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Apocalypse Stories - Bill the Dog
One of my apocalypse stories.
Episode 4-443 – Chasing Summits with Gary Harrington
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-443 – Chasing Summits with Gary Harrington (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4443.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - Intro: Hello and welcome to episode 4-443 of the RunRunLive podcast. I’m going to apologize in advance. I’ve been having a hard time staying positive these last couple weeks. I think some of it is seasonal – maybe you have these blue periods as well. And, of course some of it is the ongoing apocalypse and the level of uncertainty and weirdness in our worlds. So – if any of that bleeds through, I apologize in advance. But, here’s the good news, being who we are, life-long endurance athletes of one form or another we are going to take this as an opportunity. We are going to flip this on its head. We, you and I, are going to ask better questions. I don’t have all the answers, but we can as the questions and have the conversations with you and potentially together we can find some strategies to do better. And at the end of the day, I guess that’s all we can really ask, right? To do a little bit better. So in today’s show we are going to talk to a fellow runner, ultra-runner and a peak bagger extraordinaire Gary Harrington about his book “chasing summits”, which on the surface is about climbing a bunch of mountains, but under the covers is about how Gary went from a divorced, struggling, overweight sports journalist to a guy who created a lifestyle of physical freedom, physical and mental health. As is so many times the case in our journey here at RunRunLive, what we find is that the Running, the swimming, the hiking – they weren’t the point, they were they vehicle for the self discovery. In section one we’ll talk about how to address your sagging enthusiasm for running in the apocalypse. In section two we’ll talk about strategies for creating freedom in your life. The last couple weeks have been up and down for me. I’ve maintained my off-peak training schedule of getting out 3-4 times a week for a run with 2-3 core workouts. I haven’t been really good at keeping up my yoga. I’ve really lacked enthusiasm for the workouts. Nevertheless, I have gotten some fairly pleasant long runs in the woods with Ollie. There are a couple of compounding factors here. First is that my 9-5 job has been mentally stressful and typically is more like 8:00 to 6:00. By the time I role out of a day I’m exhausted and not feeling the workout. And my workout are consistently pushed to the after work hours. I could get out early but the sun doesn’t rise until after 6:00 so I’m in danger of missing those early calls. I know, I know, I am the last person who should be in this position. I literally wrote the book on how to train with a busy life. But, there it is. This is different. Somehow the current house-arrest version of work combined with nothing to train for, makes working out feel kinda onerous and pointless. Humans, right? Just when we need it most, our brain manufactures ways to make it hard. The time change and lack of sunlight has been harder this year than previously. I find that my eyes are really affected by staring at the computer all day and when I’m out in the woods I can’t see enough to manage the technical bits in the dark. This leads to having to run constantly on guard, which is stressful, constantly tweaking my feet and ankles on roots and rocks and consistently falling down. None of this creates the mental relaxation that I go to running and trail running for. I can go on the roads, but then I’m dealing with traffic and the dog and it’s not the best. So, when I got back from running last night I ordered one of those chest-based lighting systems. I’m hoping if I can light up the trails better it
Episode 4-442 – 24-Hour Run with Bill Shultz
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-442 – 24-Hour Run with Bill Shultz (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4442.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - Intro: Hello and welcome to episode 4-442 of the RunRunLive podcast. How’s everyone doing? Stressed out by the year that was 2020? Today we have a good show for you. We are going to talk with veteran runner Bill Sullivan about 24-hour races and other things ultra. Our friend Greg recommended I talk to Bill. He said ‘Bill has some worderful stories’ and that’s one of the joys of running with a group that I miss. Running as a social lubricant Where you get into some great story telling. Besides the fact that it’s my birthday. Happy Birthday to me. No, I haven’t gained a new age group yet but I’m getting close and I think this one will net me 15 minutes. The challenge that I run into, (pun intended), is, besides the apocalypse, my many of my workouts don’t lend themselves to social runs. It’s not like I’m meeting you in the park for an easy 5K. I also tend to be