; DMSE hired to serve as the race director of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Cape Cod in time for its 40th running

 

2013 DMSE manages the 25th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

 

2014 DMSE assists with the Across the Bay 10K in Annapolis, Maryland

 

2015 DMSE hired to direct the USA Invitational Half Marathon in San Diego, California

 

2016 DMSE manages the Runner's World Half & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

 

2017 DMSE celebrates 20 years of managing the TD Beach to Beacon in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

 

2017 DMSE hired to manage the inaugural Fenway Park Marathon

 

Section two – Managing Work Stress - http://runrunlive.com/surviving-work-stress

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have lined up in the parking lot between the barriers to get our shots through the end of  Episode 4-448 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

So I watched “the Dig’ on Netflix.  I’ve been excited to see it.  Because I’m a big history buff.  And if you don’t know ‘the Dig’ is a period piece about the excavation of an Anglo Saxon ship burial in Sutton Hoo, on the coast of Suffolk in England.   

I won’t disparage the program but I was hoping for some archaeology and it turns out it’s more like ‘the English Patient’.  Lots of feelings and relationships and very little actual Anglo Saxon.   They don’t even show the helmet or mention king Raedwald.  So if you like British period dramas go for it.  If you like archeology, not so much.

The other wonderful discovery I’ve made in the last couple weeks are some very entertaining science fiction podcasts. Since I have my own “After the Apocalypse” podcast now – which you should go like and comment remember – I did some searching and found some others to listen too. 

There are three I’ve been listening to on my runs.  The first is Asimov’s Science fiction podcast that reads stories form Asimov’s magazine.  The second is Light Speed Podcast, another science fiction story podcast.  And finally my favorite is Clarkesworld science fiction.  I think I like that one the most because the editor always sounds exhausted.  <Links in the notes. >

They are all nice, little 20-30 minute chunk-size stories.  Perfect company for running in the dark, snowy trails.  Some are better than others.  The good ones make the so-so ones worth it. 

Other than that I’m working my way through a Jimmy Buffet novel called “A Salty Patch of Land” which is refreshingly easy to digest.  A bit of a palette cleanser – so to speak.  Cowboys, boats, lighthouses – typically breezy Jimmy Buffet style.  Cringe-worthy at time but unapologetic.

And that’s what I have for you this week. A decent week.  The days are getting longer fast now.  4+ minutes a day.  The vaccinations are rolling out.  We might even be getting on airplanes and gettiggn back out into the world soon. 

Stay warm.  Stay strong.  Be a leader,

And I’ll see you out there.

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-447 – Mental Health in Lockdown – Dr. Sarb

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Intro:

Hello and welcome to episode 4-447 of the RunRunLive podcast.   Here we are, the middle of January and I’ve got a lot to talk about today.  Which is good, because one of the things that bothers me about house arrest is that I don’t get enough experiential input.  I’m not out traveling and running races so I have less input, less to talk about. 

I had to take a week off from running last week.  I managed to give myself an infected toe.  I’ll talk about that in Section One.  It’s better now and I went out for an hour in the trails yesterday.  It seems to be ok.  I’m a week into a course of antibiotics and that seems to have cleared it up. 

The good news is that I’m not going to die a slow painful death from gangrene.  The bad news is that I lost a week of training and I had to take a course of antibiotics.  I don’t like taking antibiotics.  IT wipes out all the helpful and friendly bacteria in your body as well as the cantankerous buggers living in your cuticles. 

The antibiotics mess up my digestion, especially with my diet that includes a lot of roughage.  It basically gives me the digestive system of a Canadian goose.  It also compounds the dry skin I get this time of year.  I think in general we underestimate all the helpful things that a community of symbiotic bacteria do for you. 

Today we’re going to talk to Dr. Sarb. I’ve ‘known’ Dr. Sarb for many years from the online running community. He’s a New Zeeland based psychologist and is just now putting out a book about how to survive the Covid.  I had some tech problems and had to cut him short so I had him send me a preamble which I’ll stick on the front of the interview. 

