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Checking in, as I am want to do, after some time.

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To quote Judy Collins:

 

“Isn't it rich?

Are we a pair?

Me here at last on the ground,

You in mid-air,

Where are the clowns?

There ought to be clowns”

 

On behalf of my Dad and the woman who gave my siblings and I life, who in turn gave life to her grandchildren…We want to thank you with all of our hearts for being here today.

 

I’m Stephen John, Loretta’s first child and like you, I will always miss her.

 

But then there’s this weird thing, and I know my Mom was keenly aware of this: “the phenomenon of living on in your progeny”

 

Her influence, taste, opinion, knowledge, philosophy, story and voice…will continue to live on within us.

 

My Mom, or “Ra Ra” as her grandchildren call her, was always good at remembering special days with a card. Every year on Ellen’s birthday (December 25th) she’d write “you’re still my best Christmas present ever!” on her birthday card…and so on Christmas Day, 2009 when Ellen broke the news that she was pregnant with the twins giving my Mom a framed print of the ultrasound: Mom squealed loudly with joy and said “Ellen, If you EVER need ANY help with the kids, I mean ANYTHING just let me know…I’ll send Dad over.”

 

I used to joke with her that she was the curator of “Cliche Hell”…because she would always have just the right hackneyed phrase of wit to underscore the situation.

 

If something went wrong she’d say: “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”

 

If you were feeling pressure or tension she’d say: “Stressed spelled backwards is dessert”

 

If you listen very carefully you can still hear her now: “Stephen”, she’ll say:

 

SUSAN: “Those of you who think you know so much are very annoying to those of us who do”.

 

See what I mean? She had a knack for comic delivery.

 

My Mom, Loretta: is obviously still with us: she has influenced and metaphorically touched us in ways that we can’t understand at the momement.

 

You may have heard some of us use the phrase “Tri-si-so”.  It’s a term of endearment of which I am the author ,but there’s an element of body language associated with it you may not know about. When I was a child, before developing this amazing skill of speech, my Mom would ask: “Stephen, how much do you love me?” to which I’d respond, arms open wide “Tri-Si-So”.  It means “This much: With all my heart”.

 

 

 

You want to experience my Mom’s presence? That’s easy: just spend some time with her children.

 

Ellen will demonstrate her strength,

Susan will demonstrate her love of friends and family,

Mark will demonstrate his kindness to creatures great and small.

Her grandchildren will demonstrate her love of adventure, stories and giving.

 

And I, I can tell you of her compassion, it wasn’t just “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” kind of compassion…she was more of a “be kind to others” kinda person. She always voted for the party of “do no harm”: JFK, RFK, Carter, Clinton, and Obama: you’re welcome…she even voted with compassion.

 

Whenever we had a problem... Moms solution was always to follow the path of kindness.

 

My Mom, Loretta, was a big beliver in authenticty: she taught her children and grandchildren to embrace the experiences of life, to cherish the arts of theatre, music, food, and the epic shouts and laughter of an Italian Family Dinner.

 

She traveled the world and encouraged us to do the same…not just to see the world, but to taste, hear, smell and feel it.  She wanted us to experience the world fully and authentically. 

 

Mom and Dad didn’t just visit Italy, They emersed themselves in it, savoring the land of her ancestors.

 

Last Thursday I asked my Dad go to Fenway with me for game one of the ALCS. He didn’t want to leave Mom alone, of course. She died holding his hand. “Don’t leave me” she said, her last words in life. As you’d expect: He didn’t.

 

When my siblings, neices and nephews were children, my Mom would read to us and encouraged us to do so as well. Mom is why her children and grandchildren have always loved to read…except maybe for Johnny, because: well…he’s Johnny.

 

“The Giving Tree”, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”, “Strega Nona” and of course Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” were some of her favorites.

 

In a special scene near the end of the book, it’s been a year since The Little Prince had left his planet, and he was going home.  Saint-Exupery writes:

 

“…And at night you will look up at the stars.

Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found.

It is better, like that.

My star will be just one of the stars for you.

And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens…they will all be your friends. And besides I am going to make you a present…

 

He laughed again.

 

“Ah, little Prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!”.

 

“That is my present.  Just that…It will be as it was when we drank the water…”

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people.

For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. 

For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky.

For others, who are scholars, they are problems. 

For my businessmen they were wealth. 

But all these stars are silent.

You - you alone - will have the stars as no one else has them -“

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

In one of those stars I shall be living.

In one of them I shall be laughing.

And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night.

You - only you - will have stars that can laugh”.

 

I think that’s what my Mom was trying to tell us all these years:

 

Enjoy simply

Feel deeply

Think freely

Dance as though no one is watching

Love as though you’ve never been hurt before

Sing as though no one can hear you

Live well

Laugh often

Love much

and be kind.

 

I love you Mom, Tree-si-so with all my heart. 

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Health, SCJ and other stuff.  This is me checking in. Be happy.

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This is the most important election in the history of 'Merica.  You really need to vote this time: and I have a suggestion as to how.

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In these troublesome times for our Country and World, you should know that there is a dude.  A dude who asks only for the occasional adult beverage, a dude who does mind, the Dude minds. “This will not stand”, he’ll say, “ya know, this aggression will not stand man.”