rushed for time on most days. I do have Ollie with me on most runs and he keeps me busy by ambushing me, playfully, (I think) nipping at me and running between my legs growling with giant pointy sticks. Speaking of Ollie, I got one of those step-in harnesses for him that works very well. First, because he hates anything that you have to put over his head. He will see that coming and unless you’re willing to lose some skin you’re not getting that on him. This one, you lay it on the floor flat, he steps into with the appropriate treat bribery, and you pull it up and snap it. Second, he can’t slip out of it. The collar he can get out of. The harness is safer. The rings to attach the leash are on his back, about his shoulders. Finally, he doesn’t seem to want to pull as hard from that configuration as he does on the leash. He still leans into it a little but it’s much better. It’s a little loose. He’s in between big dog and medium dog, but it’s workable. In Section One today I’m going talk to you folks who might be ultra-curious. In section two I’ll give you another apocalypse story. I’m writing them anyhow so I might as well use them here. But, today is a momentous day. This week we have seen the culmination of something that has been years in the making. A triumph of the soul as well as the physical world. It is a new dawn. No longer do I have to be governed by the never-ending worry and stress. We have burst free of the impure and corrupt. We are staring ahead at a bright future without the evil constraints of the past. We have remedied the dirty, corrupt and contaminated state of our lives. Yes, today, I declare, before all, that this week… I finally finished painting my house. Yeah. What did you think I was talking about? Took me all summer. I did it all with a paint brush. Looks nice. Anyhow, back to the old man in the apocalypse. The only reason this is even tangentially relevant to you in a podcast about running is that my main character is the Old Man, who is an ultra-runner. In today’s chapter I try to build the backstory with a little exposition. He is a man who enters the apocalypse having lost faith in humanity and his arc will be how he recovers that faith. I signed up for Nanowrimo. Which is a daily writing challenge in November. People try to write a few thousand words a day and finish the month with the first draft of a novel. I’m not looking to write a novel. I think my plan is to write a podcast. I don’t really have the time to sit and write for 6 hours a day, but I can give it a few minutes every morning and see what I come up with. Stitch together the stories and characters that I have
Episode 4-440 – Run Grateful with Mark White
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-440 – Run Grateful with Mark White (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4441.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - Intro: Hello and welcome to episode 4-441 of the RunRunLive podcast. This week we talk about ‘Grateful Running’ with Mark White from the UK who is leading a movement to combine gratitude and running. Gratitude is a powerful thing. If you are feeling low or anxious, gratitude can alleviate those negative emotions and feelings. It’s really hard to feel bad when you are grateful. It’s powerful and centering. You can always be grateful for what you have. You can always adjust your focus to what you have versus what you don’t have. By definition gratitude engenderers an attitude of abundance over an attitude of scarcity. It’s been fairly quiet on the athletics side as we continue to ride out the apocalypse here. I’ve been sticking with my down schedule of 3 runs a week, 3 core workouts and a bike ride. At this point as we get towards November we’re losing the sun and that makes things a bit more challenging. We’ll turn the clocks back in a week. Right now the sun doesn’t come up until after 7:00 in the morning and sets before 6:00. Next week we’ll get the morning sun back but will totally lose the afternoon. There it will dither about until the winter solstice in December to begin the slow climb back into the light in the spring. I’ve always been night runner. It has its advantages and drawbacks. The leaves are mostly down now as we have gotten a hard frost and a number of heavy rainstorms with wind. I’m finding my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be either. It can be challenging running in the woods at night. I have to slow down and pick my way along to keep from falling or turning an ankle. The apocalypse hordes have added noticeable wear to the trails. The increased volume of foot traffic this summer has brought out the roots and rocks. There are positives about running at night. I don’t have to worry about any time constraints. No sense in hurrying. I don’t have to worry about sharing the trails with people. Which means I can have Ollie off leash without problematic interactions. I suppose there’s a greater chance of running into some wild animals in the dark. I’m not generally worried about that. We