By the way why is it called New Zeeland?  Doesn’t that imply an Old Zeeland? Isn’t this a British colony? Zeeland isn’t very British. 

In fact the is an old Zeeland and it’s north of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  The first people to ‘discover’ what would become New Zeeland were Dutch.  Specifically a dude named Abel Tasman.  Yup, that’s how you get Tasmania.  At the time he thought he had run into Argentina.  His GPS must not have been charged. 

Anyhow, subsequently the Dutch thought, hey, this place is made up of islands like Zeeland, which in old Dutch means “Sea Land” and so you have New Zeeland. 

 

In section two I’ll talk about living life like it’s improvisational art. 

At the risk of being the crazy old etymologist, I want you to think about the word ‘compassion’.  It’s a good old Latin word.  The first bit means ‘with’ the second bit means ‘suffering’.  Having compassion means the ability to understand and feel another’s pain and suffering. 

“With Suffering”.  At this point most writers will go off on a screed about how you have to suffer for what you want.  How passion is the ability to suffer for a goal. 

I’m not going to do that, although it’s a great screed.  Very biblical.  Has the smell of ancient empires and codes of honor to it.  Unsurprising it’s Roman in origin. 

I’m going to talk about having compassion for someone else.  Understanding and appreciating someone else’s suffering.   If you think about anyone you know, live with or work with – to some extent they are all suffering.  Whether they show it or not. 

And the ones that are suffering the most are the one’s that are the hardest to have empathy for.  Because they are typically externalizing that suffering in ways that are negative. 

It doesn’t mean you have to agree with them. It doesn’t mean you have to like them.  It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable.  It means you understand their suffering. 

This is important because people who are suffering tend to externalize that suffering.  They lash out.  They act out. 

It is in our nature to suffer.  It is in our nature to be passionate.  It makes us human. 

Passion by it’s nature is irreconcilable with the norm.  Passionate people are outliers in one way or another. 

If you can bring yourself to look for the suffering behind another’s actions it will help you understand them.  It will help your own suffering because it will allow you to understand.  Understanding converts emotion to reason. 

And with that reason you are in a better position to deal with those who are suffering. 

But compassion also means celebrating those who are achieving happiness.  It is part of empathy and growth. 

When was the last time you told someone you were happy for them? Try saying this in a moment of contemplation while visualizing someone you know who has achieved something that has made them happy.

Because that empathy for others happiness begets joy in yourself.

Now try saying this: "May I have appreciation for my own joy. May my happiness grow." And notice how that makes you feel and how the two are intertwined. 

On with the show!

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

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.

 

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Section one – The infected Toe - http://runrunlive.com/the-infected-toe

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Dr. Sarb Johal  – Mental Health in Covid

https://sarbjohal.com/about/

 https://sarbjohal.com/book/

 

I’m Dr Sarb Johal.

I’m a clinical psychologist, consultant, speaker, and media commentator with an insatiable curiosity about this human experience.

 

Over my 30-year career in psychology, I’ve been privileged to work alongside many brilliant minds producing phenomenal psychological research into the way our brains work.

 

The problem is that very little of this incredible work filters down in a useful way to the people it could really help. Ordinary people trying to sustain relationships, bring up kids, hold down a job, lead a team or an organisation, make a contribution and generally do life well. In other words, all of us.

 

Until now.

Through my videos, podcasts, consulting and speaking, I uncover and interpret the latest psychological research from experts around the globe, transforming complex concepts into useful insights that help individuals, leaders and organisations navigate this ever-changing world.

 

Section two – Life as Improv - http://runrunlive.com/life-is-performance-art

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have holed up in our home offices for almost an entire year, and most certainly,  through the end of Episode 4-447 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  

I’ve got a couple stories for you to take you out, but first remember to go listen to my new podcast the apocalypse serial “After the Apocalypse”.  Like it, write a review, forward it to your friends and share it on social, please. 

