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Fdip180: From Maintenance Miles to Marathon

To run the 113th Boston Marathon with minimal preparation I have to condition my body for constant and repetitive motion for at least five hours.  What’s more, I must be able to carry the weight of my body on a gradual 16 mile course into Newton Lower Falls, up the hills of Newton and over a goofy little speed-bump, and finally down the other side past mile 22 with as much strength as I have left.

Traditional marathon training programs begin with a base and gradually work up to build strength and endurance, so this training program, more than the race itself, is the real test of how well the maintenance miles I’ve been running can prepare me for a race like the Boston Marathon.

Boston is more than just a race, and my efforts in these five weeks will be exhausting, painful, time consuming and demanding: but that’s what I’m compelled to do…and if there is such a thing as a siren song from the island of Sirenum Scopuli…the song I hear is coming from Hopkinton Massachusetts and I can’t help but show up on Patriots Day, ready to run as best I can.

Show Links:
http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.mountain-top.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://sotallytoberrunning.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Early Morning Runner
“A Cautionary Tail” by Matthew Ebel at http://www.matthewebel.com

Direct download: Fdip180.mp3
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Fdip179: Morning Runs

Despite the scientific rational to the contrary, running in the morning as opposed to other times in the day has many personal benefits which may not seem obvious.  We are human beings, called to embrace each day with a vigor and enthusiasm that demands hard work and strenuous effort.  We are good animals, moving across the planets surface with purpose and power from the moment the sun rises over the horizon to enlighten our day.  We are runners, and the world is our race course: and once they turn on the lights with the rising of that big yellow star in the sky, it’s time to start the whole human race.

Show Links:
http://myhealthychallenge.wordpress.com
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Runner
http://sqpn.com/2009/02/25/the-sqpn-giving-campaign-2009
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningteamflash.com 
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: The Quad Cast
“Crazy in the Morning” by Brene Wilson at http://www.brenewilson.com

Direct download: Fdip179.mp3
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Fdip178: All in Stride

The phrase “Taking it all in stride” means to get all you can get within a single step.  As runners, we have a special appreciation for longer, stronger strides in that they ensure faster speeds on the open road, and combined with more frequent strides, can turn our back and middle of the pack efforts into something closer to the front.  When we train, we are already prepared and pre-conditioned to expect speed work and strength work, long runs and the building on endurance: but within those efforts we also need to focus and dedicate ourselves to improving the quality of our natural strides…because it is in doing so that we improve our efficiency and speed in races and on the road.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningteamflash.com 
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Dirt Dawgs Rambling Diatribe Podcast
“Highway Run” by Charlie Wheeler Band http://www.charliewheelerband.com

Direct download: Fdip178.mp3
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Fdip177: The Winning Bug by Jackson Scholz

This week I present for you the short story “The Winning Bug” written by Jackson Volney Scholz also known as the “New York Thunderbolt”. 

Jackson Scholz was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprint, was born in 1897 and died on October 26th, 1986.

In the 1920s, he became the first person to appear in an Olympic sprint final in three different Olympic Games. He won the gold in Antwerp for the American 4x100 meter relay, he won the silver in the 100m race in the 1924 Paris games, losing to Britains Harold Abrahams as depicted in the movie Chariots of Fire, and he won the gold in those games in the 200 meter race.  He also ran in the 1928 games in Amsterdam, finishing 4th in the 200 meters.

After his running career had ended, Jackson Scholz became well known for his writing, and today I’m going to read you one of his best short stories, an excellent first reading for what I intend to have as an ongoing feature of this podcast. “The Winning Bug”.

Show Links:

http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://mwrunfar.blogspot.com

 “Winners” by Solare  http://www.solare3.net

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