Phedippidations

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The modern day running shoe is a perfect example of technology and science working to build upon the advances made through history to help human beings walk and run for longer distances and faster speeds in comfort and without injury. 

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, the Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer, once wrote: that "the foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art" 

Those who conceive manufacture and sell modern day running shoes dare to improve on the use and design of the 200,000 year old evolved human foot.  They are doomed for failure, unable to compete with the efficiency of our born to run bodies.  But running shoe companies can benefit from five thousand years of experience from those who walked and ran before us, and incorporate the lessons of cordwainers, cobblers, and shoe makers throughout history as they seek to create a better running shoe.

Show Links:

http://runninginhingham.blogspot.com

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

Send me your SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGMENT for the runners of the 5th WWFoR:

Email me steve@steverunner.com or Call 206-339-6497

http://theextramilepodcast.com

http://astore.amazon.com/phedthepodcfo-20

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While the first part of this episode is dedicated to the precautions a pregnant mother should take with regards to athletic endeavors, there are many benefits to running while pregnant including the prevention of excessive weight gain.  Running while you’re pregnant can keep you mood off and help to prevent pregnancy induced hypertension.

If you’re healthy, and you’re having a healthy pregnancy there is no reason not to run.  Listen to your body, and check with your doctor.  It’s probably best not to run an Ultra marathon, or compete in a major race where you might feel obligated to run hard.  Remember, you’re running for yourself and your unborn…and while running can be good for you and make you feel better: what’s most important is that you are healthy and well prepared on your child or children’s birthday as you go through one of the greatest athletic event that a woman will ever experience…the marathon of labor.

Show Links:

http://teammojoloco.blogspot.com

http://amilewith.me.uk

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi

SEND ME YOUR SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGMENT: steve@steverunner.com

OR DIAL: 206-339-6497

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As it is with most things in life, taken in moderation: Caffeine can be good for you and improve you’re your health and your performance on race day. But too much of a good thing can lead to disaster.  In living our lives to the top we have to learn to savor, with small sips, those things which bring us pleasure and improve our health.

Show Links:

http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2440(07)00076-X/abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1478936/?page=1

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

http://hearzenrun.com

Free Audible Book download: www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi

 “The Java Jive” was by The Inksports (1940)

“Coffee Man” was by Calvin Owens http://topcatrecords.com

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Fdip236: Love of Running Today’s episode is not about my love of this sport; it’s about how to help others to fall in love with this sport. 

Running is an activity that fellow runners, like you and I, gather pleasure from.  We look forward to these feelings of pleasure every day when we lace up our shoes.

To the non-runner, or someone who finds any physical activity abhorrent, this love of running is an alien emotion.  These sufferers on THE COUCH OF DOOM consider the act of running as equivalent to the act of smashing a brick into ones forehead: it neither seems like a good idea, nor would it bring pleasure to do so.

So, how does one fall in love with running?

Once you start paying more attention to your body in motion, you’ll begin to feel the urge to take that daily break out on the roads.  You’ll begin to feel an infatuation with eating and living healthier, to enhance and improve your daily performance.  You might even start subscribing to a few running related podcasts…especially as you start to realize that you could run faster than some goofy little podcaster from New England, who really isn’t all that and a bag of chips…and the next thing you know you’ll be eating those chips from within a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the purpose of sodium replacement and protein muscular recovery.

And maybe, just maybe your new found love for running will work both ways and you’ll find that running is in love with you. 

Show Links:

http://buckeyeoutdoors.com

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

Free Audible Book download: www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi

“Say Hey (I Love You)” was by Michael Franti and Spearhead http://michaelfranti.com

“A Glorious Dawn” was part of the http://www.symphonyofscience.com project by John Boswell.

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Fdip235: Behind the Swoosh The story behind the swoosh is much bigger than that of just Nike and its corporate policy of treating it’s workers as slaves: it’s a story that speaks to the working conditions of many of the products that you and I use every day, from iPhones to Droids, from large screen TV’s to these new tablet computers Steve Jobs keeps whining about. 

What is the morally correct thing to do when we learn the truth about the working conditions for the people who make all this stuff we carry and use?  I can’t answer that for you, that’s something you have to figure out for yourself.

I’m not here to talk philosophy with you; remember: I am just a doofus.  But I think that the very least any of us can do is to LEARN about what’s going on in places like Indonesia: just so we can answer the question, as athletes, regarding this aspect of the running shoes you and I wear every day.

Think about it: right now you and I select our shoes based on fit, style, functionality, weight, price and reputation….what if we were to add to that list of aspects the adherence to social justice of the manufactures?  If, as runners, we focused on just one company: Nike, the leader in sportswear and running paraphernalia, and just learn more about how our shoes are made: that we might consider the treatment of workers in our formula for what we should be purchasing?

No one is asking you to ban Nike products, this isn’t about you and I: this is all about learning…and I urge you to consider going to Teamsweat.org just as soon as you get back from your run today, and click on the upcoming events link: please, I’m asking this as a friend, and see when Jim Keady is going to be in your area next; in fact: I’ll go further: if you attend a College or University, why not contact Educating for Justice at http://educatingforjustice.org and see about getting someone from that organization to come to your school to talk about these issues.

This is important stuff, and I’m not telling you this to make myself feel better about myself as a runner: I’m telling you this because I think it will make us better athletes, plain and simple.

This is not about me, and it’s not about you: it’s about the good people in countries like Indonesia who just want a little of the life that you and I enjoy.  I’ll spare you the angry rant about Nike or my firm belief that they are most certainly evil: but I hope you’ll listen to what Jim Keady is saying here, and I very much hope you’ll make an effort to go see him; I’m going to list some of the places where he’ll be speaking in the near future; he’s getting ready to head back over to Indonesia, so it’s important that we learn from what he finds there, and that we think for ourselves, using the information we can learn from his findings and those findings of other independent activists.

More than anything, I hope that in listening to this small portion of Jim’s lecture: behind the swoosh, you will get at least a little: angry.

Show Links:

http://www.teamsweat.org

http://www.educatingforjustice.org

http://www.educatingforjustice.org/store_main.htm

http://www.nikebiz.com/responsibility/workers_and_factories.html

http://www.brophyprep.org/summit/globalization/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Behind_the_Swoosh.swf

http://twitter.com/teamsweat

http://www.facebook.com/TeamSweat

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

Free Audible Book download: www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi

“Justice Will Roll Down” was by Sandra McCracken; http://www.sandramccracken.com

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Fdip234: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Play Greetings fellow canines; my name is Indiana Jones; I am NOT the fictional American Adventurer and Archeologist Dr. Henry Walton Jones Junior created by film maker George Lucas and portrayed by Harrison Ford and River Phoenix; I am the REAL Indiana Jones, a pure bred lemon beagle puppy born one year ago on March 28th, 2009.

My full name, in fact, is Indiana Jones Walker…of the human family Walker; they being the creatures who serve me in every way and are the best-est family a dog could ever have.

This is my house, I live here with Mathew, John, my Mom and my Dad: Steve.  Dad is a runner; but he’s not as good a runner as I am.

I love to run, especially after bunny rabbits…and we have at least two living in our yard.  I can smell them every day.  Dad doesn’t let me run after them, sometimes he let’s me run through the yard sniffing for their trail.  He doesn’t seem to be able to smell them the way I can.