It was a busy week back at work.  This seemed to be the week when everyone showed back up from vacation looking to get stuff done. Since I wasn’t running it was weirdly ok because I had one less thing to do.  I’ve been at this new job for a year now, so I guess I have to stop calling it a new job.  I’m grateful to have made the decision to move back into a bigger company. 

Doesn’t’ look like we’ll be getting out of lock down any time soon.  I’m eyeballing a April event but not sure I’ll want to get on a plane and not sure I’ll be able to visit the home office.  I’m also feeling a weird “maybe I don’t have what it takes to run an ultra anymore” feeling.  I only made it through a  week of heavier training before I broke myself this time.

I guess I’m feeling a bit mortal which isn’t a great feeling.  Maybe it has something to do with the psychology of the Apocalypse. 

Ironically my new pair of Hokas showed up the same day I had to go to the clinic for the infected toe.  I down graded to the Challenger ATR’s from the SpeedGoat’s. I just can’t stomach paying $180 for a pair of shoes.  These new Challengers seem much lighter than the older versions.  The outsole seems stiffer too.  And of course the toe-box is a bit roomier!

I did end up partially breaking those $30 UBI Bluetooth headphones.  I say partially, because the left ear still works, which is actually ok for podcasts.  Might be a million dollar idea there folks – make an athletic version of those single ear-piece Bluetooth headphones. 

Let me take you out with a home-office story.  And it might be a little unsettling for those of you with an aversion to rodents.  So there are mousetraps involved, if that’s triggering for you, you might want to skip ahead. 

One of the mornings this week I carry my coffee and avocado toast up to my office to read the news on my computer, like I do most mornings.  I notice, what I think are sesame seeds from the toast on the pad in front of the keyboard.  And I almost drop them into my avocado, before I realize they are mouse turds. 

It’s been a low-mouse invasion year because we got the new garage doors in December.  But I left them open last weekend whilst clearing snow.  (how many people do you know that use the word ‘Whilst’?)

Anyhow, I think “crap, there’s a mouse living in my office crawling around on my desk eating my breakfast crumbs. 

So, I set a couple traps along the baseboard and kept my day going.

Then my big-boss calls, can you be on this call in 15 minutes where the corporate blah, blah, is talking about blah, blah.  OK, I can do that, luckily I’m showered and dressed at this point. 

So I’m at my stand up desk, on the video call, acting like I have some sort of intelligence, knowledge and authority – when ‘Snap!’ the trap goes off about a foot and a half from where I’m standing.  But, it doesn’t kill the mouse right away. 

So, I’m stuck talking to these people on this video call while the mouse is thrashing about on the floor next to me.   They never knew. 

Say what you want about this remote work, it comes with new experiences. 

I think the biggest challenge of extended home arrest is the sameness of it.  The ground-hog day nature of it.  But that can be comforting too.   It can lead you to feel uninspired and pointless.  And when that happens I think we just have to keep moving.  Like Dr. Sarb suggests you have to make up rules that simplify things for your over-taxed brain. 

One I’ve found useful is to commit blocks of time.  30 minutes is a good block of time when you’re having trouble focusing.  Shift the focus from, “I need to do this thing” to I’m going to work on this one task for 30 minutes non-stop.  The old Pomadoro Method.  Adds structure. 

I’ve rejoined Twitter after a few years away.  As always I’m cyktrussell.  I’ve got about 13,000 followers.  I tweet about running stuff.  I retweet from the back-catalogue of 1,000 plus articles I’ve written on my website RunRunLive.com.  I mostly make snide comments and tweet Grateful Dead Lyrics. 

Follow me and we’ll exchange snark.

Ok my friends, whether you feel like a Rockstar or the mouse, let’s make 2021 the best year yet by showing up and doing the work and bringing the joy.

