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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.

Links:

On Monday, May 5th, join my friends and fellow runners, and I, in Boston as we celebrate the life of Jacob Tinkoff and run to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We are waves of love, and Boston Strong: el Cinco Loco: http://cincoloco.steverunner.com

Thanks for the music: http://neilbearse.com

The song “All Roads Lead Home” was by Golden State at http://iamgoldenstate.com/

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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This is the story of a fellow runner by the name of Katie who fought a good fight in that all too familiar way where all options are gone and the only thing left to do was to make a terrible agonizing choice:

“When you have nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire” 

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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip232: The 114th Boston Marathon I had come to Hopkinton Massachusetts to run the 114th Boston Marathon, and found myself in the early miles facing the eventual breakdown of my body.  From the joyful celebration of a New England town, I ran myself into the unchartered land of exhaustion and pain…and through modern technology I broadcasted my suffering live through my blog and social networking sites.  I wasn’t doing that to show off or incite pity, I did it because I wanted to share my experience with you in hopes that you might want to run this race one day, and perform better than I did.

I know this course very well, it’s an old friend that I’ve visited throughout my youth and into my middle age.  I have experienced great things on this course, witnessed legendary athletes run with artistic form, felt intense ecstasy and crushing agony and run this race even when I had nothing left within me to get me to that finish line: but somehow, I always have.

For all my efforts in trying to distract myself to finish this race, for trying to go, in my mind, to my happy place…I had forgotten to consider this truth:  that This WAS my happy place…this race that is more than just a race, this marathon that is known by all simply by the name of the city within which it finishes:

This is my race: Boston. This is my town: Boston. This is my home: Boston

Beantown, the hub of the universe, the cradle of liberty, the Athens of America…we love that dirty water, we love our beloved Red Sox, we love our Samuel Adams beer, our Faneuil Hall, and our Patriots, Pilgrims, and minutemen…and we love our Marathon with 114 years of history dating back to the emergence of distance running in the world of athletics.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Phedippidations, thank you for running with me as I took you with me on my way to Boston, thank you for your kind words and support and for following my progress on race day; at Intervals, on Twitter and Facebook but most of all: thank you for your friendship.

You see, THIS is my happy place, running with fellow runners…and as the sky darkens upon the finishing line in the shadows of tall buildings and skyscrapers on and around Boylston Street, I can’t see the sun anymore…I can’t feel the ground anymore…but I don’t mind…you’re by my side…and I feel fine.

Show Links:

“The Curra Road” was by Fergus http://www.fergusband.com

“See the Sun” was by  Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

The Czech Locomotive, Emil Zatopek, 3 time gold medalist in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki once said “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”

The qualifying times of the Boston Marathon call us to experience a different life.  It is not so important that we can meet the standards and run a BQ; it’s the whole idea that there is this threshold for excellence out there: a target by which we can measure our own performance.

I stand by the belief that anyone who runs and finishes a marathon, no matter what their time, has demonstrated an ability that marks them as athletically gifted within the human race.  This is not to denigrate the importance or accomplishment of running or walking shorter distances such as a 5 or 10K road race; but in a world where only point one of one percent of our species has ever run an organized and official marathon road race to completion: the accomplishment deserves acknowledgement and admiration.

But if you’ve qualified to run the Boston Marathon, you are a step above we mere mortals.  You have proven that you are worthy of standing at a starting line in a town called Hopkinton to run with runners of similar abilities towards a finish line in downtown Boston marking your name for all time in the official races record book as one who set a BQ, a Boston Qualifying time: and that is an honor you must cherish for all your life.

Show Links:

http://www.randywhitedj.com/

http://www.bostonmarathon.com/BostonMarathon/114thMarathon.asp

 Boston and St. John’s” by Great Big Sea  http://www.greatbigsea.com

Direct download: Fdip231.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Fdip230: Boston and the 2010 State of the Course In this episode of The Goofy Little Podcast, I run the first 18 miles of the Boston Marathon course and I’ll let you know if there’s anything new to look for on the road before you arrive to run this thing.

