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Fdip167: Around We Go Again

This episode is a review of the leap year 2008, MMVIII of the Gregorian calendar, Anno Domini of the Common Era.

Like any other year, 2008 had it’s accomplishments and failures, its successes and disasters, it’s good moments and instances of sadness and terror.  We lived through it all and each in our own way did our best, wished the best for others and helped to make the world just a little bit better than it was last year.

This week we listen to some of the skits, sketches and audio bits that I produced in an effort to give my family and I a chuckle or two. 

Happy New Year!

Show Links:
The song “We are Wolves Here” off the new album “Wake Up and Say Goodbye” was by David Usher. http://www.davidusher.com

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Fdip166: It’s Not About Courage

This week your goofy little host goes “off the deep end” again with a podcast filled with critical thinking, loud enunciation and a very un-holiday-like disposition.

This episode is a statement of my opinion. 

Not all will agree with that opinion, and all are invited to consider and challenge what I have to say here.  I suspect many will consider my premise faulty and my conclusion to be wrong; but this is just MY OPINION, and if I sound angry and passionate in my argument it’s because it bothers me when fellow runners suffer the appeals of a marketing pitch designed to ridicule them without their conscious understanding in an effort to sell books.

Just because someone says that it takes courage for you to run your first mile, does not make it so.  It does not make noble the action by affixing such terms to explain how you came to be.  Terms and words like “indomitable spirit”, “intelligent choice”, “dedication”, “perseverance”, and “commitment” better describe how you became a runner; and credits you with the hard work associated with your effort and success on the road.

In this episode I will prove that “it takes dedication to start running” is no longer a hypothesis, it’s a well founded theory.  I will show that this is a well established principle created from repeated observation and testing.  There are better and more positive ways to inspire and motivate non-runners to take to the road with us than to call them “scared, powerless little misfits”.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it takes courage to start running. They are offending you, they are appealing to your instinctual desire to be congratulated for doing something noble and brave. 

You deserve MUCH more…you have earned the right to be credited with rising off the couch of doom not because you were once a cowering, fearful couch potato who overcame some dangerous risk to your life; but because you made a choice…you accepted a challenge to yourself: and that doesn’t take courage fellow runners; that takes dedication.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://tiree.blogspot.com
http://www.bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://fittalklive.com
The song “You and I” was by Ingrid Michaelson
http://www.ingridmichaelson.com

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Fdip165: Running Legend: Ted Corbitt

Ted Corbitt was without a doubt the “father of long distance running”.  He was a pioneer in ultramarathons and a big part of the running revolution of the 1960’s and 70’s.  He was once called “a spiritual elder of the modern running clan".
We will remember him in many ways: as the quiet guy in the background working to establish rules for age groups and course measurements.  As a promoter of distance running who worked behind the scenes.  He was an amazing athlete who was able to cover distances that is considered impressive by any standard, and he was a kind hearted, soft spoken fellow runner who overcame hatred and prejudice to embrace a sport that he loved so well.
Most importantly, he was someone who loved to run.  It was his life long passion, it was his daily joy and it was something that defined him, improved him and gave his life meaning and a happiness that inspires all who knew him and know of him…because Ted Corbitt was a man with an indomitable spirit who came into this world to live his life to the top, and he left this world a better place for his having run here.

Show Links:
http://bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com
http://www.usatf.org/about/committees/LongDistanceRunning/RoadRunningTechnicalCouncil/history/corbitt.pdf
http://lelievreetlatortue.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://beginjd.blogspot.com
The song “What Child is This?” was by Black Lab
http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip164: A New England Five Miler

In this episode I run the 20th Annual Whiten Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Whitensville, Massachusetts; a village in Northbridge.  It wasn’t my fastest five miler, but I had fun running it never the less.  I came to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, to enjoy the morning with fellow runners, to compete against those around me and most of all, to run.
Old New England towns remain preserved while merging with the modern world and new technologies.  You can see that most clearly when you go for a run in such a town such as Northbridge Massachusetts, and the village of Whitensville.

Show Links:
http://www.tinkoff.com
http://4feetrunning.blogspot.com
http://badgirlsofrunning.blogspot.com
http://badboysofrunning.blogspot.com
http://tiredmamarunning.blogspot.com
http://www.runcast.tv
http://www.dumprunnersclub.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.runtodisney.com
The song “Run to Your Grave” was by The Mae Shi
http://www.mae-shi.com

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Fdip163: Running Clubs

Running clubs are local organizations that you can join to gain the support of fellow runners as a way to motivate, inspire, invigorate and improve your performance on the road.  But for all the great benefits that joining a running club will give you, there’s something else you should consider in deciding whether or not you should join such an organization.  When you join a running club you are not doing it only for yourself but as an opportunity to help others improve as runners: you are signing up to encourage others, to prove by your participation that running is a worthy effort, and to help others who are members of that club to run faster and farther, over and above what they might have otherwise thought they were capable of.  In today’s episode I’ll list some of the great running clubs that are out there.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my “Twitter Tweet” for running clubs!

