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I’m here with my family and friends…at place we consider to be the happiest place on earth. This is Key West.

Why this is our happy place is the focus of this episode, and before you get the wrong idea: this show wasn’t sponsored by the Key West Travel Bureau…I understand that many of you have your own personal paradise’s…but this is mine.

I’ve only been here once before, about a year ago, in March of 2012, for only three days. Long time listeners to Phedippidations might remember episode 287 titled “Hemingway’s Key and Life to its Top”.  We’ll I’m back again, and this time we’re spending a full week.Key West is 129 miles southwest of Miami, and 94 statute miles north of Cuba.  The city is smaller than New York’s Central Park and it’s official motto is “One Human Family”.

Mile marker zero of US route 1 is located at 490 Whitehead Street, here in Key West, Florida.

It’s the beginning of the road for this major east coast US Highway which runs 2,369 miles (or 3,813 km) all the way north to Fort Kent, Maine…the take out point for those of us who have canoed the Allagash River Waterway in the Northern Maine Woods.

Fort Kent was the end of the road for a family camping trip I once cherished; with my Dad, and Nephew John Glenn…you’re welcome to listen to Fdip198 recorded in the summer of 2009 titled “Walking by Henry David Thoreau”…but for me, that’s all in the past.  The World has Moved on…and there’s nothing there I care to listen to or dwell upon.

Here in Key West I’m marking a new beginning.  

That so much of my life could changed in the years since I last strapped my canoe to the roof of my Jeep four years ago would have seemed hard to believe back then.  But here we are, a few thousand days and miles ago and away: where I’m standing at mile zero of route 1, ready to make a new start, at the beginning of the road…where my Life 2.0 began.

The last time I was here I talked to you about Life 2.0; and while I wasn’t really sure where that would lead me…it’s good to be back in Key West…a place that is, for me not only paradise, but the starting line for a new challenge and change.

I’m going to become Steve Runner, again.

Links:

Go there: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34345-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida-Vacations.html 

FitBit Force at fitbit.steverunner.com.

Thank the music guy: http://twitter.com/neilbearse

The song “Key West Address” was by James Slater at http://www.jamestslater.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 PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 75 friends and fellow runners:

William, Vera, Katie, Heather, 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, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Matt, Jen, Lou, Shari, Brad, Dave, Desiree, Joan and one Anonymous fellow runner!

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Direct download: Fdip311.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I see the act of running as a pathway to a special state of consciousness that allows us to "expose and undo our hidden fears and hopes", to "befriend who we are are".

Doctor George Sheehan knew alot about this...but you have to really listen carefully to what he's actually saying in order to understand.

I'm about to read from you one of the most controversial, in my opinion anyway, chapters of his now classic book "Running and Being - The Total Experience" published by Second Wind II LLC.  It’s a book that you simply must own.

The chapter I’ll read is titled "Meditating"...and as you start to listen to it many of your are going to disagree completely with his premise.

That's why you have to listen carefully...you have to think about what he's saying and look for yourself in those words.  He begins talking about the importance of solitude and how, on the road, we remove ourselves from the influence of both love and hate. On the surface, that seems somehow selfish and anti-social; and to that Dr. Sheehan will agree, but not in the way you might think.

When you run...YOU run.  You take your heart, mind and soul...whatever YOU really are...and you use it.  The meditation comes when distractions are minimized.  Pema Chodron is absolutely correct: meditation allows you to "befriend who we are" and running allows you some time to meditate.

It's not easy...that's why those practiced in the art of meditation can sit quietly and comfortably, and not think, just be.  In this chapter, Doctor Sheehan is making the case that this solitary experience of "being" can come to you while you're running.  This is why such meditation is part of the total experience, of "running and being”.

Links:

 

THE BOOK YOU MUST OWN: "Running and Being - The Total Experience" published by Second Wind II LLC

The MVP of music: http://neilbearse.com

The song   “Runaways” was lead single from the fourth album “Battle Born” by The Killers. Follow the band on twitter @thekillers

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 PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 72 friends and fellow runners:

William, Vera, Katie, Heather, 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, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Matt, Jen, Lou, Shari, Brad and one Anonymous fellow runner!