I can smell really well.  My nose has 200 million scent receptors compared to Dad’s nose, which has only 5 million.  My olfactory bulbs are four times as big as his so I can smell things from, far, far away.  Dad’s nose would have to be the size of a refrigerator in order to be as sensitive as my nose!

I can smell that bunny rabbit, and I want to run after him, but Dad won’t let me because he’s afraid I’ll get lost or get hit by one of those big “move-me” machines.

But, I just want to play!  Doesn’t everyone love to play?

Show Links:

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

The song “Mr. Jones” was by The Counting Crows http://www.countingcrows.com/

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Fdip233: Can Marathon’s Kill You? In this episode I review the abstract of a study released last March by Dr. Depina Kardara and his team at the Athens Medical School,Hippokration Hospital titled “Marathon Runners Have Increased Aortic Stiffness”.

It is important to note that my skepticism with this study is related to the implied suggestion that training for and running a marathon is considered extreme exercise.  Maybe it is, or maybe after having run 21 of them…the last not much more than a controlled crawl, I see the marathon as an endurance event that homo sapiens have evolved to run as a means of hunting and gathering; chasing down our prey with persistence. 

As we listen to the results of this research, we need to understand the severity of the impact, and consider other factors which might invalidate the results; remember: 25,000 runners just finished the Boston Marathon a few weeks ago, not to mention the hundreds of thousands who will run such a distance this year; and yet the sample size for the test group in this study was only 49. 

This isn’t to say that those 49 aren’t representative of the entire human population of marathon runners; nor does it necessarily trivialize the results of this study; but it does put this study into perspective against the media interpretation that marathon’s can kill you.

Show Links:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=aIOu08KfQ3LQ

http://health.msn.com/fitness/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100255768

http://www.healthscout.com/news/1/637000/main.html

http://www.examiner.com/x-25448-Boulder-Running-Examiner~y2010m3d15-Marathons-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health

http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/reprint/55/10_MeetingAbstracts/A80.E751.pdf

http://www.twitter.com/Frothyfroth

http://twitter.com/reallynotarunnr

http://twitter.com/Moultgard

http://twitter.com/Kieran1209

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

The song “Think For Yourself” was by George Hrab at http://www.geologicrecords.net

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Fdip228: Dispatches from the Road

I like eggs.

Show Links:

http://www.fdiplive.blogspot.com

http://qik.com/steverunner/videos

http://feeds.feedburner.com/IntervalsAudio

http://runningpodcasts.org

“Final Broadcast” by the Statistics http://musicalley.com

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Fdip227: Barefoot Patterns and Forces

Professor Daniel Leiberman’s (and his team) paper “Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners” looks into how and why human beings can and did run comfortably without modern running shoes.  In it, he proves that experienced, habitual barefoot runners tend to avoid landing on our heels and land with a forefoot or midfoot strike. 

 

Most of their research looks into the mechanics of different kinds of foot strikes.  He shows that most forefoot and some midfoot strikes, when running barefoot, do not cause sudden, momentary and major force impacts which occur when you land on your heel barefoot.

 

In a previous episode of Phedippidations, I talked about how Professors Lieberman and Dennis Bramble have shown us that homo sapiens have evolved, and thus are born to run…and with this study “Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners” Professor Lieberman and his team have shown us that we should seriously reconsider the way that we run, with or without minimal running shoes.  It turns out that we’ve had the proper biomechanics and shock absorbers with us all along…we’re not only born to run; but we’re born to run well!

 

At the end of this episode I talk about why I didn’t produce an episode last week, what I’ve been up to lately, some “sad” news about Stephen Walker and changes in this show that are long over due.

 

Show Links:

http://barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu

http://educatingforjustice.org

http://www.teamsweat.org

 “Move Your Feet” by the Dogman Joe http://www.dogmanjoemusic.com

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Fdip226: GI Distance Running Problems

When you run, you’re body is under stress, and that causes your body to increase the levels of certain chemicals to kinda even things out.  These chemicals, in turn, may lead to an increase in gastrointestinal problems in distance running.

 

Our bodies are incredible machines, but while evolution has done a wonderful job of allow up to go forth and multiply; there are some sniggly little issues which come up from time to time to prevent us from going forth at our full potential. 

 

Gastrointestinal Problems in Distance Running are a lot more common than you might otherwise believe, and there’s a thirty to eighty-three percent chance that you are currently, or will one day suffer some kind of an issue with your digestive system that will slow you down or keep you off the road.

 

Show Links:

http://www.ismj.com/default.asp?pageID=611023489

http://runningfromthereaper.com

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=3716

“Die Alone” was by Ingrid Michaelson: http://www.ingridmichaelson.com

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Fdip225: The Key Note I’ll Never Get to Give

I’m never going to be asked to give a speech in front of a crowd of fellow runners.  It’s not going to happen; and by saying that I’m not implying that the absent request is a travesty; there’s a good reason why I’ll never be asked: because while you and I are friends and there are at least ten of you listening right now: generally speaking I am not what you call: popular.

 

I’m not very well known, and never expect to be burdened with fame…not enough at least to be asked to speak to a crowd of runners at the 2010 John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo - Runners Seminar.

 

To be honest, that’s probably a good thing.  I think you know that I tend to be a bit of a rogue; you never know when I’m going to go off on a goofy comedy riff or a screaming anger-thon…quite honestly, when I clip on this microphone I’m not even sure what’s going to happen…so, it’s probably in John Hancock’s best interest to suppress my speech at this and every Boston Marathon expo.

 

As I was thinking about this, while out on a long run (where my best thoughts are formed) I asked myself what I would do if I got the call to speak?  What if the event organizers called me up tomorrow and asked me to present the key note address at the Boston Marathon Health and Fitness Expo; one of the largest gatherings of runners in the world?

 

Well, obviously the first thing I’d do is panic, then resolve to respectfully refuse: but opportunity is not a lengthy visitor, so as adverse as I am to speaking in public or standing in the spotlight of attention: I know that I’d have to somehow suck it up; and take to that podium and speak.

 

I wouldn’t enjoy the experience; I would dread the days and hours prior to my presentation: but despite all that I know that I’d accept the invitation, because like it or not: I do have something to say.

 

What I’d have to say to a large gathering of fellow runners would require a number of speeches.  This being the 225th episode of Phedippidations, I’ve venture to guess that I’d have at least 225 themes that I’d want to cover…but if I only had time for one topic; one keynote message to transmit from my mouth to the ears of an audience of runners it would be what you’re about to hear.

 

So imagine, if you will, that it’s 2:00 in the afternoon on Sunday, April 18th 2010; the day before the 114th running of the Boston Marathon.  You’re sitting in a packed room at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street in Boston, just a quarter mile up the road from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

 

You’ve been walking around town and the expo floor for the past three days, and you’re just about ready to head back to your hotel to rest up for the night in preparation for the big race.  You’re tired, a little anxious and your patience is getting a little frayed when someone familiar steps up to the podium….

 

Show Links:

http://ww.runnetcommunity.org

New Podcast: http://www.middleagedathlete.com

Send in your race reports to joe@middleagedathlete.com

Underground” by Black Lab off the Album Give Us Sugar http://blacklabworld.com/music/give-us-sugar/

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Fdip224: The Call of the Miles Today’s episode is the first to talk about the phenomenon of Ultra Marathons. There is obviously a lot more to this topic than I can fit in a single goofy little podcast, and as a homework assignment to you and myself, I recommend that we pick up a copy of the book “Ultra-Marathoning: The Next Challenge” by Tom Osler and Ed Dodd published by World Publications. The book appears to be out of print, but you can still pick up a few used copies over at Amazon.com.