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.rrca.org
http://www.teamcrossworld.com/running
http://runmdra.org
www.kiltedrunner.blogspot.com
www.wanderersrunningclub.org
www.portlandfit.com
www.hughesvillerunningclub.com
http://bobrunner.blogspot.com
http://www.arunnerscircle.com
www.elementsoferin337.blogspot.com
www.thesaa.ca
www.e-venti.ca
http://www.lifetimefitness.com
http://www.jsrc.org/
www.runnersandwalkers.com
http://www.trailrunnersclub.com/
www.guelphvictors.ca
http://www.guelphrunning.ca/
http://www.redhairedgirl.com
http://www.runracine.com/
www.runningramblings.com
http://mcrrc.org
http://gvltrackclub.clubexpress.com/
http://www.fitnesssports.com/November_races/LivHistFarms/lhf_index.html
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://run350.blogspot.com
The song “Some Christmas Huggin and Kissin’” was by Geoff Smith
http://thegeoffsmith.com

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Fdip162: Catching Up

When you are out there, running a race, and you find yourself (point A) behind another runner (point B) whom you are working to catch up to…there is a relative velocity between the two of you that is much smaller than you can imagine…and today, I want to help you imagine it…because once you’ve come to realize how small that difference is, then you’ll be better able to summon the energy required to exceed that speed and close the gap between you and that runner ahead of you to the point where you’ll beat him or her to the finish.  When you consider the difference, you’ll gain the confidence to catch up.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.tribballin.blogspot.com
http://www.teamworldvisionozarks.org
www.fleetfeetstlouis.com 
http://www.fleetfeetstlouis.com/flyer/main.htm#book
http://www.homesforourtroops.org
http://www.zachermedia.com/marathon
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/13638.html
http://whatstheharm.net
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://royinireland.blogspot.com
The song “You Can’t Catch Me” by Cottrell Gant
http://www.cottrellgantt.com

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Fdip161: Gifts for the Holiday Runner

So what is the point of giving gifts to each other during the holiday?  It is to express our feelings of appreciation, care and fondness for one another…and the best way to do that, with respect to gift giving, is to make the gift a personal reflection of what you know the person you’re giving to would appreciate.

Runners appreciate the little things; a good book on our favorite subjects, or something simple like a pair of gloves, socks or a water bottle…items which help to protect and comfort us during our daily runs…these are things that will be appreciated every day and serve as reminders that you, as the gift giver, really understood and cared enough to give something related to our passion for this sport and the importance we give to the gift of running.

Show Links:
http://www.roadid.com
http://www.roadrunnersports.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://audiblepodcast.com/phedi
http://www.runarmagh.com
http://www.trithemango.com
http://www.coopamerica.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.runcast.tv
The song “The Gift You Always Wanted at the Bay” was by Jon Caspi
http://www.joncaspi.com

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Fdip160: Strong to the Core

Our core is our center; it is where our arms, legs and head meet to create the human body we inhabit and control.  It is where, just a few inches or centimeters above, resides the all important heart, pumping oxygen rich blood to all of our extremities.  In an anthropological sense, the heart is the focused center of our emotional and mental character….it is the mystical source of our kindness, charity, and love.  In this same way, our core…the very central characteristic of who and what we are is sometimes associated with our human identity.

To excel physically you must have a strong and powerful core, to excel as a human being you have to have a resilient and resolute center.  Work on that part of yourself, both physically and emotionally and there will be nothing you cannot accomplish.  Focus on developing your core and you’ll discover the power within yourself to run long and far and then you’ll find the strength to go on.

Show Links:
http://amilewith.me.uk
http://runningfromthereaper.com
http://www.catiefunrun.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningismental.blogspot.com
The song “The Strength” was by the Brothers Falloon http://www.brothersfalloon.com

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Fdip159: Responsible Shoes

This episode will serve as proof that I’m an totally independent new media producer, and will guarantee that I never get that huge contract with a major running shoe label.   But when running shoe companies  enable their outsourced suppliers to treat their workers poorly, in unhealthy working conditions for long hours with wages that hardly allow them to feed and shelter their families…they are being evil…either by direction or failure.

You and I can support the fight for human rights and the environment every day with our dollars…by purchasing products and services sold only by those companies and businesses who treat their workers with dignity and promote the basic human rights to life, liberty, freedom of expression, equality before the law and in society, the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education along with ensuring that the production of goods does not negatively impact the environment.

My expose here about some of the major running shoe manufacturers in operation today will most assuredly guarantee that I will never earn millions of dollars on this podcast through an advertizing contract with any of these companies…but morality dictates that I consider the big picture…and I’m going to do my best, in this episode of Phedippidations, to be honest, truthful and above all independent when it comes to giving you the 4-1-1 on what are, and are not responsible shoes.

Show Links:
http://www.corpwatch.org
http://www.oxfam.org.au
http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/122/athleticshoes/3
http://runningintothesun.blogspot.com
http://unabuonaforchetta.blogspot.com
http://www.hampo.bigblog.com.au
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.movember.com
The song “Not Responsible” was by Laura Clapp http://www.lauraclapp.com

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Fdip158: The 2008 Bay State Marathon

Life is all about making choices.  Choices between what’s right and wrong, choices between what’s good and evil, choices between altruism and egotism, of giving and taking, of sharing and selfishness and choices between what’s smart and what’s dumb.

I chose to run the 2008 Bay State Marathon just as 25 years ago this month I chose to take part in a project to help etch my college radio station’s name in the history of a Northern Massachusetts city.

Sometimes we do things without thinking it through, or considering the consequences.  Sometimes we do things on impulse or instinct and throw caution to the wind for ideals and purposes which seem like a good idea at the time.

Whatever we do, for whatever reason we do it: one thing is perfectly clear.  We all have a choice.

Show Links:
http://www.baystatemarathon.com
http://www.wuml.org
The song “Choice” was by Jon Miller http://www.jonmilleronline.com

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