THANK YOU! {http://support.steverunner.com}

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

While faith is, by definition, unwavering; scientific understanding often and sometimes frequently changes, as new observations about our universe are uncovered and demonstrated.

Conventional wisdom, those faith sourced ideas that are so greatly accepted that they go unquestioned, is an  oxymoron...that is, a conjoining contradictory term.  In the case of running shoes and pronation we have long accepted the idea that:

  • neutral or cushioned shoes are helpful for those with high arches, 
  • stability shoes are best for those who over-pronote moderately and 
  • motion control shoes are best for runners with low arches and moderate to severe over-pronation. 

But the latest science...that is, the most recent clinical, organized observations, show that this is not true.

Critics against science will point to the ever changing theories and hypothesis that make the practice untrustfull and suspicious, while those with deep religious convictions will point out how their belief is something does not change in light of new evidence.

54% of American’s believe that human beings have evolved into our present form over millions of years, and that we have descended from other animals and life forms, such as the the Bonobo and Chimpanzee, who we split off from, in the family tree of humanity,  only 7 million years ago.  The conventional knowledge in this area has changed frequently since Darwin’s publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859”.

46% of American’s believe in the Abrahamic account of human creation, and consider the  idea of God creating humans 10,000 years ago a “creationist science”.  Lacking significant evidence and despite the increasing proof to the contrary, these people rely on faith, rather than science, to prove their point.

So that’s an example of where science and faith “butt heads”, and the discussion will go on and on; just as the discussion about pronation and the perfect running shoe will continue as new studies and investigations uncover new evidence and findings to better inform and educate those of us who seek to unravel the paradox of pronation.

Links:

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2010/06/26/bjsm.2009.069849.abstract?sid=6f514a1a-667b-444d-8689-e6bd8d7ca4ab

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2013/06/12/bjsports-2013-092202.abstract 

And on the 8th day, God rocked: http://neilbearse.com

The song “Science” was by David Usher. http://davidusher.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 PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 73 friends and fellow runners:

William, Vera, Katie, Heather, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, David, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, Michael, David, Doug, Vance, Brad, Marcelo, Shawn, Roberto, Zaki, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea, Matt, Jen, Lou, Shari and one Anonymous fellow runner!

THANK YOU! {http://support.steverunner.com}

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Direct download: Fdip309.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Oxford Massachusetts is typical quaint New England Village, in the Heart of Central Massachusetts that remains, after 300 years, a quaint country town with a long American history.  

The Europeans settlers from France and England were not the first to live here; but since it’s founding the town has managed to maintain both it’s charm and terroir; a less known gem in the commonwealth of Massachusetts and a place that I call home.

Last month, on July 31st, Massachusetts state representatives Paul Frost and Ryan Fattman announced that Bill H.3465, “an Act validating the date of incorporation of the Town of Oxford” had been passed.

“Nothwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the date of July 8, 1713 is hereby ratified and confirmed and declared the legal and valid date of incorporation of the Town of Oxford.”

It was signed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 7th.

Oxford is a town, as it be needful.

Direct download: Fdip308.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

With this episode I’m off and running on my 9th year of podcasting. 

Did I think that I’d still be at it after all this time?  To be honest I didn’t really think about it...I just kept on producing the shows.  Clearly, this isn’t the same Phedippidations that it was back in 2005...alot has changed with the writing, recording, production, sound quality, processing, sound effects, music sounders and beds...not to mention the changes in the life of the host. 

We homo sapiens are funny when it comes to change, and I’m not talking about “Funny Ha Ha”.  I think to a certain extent, many of us go through the course of our lives in blissful or less denial on the topic of change...I know I’m guilty of that...so I’ll speak for myself.

Intellectually I understand that change is constant, but in my heart I try to ignore that truth.  I have always preferred to belive that I live in a secure, understandable, familiar and unchanging life and lifestyle...but that’s a fantasy...the truth is that every day and every hour brings change.

The way to become happy in life, is to be mindful of this change.

Parents with young children experience such change to the extreme.  