Mike is the dude, so that’s what you call him. That or His Dudeness of Duder or El Duderino if your not into the whole brevity thing.  Above all, the Dude Abides: and you should find comfort in that.

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Friends, fellow runners…thinkers all of you, I am honored yet a little squeamish to introduce my pal: Mike.

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It's not the kind of place to raise a kid, in fact it's HOT as hell.

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A great circle on the celestial sphere.

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There Outer Space, Inner Space, No Space and HEAD SPACE.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer reflects on the moment that the first atomic bomb exploded. Nice one Bobby. 

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Where is the center of the Universe?  I've got a better question.

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Take this episode out with you between 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM if you're in the northern hemisphere of the Planet Earth and look to the South.  I wanna show you something cool.

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"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
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Look, in the sky...it's a bird, it's a plane, it's THE ORB!

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This planet, Earth, is all we have.

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You might want to adjust your Fitbit buddy: you traveled much further that you think.

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The Solstice is a time to be mindful.  

It’s about being present, but not about stopping time

It’s about savoring the present without thinking or feeling about it
 
It’s about acknowledging all the emails, text messages, tweets, updates, news flashes, alerts, alarms and distractions without engaging with them for a few minutes
 
It’s about learning how to interact with the universe around us in a focused, meaningful, thoughtful way.
 
We’re standing or sitting or laying down on a planet that is orbiting around it’s axis once a day, and orbits a star every year and rises and falls up and down along the plane of a universe every 125 million years that has spinning away from the galactic center 
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Happy Summer Solstice.  This is the first of a 30 day series of short podcasts that I'm calling "Intervals Post Solstice".  In today's episode I talk about the solstice itself.

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This is my father. Glenn Francis Walker, son of Pius Alexander Walker and Helena Viola MacDonald, my Grampa and Nana.

Grampa was the son of Angus B. Walker and Theresa Morrison, my great grandparents, 

Angus was the son of Peter Walker and Mary MacDonald, my great great grandparents.

Peter was the son of Angus Walker who married  Sara McPhee on February 9th, 1846 at Saint Micheals Roman Catholic Church on Prince Edward Island, Canada: my great, great, great grandparents.

I’m sure that my ancestors beyond Grampa were great. But my Dad?  Glenn Francis Walker, whose birth certificate from Boston Lying-In Hospital in Boston Massachusetts certified that Francis Glenn Walker, weighing 8 pounds 3 ops was born at 2:19 PM on May 25th, 1937…my Dad, he’s the greatest.

I love you tree-tri-so Dad. Happy Fathers Day.

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carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

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Anthony Bourdain was found dead today, and the world is a little less cool because of it.

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My nephew Johnny is my first "guest" on this new format of the podcast Phedippidations.  As I move closer to my 13th year of podcasting, it's time to get back to the roots of this "show".  Johnny was my absolute last choice to embark on this new venture. We're all doomed.

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I went to "THE BOOK OF FACES" lately, where I have a Phedippidations Facebook pagey-thing, and I asked for advice with a creative block I've been suffering.  Also, I talk about transcendental meditation vs mindful meditation as if I even know what I'm talking about (hint: I don't).

https://www.facebook.com/steverunnerblog

 

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A great book that I'm reading is "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari.  I highly recommend this great book about the history of mankind.  Also, I contemplate (not meditate) on the benefits that guided meditation has brought me.

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In response to a very thoughtful email from fellow runner Rick, I present for you my response.  We agree on most things, disagree on others...but we're NOT "disagreeable" with each other.  There's a lesson in this for the rest of 'Merica.

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In this episode of Intervals, I PROMISE you that I'm working on a new episode of Phedippidations!  A big CONGRATS to the runners of the Boston Marathon and my efforts to drink more water and getting off the pills!

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I've been using this app; and I think it's pretty cool.

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In the early 1980’s George Sheehan would give an oration to a packed auditorium at the Health and Fitness Expo a day before the Boston Marathon.  What you’re about to hear is one of those speeches. 

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First a response to fellow runner Roy, who points out that "No one ever in the history of the world finished a run and regretted having set out".  Also, I talk about a Facebook post that a bunch of family and friends completely misunderstood.

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I've got three things to talk about today.  The guns bit won't take long, as there's not much to say. The gadgets bit, takes a bit longer...because I loves me gadgets, and the goodbye to my friend Kevin...I'm going to miss that guy.

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Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death. FUCK the NRA.

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Being kind is something any of us can do, because we're "Bigger on the Inside".

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This is kind of a test of some new podcasting equipment and a quasi review of my new iPhone.

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As of 7:30 PM this evening (1/19/2018) I will have been alive for exactly 56 years.  Life is good.

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Happy New Year

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I've been thinking about my new years resolution alot lately.  Here's what I've come up with.

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What makes a vacation?  Place? Comfort? Sure.  But I think disconnecting is important as well.  I dislike our "president", but I'm trying to be KIND, even to him. (and I'm not doing so well at that).

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Today my wife and I are returning to the land of the frozen tundra of New England, but there's beauty even there.

