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Fdip216: Running Through a New England Town

Running a race with a friend is always a good thing because the friendly rivalry will tend to push you past your own comfortable limits.  When I first started running back in December of 1998, I would run every day with a good friend at work; and we would push each other to finish as fast and as strong as we possibly could.  I averaged a 9:10 pace back in those days for my daily and long runs…guess what that pace run over 26.2 miles would get me?

If I had run the race on my own today, I most certainly wouldn’t have pushed myself too hard: I’m still weeks away from the start of my Spring marathon training, and I just had no reason to push myself too hard, risking possible injury.

I had a lot to be thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving; I had my family, my job, my health, and an ankle that was strong enough to let me run a road race.  I had the gift of an entry into Boston, and a good training plan to get me there, with that goal of a sub 4 hour race in the new year not too hard to belive.  And today; I was thankful that my friend Joe challenged me in this 5 mile road race; pushing me to do my best and making me feel like I really might be; once again: Steve Runner.

Show Links:
http://bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com/
http://www.coolrunning.com/results/09/ma/Nov26_21stAn_set1.shtml
http://runnetcommunity.org
Changed” by Stray Palace (Paul Durham, Deej Hofer and Paul Bohak) http://straypalace.com

Direct download: Fdip216.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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

Direct download: Fdip164.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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

Direct download: Fdip158.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip157: The Third Annual World Wide Festival of Races

Over 1,100 runners from more than 40 countries took part in the 3rd annual World Wide Festival of Races.  This really was a festival; it was a celebration of life, of community, of doing something of importance, endurance and strength.  It was a day where we took to the roads and ran together although we were apart.

There were many reasons why we all took part in this event: to celebrate, to share, to make friends and to inspire others.  We did it to prove that national and territorial boundaries on a map are nothing more than dotted lines meant to keep us physically apart, and that our own customs, religions and social environments do not exclude us from the privileges of friendship and camaraderie.  What makes us different from each other locally does not prevent us from going out into this world, under the same sky on the same little blue bubble in space, and celebrate those things that we have in common.

We just want to live a good, happy and healthy life.  We just want to live in peace and harmony with each other…and above all, we just want to Be OK.

Show Links:
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.amilewith.me.uk
http://www.dirtdawgramblingdiatribe.blogspot.com
http://www.theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.showemyoucare.com

Fdip featured blog of the week: www.richruns2.blogspot.com
The song “Be OK” was by Ingrid Michaelson http://www.ingridmichaelson.com
http://www.standup2cancer.org

Direct download: Fdip157.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip156: Cheers from a Little Blue Bubble

"It's hard to appreciate the Earth when you're down right upon it because it's so huge. It gives you in an instant, just at a position 240,000 miles away from it, (an idea of) how insignificant we are, how fragile we are, and how fortunate we are to have a body that will allow us to enjoy the sky and the trees and the water ... It's something that many people take for granted when they're born and they grow up within the environment. But they don't realize what they have. And I didn't till I left it.''

-- Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 and 13.

Greeting Fellow Runners…
The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 384,403 km, that’s 238,857 miles. To put that into perspective, it’s exactly 2,462 miles or 3,961 km between New York and Los Angeles…so the moon is 156 times the distance away from the Earth as New York is to LA.

When the Apollo Astronauts went to the moon, they noticed a few things which probably should have been obvious and expected.  First, the moon is dead; Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the lunar lander, looked around and gasped “Magnificent desolation”.  He witnessed first hand that the moon is beautiful, but void of life.

The second thing the astronauts noticed when they looked back at the earth was that it was the only thing in the sky that had any color.  It shone of deep blues, white wisps, dark greens and browns.  The Earth was, in fact, a magnificent oasis of life.

The third thing the astronauts realized when they stood on the surface of the moon was that, if they lifted up their arm and stuck out their hand, holding it out to towards the little blue bubble that was hanging in the lunar sky, they could cover the entire Earth with their thumb. 

Everyone who has ever lived was hidden behind that thumb.  The entire history of the human civilization was hidden behind that thumb, every creature that had ever swam, crawled, slithered , hopped, walked, or flew had lived (or were living) their whole lives, hidden behind that thumb.

Wally Schirra, the astronaut who flew around the earth on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions once said “I left Earth three times. I found no place else to go.”

Think about the profoundness of that statement. He found no place else to go because there IS no place else to go.  Seen from space, this little blue bubble we run upon is our home and is very likely to be the only place in the entire Universe that we will ever be able to live. 

I know that we’re talking about going to Mars and we can imagine a future where we terraform planets or create starships to take our descendents to extra-solar planets over the course of a millennium; but this one planet that we live upon is a precious bubble of life in space.  It’s our home, it’s small, and we have to take care of it.

But today, I’m going to suggest that before we can take care of this little blue bubble that we first take care of each other.

Perspective might be the key to that.

I’m a science fiction fan.  I love “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” and anything to do with space travels and alien encounters.  I’ve often wondered what alien visitors to Earth would think as their spaceship got close and they saw this little blue bubble of life.

Wouldn’t they assume that all of the intelligent creatures of the indigenous civilizations on this planet lived in peace and harmony as a single tribe of the human species? 

Wouldn’t they believe that conflicts would be rare on such a tiny world where global cooperation was the only logically sensible way for such creatures to co-exist. 

Wouldn’t they expect that such creatures, born of the same species, evolved from the same ancestral lineage, and with essentially similar physical features…would live, love, share and care for each other throughout their short lives?

On this podcast, I’ve tried to make the point that if we’re going to live up to those expectations (and as the so called intelligent self aware species on this planet, I think we should probably make peace, love and understanding a common goal) and if that’s a noble and good goal, then it has to start somewhere. 