Those of you with new born and young kids must cherish these moments...for when I warn you that they will pass by much faster than you can possibly imagine, you have to belive me.  I don’t mean to bum you out...but almost literally tomorrow your babies will be full fledged adults, and you’ll have the nest to yourselves...it’s a little freaky at first, but it gets better...it really does.

It’s these transitions in our lives that shock and awe us...but they shouldn’t.  I’m talking about our “fear of change” here, something that the buddist nun Pema Chodron writes about in her book “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

She writes:

“We’re always trying to deny that it’s a natural occurrence that things change, that the sand is slipping through our fingers. Time is passing. It’s as natural as the seasons changing and day turning into night. 

But getting old, getting sick, losing what we love—we don’t see those events as natural occurrences. We want to ward off that sense of death, no matter what. 

When we have reminders of death, we panic. It isn’t just that we cut our finger, blood begins to flow, and we put on a Band-Aid. We add something extra—our style. 

Some of us just sit there stoically and bleed all over our clothes. Some of us get hysterical; we don’t just get a Band-Aid, we call the ambulance and go to the hospital. Some of us put on designer Band-Aids. But whatever our style is, it’s not simple. It’s not bare bones. 

Can’t we just return to the bare bones? Can’t we just come back? That’s the beginning of the beginning. 

Bare bones, good old self. 

Bare bones, good old bloody finger. 

Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. 

Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance,that everything is changing all the time...”

She’s right of course...I’m hardly an enlightened soul, but I do understand that everything is changing all the time...and that includes Phedippidations.

I’ve recieved thousands of comments about this show over the years, and one of the common subject lines mentions a listeners unhappiness with the many changes that I’ve made with the show.  I cannot, and will not apologize for that, because it’s not something that I have control over...part of the reason I have no control over this is because we’re going through a journey here, together.

Like it or not, you’ve been listening not only to my rambling diatribes and presentation of road races and running related topics...but you’ve been listening to the story of my life, and the lives of my friends and family.  I could have made a better effort to sheild you from all that...having worked in commercial radio broadcasting, I know first hand how the private lives of Dee-Jays and Talk Show Hosts are often hidden from the audience.

But I didn’t want to do that here, because this is a conversation for and about runners. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Too many of the professional and corporate production houses who have entered this space...as I knew they one day would...continue to follow the tired, old way of broadcasting content.  Many or most are afraid of being complely open and honest, and until they do...they’re always just going to be a radio show pretending to be a podcast...or netcast...or RSS driven audio enclosure....whatever you want to call it.  

Can we agree that the “pod” in “podcasting” is no longer relevent? 

As my life has changed, this show has changed.  As this show has changed, our relationship as host and listener has changed...and I like to think that this change is, or will be, for the better.

Someone asked me recently “How long will you continue to produce Phedippidations”...and there is an answer to that: “until I’m finished”.  

That could mean until I’m physically unable to produce the show, or it could mean until I’ve reached the end of our journey together...it doesn’t really matter.  I’ll miss you, you might miss me...but rest assured, somewhere up ahead of us in the near or far flung future, is the last episode of this podcast.

We should find comfort in that as we should find comfort in all the alpha and omega moments of our lives.  

When Ani Pema Chodron suggests that we return to the “bare bones” in our response to change, she is suggesting that we live for the moment, every moment...that we learn to relax and not resist the fact that change is constant and that everything comes to an end. 

Nothing in our lives remains the same, ever...so if you like something, hell...if you LOVE something or someone, an experience you’re having or once had...cherish that thing, person or moment, now...right now...and relax...be better for the experience and move on as the world moves on.

And yes, I am the pot pointing out that the kettle is of a darkened hue...but as runners we have an opportunity to think deeply about change...change in our lives, change in our friends and families lives...and even something as goofy as the changes with a podcast.

Links:

Friend, Fellow Runner & Wine Freak: http://neilbearse.com

Song

Episode

Date Published

Song Title

Artist

1

Fdip295: Dr. George Sheehan – Facing the Future

Sept 8th, 2012

All My Days

Alexi Murdoch

2

Fdip296: Motivational Gadgetry

Sept 20th, 2012

Let Them Feel Your Heart Beat

A Silent Film

3

Fdip297: What is this thing called, Love?