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As ridiculous as it sounds...I have to leave Southern Florida tomorrow afternoon.  Yeah...I know, crazy right?  Doesn't make sense to me either.

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Our Holiday Vacation to Florida is coming to an end on Thursday, but today we're hanging out at the beach.

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Happy Xmas from Cape Coral Florida.  We took the grandkids out on a boat and enjoyed the dolphin experience thing.

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Twas the day before the 25th day of this thing that I'm doing, and just as with the other 24 days...I talk and talk and talk about stuff.

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I bought my wife a gift for Xmas.  I was going to get it for her anyway.  The REAL gift was spending two weeks with her in Florida.

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My grandson Chris takes to the microphone with me today as we discuss his situation with Santa.

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It was worse than you can possibly imagine.

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Can't think of anything to talk about today, but that's not a bad thing.

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In Florida with my grandchilden.  I love them tree-si-so, and want to be with them every day (but not "all day" every day).  THAT is the best part of being a grandparent.

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It's Day 18, not 17.  I can't count.  Today I talk a bit about the Massachusetts proposal to switch New England back to the Atlantic Time Zone.  If we can legalize pot, surely we can change the clocks.

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Another one of my favorite poems.  This one strikes deep.  All that we love will one day be gone.

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One of my favorite poets with one of my favorite poems.

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20 years ago a toy was born that, for reasons I cannot explain, fascinated me.

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In Part Two of my brief discussion about THE GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION ENTERPRISE IN HUMAN HISTORY (Doctor Who), I give advice on how to watch the show, for those who might be interested yet have never "dabbled in the timey wimey".

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A brief introduction into the character of "The Doctor".

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There's nothing new that you will learn, there's no further reason to suffer his message.  For your own peace of mind, do what I do: just block the guy.

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Medical cannabis is medicine.

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Here are some of the dumb (and not so dumb) things I do to reduce my carbon foot print.

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I'll miss you Mike. Requiescat in pace.

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I need a new WiFi environment at home for my INTER TUBES.

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My Sweetie

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My puppy.

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Listen to another dumb thing I did.

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I work from home (for the most part), and now I've been asked to start tracking the ACTUAL time that I work (hint: it's alot more than 40 hours per week).

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I work from home, and of course that means that my work space has to be extra special.

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It's fireside chat time here at the ol' Phedippidations homestead.  I found some old photos of my friends and I, and I can hardly remember being that young.

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In an attempt to finish the year on a positive note, I'm going to record a PODCAST EVERY DAY in DECEMBER. 

Why?  Because...why not?

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Don't think about it. Be.

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It all rolls into one

And nothing comes for free

There's nothing you can hold

For very long

And when you hear that song

Come crying like the wind

It seems like all this life 

Was just a dream

Stella Blue

 

The song Stella Blue by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

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After 12 years of producing a "goofy little podcast"; I have some questions to answer.

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44 years ago in the fall of the year 1973, at the age of 11 years young: I became a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 53 of the Old Colony Council.

This is all about my earning the "Hiking Skill Award"

 

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Let's go for a walk.

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Today’s episode is an addendum to my last episode, number 343 “Dr. George Sheehan: Beginning”.  Although not a prerequisite to listening to this, Alot of what I’m going to say about running flows directly from what Dr. Sheehan had to say about taking to the road and lacing up our shoes.

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If I'd thought about it I never would've done it

I guess I would've let it slide

If I'd-a paid attention to what others were thinkin'

The heart inside me would've died

But I was just too stubborn to ever be governed by enforced insanity

Someone had to reach for the risin' star

I guess it was up to me

 

I met somebody face to face and I had to remove my hat

She's everything I need and love but I can't be swayed by that

It frightens me, the awful truth of how sweet life can be

But she ain't a-gonna make me move, I guess it must be up to me

 

Bob Dylan

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My favorite pub and poet.

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Part 3 of a 3 part series about Global Warming.

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Part 2 of a 3 part series on Global Climate Change.

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This is part 1 of a 3 part series on the topic of Global Warming.

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Anhedonia is a symptom of depression...and it's a pretty rotten symptom, but like most things in this life, it can be overcome.  If you ever find yourself suffering from a loss of passion: don’t give up.  Talk to your doctor and get help.

It’s never to late to live your life to the top.

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A run through downtown Indianapolis.

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Here’s the problem with almost all of the processed foods that are available to us today:

They’re convenient, easy to prepare if preparation is even necessary, they’re easily accessible, inexpensive, and uber-laden with multiple forms of sugar, salt and fat.  Today’s highly processed foods are easy to get calories from without alot of chewing…most processed food melts in your mouth and proceed without delay down your gullet.

I'm not telling you what to eat, I'm just saying to think about it....there's no conspiracy here but food corporations want you to over eat everything they make....that's just good business on their part, but it takes wisdom to purchase and consume what can only be called "real food".

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This is the second of a two part episode. Listen.

 

Back in February of 2015, on episode 324 of Phedippidations, I revealed to you the measure of my health, listing the vital clinical statistics of my internal and external physical and mental condition including: how active I was, how well I slept, how good my mood was, how much energy I had, and: “the overall quality of my life experience”.

