The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-468 – Thomas and the Emerging Athlete

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

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-468 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Today we’re going to talk to my friend Thomas who is a college cross country runner.

If I could name only one benefit from having put out this podcast for the past dozen years it would be, head and shoulders above anything else, the people I meet, and the podcast gives me an excuse to learn about them. 

I didn’t meet Thomas through the podcast, but the podcast gives me an opportunity to talk to him.  It’s interesting and enlightening.  I think there’s something to learn here for everyone. 

it tells us older athletes that just by showing up we may make an impact on someone.

It has some lessons learned for runners just starting out around what the journey could be.

It has some things for parents to think about.

In section one I’m going to talk about the magical sport of cross-country. 

In section two I’m going to talk about the elliptical – that ungainly piece of equipment in the corner of your gym.

As for me, I had a bit of a setback in my return to running.  When I glibly tossed in that trail 5-miler a few weeks back I did something to my knee.  I don’t know if that something was the same something I’ve been recovering from for the last year or a new something – but it was noticeably sore. 

So – I am not running. 

Instead I’m working with Gina and focusing on some basic core, PT, flexibility and balance.  I, purely on a whim, jumped on the elliptical at the gym for my warm up this week and discovered that this may be a piece of equipment I can use to gain fitness while I’m waiting for the knee to sort itself out. 

I haven’t put my bike on the trainer yet. 

When I say ‘trainer’ I mean this contraption that is basically some rollers that you can mount your bike on and ride in place.  It is in the top 3 of the ‘endurance training Hall of Pain’ workouts.  It is mind numbingly awful. 

But you can watch TV. 

I did go out and squeeze a bike ride in last weekend with my buddies.  When I left my house for the ride Saturday morning there was ice in the back of my truck.   It was a bit brisk out on the bike trail, but we stopped for coffee to warm up at the halfway point.

I am starting to put on a little weight.  But it is what it is. 

My daily workout is a combination of foam rolling, stretching and some core or strength.  None of which is super-challenging.  The only challenging part is convincing myself to do it and then not trying to rush through it!

I did buy a set of latex bands from Amazon that I use to add resistance to some of the PT exercises, like clamshells.  They are pretty good.  If you want the link, ask me and I can send it.  They are in a little pouch that you can throw into your gym bag and there are 10 different tensions.  I think it was 12 bucks. 

My knee is still pretty achy and I’m losing my patience and getting frustrated with it.  I just have to keep reminding myself to take the long view.  Keep showing up!  Good things will happen if you are consistent.

Since you all know by now that I am running a fitness project at work, which basically means I’m being an ad hoc fitness coach for all the people in my group. 

I have one friend who’s in his mid-40’ who has gotten the Peleton treadmill and has been on it every day for almost a month now.  He’s really inspired.  He’s gone from zero to every day. 

When I look at what he’s doing, he can’t even run a mile without walking, but it is transformational for him.  So I’m not going to complain about not being able to do intervals, hill repeats and 50k’s! 

I’m going to do my PT and take what the knee gives me. 

That’s not about injury or fitness.  That’s about mindset.  Some people look at the sky and see the clouds.  You look at the sky, make note of the clouds and see the blue sky. 

It’s the same with thoughts.  The blue sky is your gratitude and peace.  The clouds are the crazy thoughts your brain sends scampering around like demented weasels.

Don’t focus on the clouds.  Focus on the blue sky and your days will be sunnier.  You may even manifest some more blue in your skies.

On with the show.

About Zero

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Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

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I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

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Section One – Cross-Country - http://runrunlive.com/the-magical-world-of-cross-country

Thomas Orcutt

Originally from Groton Massachusetts Ive been running since I was about 9 years old I hold the school records at Groton high school in the mile, 2 mile and 5k. Now a Sophomore at Merrimack College running cross country and track I’m looking for an outside shot to qualify for the NCAA championships in the spring season in the 5k.

  • 1 Mile 4:13
  • 3000m 8:12
  • 5000m 14:30
  • 8k 23:48
  • 10k 30:08

 

Instagram @torcutt25

https://www.strava.com/athletes/torcutt25

Section Two – Elliptical - http://runrunlive.com/elliptical

Outro

Ok my friends we have run over hill and dale through the end of episode 4-468 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Knock the mud off your cleats before you come back in the house, please.  

Even though I have not run at all for a couple weeks I’m running the Ayer Fire Dept 5K next week for my turkey trot.  I should be fine.  I’ll just jog it.  It will be good to get out. 

Then the week after is the Mill Cities Relay.  I’ve got a good 50+ team of my three old running buddies plus Just Plain Dave who’s driving up for southern Mass.   There’s one short 2.5 mile leg – I’ll take that one and see if I can race a little bit.  I’m really looking forward to it.  It should be a blast.

I’m getting to the point where I just want to start running again.  Whatever was / is messed up in my knee should have healed by now and I’m a big believer in active recovery.  I’m going to need some coaching to make sure I ease into it.