And, hopefully,  I will see you out there.

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Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-446 – Running the World with Nick Butter

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

Intro:

Hello and welcome to episode 4-446 of the RunRunLive podcast. 

Here we are at the start of a new year!  How about that?  2021.  Happy new year.

Today we have a chat with Nick Butter that I recorded a couple weeks ago.  Nick has recently run a marathon in every country in the world, so you may hear him making the rounds of the podcasts.  I’m always a little hesitant to interview folks that come off on the surface as a bit self-promotional. 

But, as you’ll hear in the interview, Nick is a thoughtful, honest runner.  It’s another one of these stories that’s good for the new year.  Another, chuck everything and do something big, story.  

I’m looking out the window of my home office as I write this and it is just about freezing.  There is a covering of icy snow on the ground.  Yesterday we got one of those slush storms where it’s warmish and snowing and raining at the same time.  I went out with Ollie for a couple hours in the slush in the trails which was fun.

I told you about how Ollie likes to ambush me.  He’ll come running directly at me, hit the brakes, snap and growl and take off growling with a stick.  I have managed to avoid getting bitten since we last talked.  (Although, he did spear me from behind with a pine tree one day this week.)   

So, yesterday we’re out running in the slush and he comes tearing down the trail straight at me, throws on the brakes, but because there’s two inches of slush, he can’t get any traction and slides straight through me like a ball through a bowling pin.  I went down on top of him and got nice an slushy. 

I know sounds funny now, but I was pretty mad at the time. 

Now all the slush is frozen.  It’s going to be dicey out in the trails today. My shoes are wet from yesterday so I’ll have to switch to an old pair. 

I’ve started training a bit.  My plan is to be in 50 mile shape for the end of April.  Today will cap a pretty big week for me.   Ran a ½ marathon on the roads with the club on Sunday, 7ish in the trails Tuesday, 8ish in the trails Wednesday, a 10 X 60 second hill repeat set on Friday, 10ish slush miles yesterday and I’ll get another 7ish trail mile in today – so mid 40 miles for the 7 days and over 50 for 8 days. 

In section one we’ll talk about how to build a spring training plan.  In section two I’ll give you one of the finished episodes of my new apocalypse podcast – so you can hear what I’ve been putting my energy into over the last couple weeks.

 

I’m not going to talk about New Year’s resolutions.  But I will talk a little bit about attitude in the outro. 

I thin 2021 is going to be a interesting year.  After all of use being artificially tamped down for 2020, 2021 should be a barn-burner!

I would counsel you to be prepared.  To take these slow times around the holidays to plan and reflect.  Because every thing that happens is an opportunity.  The failures as well as the successes teach us something – if we’re willing to learn.

I’ve often quoted Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech.  You’ve heard it.  It’s famous.  Teddy Roosevelt was a real character.  He’s on Mount Rushmore with Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson.  Which is a bit strange if you think about it. What’s this dude from the early 1900’s doing up on the mountain with the founders and the great emancipator?

This little squirrelly guy with the squeaky voice.  We know he had a squeaky voice because this was around the time that audio recordings started to be made. 

You know how Teddy got to be president?  He was such a pain in the ass they made him Vice President to get him out of the way.  Basically, they buried him in a do-nothing job so he couldn’t cause any trouble. 

Then an anarchist put a bullet in McKinley and the rest is history. 

You have to be ready for your moments.  2021 could be your moment.

On with the show!

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/RunRunLive

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. 