Oct 13th, 2012

Tomorrow

Black Lab

4

Fdip298: The Problem with NSAIDs

Nov 10th, 2012

The Day

Moby

5

Fdip299: An Honor to Run with You

Dec 2nd, 2012

Further

Long-View

6

Fdip300: A New Hope

Feb 1, 2013

Run, Run

The Rivals

7

Fdip301: Unwrinkling the Runners Soul

Feb 28th, 2013

Good Men

A Boy and His Kite

8

Fdip302: As Fast as We Can

March 22nd, 2013

As Fast as You Can

Our Lady Peace

9

Bonus Track

Learn to Dance

Andrew McMahon

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 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, Heather, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, David, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, Michael, David, Doug, Vance, Brad, Marcelo, Shawn, Roberto, Zaki, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Matt, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre, Maria, Hisham, Andrea and one Anonymous fellow runner!

THANK YOU! {http://support.steverunner.com}

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Support: http://support.steverunner.com

Direct download: Fdip307.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Over the years, I have spoken to you about all of the many benifits as to why running is good for you.  I’ve talked about the physical, psychological and even the spiritual benefits of this sport...but 

I’ve also tried to get across this point: that running is just one of the ways to improve your health, increase your level of happiness and extend the duration of your life.  I’ve told you that “Runners are special” but I’ve always been quick to admit that I’m not saying we’re better than  non-runners...we’re just different.  Think about some of the times you’ve run incredibly long distances, or gotten your miles in during a blizzard or heat wave...some might call us crazy, I prefer the word “special”.

But obviously there are other physical activities that can bring you similar benefits: for the purpose of today’s discussion we will consider the act of walking.  And the question to be asked and answered here is simply this: which is better for you, running or walking?

Now, look...let’s be reasonable...I have dedicated the last 8 years of my life...over 300 episodes answering the question with the choice to run.  I call myself “Steve Runner” I have drawers full of running Tee-Shirts and boxes of old running shoes that I keep hidden in my attick for the “Steve Runner Memorial Library” by grandaughters will no doubt, one day open...but if we’re going to consider Running versus Walking...we’d better turn to “SCIENCE”.

Links:

http://whatstheharm.net/acupuncture.html

http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3350972/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23190592

http://www.plosone.org/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3396625/

Special Olympics: http://www.specialolympics.org/

A New Project: http://theextramilepodcast.com

Gud Musik? Fuhgeddahboudid: http://neilbearse.com

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was by The Proclaimers at http://www.proclaimers.co.uk/

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

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

PHEDIPPIDATIONS SITE OF THE RUN: http://www.muddycalves.com

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But PLEASE, only if you can afford it!) Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind and sincerely generous financial support of 67 friends and fellow runners:

William, Vera, Katie, Heather, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, David, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, Michael, David, Doug, Vance, Brad, Marcelo, Shawn, Roberto, Zaki, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Matt, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre

and one Anonymous fellow runner!

THANK YOU! {http://support.steverunner.com}

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Direct download: Fdip306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It was on April 19th, in the year of our Lord 2000, that I first registered the domain name of SteveRunner.com.

It wasn’t my idea.  It was that of a good friend of mine, Jim, who I had attended the University of Lowell with in the early 1980’s, and worked with for over 20 years.  

It was on that 19th day of April, 13 years ago that he suggested I reserve a domain name for my running blog. 

I had been posting my running related essays on a website hosted at CompuServe, but the only way you could read my running words was if you knew the complicated numerical universal resource locator that pointed to it.

Today, I’d like to read for you some of the essays I wrote back then.  They are written from the perspective of a new and very enthusiastic runner of 38 years old.

We are quite often oblivious to the way our lives change, and how we change through the year.  Your perspective will vary, but for me: 13 years wasn’t all that long ago.

It was the peak of the Dot Com bubble, President Clinton was serving his last year in office, and I had just lost over 50 pounds.  Running had become one of my greatest passions.  I had started in December of ’98, ran my first marathon in October of ’99 and now I had a blog where I could write about the experience.  Inspired and enlightened by the cardiologist, fellow runner, philosopher and author, Dr. George Sheehan...I began writing about my running lifestyle and how it had brought me joy.