I’m intrigued about training for and running an ultra someday. This seems like a much different kind of race than I’m familiar with, and the idea of running 50 to 100 miles or kilometers seems to be an amazing test of the human spirit, and an accomplishment that: as a distance runner, I’d like to try.

Human beings are evolved to be long distance runners; and an ultra-marathon seems like the natural next step progression for anyone who has conquered the marathon and is looking for a new adventure and challenge…out there, on the road.

Show Links:

http://www.snooth.com/wine/beni-di-batasiolo-barolo-2003/

http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com

http://www.teamsweat.org/

Ultramarathoning: The Next Challenge

“Still Walking” by Michael Gaither http://www.michaelgaither.com

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Fdip223: Dr. George Sheehan and the Church of Running

In his essay, IS RUNNING A RELIGION, Dr. George Sheehan makes that point that running is a place, not a system of belief.  Running gives us an opportunity to renew ourselves while we’re out there on the road: both psychologically and spiritually.

I’ve heard that phrase before: “Running is your religion” and it makes about as much sense as the phrases “cooking is your politics” or “singing is your manifesto”. 

Every time you go out for a run, you are given an opportunity to commune with yourself, with your thoughts and with your God.  The sins of yesterday are forgiven on the roads; that extra slice of pizza you couldn’t help inhale; the frustration turned outward anger you expressed at someone who didn’t deserve the outlash is suppressed, your soul is made calm, your body serves it’s good purpose…running takes you to a place that cannot be defined by latitude and longitude.

As you run, you develop the deepest commitment; the most serious mind…your mind begins to focus on “where you are and what you are doing”.

And it does you no good to visit this physical monastery only a few times in your life, or on random occasions when you have the time.  You have to visit this place called “running” often; almost everyday if you can. 

In other words: If you want to take with you, through the course of your life, the positive benefits of our sport: you have to constantly renew yourself out there on the road.

For those of us who believe in God, running is an opportunity for prayer.  You don’t have to always pray in quiet places or on Holy Ground.  When you’re out there, running at the perfect pace, feeling the sweat coat your body and moving with the breeze in your face…you are being the good animal you were meant to be; but more than that: you’re performing an act that your body was evolved to perform. 

This is the perfect place to have a conversation with God.

When you run, you are acting more human; and as a homo sapian, or thinking man: you are in community both with God, the creator of heaven and earth and with nature and the universe all around you.

Dr. Sheehan makes this point very clearly: Running is a place to commune with God and yourself, it’s a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.

Running is NOT a religion.  It is in its very essence: a place.

Show Links:

** WARNING **

This episode ends with another angry (some might say “psychotic”) diatribe as I lash out against the babbling hate-speak of a self righteous bigot who has the audacity to call himself a Christian.

As far as I’m concerned, Pat Robertson can go to hell.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/go-to-hell-pat-robertson_b_422397.html
http://www.digtriad.com/news/national_world/article.aspx?storyid=135964&catid=175
http://www.delawareliberal.net/2010/01/13/pat-robertson-haiti-deserved-it/

Please pray for the people of Haiti.

The song  “Hey Kate” by The Fire Apes http://www.myspace.com/fireapes

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Fdip222: I’ve Got Mail

I know I’ve said this before, but I want you to understand that I read all of your email.  This problem I have with answering email is somewhat embarrassing for me; and when I starting having these problems…I considered not saying anything about it here on the show.

I thought that for me to tell you that my inbox was overflowing, and that I couldn’t possibly answer every email I received would be a fairly vain, narcissistic thing to do.  But then, I realized that for me NOT to say anything about it, and still being unable to dedicate myself to the task of responding to every message sent to me: would be kind of arrogant and untruthful.

My Grandmother, Helena Viola Walker, daughter of James and Mary MacDonald…taught me the importance of being truthful.  It doesn’t matter if your filling out a job application, speaking with friends or typing something on Facebook…you have to be truthful; especially with friends: because they will always be able to see through you, and if you’re dishonest, few will ever trust what you say.

So, the truth is that I won’t be able to answer all of your emails; I wish I could: but with only 118 or so waking hours available to me each week, minus 50 or so for work, 14 or so for producing this podcast, 5 or so for my running, another 5 to prepare for and document the results of my running, that leaves me with only 44 hours every week, or 6 hours a day to drive to and from work, cook dinner, walk the dog, spend time with my family…look, you get the idea because you’re in the same situation…and you probably have even less time each week to fit in the things you wish you could make a priority.

So, when an opportunity arises for me to multitask, to perform more than one activity at the same time: such as producing a podcast and answering email as I’m out there getting my run in…I am going to get it done…because it’s not so much how much time we have to do the things we want to do, it’s how we use it.

Show Links:
http://www.amilewith.me.uk
http://shadowcasts.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/snowshadow
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/humanspark

“A Little Time” by Amy Ayres   http://www.myspace.com/amyayresmusic 

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Fdip221: The 2010 Spring Marathon Guide

This episode begins with another ice cold swim in Boston Harbor with friends, and a stated theory that will become my “law of thermodynamic refreshment”.

Because athletes prefer to run distance races in more comfortable temperatures; the Spring and Fall are often preferred seasons for marathons.  Today, in January, we’re getting a couple of inches of snow, and the air temperature wind chill is 10 degrees below zero F, or minutes 23 degrees C; making it a bad day to schedule 114th running of the Boston Marathon or any other 26.2 mile road race.

But come Spring, when the flora and fauna of the Northern Hemisphere begins again to flourish: marathoners around the world will toe the line at their races and run in relative comfort, for the most part.

Today I want to list for some of the Spring Marathons, scheduled for the spring time: and while this will not be an all inclusive list, it should give you some ideas for races you might want to run as the March equinox draws nigh.

Show Links:
L Street Brownie Don Bravo:
http://www.wickedlocal.com/allston/local_news/x2072785598
http://www.wickedlocal.com/allston/fun/entertainment/arts/x668809333

http://www.marathonguide.com
http://www.bataanmarch.com
http://www.npmarathon.com
http://www.comrades.com
http://www.olimpo.cl

 “Tickle Cove Pond” by Great Big Sea http://www.greatbigsea.com

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Fdip219: A Year in Motion and Review

Personally, I’ve never really needed the changing of the calendar year as a reason to set and keep a resolution: so any promises I’m going to make are probably a continuation of what I’ve been working towards for the past few years; although I do have a few running-specific resolutions that I’ve set and intend to see through.
2009 is finally over and 2010 is upon us.  The phrase “Out with the old, in with the new” creates images of hope for a new year, where war and violence come to an end, where the hungry are fed, the sick are healed and the global economic crisis is resolved. 
Albert Einstein said it best when he said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.  The New Year gives us all a clean slate from which to re-create parts of our live for all the roles we play in life.  Here’s a wish that the runners in us, have an injury free, PR setting 2010, and that we all enjoy the happiness of a year in motion.
Happy New Year.