 

I told you back then, that we’d revisit this personal health information in September…but due to a scheduling conflict with my Primary Care Physician, I had to push this back until today.

 

I told you at the time, that life is not predictable, but that I did hope for a return to where I once belonged.

 

Well, I’ve learned a few things this year: about myself, about my relationship with running and especially quite a bit about the pursuit and attainment of happiness. 

 

That said, I have arrived.

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We celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States this time each year, so this episode is dedicated to the concept of being thankful.

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And now it’s October: we’re more than 80% through the end of the year "getting back to where we once belonged”, and for me…I’ve come upon a bit of a road block.

 

To best understand this road block, we have to talk about the philosophy of Nietzsche…and I know, I know…I said I wasn’t going to talk about philosophy on Phedippidations…but there’s just no other way, and I promise you that this is related to running.

 

In order to understand the nature of this “road block”, we have to spend some time talking about Friedrich, since to a great extent it’s because of him that I’ve come to this. 

 

I told you at the start that this year’s journey might not end so well…and there’s still plenty of time to finish strong, but getting past this point is proving to be…well, difficult at best, impossible at worst.  I’ve reached The Wall.

 

Links:

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

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I’m humbled.  What can I say?  I’m totally humbled here, reeling in fact from the kind words from so many friends and fellow runners, people whom I admire a great deal.

 

I’ll be honest with you…I’ve always been honest with you (for better or worse) …I’m not someone who thinks very highly of myself…and so, what you’re about to hear are some really special people saying some very incredible things about..well…me.

 

I’m not sure that I deserve the kindness, but you must…I beg you, you MUST understand how much I appreciate the kind words.

 

Ten years.  I really don’t have alot to say about the 10th anniversary of this podcast.  I’m happy about it; I’m glad that I’m still producing the show, and I’m very honored to have run with you for the last full decade of my life.

 

Obviously this show and I have changed quite alot since July 4th of 2005 and there's quite alot that you can say about change.  It's scary, it's sometimes sad, sometimes amazing, it's ongoing and ever constant. 

 

Heraclitus of Ephesus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher born in 535 BC said it best when he wrote “There is nothing permanent except change.”

 

One of the biggest changes with respect to this podcast isn’t so much the audio quality, format or content…it’s me.  Here’s something that I’ve learned after 10 years of podcasting: Although there is pain in life, I am NOT a man of constant sorrow.  I have NOT seen trouble all of my days.

 

I’ve seen injury, illness, tragedy and betrayal…yes, that’s true…but most of the past 3,652 days have been good days, most of the past 10 years have been filled with good times, amazing friends and pure joy. Life is pain, but it’s also beautiful. It’s easy to focus on the sorrow, but I take comfort in knowing that it isn’t constant. 

 

“The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”

 

That was a quote from the character “The Stranger” played by Sam Elliot from the cult classic movie “The Big Lebowski”.

 

What does that have to do with 10 years of podcasting, I suppose you’re asking.  It’s a good question, worthy of a good answer: which is this: 

 

I, like the Dude…abide.  As I get older…as WE get older, our bodies will slowly loose the “vim and vigor” of our youth…but that doesn’t mean we have to go, as Dylan Thomas writes “gentle into that good night”.  Old age shouild burn and rave at close of day, rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

This dude, this runner abides. I abide the lessons of these past ten years, of physical exhaustion, emotional tragedy, crushing defeat and betrayal.  I abide the love, joy and peace of living my life to the top. I abide and savor, like a fine Argentinian Malbec, or a classic Cotes du Rhone the friendships I've made thanks to this goofy little podcast.

 

Thank you Adam for reminding me that I'm better than I feel, and that no man is a failure who has friends.

 

Thank you, very much, for running with me fellow runners.

 

The dude abides.

 

Thank you Adam, Eddie, Jeff, Derek, Chris, Susan, Margaret, Peter, Donna, Norn, Kevin, Christina, Carlos, Tim, Neil and Jim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Man of Constant Sorrow” was by Rod Stewart.

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Tom, David, Pierre, Andrea, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, Matthew, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe, Fred, Joerg, Erik, Wendee, Evelyn, Nicolas, John, Christiane, Katie, Brad, Jim and Al.

 

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It was a perfect day for a run in New England.  Presented by the Squannacook River Runners, this is the 24th running of the Groton Road Race.

 

Being a runner feels different for me now. The universe is undergoing entropy…and I’m a part of that universe. I can’t go home again, but I can get back to where I once belonged…even if, when I get there…I’m not the same runner I used to be.  That’s okay, that’s a good thing.

 

These people, this race, that feeling of being a participant in something great and fun… it’s so much of what I’ve missed about running.  Happiness is feeling accepted…it’s being with others who live their lives to the top.  It’s the charm, the spell or the mojo of a moment in time.

 

I had a fantastic time at the Groton Road Race, aka “The Mojo au Groton”.  It was great to get together with Deb, Doug, Donna, Kathy, Jay, John, and Jack. 

 

“Start, Finish and Have Fun”. Is there a better way to describe the purpose of a road race? Medals and prizes, trophies and awards are wonderful to achieve, but at the core of it: the reason to run a race should have this higher purpose.