Where’s it going to start?  With religion?  Maybe…but religious differences hasn’t been particularly effective with the whole “ensuring world peace thing” over the last thousand years. 

I’m saying that as a devote practicing Roman Catholic…religion without the underlying foundation of tolerance, understanding, acceptance, charity and love for all of the people on this little blue bubble, no matter how they worship or what they believe…isn’t helpful to a world in desperate need of peace.

Will the goal of such peace start with governments?  Ummm…I’m not very good with understanding the whole socio-political strategy of the modern world, but I’m pretty sure there are a few wars going on that started because “So and So said that So and So had weapons and the other guy called So and So part of the axis of evil…and…ahhh…my head it going to explode!!

No: world peace and the idea of a planet of creatures living together in harmony is not going to start with any of the traditional avenues of diplomacy, it has to start WITH US.

You are a runner.  You are now running in a global event with friends from all over the world.  We all have our differences, we all carry our baggage of fear and shame, anger and frustration with us…but that’s okay: that’s part of being human.  The one thing I can say that we have going for us, as runners, is that we do not hate.  Today we’re not individuals from other countries and cultures: today we are all runners: fellow runners.

It doesn’t matter what you look like, how you dress, or what you do in your spare time. Right now, this moment, you are out sharing an experience with other human beings who are feeling the same heart pounding exertion that you are feeling.

And it’s a good feeling, tiring, yes…but think about it: we are living our lives to the top as the good animals we were always meant to be…out here, we can imagine a world full of friends who believe in the ideals of love, joy and peace…out here we can afford to be a little idealistic and possibly naive…because we’re running a race that transcends borders, cultures and rules that have been set in place to keep us apart.

You are a runner; and when you live your life as part of a community where you have friends all over the world, as you do, you begin to appreciate each other more, you begin to see the world from each others eyes and perspectives. 

If each of us, running across the Earth could imagine the view of our planet from the surface of the moon, or Mars or from the very edge of our solar system and beyond, we’d have to appreciate how precious this little blue bubble really is…and more importantly, how precious we are to each other

You and I are fellow runners…and we set positive examples for every human being that lives on this little blue bubble in space…and when it comes to having a world full of healthy, happy, peaceful, kind, generous and thoughtful creatures…it all starts with us.

Show Links:
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Send me your WWFR Race reports steve@steverunner.com or record an audio report: +1 206-338-3211


The song “New Prayer” was by Black Lab
Download it for FREE at
http://blacklabworld.com/marathon

Ambient music included in this episode came from Aaron English, Amb26 and Adhesion.

Direct download: Fdip156.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Fdip120: The 2007 Bay State Marathon With three solid hours of sleep, the depressing notion that my beloved Boston Red Sox had lost a crucial game in extra innings, and the understanding that I was about to run my 16th marathon, fellow runner John Ellis and I crossed the chip mat at the starting line of the Bay State Marathon in Lowell Massachusetts, and I ran the best marathon of my life. What happened next was not magic. It wasn’t some kind of impossible stroke of luck, and it wasn’t completely unexpected: to be a runner is to accept the same kind of challenge that a profession ball team accepts when they compete in the World Series. It’s all about overcoming barriers to success and celebrating those successes when the challenge is overcome.
Direct download: Fdip120.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Fdip110: The 2007 Falmouth Road Race For the 35 th  Annual Falmouth Road Race, I’m once again running with my friend Joe.    It’s summertime on Cape Cod, with the promise of an ice cold beer waiting at the finish line, and what better way to share such a delicious frosty beverage than with an old friend.
Direct download: Fdip110.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Fdip69: The 31st Marine Corps Marathon In this episode I have the honor of running a 26.2 mile marathon with the assistance and protection of the United States Marine Corps through the streets of Virginia and Washington DC.  It’s an amazing thing when you meet the people who guarantee your freedom to run across your country.  These are the soldiers who risk their lives so that my family and I can sleep peacefully at night, safe from harm.  God Bless the US Marines.
Direct download: Fdip69.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Fdip66: The 1st Annual Fdip WWHalf Challenge

Over 560 runners from 23 countries took part in the First Annual Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge.

“Think Global, Run local‿ is not an ethereal concept.  It’s a real challenge to real runners all connected through their own thoughts, opinions observations and rambling diatribes and spaced only 104 thousand half marathons away from each other.

Direct download: Fdip66.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 10:36am EST

Fdip58: 2006 Falmouth Road Race Sometimes you come to the race with you’re “A‿ game being only a C minus.‿  I came to the Falmouth Road Race less prepared than my friend Joe, but I did have one trick up my sleeve, one strategy to try.  In this episode, we’ll see if my strategy to beat Joe in this years Falmouth worked!
Direct download: Fdip58.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 10:01am EST

Intervals 50B: The 3rd Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road The Angel Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  In this show I run 5K race which serves to raise money to fight ALS.
Direct download: Fdip50B.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Fdip36: Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon In this episode I run the Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon, a race dedicated to the memory of 294 Massachusetts Law Enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Direct download: Fdip36.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 5:45am EST

Fdip17: The 2005 Cape Cod Marathon One of the things that makes the Cape Cod Marathon such a pleasure to experience, is the way the local residents come out to cheer, volunteer and entertain the runners as we work the miles.  In this episode, I run the 2005 Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth Massachusetts, attempting to set my second PR is as many weeks.
Direct download: Fdip17.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Fdip15: The 2005 Bay State Marathon Listen as I run the first of two Fall 2005 Marathons, this time in Lowell, Massachusetts: home of the American Industrial Revolution.  This is a very flat course where, despite hitting the eventual “wall‿ I attempt to set a new personal record in the Marathon.
Direct download: Fdip15.mp3
Category:Race -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

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