Show Links:
http://burning2010.com
“Maybe You Should Drive” by Craig Cardiff http://www.craigcardiff.com

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Fdip218: The 2009 Phedippidations Holiday PodCast Variety Show Special

In the spirit of all those old cheesy classic television holiday variety show specials by the Osmond Brothers, Bob Hope, Donny and Marie, and the Smothers Brothers: I present for you my first Holiday PodCast Variety Show Special complete with special guests, a musical act, and comedy sketches created to make your season merry and bright.

I don’t expect this episode to become a holiday classic, but it will keep you company as you get a long run in on a cold winters day!

Special appearances by: John Michael Walker, Terry Higgins, Gabby Sherman, Steve Chopper, Kevin Gwin, Toni Harvey, Adam Tinkoff, Mat Chasey, Nic Wong, Dan Medeiros, John Ellis, Joe Steindl, Lynn Runner, and Gordon Scott.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Show Links:

“Jingle Bells” by Skid Row http://www.skidrow.com (made available by the Podsafe Music Network)

“Joy to the World” by Hairy Larry http://deltaboogie.com

“Joy to the World” by Two Harps http://twoharps.yolasite.com

And a special gift to all by Gordon Scott: http://www.tiree.blogspot.com

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Fdip215: Inspiring Off the Couch

When you inspire someone to take to the road, to join us as runners: you are filling them with the same passion that you have for this sport, you are influencing their behavior by showing them what it means to live this lifestyle.  It’s not about looking thin and healthy; although that is a cool consequence of running: it’s feeling good, having a sense of pride in being able to run for a certain distance: and if you can inspire even just one other human being to lace up their shoes and become a runner: you will have made the world just a little bit better than before they did; and like a healthy infection: that person you inspired might go on to inspire someone else, maybe a few people…and they’ll inspire others, and so on, and so forth until we have this exponential growth in the number of fellow runners AND, more importantly: healthy people who are living their lives to the top and living with a better quality of life than they did before you inspired them to run.

Show Links:
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://www.duffrunner.blogspot.com
http://www.lachaineguitare.com
http://runnetcommunity.org

My Generation” by The Who (presented podsafe by http://www.razorandtie.com)

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Fdip214: Email to my Droid

I’ve said before that a podcast is better than a radio show because it embraces communication through social media; in fact: better than that…it IS social media, independent podcast producers can honestly call those who subscribe to their content: Friends; and really mean it.  Despite the commercial advertisements on this show; I’m not really going overboard in trying to sell you something…I might recommend some products or services that I think are pretty cool, but the unspoken truth is that it’s rare for anyone producing a podcast today to “sell out” their audience, and we certainly work hard to stay connected.

I get a lot of email that I don’t read on this show that is angry, hurtful and hateful…the hate you can appreciate I will avoid, but if you disagree with me: that’s okay. 

Why? 

Because we’re having a conversation, we’re creating a social bond; and while time and distance will probably negate our ever being able to meet in person, and share a glass of wine, pint of cold ale or a steaming hot coffee: We can use this social media of podcasting, and these responses by email, Twitter and Facebook to create this community; this Run Net Community as we share the open road together and with others.

In this episode, I’ll answer some emails and enjoy some good conversations with fellow runners.

Show Links:
http://www.tomfangrow.com/jsvdot.html
http://chadintheazdesert.blogspot.com/
http://runnetcommunity.org

THANK YOU for your daily VOTE: http://www.podcastawards.com
If This Geek Ruled the World” by Geoff Smith http://thegeoffsmith.com

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Fdip213: Sports Medical Quackery

Human beings have always feared the unknown and unknowable.  Desperate for cures to our everyday ailments and those conditions and illnesses which cause pain and death, we are willing to try anything that we can justify as a reasonable remedy.  Runners, who are often prone to injury, are especially vulnerable to medical quackery.  Take a walk around the Health and Fitness Expo of the Boston Marathon, and you’ll find all sorts of samples of alternative medicines, with products and services that claim to relive pain, help you run faster and longer and prevent injury.

Beware promises of un-tested alternative medical treatments or any medical therapy that remains untested by science.  Do not fall prey to the lies and false claims of alternative medical practitioners who seek to cheat you with magical magnets, suspicious serums and tacky treatments.  Trust your doctor and science, and accept the validity of scientifically proven medical therapies regardless of how complex and unnatural these things may sometimes seem.

Remember that there are people like Jenny McCarthy in the world who would like nothing more than for you to avoid receiving a flu shot; for her own purposes….be that to sell a book, claim her fame or get her nose picked face back on MTV….there are charlatans, impostors, con artists, frauds and quacks out there who think nothing of causing you harm through making you believe that un-tested alternative medicines and medical treatments are the best and only way to cure you, keep you healthy and improve your performance on the road.

Show Links:
http://www.whatstheharm.net
http://www.jennymccarthybodycount.com
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
THANK YOU for your VOTE: http://www.podcastawards.com
http://www.takethesurvey.com/wizzard
“Rattlesnake Oil” the Bad Detectives  http://www.baddetectives.co.uk

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Fdip211: Gifts, Gadgets and Gizmos for Runners

I present for you another one of my annual gadgets and gizmos review shows for some ideas on running gear and Apparatus that you might give your fellow runners for the holidays.

But I also ask you to think about the idea of giving the gift of yourself this holiday season.  Maybe, instead of heading to the shopping malls this year, you should head to your calendar and start picking out a day or two a week where you’ll make a point of going out to dinner or have a few beers or cup of coffee with a friend you haven’t spent enough time with this year. Better yet, why not plan to go for a run with a friend?

Life is short fellow runners…you know this; and one of the main obstacles to enjoying this life is all the stuff that we clutter ourselves up with: physical things like geeky Motorola Droid cell-phones, mp3 players, laptops, big screen TV’s and electronic game consoles….I’m not saying that those things aren’t cool: they are; but they pale in comparison to friendship; all we really have to spend here on this planet is time….we convert some of that time into money though employment in order to support our families and live a life with more and better stuff; but the STUFF should not be the purpose of our work...because all we have is time; and we need to use that time in a way that brings joy to ourselves and others.

Show Links:

http://www.garmin.com

http://www.polarusa.com

http://www.petzl.com

http://www.gomotiongear.com

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com

http://www.tptherapy.com

http://www.nathansports.com

http://www.asicsamerica.com

http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/TDU001/

http://moeben.com

http://spibelt.com

http://www.educatingforjustice.org/store_main.htm

http://www.runnewengland.blogspot.com

http://www.runningwithghosts.com

http://sites.google.com/site/staten7

http://kellyinmotion.blogspot.com

http://www.takethesurvey.com/wizzard

The song “Gift of Love” was by Joe Colledge http://www.joecolledge.com

Direct download: Fdip211.mp3
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Fdip210: The 4th Annual World Wide Festival of Races

I live in a world

Where everyone runs

With this one thing in common

We love to run together

Although we live apart

On a tiny blue bubble in space

Where borders are meaningless

Where friendships are cherished

And our experiences are shared

I live in a world.

Where everyone runs together.

...and on this 4th Annual World Wide Festival of Races, it was indeed: an honor to have run these miles with you.