 

Links:

 

Intervals between episodes and the complete conversation with Coach Jeff can be heard over at steverunnerblog.com

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Feels Like Coming Home” was performed by Jetta. https://soundcloud.com/jetta

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com and RunKeeper.steverunner.com.

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Tom, David, Pierre, Andrea, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, Matthew, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe, Fred, Joerg, Erik, Wendee, Evelyn, Nicolas, John, Christiane, Katie, Brad and Jim.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Most runners could go out, right now and run a few miles under the morning sun.  We often do so without considering the power of the act. We take for granted the incredible advantage this gives us as situations arise which requires it.  We forget that running can sometimes be a means to an end and that aside from it’s impressive list of benefits, running and self ambulation gives us the means to explore.

 

Training is important and I’m not suggesting that we abandon our training…I’m just putting the idea out there that as runners we have a gift of motion that does not limit us to the road, or trail…it doesn’t require a certain pace or time for completion.  I’m proposing, that instead of punishing ourselves with devotion to a schedule…no matter how much we love adhering to said schedule…that we should instead look at our running as “playtime”.

 

Links:

 

Intervals between episodes and the complete conversation with Coach Jeff can be heard over at steverunnerblog.com

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Lost and Found” was by the band Eve 6, from Southern California.  Check out all of their music over at http://www.eve6.com

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com and RunKeeper.steverunner.com.

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe, Fred, Joerg, Erik, Wendee, Evelyn, Nicolas, John and Christiane.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

“The Young Man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions” wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

 Coaches, Experts, Friends and Fellow Runners all seem to agree that “slowly and carefully ramping up your mileage” is a reasonable approach for our training. Just as the mighty oak begins it’s life as a weak and tiny acorn, my return to the road has to be rooted a slow and cautious increase in miles and duration.

A tree isn’t ruled by a ten percent growth rate.

I’m not trying to convince you to follow or ignore any rules

but I do think that we should train with the patience, strength and persistence of a tree. 

Maybe, the best way to increase my mileage is to just get out there, running down the road ignoring time and space, and focusing more on living my life the top.

Links:

Thanks to Coach Jeff Smith for sharing his thoughts on training and the 10% rule. You can hear much more from Jeff over at http://www.coachjeff.com.au

 Intervals between episodes and the complete conversation with Coach Jeff can be heard over at steverunnerblog.com

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Run” was by Stephen Fretwell off the album Magpie.  Check him out at http://www.stephenfretwell.com.

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com and RunKeeper.steverunner.com.

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe, Fred, Joerg, Erik and Wendee.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

This is a transformative journey that we’re taking together, so it might help you to understand the context of this journey if you could understood a bit more about where I’ll be running.

 

In better understanding the mindset of the host and location of this podcast, you’ll better understand how your own terroir, or sense of place, affects your own journey.  

 

You live where you do for reasons beyond mere choice or accident.  Maybe you’re there because of work, or family, or because you like the temperature of the Mojitos, but at some level you are where you are because you want to be there.  

 

It’s not just because I’ve grown up in New England that makes me want to be here; it’s not just the people whom I care about: family and friends who for whatever reason call New England their home; it’s because this place has, to a great extent, made me who I am. I fit in well here, in fact: despite my complaining about the cold and snow, I actually thrive here.

 

Well, maybe “thrive” isn’t the right word, but I do feel that I “need” to be here, and maybe that’s enough.  

 

This is “New” England, but it’s not just a state in the Unite, it’s a state of mind.

 

I am a New England runner. These rolling hills and colonial  pathways will be the stage for my return to the road, as I run through time and space to get back to where I once belonged:  living my life to it’s top, opening my squeaky door and finding comfort in a place I’ll call home.

 

Links:

 

http://runrunlive.com

 

Chris’s new book: marathonbq.com

 

https://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoytboston2015/fundraiser/christopherrussell

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Choose to Be” was by Allison Crowe off her album “Little Light”, learn more over at http://www.allisoncrowe.com

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com and RunKeeper.steverunner.com.

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe, Fred and Joerg

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

This is part one of a two part episode.  I’ll publish the second part at the end of the year.

 

In the last episode of Phedippidations I talked about getting back to a metaphysical place where I once belonged: a "home" where I was once happy and healthy.  For lack of a better term I called this a “transformative journey” and said that I wasn’t doing this to specifically lose weight or get healthier, but to regain that passion I once had for this sport and to feel like a member of the running community again.  In returning to the road, health and happiness will be a welcome side effect.

 

Today I'd like to talk a little bit about those side effects.

 

When you head out on a geographical journey, you can usually tell when you’ve arrived at your destination.  En route to Key West, I knew that I had arrived when Route 1A ended and the bartender at The Green Parrot handed me a cold margarita.

 

What does it mean to be happy and healthy?  What is the measure of such happiness and health? If this is a journey, I should know where I’m starting out so that when I get to the place where I once belonged, I’ll know that I’ve arrived.

 

A true measure of health has to involve more than just vital clinical statistics. It’s got to be a measure of internal and external physical conditions including: how active we are, how well we sleep, how well our mood is, how much energy we have, and probably most importantly: “the overall quality of our current life experience”.