I’m sure everyone saw that they accepted everyone who qualified for the 2022 Boston Marathon in the spring.  Meaning, you didn’t need to beat your qualifying time to get in.  I’m out of qualification.  I’d need a 3:35 still to get in.  I think I get another 15 minutes in 2023.  Which is a lot.   I might consider getting a charity bib for 2022, just to keep my streak alive. 

I ended up raising over $1,500 for my virtual this year.  And they finally sent me the finisher’s box.  I got the official race long sleeve tech shirt, finisher’s guide – which is a magazine type thing, I got the Sam Adams bottle opener, the unicorn sticker and a medal. 

I checked on the medal and, yes, it is a different medal than the one the people who ran the physical race got.  The virtual medal is silver, and the ribbon says virtual.  The in-person medal is gold.   

So depending on how you look at it I’ve got 21 Boston marathons under my belt now.  And that would be my 18th in a row.  Tough habit to break.

Ollie the collie is back in training.  We’re doing the “Good Citizen’s” course.  This includes everything we’ve learned so far plus greeting people and other dogs.  I’ve been trying to get out for a walk with him every day on the leash.  He’s still a struggle but he’s getting nicer bit by bit. 

He’s such a smart, lovable dog.  Really handsome.  But crazy as a barrel full of monkeys. 

Guess what?

I booked some business travel this week.  I’m heading to Dallas. I may have two trips to Dallas this month.  How about that?  It’s been almost 2 years.  Crazy.  I’m going have to learn how to travel all over again. 

When I walk Ollie out in the woods I find trash.  I find face masks, which are the new cigarette butt.  I find tissues, which I’m not picking up.  I draw the line at used tissues. 

But the other two things I find are grocery receipts and candy wrappers.  I get the grocery receipts.  They hand those to you at check out when your hands are full so you stuff them in an available pocket from which they jump when you go for your walk. 

I don’t get the candy wrappers.  I’m not talking chocolate bars.  I’m talking about hard candy and Lindt Truffles.  Those little, dense, evil balls of calories. 

How does that happen?

What’s the scenario where you say, “Hey let’s go for a hike! Hold on I’ll get a pocket full of truffles!”

I think it’s people who are watching their step counter and when it hit 10,000 they scarf down a couple truffles as a reward. 

It’s ok.  I’ve got your back.  When sugar coma induced weakness hits and you drop those truffle wrappers I’ll be there to pick them up for you.  Because I’m helpful like that.

And as you are clutching your next handful of sinful chocolate balls, I’ll see you out there.

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

 

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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/

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

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

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-467 – Holistic Health with Gina

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Zero Prostate Cancer 2021 Boston - http://support.zerocancer.org/goto/Stupid_Disease

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 4-467 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

How are we doing?  In today’s show we are going to talk with a friend of mine Gina who has recently moved from her 9-5 job to being a holistic coach.  She’s working with me as I try to build myself back into this new season of running. 

Oh yeah, before I forget, it’s my birthday.  And the supply chain must be really bad because I didn’t’ receive any gifts from you thousands of loyal friends out there… All those expensive gifts must be sitting in a container ship off Long Beach. 

Hey, I know exactly where that is.  I’ve run by the Queen Mary a dozen times in the morning and out into that little marina with the break water there.  Nice weather there.  Too much cement and not enough trees for my liking though. 

I bought myself a new Kindle Paperwhite.  I had one of the original Kindles and I really liked the form factor.  But it eventually went end of life and those evil bastards at Amazon sent over a software update that killed it. 

That was a couple years ago.  It took me this long to recover from my pique. 

I got a couple runs in this week. I went for a nice long 5+ miler with Ollie in the trails on Tuesday.  As much as I enjoyed it, I also made my knee mad and it’s been achy since. 

I’m running with Ollie in the fully leashed mode now.  I have him on the 6-foot leash and I try to make him run in a heel position beside me. It’s a work in progress. He doesn’t get why I wouldn’t want to just run as fast as I can.  I spend most of the time correcting him. 

He doesn’t work with me and it throws me off balance. 

Ollie would make a terrible guide dog.  All you’d see would be Ollie sprinting down the road with the severed arm of the Achilles athlete dragging behind him. 

So – I’m a work in progress and Ollie is a work in progress and, let’s face it, that’s life, right? 

Anyhow Gina has me doing a routine of foam rolling, stretching and core.  I’ve done this routine for the last coupe weeks.  And I do feel a bit of benefit in terms of my form and balance. 

Now I’ll try to load in some strengthening as well. 

Start slow.  Build a good foundation. 

In section one I’ll share another presentation I did to my group about what we learned from experimenting with morning routines.  Apologies for the audio. 

In section two I’m going to talk a little about apps. 

I’m not going to bore you with my whining about not being able to run. 

Not being able to run bothers me.  It really does.  It feels like a loss. 

Why? 

Because running is more than running for us.  Running is art.  Running is a creative, spiritual act.  Running is prayer for us. 

And when you lose your running you lose your prayer – and that’s the loss. 

And you can lose it not just by being physically injured.  You can still be capable of physically running and lose the prayer. 

Lose the art. 

You can lose that art by trying to do to much.  By turning that prayer into an industrial act.