Show Links:

http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com

http://runtodream.web-log.nl/runtodream

http://eddiemarathon.blogspot.com/

The song “All Around the World” was by the band After Son from the Netherlands.  http://afterson.hyves.nl

Direct download: Fdip210.mp3
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Fdip209: The 2009 Valley Harvest Half Marathon

In the course of a long weekend, my friend Joe and I would explore the coastline and harbors of the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.  We’d check out rock formations and earthen cliffs, lighthouses and small finishing villages; tidal plains and earthen dykes.  We have lunch at a local German café, we’d investigate an outcropping of Devonian limestone in a place called Morden and taste locally created wine in vineyards around the Valley…in short, we’d see the sites, run the course, and race the race in our excursion around the bay.

 

This is my race report for the Fourth Annual World Wide Festival of Races and my running of the Wolfeville, Nova Scotia Valley Harvest Half Marathon.

 

Show Links:

http://www.valleyharvestmarathon.com

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2039

http://www.bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com

 

The song “Excursion Around the Bay” was by Great Big Sea at http://greatbigsea.com

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Fdip208: Cheers from the Third Planet

Nothing lasts forever in this physical universe of ours.  We can talk about the eternal world to come, the kingdom of Heaven, Nirvana, Tian, the Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial kingdoms, the six heavenly planes of Hinduism and the 8 levels of heaven in Islam…but this planet that we ran upon today, this place: will not last. 

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and in 7.59 billion years from today, it will be dragged from our solar orbit by our sun which will have grown to be 256 times as big as it is today: and the race course of the World Wide Festival of Races will be consumed in fire, forever.

But I have to wonder, what will our evil Robot overlords: or any advanced alien civilization that learns about us over the next 7.59 billion years: come to think about us?

Will they struggle to understand why we went to war with one another? 

Why we murdered and killed each other? 

Will they dedicate eons in trying to figure out why we’d gather millions of each other into concentration camps and systematically torture and destroy each other? 

Would they try to figure out why we’d kidnap a noble people from a beautiful savannah, stuff them into sailing ships and sell them as property to wealthy people in a new land? 

What would they say about a shoe company that treated their workers as slaves, paying them only a few dollars a day and not caring that they had to live in slums while their CEO and sports star promoters earned millions without concern?

I have an answer: they’d think WE WERE STUPID.

Yeah, that’s what they’d think: they’d have come to the conclusion that our species had evolved to suffer from a form of brain damage.  They’d be happy to know that our planet was about to be consumed by the Sun…they’d consider us as a biological disease in the universe; unintelligent and defective. 

An intelligent and advanced alien species would pick apart our genome, see that we differed by only ZERO POINT TWO PERCENT, and conclude that whatever caused us to hate each other: it couldn’t be because of the color of our skin, or from what continent on the little blue bubble we originated from… there could be no other explanation: humans had to be stupid.

But if they could see us now, today: running this World Wide Festival of Races; they’d think differently.  They’d have to.  Because today, we’re celebrating our community regardless of our differences; in fact: today we celebrate our differences.

This planet is small.  It’s a tiny blue bubble of life cruising through the cold vacuum of space, and it’s the only place that we’ve been able to find which can support life.  Think of this Earth as a life-raft, adrift on it’s own in the Universe…it’s more than just our home: it’s all that we have…that and each other. 

Today you’re running in an event that celebrates that: we live on a small little rocky life raft, but we have each other…to care for, to cheer for, and to encourage.  Our lives on this rock are short, but they should be long enough for us to experience love, joy and peace with each other as friends.  Fellow runners: this wasn’t some small thing you did today, and today wasn’t just another run: you participated, you proved by your example that whatever differences we have in thought, opinion, and observation is what makes our time here, in this Universe special and interesting.  We are so much alike, you and I…and those little differences that we do have, are something to savor: like the nose of a Cabernet Franc over that of a Malbec…they’re both vitis vinifera, but what makes them different is remarkable, and when you blend them together…well, my friends….you get something magical, like a mertiage or a Bordeaux where the sum of it’s ingredients combine to make  a wine worthy of sharing with the world.

We are like those grapes, our differences enhance the flavor of our community, and as you run your World Wide Festival of Races today…think about how much we have to give to the world around us….in living this lifestyle, of savoring our time on the road, of sharing our experiences from the perspective of  our own bodies and how we have no room for hate in our lives…not when there are miles to be run, and friends to be made.

Show Links:

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

The song “Lucky” was by Black Lab pick up your FREE 3 Black Lab songs (from the album “Give Us Sugar”) at http://blacklabworld.com/marathon

The song “The World We Are a’Racin” was by the band “Moneypenny, Walker, Chopper and Scott” with apologies to Mr. Dylan; lyrics by Steve Chopper (http://www.amilewith.me.uk ), vocals by Phil Moneypenny (http://www.runcast.tv ) and some annoying American who apparently thinks he can sing, along with instrumentals and vocals by Gordon Scott.  Check out the musical talent of a good friend and bad boy of running at http://tiree.blogspot.com

Think Global, Run Local.

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Fdip207: Chi-Running

ChiRunning is a new technique that incorporates traditional Lydiard style training with moving more efficiently, more in tune to the way our bodies were intended to run.  It requires and provides a special sense of self awareness of our environment, our bodies and our movement through space.  To practice ChiRunning is to embrace a style of running that gives more emphasis to running form and less focus on speed.   

ChiRunning makes many promises about your health, freedom from running injury, better self contemplative on the road meditation and with all that: peace of mind.  It’s an excellent example of a revolutionary running technique designed to improve your condition and performance on the road.  While the science is inconclusive on the benefits of Tai Chi, the personal observations and impressions of its practitioners gives weight to the argument that it’s good for you…and that has a direct reflection on the benefits and worth of ChiRunning: a program designed to help you run long, run strong, and feel one with the road.

Show Links:
http://www.chirunning.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UYkAB18wgs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-zrH6IOTQI
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/mindful-chi-running
http://shockofthenews.com
www.nurseontherun.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Goody Bag Submissions: goodybag@worldwidefestivalofraces.com
“Peace of Mind” by  Finniston  http://www.myspace.com/finniston

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Fdip206: TO: Steve Runner FROM: You

I read every one of your emails, although I’m sorry to admit that I can’t always respond.  I want to, I really do…were this production my full time job; email responding would be a welcome addition to my weekly task list; but like you: I have a family to feed, a career to attend to, a sick dog to worry about, my training to embark in, injury to overcome and this podcast that I feel called to produce (however scary that notion might sound).

So I’ll respond as best I can, right here on the show….and if you email me, or leave a comment at SteveRunner.com, the discussion forum or at http://twitter.com/steverunner  I’ll always read what you write; ALWAYS…and I’ll do my best to answer; even if only here on this goofy little podcast.

Show Links:
http://www.winelibrarytv.com
http://www.winefornewbies.com
http://www.graperadio.com
http://www.3wineguys.com
http://goosecross.com/go/podcast
http://www.clovispointwines.com/
http://www.macariwines.com
http://www.teamsweat.org
http://froggietedrunsboston.blogspot.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Goody Bag Submissions: goodybag@worldwidefestivalofraces.com
“Lawyers Guns and Money” by Lance Larson http://www.lancelarsonmusic.com

THIS IS THE LAST CALL FOR “SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT” RECORD SOMETHING AND SEND IT TO ME steve@steverunner.com OR CALL (513)-397-0525 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE EXTRA MILE PODCAST LINE!