 

In the Fall, we’ll look back on these measurements to see if I’ve improved in any areas of my health and happiness. 

 

That's kind of a big IF by the way.  I’m going to be reminding you, as we go along, that life is not predictable.  I can wish, pray, burn incense, make offerings to my favorite magical beast or intergalactic ruler...but none of those things are going to ensure a beautiful future.

 

Hope is good, I hope that in a year from now I'm running with you at road races somewhere the world...but “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride” and if I want to be Steve Runner again, I'm going to have to make it happen myself.  No meaningless incantation or holistic paranormal make believe supernatural overlord is going to intercede in reality and grant me health and happiness.

 

Here I am, all 222 unhealthy pounds of me, ready to take the first step of many to return to the road, and it all starts with a measure of health.

 

 

 

 

Links:

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

The song “Ready” was by Kodaline off their new album “Coming Up For Air”, learn more over at http://www.kodaline.com

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at health.steverunner.com

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Pedro, Terence, Tom, Louis, Toni, Margaret, Janina, Joe and Fred.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

I “once belonged” to a community of fellow runners. I understand that many of you and this association have always considered me to be a member of the “run local, think global” team, but I haven’t felt that way for some time. That’s my problem, and it’s okay, that’s going to change.

 

I “once belonged” out on twelve mile long run around my town, through the hills of an Old New England farm trail, past the birthplace of the “Angel of the American Civil War Battlefield”, Clara Barton, past St. Roch’s Church and the Roman Catholic congregation that I left a few years ago, past our town library, built in eighteen sixty-nine where I wrote the first scripts for Phedippidations and then past the hearthstone marker of the Johnson homestead, where John Johnson and his three children were massacred in sixteen ninety-six.

 

I “once belonged” to a group of running podcasters and bloggers in a “run net community” of content creators who spoke and wrote about their passion for the sport.

 

I “once belonged” but I lost my way.

 

Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to “get back to where I once belonged”.

 

So how is this going to work? How am I going to get back to where I once belonged?

 

One step at a time.

 

Phedippidations is now, in a way, a documentary about my getting back into running. The health, peace of mind and happiness is all a wonderful side effect: but the mission is clear. This is not going to be any kind of a “self help” podcast…If I make recommendations, it’s only because I’m following my own advice.

 

I’m not setting my sights on a marathon or even a specific finishing time in any duration road race…I simply want to get back to where I once was…where I couldn’t wait to lace up my shoes and get 5 in, where I counted the days until my next road race…not because I wanted to set a PR, that was the old home…the home I can’t go back to…this time, I want to run my next race to participate…to feel like I’m a part of something….to get back to where I once belonged.

 

Links:

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at gerwolf.com

 

 

The song “Welcome All Again” was by Collective Soul out of Stockbridge, Georgia.  Check out all of their amazing music over at http://www.collectivesoul.com

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

Track my return to the road at fitbit.steverunner.com

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Pedro, Terence, Tom, Louis and Toni.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Episode twenty-three of Phedippidations, which was published on December 18th, Anno domini 2005 was titled “Cold Weather Running”.  

 

I guess you could consider this a bit of an update to that recording.  While some of the information I covered back then was useful, I think I my have missed some Key (West) points that should be made more clear...and furthermore, I think that the way that show was produced...specifically …WHERE it was recorded, could be improved upon.

 

Thus I can think of no better place to record an episode about running across the Frozen White Wasteland than from this barren, remote and isolated speck of an island at the end of the East Coast of the United States...a little place first known as "Bone Cay" for the littered piles of skeletal remains found here by Ponce de León in 1521.

 

And so while it might be a bit strange for me to talk about cold weather running from here in Key West, it may help to get you in the mood by listening to a nine year younger and significantly COLDER version of me giving you some basic tips about dressing for the tundra.

 

 

Links:

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

 

The song “Living on Key West Time” was by Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 check out all of their Florida Keys style tropical tunes over at http://www.milemarker24.com

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at SteveRunner.com to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   

 

Thank you:

 

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Trey, Steve, Angie, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens, Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew, Pedro, Terence, Tom and Louis.

 

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We live in the age of the selfie and self promotion.  Social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Podcasts: allow us to share so much of our lives, and we…in posting such content assume that there’s someone out there who cares…or maybe we just hope they do.  

For better or worse, we’ve become a society of exhibitionists, sometimes even boastful of our situation and accomplishments.  I disagree with the Christian view that pride is one of the so called “seven deadly sins”  I agree with Aristotle that is is the crown of virtue, not to be confused with vanity…although…let’s be honest, sometimes there is a bit of vanity involved in the self promotion that all of this new technology allows us.

But when it comes to fitness trackers, heath apps and the ability to record and sometimes share our every step, stride and vital statistics…I think there’s something else going on.  In a way, I think we’re looking to improve ourselves through technology by better understanding our behavior as a way to change our lives for the better.

This is the self quantified life.  A way of using fitness trackers, smart phone applications and other accessories to constantly monitor and record the way you use your body with the goal of helping you to improve your behavior. 