And I’m going to give you a gift.  I’m going to stick a short piece written and read by Pádraig Ó Tuama on a podcast that I listen to sometimes, called On Being with Krista Tippet that has some deep and meaningful conversations.  For your long runs it will give you something to think about and I was stunned by this beautiful piece of writing today. 

I don’t own any of this and the links are in the show notes. 

It’s from an essay called “Oremus,” meaning, in Latin, “Let us pray.” “Prayer, like poetry, like breath, like our own names, has a fundamental rhythm in our bodies. It changes, it adapts, it varies from the canon. It sings, it swears, it is syncopated by the rhythm underneath the rhythm, the love underneath the love, the rhyme underneath the rhyme, the name underneath the name, the welcome underneath the welcome, the prayer beneath the prayer. So let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends, and build altars. Let us listen to the sound of breath in our bodies. Let us listen to the sounds of our own voices, of our own names, of our own fears. Let us name the harsh light and soft darkness that surround us. Let’s claw ourselves out from the graves we’ve dug. Let’s lick the earth from our fingers. Let us look up and out and around. The world is big and wide and wild and wonderful and wicked, and our lives are murky, magnificent, malleable, and full of meaning. Oremus. Let us pray.”

 

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 – Fitness project presentation -

Gina Newton

Thanks again Chris for having me!

 

www.healingwithgina.com

 

Gina Newton is a spiritual and holistic lifestyle coach; Gina guides individuals to balance their personal energy.  After spending 20+ years in a high stress profession, Gina started Holistic Healing with Gina Marie which includes personal training specializing in pregnancy and postpartum care, private yoga, Reiki.  Gina works with people to heal in mind & body to feel their best!

 

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/gina.m.newton/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gina.m.newton.9/

 

Section Two – Fitness Apps - http://runrunlive.com/fitness-apps

 

Outro

Ok my friends we have holistically strengthened through the ed of episode 4-467 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  How do you feel?  More balanced.  Thanks Gina.

Coming up for me is the Ayer Thanksgiving 5K.  Should be fun.  I know I can run 5K – so that won’t be a problem.  The challenge will be to not get swept away in the race vibes and make promises my body can’t deliver on!  

Then on December 5th I have put a team in for the Mill Cities Relay.  It will be a hoot.  I’ll take the broken-old-guy short leg and my old running buddies can divvy up the actual racing. 

We are in the midst of kickstarting the old Groton Road Race after a 2-year hiatus.  Stay tuned for more on that but it will be in the spring.

Speaking of the spring, they have opened early registration for the 2022 Boston Marathon at it’s usual time and place on Patriots Day.  I could register if I was qualified.  But, I’m not.

It makes me wonder whether I should keep pushing out this podcast if I’m not really competing anymore.  What’s the benefit to you? 

But for now I’ll keep doing it.  Because I know that it helps someone.  It shows up at the right time and says the right thing for someone and that’s my little rock creating ripples in the pond.

I will tell you a story. 

This week during my Fitness Project office hours I had a bunch of people show up and we talked about what we learned from the morning routines.    

I have to tell you I was a little wary of putting myself out there in a work setting.  I set up this challenge for everyone in my group to get up at a fixed time for a week and do something.  I called it 5 at 5 or 5 at 6 or whatever you wanted to do.  Just get up, and do something you hadn’t done before and report back to the team as you are doing it.

Everyone listened politely.

Some asked clarifying questions.

Then Monday Morning came around and I committed to list 5 things I was grateful for each day in the morning for a week. That was my commitment.  I published it out to the team chat. 

This was another scary moment.  But, I figured, what’s the worse that can happen?  I’m ready to retire anyhow.

Then, an amazing thing started to happen.  One by one people started chiming in with their morning projects. 

And we got through the week with a heightened sense of comradery.

Mission accomplished I thought. 

Then I held my office hours and all these people showed up.  They told me how my project had kick started them into a fitness routine.  They told me what they had learned.  How they had tried to get up earlier and failed but then learned to simplify and take what they could get.

They told me about how their new meditation practices had allowed them to carry that calm leadership into their days.  They told me how these projects had opened windows of connectivity to their spouses and children. 

I was shocked and humbled. 

Before we had this fitness call I was leading another call, earlier in the week. 

And it wasn’t going great.  I was getting anxious, and I know that you can’t be anxious in these types of calls because it shows and it bleeds into the environment and poisons the room.

And I thought to myself, “Wait.  Take a breath.  You are giving them a gift.  You are the gift.  Your knowledge, your leadership, your ownership is a gift.  You have no control over how they receive the gift.  If they choose not to take the gift, or not to appreciate the gift, that’s on them.”

And I relaxed. 

And, right then and there, in the middle of this call, I reached for a yellow sticky and wrote “I give you my gift” on it to remind me. 

This is my message to you. 

You are only responsible for the gift.  Whether it is a podcast or a morning routine, you give the gift that you have, without fear. 

You give your gift and let others take it. 

Watch what happens. 

Give a gift of a sincere thank you in every interaction you have today. 

Give a gift of sincere praise in every interaction you have today.

Those gifts will come back to you thousandfold.

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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