My life has changed drastically since I first created the SteveRunner.com website.  The essays you’ll hear today are from a person who no longer exists, a younger version of myself that was filled with hope, excitement, opptomism and enthusiam for the act of running.

This isn’t to say that I’m worse off today than I was back then...it’s just that I never expected to be where I am today; none of us do.  Go back into your own 13 year old past and it’s likely that you’ll experience the same revelation.  You aren’t who and where you expected to be.

Life is an uncharted, unscripted reality.  It’s not always dramatic, and it’s not all sad or happy endings.  We lace up our shoes and we open our squeaky doors to roads that lead to an unknowable future.  Who you are today is nothing at all like the who you’ll be in ten, twenty or even thirty years, God willing.  

One thing is for sure, that despite your best plans, despite whatever goals you’re aiming for; when and if you get there...everything will be different.

This is who I was 13 years ago....what I was thinking about, what I was writing about.  It’s a revealing and personal cause for introspection...but it’s also an example for you to contemplate your long ago and far to come.


Links:

Hark the Herald Boom-Box sings: http://neilbearse.com

Featured Site of the Run: http://run366project.blogspot.com

The song “Stereo” was by “The Watchmen

Intervals between episodes can be found at steverunnerblog.com

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

PHEDIPPIDATIONS SITE OF THE RUN: http://run366project.blogspot.com

ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: (But 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, Heather, Ryan, Chaise, Gordon, Scott, Mike, David, Jeff, Colin, Jason, Diane, Cheryl, Ron, Mark, Martha, Greg, Jim, Tim, Bill, Michael, David, Doug, Vance, Brad, Marcelo, Shawn, Roberto, Zaki, Ria, Jan, Margaret, James, Norm, Simon, Albert, Janice, Andrew, Pam, Rob, Teresa, Glenn, Trey, Steve, John, Angie, Al, Toni, Martin, Lynn, Nancy, Matt, Eric, Claudia, Jim, Kara, Robert, Dino, Joe, Martin, Rich, Sarah, Tom, David, Pierre

and one Anonymous fellow runner!

THANK YOU! {http://support.steverunner.com}

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

We wish you could have been here.  

The Cinco Loco was a never to be duplicared in the history of the universe event; a run with a unique group of good people who came together to share their time; to be there for a friend who had lost his precious child, to be there at the finish line of an event that hatred tried to ruin; to celebrate the friendships that we had made on line, through podcasts and the social media tubes of the Interwebs...and to enjoy a victory cupcake, in person, together...side by side, in the flesh...real people, real friends and fellow runners.

We all wish you could have been here; and we look forward to the day when we will:  standing at an arbitrary starting line to run some arbitrary distance, without earbuds, downloads and RSS subscriptions, without tweets, and facebook updates or blog posts...but in person, you and I and some incredibly cool people.

That is the spirit of the Mojo Loco movement...that’s what’s real, significant and important.

We should run together, at the same time in the same place at some point during our brief lives.  Because that’s all that matters.  You and I are friends and fellow runners, but as I said before: our friendship is confirmed and reinforced upon meeting each other in physical person.

If we are to make the world a better place, we have to promote respect, admiration and friendship with people all over the world.  Runners have a special way of doing that, because it doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what you belive in, how you dress, what you look like, how old you are, or any of the other wonderful and infinite persuasions that define you: we have this one thing in common; we run...and that physical act can be the rock solid foundation for a friendship that can make the world understand and appreciate each other, and bring us all together.

I wish you had been here, and I hope that one day we’ll go our for a run.

Direct download: Fdip304.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My name is Steve, I’m from Boston, and I am Boston Strong.  

There’s a certain amount of pride that I have, in saying that.  But the truth is, we’re all from Boston.  Boston...is more than just a city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...for runners like you and I, it’s a idea...it’s a place where dreams come true.  