The quantified self is all about better understanding our physical behavior as a way to improve the physical condition of this organic machine we inhabit, as we experience the universe around us and live our lives to the top.

So go ahead and tweet your progress, post your race results on Facebook, share physical improvements with your social media connected friends…and share with the world your quantified self.

Links:

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/07/tell-me-everything-about-you-whats-next-in-quantified-self/

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20140917/BLOG/309179995

http://www.jmir.org/2014/8/e192/

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

The song - “Me the Machine” was by Imogen Heap off her 2011 album “Sparks”.  Check out all of her amazing contemporary goodness at http://imogenheap.com

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 70 friends and fellow runners:

Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Glenn, Trey, Steve, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino, Michael, Clay, George, Matthew and Pedro.

 

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Fdip320: Teleological Wishes and Anthropic Misses

Something to contemplate on your long, slow run today:

The Teleological argument in support of the existence of God says “that the universe is ordered towards some end or purpose, that it was created by an intelligent being in order to accomplish some purpose.”

FACT: We live in a 13.7 Billion year old universe that will end in a “Heat Death” 100 Trillion years from now.

The Scottish philosopher David Hume didn’t think much of the “Teleological Wish”…he wrote that:  “A very small part of this great system, during a very short time, is very imperfectly discovered to us, and do we thence pronounce decisively concerning the origin of the whole?

The Anthropic argument for or against God, misses and the Teleological argument is just something that we wish for.

There are, generally speaking 5 arguments used to prove the existence of God: The Teleological, Cosmological, Ontologocal, Moral, Miracles and Religious Experience.  Today, we will focus on the Teleological, which leads to a discussion of the Anthropic.

The teleological argument does not prove the existence of God, no matter what the apologist William Craig has to say…but to his credit, the argument doesn’t disprove Gods existence either….but whatever you do, I implore you NOT to take my word for it.

I want to make it clear that in this episode I have not stated my position on the existence of God.  I’m not here to state an opinion…you have to decide for yourself.  Maybe you’ll decide not to think about it, and remain as spiritual or atheistic as you’ve ever been: that’s your decision.  

 

But I want to think about it, I want to know…and it’s my opinion that you should as well…because the universe is an enormous, amazing, curious, exploding, inhospitable mess of a thing, and it’s likely just one of an infinite number of universes that exists through an infinite regression of universes. As truly insignificant as we are, we should be in awe of the consciousness that allows us to contemplate the origin and purpose…if there is one…of all that has ever or will ever be.

Links:

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

The song - “If there is a God” was by the Smashing Pumpkins off the album “Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music”.  Hear more at http://www.smashingpumpkinsnexus.com/

The song “Think for Yourself” was by George Hrab from http://www.geologicpodcast.com

FitBit at fitbit.steverunner.com.

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 68 friends and fellow runners:

William, Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Glenn, Trey, Steve, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, John, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino and Michael.

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On the Fox News website a few weeks ago, Dr. Jennifer Landa, wrote an article “How Endurance Running Can Damage Your Health”. Dr. Landa is an excellent physician.  She’s the Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, a franchise of doctors specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. 

 

In this episode of Phedippidations, I’m going to refute Dr. Landa’s arguments by applying a healthy dose of skepticism to her craftily…and well worded arguments.  But unlike my usual vitriolic attacks pointing out the blatant logical fallacies presented an article…and I must tell you, Dr. Landa has made many weak transgressions here…I’m going to try and be “fair and balanced”.

 

I say try…I’m not on par with Dr. Landa’s intelligence: but I think I’m pretty good at refutations…so, I’ll give it a shot.

 

It’s good to warn readers about the dangers of any activity…but you absolutely MUST comment on the validity of the proof.  That wasn’t done here, and that’s both egregious and misleading.

 

It’s important, to me at least, that I make the declaration that “I don’t know everything”.  I’ll defer to Dr. Landa on all of the subjects of which she is an expert…but if you’re making an argument with poor reasoning, then the burden of proof is with you….and that’s the truth no matter what FOX says.

 

Links:

 

Direct link to old episodes of Intervals: http://my.ipadio.com/Settings.aspx?page=58#broadcasts

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

 

The song - “Skeptic” was by the musician and fellow podcaster George Hrab, off the album “Vitriol”.  You can hear more from George over at http://www.geologicpodcast.com 

 

FitBit at fitbit.steverunner.com.

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But really, PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 68 friends and fellow runners:

 

William, Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Glenn, Trey, Steve, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, John, Jill, Elizabeth, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino and Michael.

 

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I have this “other podcast”, that I call Intervals…and unlike the portmanteau title of Phedippidations…the title “Intervals” is a bit of a double entendre.  Whereas  Phedippidations usually has a theme to each episode…Intervals is themeless.  I “make it up as I go along”, and it has been a sort of “stream of consciousness” podcast that I put out there…because, why not?

 

Today we’ll go back to the year of our (Time) Lord 2010.  It was a good year; as years go.  Since then, so much has changed in my life…as it has with yours.  

 

Back then I was still running road races and marathons, back then my weight was below 190 and my injuries were minor.  