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Fdip205: A Radical Plan for Health Care

Health Care is a system of rules and services, offered to help individuals become and remain healthy.  Here in the United States, the term Health Care has caused a lot of stress and anger about how our government is going to provide these services and how much each of us will have to pay.  I’m here today, offering a different, more effective and certainly more personal solution to what’s been called the American Health Care Crisis…it might seem a bit revolutionary, possibly radical for me to suggest a plan that calls for us to become personally responsible for our own health by protecting ourselves from influenza, eating well and exercising at a certain level and duration each week.

We can chose to be healthy; it’s not a right protected under any governments constitution, but there is a moral obligation for us to live healthier lives so we can contribute in a positive way to the society in which we live.  This radical plan for health care is far less expensive than any program the government could offer, and it’s guaranteed to work: giving you a healthy body and consequently a happier life for the rest of your life.

Show Links:
http://www.fitnessrocks.org/
http://www.teamsweat.org
http://www.educatingforjustice.org
http://www.oxfam.org.au
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Goody Bag Submissions: goodybag@worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Ask Nike CEO and President Mark.Parker@nike.com what they’re doing to ensure that overseas workers are paid fair wages.
Please follow Team Sweat: http://twitter.com/TeamSweat

“Big Strong Man” was by The Brobdingnagian Bards http://www.thebards.net/

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Fdip204: Team Sweat

 "There is a discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; and millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich; and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere. These are differing evils, but they are common works of man. They reflect the imperfection of human justice, the inadequacy of human compassion, our lack of sensibility toward the sufferings of our fellows.  But we can perhaps remember - even if only for a tirne - that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek - as we do - nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.”

- Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Please listen to this special episode of Phedippidations, and ask your friends (runners and non-runners alike) to listen to this interview with Jim Keady from Team Sweat and Educating for Justice. 

If you never listen to another of my podcast episodes again, I’ll ask you to at least listen to this one with an open heart and mind. 

As a member of our Run Net Community, you have the power and responsibility to force Nike (and other companies who take advantage of the poor) to treat their workers with dignity and respect.  Help Jim Keady and become a member of Team Sweat: to direct and encourage Nike to “just do it” and pay fair wages to their workers. 

Show Links: 

http://www.teamsweat.org 

http://www.educatingforjustice.org 

http://www.oxfam.org.au

Recommended Reading:

When Corporations Rule the World – by David C Korten

Confessions of an Economic HitMan – by John Perkins

Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development – by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Made in Indonesia: Indonesian Workers Since Suharto – by Dan La Botz

Let Nike CEO and President Mark.Parker@nike.com know how you feel about Nike Sweatshops.

FOLLOW TEAM SWEAT:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Sweat/50908420352 http://twitter.com/TeamSweat

PLEASE donate what you can to the 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt Team Sweat.

There is an immediate and urgent need for $3K so that Team Sweat can promote presentations and grass roots organizations at College and High School Campuses, as well as in Indonesia. Contribute online or send a check paid to the order of “Educating for Justice”. Mail to:

Educating for Justice
106 Meadow Point Lane
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

The song “Sweat” was by Darren Geffre http://www.nativesinger.com 

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Fdip203: The Pose Running Method

The Pose Method of running incorporates some interesting concepts that may be worth your consideration.  It’s a biomechanical model that has you landing on your mid-foot with your supporting joints flexed at impact and hamstrings used to pull your foot from the ground, using gravity to move you forward.  It’s a method that takes a lot of practice, some say it can take years to perfect: but the promises are impressive: stronger, faster and injury free running.

Like any running technique, this is something you should look into more; and not rely on this podcast introduction as your sole exposure to the method.  Find the way to use your body to it’s fullest without moving in such a way that you’ll get injured and you’ll be closer to becoming the runner and good animal you were always meant to be.

Show Links:
http://www.posetech.com
http://runnerinlv.blogspot.com
http://vofmarathon.ning.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningwithfish.blogspot.com
The song “Hole in the Sky” was by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip201: The Dysevolutional Runner

We need to recognize the fact that, through cultural changes, we have evolved. It is through modern humanities incompatibility with our natural environment that we are beginning to dysevolve.  The Dysevolutional Runner is one who lives in this environment of fast food non-pedestrian and embraces her or his inner hunter gatherer. 

Professor Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, says that "Dysevolution is a positive feedback loop."  When we work to treat the symptoms of our lack of physical exercise and don’t take to the roads and run, we are making the problem worse.

That’s why it’s so important for those of us who run to be positive examples for others; to be the good animals we have evolved into: homo sapien hunter gatherers endowed with the ability to run long distances to find our food across the open savannah; to serve Gods purpose for making the world a better place with these bodies that He has created through the process of evolution.

Show Links:

Mesa 1st Nazarene
Care of “Donation for Penny”
955 E. University
Mesa, AZ 85203

http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com 
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.christopherspenn.com
The song “Not Too Late” was by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com


 

**WARNING**

This episode ends with another one of those “angry rants” that I sometimes get into.  In the course of this rant I will describe a certain board chairman and his company as EVIL. 

I took a few days after I recorded that to think deeply about what I had said.  I re-listened to my rant with the idea that I might want to remove it from the show; and decided (in the end) to leave it as is; because after spending many hours of doing research on the subject (as well as refreshing my understanding of the concept of what evil is:(“1. morally bad or wrong; wicked, malevolent, sinful. 2. causing an undesirable condition, as ruin, injury, or pain; harmful, injurious”) I came to the honest conclusion that my premise regarding the owners/leaders of this corporation and indeed the corporation itself was, indeed EVIL. 

Defamation: the malicious and false communication given to present a negative image of an individual, product, group, government or nation. 

The burden of proof to my declaration that the individual and company mentioned in this podcast is EVIL, is with that person and company.  They have to prove that they are NOT the cause for the human abuse and suffering found in the overwhelming evidence.

I don’t consider myself morally superior to these parties; I’m just calling it as I see it.  It’s not fun to toss around the “E” word; and I’m a big believer in repentance and reconciliation; and this company is NOT the ONLY giant freakin’ corporation guilty of being EVIL…but they are the biggest and most prominent and thus fair game for asking of them the question “Why?”

My advice?  Don’t listen to the ending diatribe of this episode on a full stomach; some of you might not like to hear it.  I admittedly went a bit over the top on this one, even though my facts are verifiable.  I’ll probably regret this; but I’m only human: and I got really angry about this issue.

See if you get angry as well. Go to http://www.teamsweat.org

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Fdip200: A Goofy Little PodCast

In a way, the reason I produce Phedippidations is so I can make the world just a tiny bit better than it was before I started to produce this podcast.  I understand that this is something I’ll most likely fail at and that my efforts here might be considered a colossal waste of time, however noble and altruistic this might seem. BUT: there’s always that small conditional word “IF”.

As in: IF I can inspire just one human being, who might by accident listen to this goofy little podcast and become inspired to rise off the couch of doom to live a better and more happier life: then fellow runners; I’m here to tell you: MISSION FRIGGIN ACCOMPLISHED!  That will be a day for a celebratory glass of Malbec: because that’s all it takes: just change the world for a single human being among us, and we will have satisfied our purpose in this life…we will have made an improvement through our examples….that’s the challenge: life your life in a way that inspires others to lace up their shoes and take to the road with us, and you’ll have made the universe just a little bit better than it was before they were so inspired.

This life is a gift, and my reasons for producing Phedippidations is both to celebrate the gift and serve a purpose that is much MUCH more important than this middle aged, middle of the pack, slightly asthmatic fellow runner.