If you’ve traveled from afar, you might want to find other things to do with your time in Boston besides driving out to the suburbs to check out the course.  That’s where this episode comes in, as I’ll do my best to describe what I’m seeing: and what you’ll see as you run the Boston Marathon.

I’ll also give you some recommendations for things to do while you’re in Beantown, and finish with some history about the spot where we begin our run towards Boston: the starting line of the 114th Boston Marathon.

Show Links:

http://www.thefreedomtrail.org

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com

http://www.mbta.com

Call (617) 368-5080 for more information about the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery tour:

http://www.samueladams.com/contact_tour.aspx

http://www.cheersboston.com

http://www.harvardsquare.com

http://www.johnharvards.com

http://www.newbury-st.com

http://www.jfklibrary.org

http://www.northendboston.com

http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/bunkerhill.asp

http://www.bostonducktours.com

http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

http://www.billrodgersrunningcenter.com/

 The song “Charlie on the M.T.A.” was performed by The Barleycorn from Ireland off their album “A Song for Ireland” released in 1995 by digitalpressure/The Dolphin Group.

Direct download: Fdip230.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip184: The 113th Boston Marathon

In this episode I will be completely honest and open up a little to tell you some things I’ve not previously revealed about me, and will run the 113th Boston Marathon with you.  A marathon is a very open, public and sincere physical event that puts you out there: for better or worse, revealing all of your weaknesses, as well as physical and mental pressure points.  A marathon forces you to face yourself in a very public and very introspective way.

I wasn’t supposed to run this race, and when I was a child the kids on the playground who once laughed at me when I dropped the ball said that I could never do such a thing.  But today, I’m running a marathon…an event that is as much an analogy for life as anything you could cover in 26.2 miles.  It correlates perfectly mile after mile for every period of your life, from cradle to grave: and it gives you the opportunity to do something special, amazing, inspirational and impressive.

Show Links:
http://www.bostonmarathon.org
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
The song “Curra Road” was by Ger Wolfe http://www.gerwolfe.com
The song “I’m Shipping up to Boston” was by The Dropkick Murphy’s http://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Direct download: Fdip184.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip183: Boston = The Worlds Greatest Marathon I do not make my case here with an elitist attitude.  I make my case with sound facts which, from my perspective, lends evidence to the fact that the Boston Marathon is, without a doubt and lacking hesitation from my lips to your ears: THE WORLDS GREATEST MARATHON.
I made a statement on this podcast, three years or so ago regarding why it is that I’m a runner.  Many reasons come to mind; but the one that always rises first and foremost in my thinking might not be one that others would expect from a soon to be twenty-time marathoner: I run because I love pizza and with Boston’s North End of wonderful Italian neighborhoods, from which my family is descended, I run towards Boston with the hope that there’s a slice waiting for me at the end.
Show Links:
www.americasbestonline.net/marathon.html
http://www.bostonmarathon.org
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://keepmovingkate.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Adam 20
The song “Pizza Day” was by Jonathan Coulton http://www.jonathancoulton.com
Direct download: Fdip183.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 9:28pm EST

Fdip182: Running Legend: Jacqueline Gareau

There’s something special that marks an elite athlete as a true running legend.  It’s more than just their athletic appearance, their healthy bodies and the way they carry themselves when they enter a room. A running legend is someone who has a very humble confidence.  Their eyes, voices and motions speak of having worked harder than most of us could ever imagine to reach a brief moment in their lives where they understood that they were experiencing something that only the very dedicated and passionate person could ever hope to experience.  They are living examples of what we could be as good animals and good human beings.

Jacqueline Gareau is a running legend because she had that moment of glory stolen from her; but in her heart she knew what she had done that day.  Her running is her art, and she showed us on a Spring day in Boston the a true champion celebrates victory in her heart, holds nothing back, and forgives silly transgressions…and when it came to her sport, Jacqueline Gareau made running seem effortless.