 

Now, I’m not telling you this as someone who laments the good old days…or to garner sympathy for the darks times we’ve experienced since…I’m simply putting this out there to remind you that the period of four years both seems like a long time ago, and yet it’s demonstrably not.  

 

So what should we learn from this?  I think it’s best that we live in the present.  Assume that tomorrow will be a better day, but don’t dwell on it…don’t focus on what’s to come because: that’s for later; be here: now.

 

I am notoriously bad at living for the moment…the very exercise of producing this episode has forced me to relive my past…and that took me away from where I was as I listened to over 40 hours of podcasts, taking notes on bits to include here.  What a colossal waste of time…I only hope that I didn’t waste yours…and maybe, just maybe, my effort here will have forced us both to consider living in the present.

 

The Buddah said “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” 

 

We can only truly experience the universe and our own lives, right now…in the present.  The past and future are nothing more than concepts…our brains retain the memories of what happened and create thoughts about what will be…but it’s the present that matters.  Right now, where ever you are, listening to my voice…which, interestingly was recorded in your past…this present moment is the thing we should concentrate on.  

 

The problem with dwelling on the past and future is that you can easily get stuck there…and that’s not good because if you’re there and not here, you’re missing out on having a profound experience every day…you’re missing out on what’s happening all around you…you’re missing out on life.

 

The person who recorded these Intervals is gone forever…in his place, right now…is this new guy…facing not the future or lamenting the past: but trying as best he can…(and not going all that great of a job of it, may I point out) of living his life in the present.

 

It’s not easy…it seems like it should be, but it’s not.  You want to experience something more profound than the “Ice Bucket Challenge”?  I challenge you to sit quietly, somewhere…anywhere, and concentrate on just being there.

 

It takes practice, and it’s very, very hard to do…but if you can run a road race: a 5K, 10K or marathon, you already have an indomitable spirit to try anything. 

 

I feel like I should make it clear, again, that I am not very good at living in the present.  I don’t believe in ghosts…but I’ve certainly been haunted by the events of the past four years. It’s time for all of us to move on…to where we are now.  

 

The Buddhist monk “Thich Nhat Hanh” once wrote that:

 

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. 

If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. 

Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. 

Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. 

Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”

 

I wish I had lived more in the moment, through my past…but that doesn’t mean I can’t do so in my future…and maybe the best way for me to do that is to not worry about it.  

 

Just be.

 

Links:

 

Direct link to old episodes of Intervals: http://my.ipadio.com/Settings.aspx?page=58#broadcasts

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

 

The song - “Part of Me” was another track off the new album “A Raven Has My Heart” by Black Lab at blacklabworld.com.

 

FitBit at fitbit.steverunner.com.

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But really, PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 70 friends and fellow runners:

 

William, Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, William, John, Jill, Elizabeth, Kevin, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, and Dino.

 

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Today, on Phedippidations I’m going to teach you three things, and I mean REALLY teach you…you can’t flunk this course, and if you already know something (or a lot of things) about wine, then consider this a refresher.  Our syllabus is as follows:

 

In the first chapter I’ll tell you how to taste wine, nothing fancy: just the basics…and I know you probably think this is intuitive, but tasting wine takes practice, as we’ll discuss.

 

In the second chapter, I’ll tell you three important wine terms that you need to know when talking about wine…and finally

 

In the third and final chapter, I’ll tell you three rarely used, high level terms and concepts that when used in the right situation, will make those who you are talking to, believe that you are on par with a master sommelier…a wine expert…in other words, just by using these phrases convincingly, you will gain “wine cred”.

 

The thing about wine is that it’s really, just another thing in the universe to appreciate like music, art and nature.  In a way, this episode isn’t about promoting the consumption of wine: I understand all too well that there are many of you out there who can’t stand the taste of the stuff, and others who can’t or won’t drink it…fair enough: but there’s got to be something out there in this incredible universe you can experience on a deeper level.  I have many passions, running is just one of them…and so is the topic of wine.

 

But there’s much more to wine, than just wine…it’s a topic that’s complex and vast covering thousands of years of human history and a globalization that has changed the way that millions of people consume and experience it.  You need not be a wine expert to have an opinion about wine…you just need to know a few basic concepts and have a willingness to be open to the experience of wine, from the vineyard to the bottle and the glass. Wine is for geeks, wine is for experts wine is for newbies.

 

Links:

 

Wine for Newbies Podcast: http://archive.org/search.php?query=%22Wine%20For%20Newbies%22

 

Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 

 

Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.

 

The song - “Out of Promises” was another track off the new album “A Raven Has My Heart” by Black Lab at http://blacklabworld.com/music/raven

 

FitBit at fitbit.steverunner.com.

 

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

 

In Vino Veritas with http://www.coachjeff.com.au/at http://www.thewinechatpodcast.com/

 

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But really, PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 74 friends and fellow runners:

 

William, Vera, Katie, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, David, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, Michael, David, Doug, Vance, Marcelo, Roberto, Zaki, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Jim, Joe, Martin, Rich, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Matt, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Jens (@ScenicRunner), Claudia, William, John, Jill, Elizabeth, Kevin, Pat, Marc, Evelyn, Chris, Dino and Lou.

 

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