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

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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. 

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Sherry Shaban – Fall in Love with Fitness

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.



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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