don’t have anything too dangerous in our woods. The coyotes have been very active recently and that worries me a bit. I’m not sure how Ollie would react. A couple nights recently the coyotes have been very vocal and quite close to the house. They have their ceremonies. I think it’s when they kill something. They all yip and howl for 10 – 20 minutes. It’s quite eerie. Unnerving. To be woken up in the dead of the night by their canid keening. Last year was a mast year. Meaning there are certain years when the oak trees produce more acorns. The trees do this as a defense mechanism to outwit their predators. They basically produce more nuts than the squirrels and chipmunks and deer can stash away. The carryon effect is that this creates a population boom in the squirrel and chipmunk and deer. I’m guessing this year that meant a baby boom for the coyotes. That and the uncommonly warmer weather. Why I care is that all this potentially means a bunch of hungry coyotes wandering around in the woods. And with coyotes, like humans, you don’t really need to be afraid of them unless they’re hungry and desperate. Or if they get their hands on some ACME products. 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 actio
Episode 4-440 – Jason has an Epiphany
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-440 – Jason has an Epiphany (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4440.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - Intro: Hello and welcome to episode 4-440 of the RunRunLive podcast. Yes, welcome my friends. I know I’m a week late. It pains me to not meet my commitments. It’s a sign of a life lived out of control. I’m not a control freak but I do like to engender habits. And habits are very strong things. Habits are the fibrous tissue of day to day life. They are hard to tear, but once rent they are hard to put back in place. So, apologies. For being a week late. My work got very time intensive and emotionally taxing for a couple weeks. That combined with the necessary house work and everything else pushed me past, irrevocably past, the deadline. I have taken some corrective action on this front and will talk about that more later. Today we talk with Jason. Jason had one of those death experiences. Not ‘near death’, no, for Jason he died, and then came back. It’s always interesting for me to talk to people who have had these life altering events. It underscores the ability and power we all have inside of us to change, to radically change, to begin to live life before it is too late, but for some reason we don’t. Why is that? What is the glue of normalcy that causes us to submit our dreams of adventure to a the daily grind? Until, one day, we shuffle off the mortal coil leaving dreams unfulfilled scattered here and there like unopened Christmas presents. In section one I’ll talk about how you can build your own ad hoc core workout routines. In section two we’ll catch up with the old man and Bill the dog in the apocalypse. I listen to mostly history podcasts these days. I’ll start a history podcast and listen through until I’m caught up. It’s usually a couple hundred episodes. I like the continuity of it. Of being able to listen through an arc of the historical narrative. Maybe while painting or gardening for a few hours at a time. It’s always a mixture of the bittersweet and the accomplishment when I get caught up. Then it gets me to thinking that there might be someone out there listening to this who has just listened through the athletic arc of a dozen years of my life. That’s odd. If it’s you, send me an email or reach out to me on social I’d love to talk to you. Cyktrussell at gmail dot com. I don’t spend much time on social media anymore. I’ve entirely given up on Twitter. I dip into Facebook to see if anyone is looking for me maybe once a day. I do post pictures on Instagram. That doesn’t seem to be much of a sewer yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Since we last talked, which was after my virtual Boston marathon, I’ve been taking it pretty easy. The leg seems to have gotten better. No more swelling or lumps or lymph node swelling. Kind of makes me feel like a fake. I skipped my race and it turned out to be nothing. But, that is life. I’ve been running with Ollie 3 days a week for 20ish miles, Maybe mid 20’s. Just easy stuff. Mostly trails. I’m easing into core work and yoga on the other days. On Sundays I meet my buddies and we do a long, easy bike ride. Usually around 30 miles. We hit someplace to eat halfway. It’s a nice change. I’ve got my old race bike, Fuji-san, the classic steel frame road bike that I bought to commute with 20 years ago. It’s a real bike. A bit heavy, but good Shimano components, clip on aero bars and enough working gears to get me where I’m going. Usually if I’m training I might average 18 miles an hour. On these pancake and bagel rides we tend to average 11-12 miles per hour, so that should give you a sense of the effort level! I’
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