Show Links:
http://www.davidblaikie.com/david_blaikie/boston/baa_1980.htm
http://michiganrunner.tv
http://www.runningpodcasts.org/
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://theextramilepodcast.com
Program your phone for The Extra Mile: (513)-397-0525
http://www.cff.org
http://www.prolifedallas.org
http://rawendurance.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://edmundy.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Runway
The song “Effortless” was by Allison Crowe. http://www.allisoncrowe.com

Direct download: Fdip182.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip181: The 2009 State of the Course

Two key messages about the Boston Marathon Course:

Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, Boston.
Head Away From Nature West Near Ballpark Boston.

and

Only 17% of the course climbs at a rate of greater than 1%.
I’ve learned many lessons from this course.  The Boston Marathon has taught me to conserve on the downhills, and pace myself on the uphills.  It’s taught me to have humility amid the cheering crowds, to smile despite the pain gastronomical discomfort, to savor the race as if it were my last, and to celebrate the achievement no matter how physically and mentally exhausted I might be at the end.

I’m not expecting to set a course PR or even come close to 4 hours in the 113th Boston Marathon.  I am expecting to enjoy the day, and appreciate my life all the more.

Patriots Day will be a day to celebrate the successful completion of my 20th Marathon…a milestone of sorts that I can quite honestly feel proud of despite all the pain and weariness I’ve had to overcome. 

Life is short, but it should be long enough: and I am grateful for my life and the time I’ve had and whatever happens to me on Marathon Monday will only add to my experience of this course, both of the Boston Marathon and the road of life.

Show Links:
http://www.runningpodcasts.org/
http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://returnrunners.wordpress.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: The Neuman Show
The Song “Dirty Water” was by the Standells

Direct download: Fdip181.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip140: Remembering Boston

In this episode we'll hear the stories of others who ran the 112th Boston Marathon. When you write up a race report you"re not just doing it for yourself to memorialize the even, you're doing it for others; passing on your observations so that they can incorporate it into their own form of opinion as a way to better understand the event so that we can improve our performance on race day. Its" not enough to just run the race, or even run it well, you have to tell others about your race.  Race reports are a big part of the process of running, racing and competing with each other.  It’s in this way that we give something back to our fellow runners; and with a sport that gives us all so much in terms of joy, passion, and health: the verbal or written telling of your story from the races you run is an important way to give back to this community.

Show Links:

www.bostonmarathon.com

www.runningstories.blogspot.com

www.zjruns.blogspot.com

www.worldwidehalf.com

www.buckeyeoutdoors.com

www.theextramilepodcast.com

www.syrentha.org

Fdip featured blog: www.mikemowery2.blogspot.com

The song "I feel fantastic�? was by Jonathan Coulton at www.jonathancoulton.com 

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

Direct download: Fdip140.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

Fdip139: The 112th Boston Marathon

This is a race report and audio recording of my 7th time running the Boston Marathon.  This year was different in that I approached the starting line unprepared for the task ahead of me.  Suffering from a case of peroneal tendonitis, my training was minimal throughout the winter months.  On April 21st, 2008 I made the decision to ignore common sense setting a bad example to friends, family and fellow runners by ignoring my pain and pushing myself through a 26.2 mile race.  What you'll hear in this episode is neither inspiring or noble, but it will raise the question: "Why?‿

Show Links:

www.worldwidehalf.com

steverunner.com/PatriotsDayResults.htm

www.bostonmarathon.com

The song “Curra Road‿ by Sharon Shannon off her 2007 album “Renegade‿ sung by Mike McGoldrick and produced by Daisy Entertainment in Dublin, Ireland.  www.sharonshannon.com

O Fortuna was recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra www.bso.org

The parody “Finish Line‿ was inspired of the song “Still Alive‿ by Jonathan Coulton www.jonathancoulton.com 

Direct download: Fdip139.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Fdip138: The Great Race of 1983

The Boston Marathon is a race that challenges an athlete in a way that most courses do not, neither buy design or intent.  It is not a fast course.  It is not a race where any runner, elite or back of the pack, will set a marathon PR, but it is a race for which all other marathons seek to enable athletes to arrive in a small New England town for the eastward run into the heart of bean town.  This is the story of the 87th running of this event, where the last American male runner won the day, and a woman athlete named Joan ran a race for the ages.

