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Fdip172: George Sheehan on Running to Win

The book George Sheehan on Running to Win, is a book of wisdom, sage advise and clinical recommendations from a well versed authority on health and fitness.  Dr. Sheehan was someone who was passionate about our sport, and cited many reasons why all should join us on the road.  Most of all, he promised us that the act of running is fun.

In his book “Running to Win” Dr. George Sheehan perfectly articulated what many of us have been thinking all along.  We’re all winners when it comes to this sport, and running to win is to win, through running.

It doesn’t take a miracle or a magic pill, an incantation, self hypnosis or some new age marketing slick definition of the term “courage” to become a runner; it takes determination and dedication…it takes a desire to become a good animal in a physical sense, and a true winner in every sense of the word.

Show Links:
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://lifestyle-journey.blogspot.com
“Win at All Costs” was by Man Bites God: http://www.manbitesgod.com

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Fdip171: Why Runners Break

There are plenty of reasons why runners break.  The human body is a fantastically robust and adaptable organism, but it has it’s physical limits that, despite our good intentions through hard and long runs…can often lead to injury.  The problem is that our willpower is often far stronger than our bodies power to absorb stress.  

You have within you the power to accomplish great things, and run impressive races…while at the same time you have the power to run yourself into the ground, and break that body that you’ve been fortunate enough to inhabit.

Always remember that our human bodies are amazing pieces of equipment but compared to the surface of the planet, they are just small squishy things…and you know what happens when you take a small squishy thing and throw it at the side of a mountain…it squishes.

Don’t squish yourself.  Run long, fast and hard…but never over the physical limits that mark your own structural integrity.  Your body can do great things, but not if you abuse and overuse it out here, on the road.

Show Links:
http://www.runtodisney.com
http://themouseandmore.blogspot.com
http://disneyrunning.com
http://www.confessionsofarunner.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://kelownagurltris.blogspot.com
“Broken Heart” was by Black Lab: http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip170: Thoughts from the Road

I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but the anniversary of my first breath on this planet’s ocean of oxygen takes place on the 19th of this month, just a few days after this show is available for download.  It was of course 9 full months prior that I first came to be; and have been growing into a more complex organism ever since.

As my complexity increases, so do the ideas that get formed in my admittedly teeny tiny little brain…and like a balloon in the state of inflation, if I don’t get some of these ideas…both good, bad and frankly quite silly…out of the skull within which they are formed…well, like a balloon, something’s going to pop….and I don’t think you want to be left having to clean up the mess.

Thus we have an episode of this goofy little podcast dedicated to things not necessarily related to running; but let’s go for a run today, you and I…and I’ll do the talking about things that I’m thinking about…the thoughts, opinions, and observations that a soon to be 47 year old fellow runner congers up on a long run.

So let’s go for a run today.  Let’s forget, for a moment, that this is a podcast, and that you’re listening to me with your ear bugs jammed in your head…consider that I’m just like you: although I’m betting you’re a little bit faster, healthier and undoubtedly better looking….and that we’re just going out for a run together.  The world is moving on, increasing in velocity as the planet revolves, and orbits, and moves outward ever forward…bringing us specs of life with it; and while there’s no possibility or reason to ever stop that motion let’s go for a run today and create a little motion of our own….just you and me and that long road before us.  Let’s go for a run.

Show Links:
http://revruns.blogspot.com
tlongacre@gmail.com
http://coachdeanhebert.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/coach-i-didnt-run-because-excuses
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://light_bearer.blogspot.com
“Avalonia” was by Jim Fidler: http://www.jimfidler.com

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Fdip169: Massaging the Trigger Points

Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong, and when we ignore those messages we are risking further and more permanent injury. 

Myofascial trigger point pain syndrome is problematic because of the nature of referred pain, where a defect in the muscle can cause soreness elsewhere in the body.  To resolve this kind of pain, you have to identify its true source, and apply massage as a preventive measure to overcome it.  It takes patience and consistency to perform the stretches, exercises and massage that will help you to overcome trigger point associated pain, and allow you to run upon the open road, in comfort.

Show Links:
http://www.tptherapy.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://froggietedrunsboston.blogspot.com
“Passion and Pain” was by Lance Larson.  http://www.lancelarsonmusic.com

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Fdip168: Exercise Induced Asthma

If you find yourself struggling to catch your breath during a race or on a particularly cold or humid day, you may have exercise induced asthma.  Don’t let it prevent you from taking to the road and reaching your goals.

I have every intention of running and finishing future marathons, and I won’t let my exercise induced asthma keep me from running.  There are treatments available to all of us who suffer with E.I.A. which can make our enjoyment of this sport continue through our lives. 

Show Links:
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://milebymile.wordpress.com
The song “On the Run” was by Stormy Mondays http://www.stormymondays.com

Wines Reviewed by Kevin, Harper, Rob and Steve:
2005 Chateau Mirambeau Papin Bordeaux Superieur: 60% Merlot, 40% Cab Sauv.
2005 Rodney Strong Vineyards - Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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