Why do I produce Phedippidations each week?  Because, in a way, although it’s not easy to explain, and certainly not at noble as it sounds…that’s what feel like I’m called to do.

Thank you so much for supporting me over these past four years and 200 episodes.  It is both a pleasure and an honor to call you a fellow runner.

- Steve

Show Links:
http://trueconfessionsofamedicalscholar.blogspot.com
http://theextramilepodcast.com
Program the Extra Mile Podcast phone number into your cell phone: 513-397-0525
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com 
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://certainintelligence.blogspot.com
The song “Like I Used To” was by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip199: Producing Phedippidations

A podcast should be an expression of yourself, with a deep and open honesty that reveals all of the good things in your heart, as well as your weaknesses.  A podcast should not be a “show” per se, it should be a conversation: it should have as many audible elements that fit your personality and the truth of who you are.  Fear of being honest is perceived by the listeners…and if you’re doing it right: you’ll not think of those who subscribe to your podcast as mere “listeners”, they’re fellow runners…lending you their ears and their time as you share something of each other through a very personal and intimate new form of media.

This is my podcast, Phedippidations…but it’s also your podcast…and if you’ll take the time to produce your own audio content for your fellow runners to run with; you’ll be producing something that we will feel ownership of: that’s because we’re really, honestly, truthfully sharing the road with these episodes…encouraging each other with words, prayers, hopes, dreams and an all too realistic experience in the Run Net Community.


Show Links:
http://www.libsyn.com
http://www.podcast411.com
http://www.podcamp.org
http://marcirunsthemarathon.blogspot.com
http://groups.google.com/group/fdipgroup
http://www.facebook.com/phedippidations
http://www.runfromthesunaz.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://carpathiankittenloss.blogspot.com
The song “The You and Me Show” was by Alicia Marie http://www.myspace.com/aliciamarie

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Fdip198: Walking – by Henry David Thoreau

Today, I’m going to read you an abridged version of another book by Thoreau, this one titled Walking, which Thoreau written in 1861.  This was an essay that was presented as a lecture and published after his death in 1862, this essay, lecture and book has become one of THE most important written works in the environmental movement.

So why am I reading this on a podcast about running?  Is it because I canoed up the Allagash River Waterway in the Maine North Woods where Thoreau himself spent time and experienced the beauty of the wilderness?  Partly, yes.  But it’s also because I think his message is important, especially today where technology is daring to alter the very nature of our tiny blue bubble in space.  This Earth is all we have, the other celestial possibilities for distant continents such as the Moon and Mars are volatile places or rock and rust, deadly radiation and bitter cold.

Henry David Thoreau saw the beauty of nature and sought to impress upon his readers a desire to preserve it. “….In Wildness is the preservation of the World” he wrote.  And on the Allagash River, in the wilderness that he so loved; I can think of no better way to tell you of his thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes.

You and I are fellow runners; and we run across the same blue bubble that Thoreau walked upon.  Listen carefully to his message and think about how precious our world really is.

Show Links:
http://www.gutenberg.org
The song “The Wild Rover” was by the band Bill Grogans Goat http://billgrogansgoat.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://twitter.com/steverunner

Direct download: Fdip198.mp3
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Fdip197: The Second Question and Answer Show

A conversation is an informal talk with someone about opinions, ideas, feelings or everyday matters.  A good conversation is an interaction between two or more people, where questions are either explicitly asked or implied. 

For many of you, over the past four years you have been having a conversation with a middle aged, middle of the pack, slightly asthmatic fellow runner, but I assure you that that conversation was not one way.  And while I admit I’m not able to answer my emails as much as I’d like (not due to the increased listenership to this podcast I assure you; rather it’s a function of my work life getting in the way as it does) this episode, and those which I’ll produce a few times each year is my attempt to respond to things that are on your mind: to give you my impression, opinion, or researched response: because while I have been on the road for 10 years; in my mind: I’m still very much a newbie to this sport.  And as for being your running partner over these past four years: I feel it’s only polite to answer any personal questions you might have for me…I mean, why not…we’ve been through some amazing times together fellow runners…good and bad, hot and cold, triumphant and in defeat.
Show Links:
http://burgerontherun.blogspot.com
http://runnewengland.blogspot.com
http://www.zonefivesoftware.com
http://www.buckeyeoutdoors.com
http://gowagon.com
http://twitter.com/steverunner
http://www.rundervrun.blogspot.com
http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com
http://www.thecrazyrunner.com
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.drusy.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/phedippidations
http://www.amilewith.me.uk
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runfairchild.blogspot.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
The song “What Have You Learned” was by Carbon Leaf http://www.carbonleaf.com

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Fdip196: Acclimatization and Performance

When summer rears its oppressive head of high humidity and heat, fellow runners must take to the road with the solar conditions in mind and heed the warnings to ensure a safe and comfortable run.  Acclimatization is an important precursor to taking to the hotter than usual roads, and the better our bodies can adapt to the heat, the greater our performance will be once we put these bodies to the test in a race.

There will come a day when, here in the Northeast, the days will shorten, the leaves will fall and the cold harsh reality of winter will settle around us: but not today, because today the earth tilts sunward in our favor, today the road heats up and our bodies have to adapt to the time before us: because our running goes on despite the conditions that exist outside our doors: we are runners, this is what we do, and our bodies have the incredible ability to adapt to the climate which occurs here in the summertime.

Show Links:
http://highlandshashers.blogspot.com

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.runblogger.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
The song “Summertime” was by Brother Love http://www.brotherloverocks.com
http://www.twitter.com/steverunner

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Fdip195: The Bunion Derby

The Bunion Derby was an event like no other, and there will never be another like it.  While there have been many cross continental races since 1928, none were organized in the way that C.C. Pyle had organized the event: it was an endurance race, a circus and a harsh and unforgiving competition. 

In his book “C. C. Pyles Amazing Foot Race: the true story of the 1928 coast to coast run across America, by Geoff Williams, published by Rodale Press…the author writes “As difficult as his amazing foot race was, for all the car collisions and nervous breakdowns involved, calling it the Bunion Derby was never quite accurate.  As winter turned to spring in 1928, the runners suffered blisters, brusies, boils, shin splints, charley horses, sore toes, broken and fallen arches, corns and calluses: but not one of them developed a bunion.”

Show Links:
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://rojrunning.blogspot.com
http://www.amilewith.me.uk
http://shockofthenews.com
The song “Human Race” was by Darius Lux http://www.dariuslux.com

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Fdip194: Athletic Arthritic?

There’s this rumor going around that distance runners are more prone to developing arthritis, a medical condition from by the Greek word “arthro” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation.  Many non-runners and medical laypersons have assumed that the constant repetitive pounding forces on our joints, especially in the knees, as we run are too much for our bodies to absorb.  In this weeks episode I’ll go through some of the scientific medical research on the subject and present an answer to the question: are runners at higher risk for developing arthritis?

NOTE: I didn’t want to make a huge deal out of it during this episode, but this marks my fourth year producing Phedippidations and I wanted to be sure to thank you, at least here in the show notes, for your friendship, kindness and support over these past 1,461 days since episode #1.  It continues to be an honor to run with you.

Run long and taper!