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Section one – 2021 training plans - http://runrunlive.com/spring-2021-training-plans-start-your-engines

 

Voices of reason – the conversation

Nick Butter  – Every Country in the World

Yasmin Li

Manager to Nick Butter

Contact number: +44 7772 870069

Sponsorships and Partnerships email: management@nickbutter.com

Speaking Events email: speakerbookings@nickbutter.com

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Nick Butter

British Endurance Athlete | Motivational Speaker | Adventurer

Contact number: +44 7745 291591

nick@nickbutter.co.uk | www.nickbutter.com | www.runningtheworld196.com

Twitter and Instagram: @nickbutterrun

Expedition Highlight Reel: https://vimeo.com/368565548/b64acede4d 

PRE-ORDER NICK'S BOOK - Running The World: My World-Record Breaking Adventure to Run a Marathon in Every Country on Earth

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Section two – after the Apocalypse - http://www.aftertheapocalypse.me

 

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have run a marathon in every country, on every grain of sand in the world, through the end of Episode 4-445 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  You think we’ll live long enough to see some folks run marathons on other worlds?  

So that’s my new apocalypse podcast.  Go find by searching for after the apocalypse on iTunes or whatever your favorite podcast app is.  This one cost me real money to make so I need to drive the download numbers.  Even if you hate it and want to have nothing to do with it, go out a subscribe to it and download it. If you want to help, like it, write a review send it to a couple friends. I’m enjoying the creative process. 

Thoughts on 2020

Many people are saying 2020 was a ‘bad’ year.  I’m not sure there is such a thing as a bad year.  Labeling anything good or bad is just way to justify our own response to it.  And that’s the interesting thing about it – because our response is the only thing we can really control. 

When we say 2020 was a bad year what we’re really saying is 2020 was a year in which our response to external events was bad. 

What would change if instead of labeling ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we just took things for what they were?  2020 wasn’t ‘good’ or ‘bad’ it just was. 

2020 was certainly different. It caused an abrupt cessation or change to many of our longstanding routines and habits.  I would wager that with every routine lost, the seed of a new routine was planted.

People stopped driving to work.  That routine was lost.  Maybe it was replaced with going for a walk before work in the morning, with the dog or the spouse.  Was that a good or a bad change?

Surely, we lost people with the virus.  Surely, we lost jobs.  But are we not the type of animals that respond to challenges and change?  Doesn’t this type of abrupt, structural change cause us to look deeply inwards and ask better questions? 

One thing became clear to me in 2020.  There are an infinite number of things that are out of my control.  And if I let those things bother me or control me or chew up my valuable time then I’m a chump. 

There are things that are squarely in my control.  Where I spend my precious energy and time is under my control.  Somewhat, I’m still boxed in on many fronts by the decisions I’ve made along the way.  But that doesn’t mean I have to acquiesce.  That just means I choose to.  Call it sunk cost or pain avoidance but there are certain things I’m locked into, and I chose to be locked into. 

A big, big, big thing that is under my control is how I show up.  Everything in life rewards you disproportionately for how you show up.  To quote a famous fantasy novel, “We reap what we sow.” This is typically applied to the actions of individuals, but I think it applies better to how we show up.

If we show p with hate and anger, then we are going to reap hate and anger.

If we show up with fear and hesitancy, then we are going to reap suspicion and distrust.

If we show up with disinterest and torpor, we are going to be shown the door.

But, my friends, it is totally under your control. 

If we show up with energy and positivity and a belief in the future and a story about a better place, then we are going to reap the enthusiasm and trust of everyone we meet. 

And with that we bid goodbye to 2020.  2020 was a game-changing year.  2020 enabled me to spend time at home with my new dog and my old wife.  2020 gave me space to explore the trails.  2020 allowed me to inject some new creativity into my life. 

2020 brought perspective to where I am and where I’m going.

2020 reminded me of the things I’m grateful for. 

2020 started with me taking on the challenge of a new job.  I feel quite blessed looking back that I was able to be part of an organization and help navigate these unchartered waters.  That, I think, was a serendipitous use of my experience and mindset. 

In 2021 I vow to set new goals in all the important areas of my life.  To plan and execute to the best of my abilities.  But, most of all to show up.  To bring my best self to every day. 

And I will see you out there!

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