Show Links:

http://www.bostonmarathon.com

http://theextramilepodcast.com

Fdip featured blog: http://gotlactate.blogspot.com

The song “Rearrange New England’ was by the band “Carlotta’s Gift‿

http://garageband.com/artist/CarlottasGift

Direct download: Fdip138.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

Fdip137: The 2008 State of the Course

What happens in Boston, starts in Hopkinton.  In this episode I take my last 16 miler from the starting line of the Boston Marathon through the bottom of Newton Lower Falls.  For those of us who will run the race, you’ll eventually come to Hereford Street where crowds will block your forward progress and urge you to turn right.  You’ll run this short block with the screams of spectators echoing off the buildings and will finally make your left hand turn onto Boylston Street, with the finish line just ahead of you…with the promise of a well earned time and an ice cold beer there beyond the portal.  

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, good wishes and thoughtful prayers in both emails and audio comments on episode 21 of The Extra Mile Podcast.  It means so much to me that you’d take the time to wish me luck, and a happy taper.  In the words of the ancient Romans: “Omnia vincit amor‿ (love conquers all).

Show Links:

http://www.bostontrials2008.com

http://www.bostonmarathon.com

http://theextramilepodcast.com

www.runningpodcasts.org

The song “Still in Massachusetts‿ was by “Refuse Resist‿ http://www.myspace.com/refuseresistband

Direct download: Fdip137.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 6:53am EST

Fdip136: Running Legend Kathrine Switzer

It takes courage to stand up to authority.  It requires an act of bravery to break the unfair rules so as to start the discussion.  K.V. Switzer, Kathrine…didn't lace up her shoes on a cold and snowy April day in Hopkinton Massachusetts to prove a point, or to make a statement…she lined up because she had and has a passion in her heart to run. 

Show Links: 

http://www.katherineswitzer.com

http://www.spencerusvi.blogspot.com 

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://eatdrinkrunwoman.com

The song "I am Woman‿ was by “Planet of Women‿ www.planetofwomen.co.uk 

Direct download: Fdip136.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Fdip93: The 111th Boston Marathon The 111th Boston Marathon took place during a Nor’Easter, with major flooding, driving rains, cool to cold temperatures and a sustained wind of twenty miles per hour with gusts up to forty miles per hour. A record number of qualified entrant chose not to run the race, but the hearty few who accepted the challenge experienced the race of their lives.  This podcast was recorded as I ran the Boston Marathon.
Direct download: Fdip93.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

Fdip92: A Duel in the Sun The story of the 1982 Boston Marathon is more than just a story about two elite  athletes and a closely contested race.  It is the story of the underdog facing  the champion, and was one of the most intensely exciting finishes in modern race  history.  This is the story about Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley in the 86th Boston Marathon.
Direct download: Fdip92.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Fdip90: The 2007 State of the Course A detailed description of the Boston Marathon course for the 111th running of this world famous event.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Fdip41: The 110th Boston Marathon Despite his weakness on the field of battle, Steve Runner attempts to complete the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon, facing a barrier to glory that he never trained for, never anticipated, and was ill prepared to overcome.
Direct download: Fdip41.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:54am EST

Fdip40: The History of Boston The origin of the Boston Marathon, the heros, and the stories that defines it as one of the greatest road races in the world.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:53am EST

Fdip39: Running Legend: Johnny A. Kelley, The Elder Johnny Kelley ran the Boston marathon a total of 61 times in his lifetime, finishing 58 times.  He won the event twice, and came in second a total of seven times.  He was truly a man who defied age and a legend whom everyone loved.
Direct download: Fdip39.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:50am EST

Fdip38: A Tour of the Boston Marathon Course The first 16 miles of the Boston Marathon are downhill, but it’s what happens coming out of Newton Lower Falls that separates the weak from the strong.
Direct download: Fdip38.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:49am EST

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