The course from the Hopkinton Bandstand to Boylston Street is more than just a paved roadway...it’s a course.  Wherever you’re hearing me right now, that course is connected to you.  When you lace up your shoes and open your own squeaky front door, you’re taking to the same road, on the same planet as I.  The phrase “Think Global, Run Local” has never been so true as it was on the afternoon of April 15th, Patriots Day...a day of heros.

I am now going to say something that is well overdue...I’m going to admit that I was wrong about something.  I’m wrong about alot of things, but I’m stubborn too, I’m a cranky New Englander...but when faced with the truth...I have no alternative but to accept my our fault.

I once said, on this podcast, that it doesn’t take courage to run, in fact I dedicated an entire episode to that silly notion back in December of 2008, episode 166 “It’s Not About Courage”.  

In that episode I said that “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.”   

Fellow runners, don’t you belive that.  I was wrong, and I apologize with all my heart.  

You know how much the Boston Marathon means to me; you know how much this city means to me...but the fact is, that we all have courage...the first responders, the fire, police and emergency crews who responded at risk to their own lives, and the many, MANY fellow runners who did exactly what any of you would have done: we are indomitable, we overcome pain, we use our bodies as they were meant to be used, and we sacrifice for the good of this world.

It is about courage, afterall.  When you take to the road, you’re becoming a hero...a hero who would gladly help other runners by passing out bottles of water, a hero who would walk into a little burger joint near the finish line and grab a couple of big trash bags to give to a complete stranger for warmth, a hero who would risk being with other people in an area where the attacks took place, as a way to offer fellowship and comfort.

Oh, yes, there are so many hero’s in our community...so many fellow runners willing to sacrifice, help and fight for what’s right.  The cowardly terrorists who dropped those backpacks with pressure cooker bombs thought they could scare you, they thought they could end the marathon, frighten the world and send a message of hatred that would force us to cower in the darkness.

All they did was kill and hurt some good people, and make a bloody mess of Boylston Street.  There’s a concept in physics discovered by Sirl Issac Newton as his third law of motion.

“Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem”

To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction

Fellow runners, we could be heros.  We could respond to this act of terror, with acts of heroism; armed with, as weapons, kindness, respect, sacrifice and wave after wave of love.

Of course it takes courage to run, it’s something that those who would stop us most clearly don’t understand.  Instead of defeating us on Boylston Street, the terrorist’s empowered us all over the world, to set postive examples for others on how to be good animals, better people, and brave heros.

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Direct download: Fdip303Boston.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Thousands of candles 

can be lighted 

from a single candle, 

and the life of the candle 

will not be shortened. 

The Buddah

The world is a better place for the life of a young man by the name of Jacob Tinkoff.  

If you haven’t heard, it breaks my heart to tell you of this worlds loss of my friend Adam Tinkoff’s son, Jacob.  

No parent should have to endure such tragedy alone.  So now you know, and now together, we mourn.

Jacob, or Jake to his friends,  was a good, kind and sweet young man.  

He was also a  passionately talented musician. He was an accomplished string bassist.

The music you'll hear on this podcast was from a series of youtube videos Adam had posted over the past few yeasr, featuring  Jacob playing bass in his orchestra.

Not long ago, Adam spoke to me about the very real and powerful phenomenon of creating waves of love and joy in the world.  

As humans, we create content, thoughts and beauty...which spread out like ripples in a pond, touching the hearts and souls of other people, who in turn are inspired, or infused with a need to create their own positive waves of love and joy.

The Buddha said “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.”  

These waves of light, love and beauty are generated by a single source, and spread throughout the universe of people in ways that we can hardly understand, but are deeply effected by...and as long as that light shines, as long as that love propagates, the life of the source cannot be shortened.

Jacob Tinkoff is a beautiful soul, who has touched the lives of many people...and today, through this music, his love will touch you and change you in meaningful and subtle waves.


“To Write Love on Her Arms” is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  

Adam and his family asks that in lieu of flowers you make a donation "To Write Love On Her Arms".  

You can find them online at http://twloha.com

Please keep Jacob, Adam and the Tinkoff family in your prayers.

The Buddha wrote that:

“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”

Direct download: FdipJacob.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT