Welcome to the Run-Run-Live 4.0 Podcast! - This podcast celebrates the transformative power of endurance sports.
This is the next generation follow up to the RunRunLive 2.0 Podcast.
This show is a thoughtful, interview-based format that explores the connection between running, and endurance sports in general and your physical and mental health.
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Episode 4-452 – Caffeine!
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-452 – Caffeine! (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4452.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to 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
Episode 4-451 – Dylan Runs and Writes
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-451 – Dylan Runs and Writes (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4451.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to 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 lea
Dick Hoyt Interview January 2013
Dick Hoyt Interview January 2013 Originally Episode 3-353 of the RunRunLive Podcast
Episode 4-450 – Tom Grilk CEO BAA
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-450 – Tom Grilk CEO BAA (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4450.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to 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 t
Episode 4-449 – Your Spring Nutrition Plan
The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-449 – Your Spring Nutrition Plan (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/epi4449.mp3] Link MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - 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 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 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 d
A Mid-Winter Tale
The RunRunLive 4.0 – A Mid-Winter Tale (Audio: link) audio:http://www.RunRunLive.com/PodcastEpisodes/AMWT.mp3] Link 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
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Chris shares his wisdom from decades of being an endurance athlete. Very well produced podcast with super interviews and great story telling.