- Steve

Show Links:
http://www.drlarrysmith.com
http://edmundy.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runbif.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: “Run Yank Run”
http://twitter.com/wwfor
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
The song “Down to the Bone” by Edwin Holt http://topcatrecords.com
http://winefornewbies.net

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Fdip193: Running with Ear Candy

From a small island in the middle of southern Maine’s Sebago Lake, I present for you my annual review of some of my favorite songs from the past year of Phedippidation episodes.  This week, I’m on vacation: giving my ankle a chance to heal and my soul a break from stress as I enjoy my family, lapping waves, a few good books and delicious wine.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici”

Show Links:
“Terra Nova” by Jim Fidler at jimfidler.com.
“Be Okay” by Ingrid Michelson at http://www.ingridmichaelson.com
“Pizza Day” by Jonathan Coulton at http://www.jonathancoulton.com
“I Know You’re There” and “A Cautionary Tail” by Matthew Ebel at http://matthewebel.com
“Win At All Costs” by Man Bites God at http://www.manbitesgod.com
“Run to Your Grave” by The Mae Shi at http://www.mae-shi.com
“Ones and Os” by Geoff Smith at http://thegeoffsmith.com
“Broken Heart” by “Black Lab” at http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip192: Theseus’s Paradox and Other Thoughts

Beware the contents of this episode, ye who come here to listen to the runner boy run!  In this episode, I go out for a run and just let my mind flow, talking about a few things that may or may not have to do with running.

Of particular interest (to me at least) is the contemplation of the ship of Theseus’s, the discussion of which might may you say “Huh?”

We are made of stuff that has a limited shelf-life, but most of the atoms in your body will be completely replaced in just 10 years time, and if you believe in an eternal life after this stuff we wear is gone; then you’ll not worry so much about these bodies of ours breaking down over time: because time is just a construct and we all have a limitless warrantee.

Show Links:
http://the22miler.blogspot.com/
http://www.teampointtwo.com


Fdip Blog of the Week: http://lacyhansen.blogspot.com
The song “What Are We?” by “Candygram for Mongo” http://www.candygramformongo.com

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Fdip191: Me Heart Takes a Beating

This episode is a review of a study published last month in the American Journal of Cardiology titled “Relation of Biomarkers and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging After Marathon Running”.

We use terms and phrases such as “you’ve got to have heart” and “don’t go breakin’ my heart” as a reference to the symbolic vessel we have within us to harbor our capacity to love. 

In reality the heart is an important organ, strategically located in the center of our bodies to provide oxygen rich blood throughout the vessels of our body as a means to sustain life.  While these bodies we inhabit are amazing creations, capable of running great distances…it’s important to take care.  We’re all soft and squishy creatures; resilient yet fragile, strong yet capable of suffering injury…when you pull a leg muscle or sprain an ankle: you can apply ice and deep massage: it’s not so easy to do that with our hearts.

Training for any distance, any kind of race event: especially for distances like a marathon requires proper training; many of the experts suggest that you don’t even start training to run a marathon until you’ve been out on the road consistently for a full year.

Never, EVER start a marathon training program until you’re doctor gives you the green light…it’s one thing to have to deal with shin splints and muscle soreness, but your heart needs to be prepared for the stress you’ll put it under; out there on the road.

Show Links:
http://the22miler.blogspot.com/
http://www.duffrunner.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://runnersroundtable.com
http://twitter.com/steverunner
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://highheelrunner.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Fusion View
The song “Listen to Your Heartbeat” by Lance Larson (with Bon Jovi) http://www.lancelarsonmusic.com

Direct download: Fdip191.mp3
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Fdip190: A Longer Life with Purpose

As simple and exhausting as it sounds: running can be your purpose in life; and if you’re already a runner as I suspect you are: then running can be a purpose you can give to others, by asking them to join us: by making this sport a game, by thinking of it as play and by embracing a lifestyle that helps you to improve the duration and quality of your life.

It’s short fellow runners, this life of ours is far too short…but it should be long enough; and when you find yourself with a purpose to live it, you’ll have savored each experience: you’ll have lived your life to the top, and you’ll have achieved the satisfaction of knowing that your life is not ruled by the random and chaos: your life has meaning, and above all your life has purpose.

Show Links:
http://the22miler.blogspot.com/
http://www.irunformylife.blogspot.com/
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=156947&supid=183491774
http://www.challengedathletes.org/
The song “Buying Time” was by Great Big Sea http://greatbigsea.com

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Fdip189: The Other Newton’s Laws

They called him Arthur “Greatheart” Newton.  He had been a runner in his twenties, but gave it up after a time, taking to the road again 12 years later when, at the age of 38, he ran his first Comrades Marathon.  His contribution to distance running is great in that he chose to use common sense to guide his training methods, rather than formulas found in books on the subject of running.  Dr. Tim Noakes, in his book “Lore of Running” outlines 9 of his principles of training that helped to guide Newton’s success in our sport, and revolutionized the way that coaches trained their athletes

Show Links:
http://wyotri.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.seegirlrun.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Run Vegan Run
The song “Ghost In Your Mind” was by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip188: John Michaels Puppy

This is one of those strange podcast episodes that merges a little of my personal life (you’ll hear us picking up our new Dog Indiana and bringing him home) along with some practical tips about exercising your dog and this history of the beagle.

It goes without saying that I have a lot to learn about dogs; and puppies specifically.  While my wife has always owned a dog, growing up: this experience is new to the rest of us in my household. Will I make mistakes: count on it: he’ll end up chewing all my running shoes, leaving squishy wet mementoes as he marks his territory around the house: both inside and out and will undoubtedly follow me around the house as I try to get some work done with the less than few hours that he’ll allow me to sleep, which might beg the question: is this all worth it?

It is worth it to share your day with a creature who loves you unconditionally with all his heart, it is worth it to welcome into your home a being who constantly reminds you that it’s not the stress of life and work that is important it’s play: PLAY is all that really matters, and play is the most important thing we’ll do today and every day.  Is it worth it to suffer the weariness of sleep deprivation, the indignation of having to take a puppy out to pee at 2 in the morning, the incontinence of veterinary visits thousands on food, care, crates, accessories and medication?  Is it worth it to have what was starting to be a fairly comfortable life of leisure usurped by an animal that demands attention while giving devotion?

Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Show Links:
http://twitter.com/bladerun
http://www.hockomockswamp.com
http://runningthenarrowpath.blogspot.com
CONGRATULATIONS!: http://itsarunningthing.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://lifeisagift-run.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: A Mile with Me
The song “Talkin’ Bout My Dogs” was by Boo Boo Davis http://www.booboodavis.com

Direct download: Fdip188.mp3
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Fdip187: The Running Evolution

In this episode I present for you the major findings of Professor Daniel Lieberman of the Biological Anthropology department at Harvard University and Professor Dennis Bramble from the University of Utah in their 2004 paper published in the journal Nature titled “Endurance running and the evolution of Homo”.  In this paper, they make the powerful case that “The fossil evidence suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo, originating about 2 million years ago, and may have been instrumental in the evolution of the human body form.

We are by our very nature: endurance runners, meant to run for long distances. The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive: you and I were born to run.

Show Links:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-11/uou-hrm111204.php
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~skeleton/pdfs/2004e.pdf
http://www.smh.com.au/national/dead-babys-parents-ignored-advice-qc-20090504-asmt.html?page=1
http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html
http://ihatetheapft.com/
http://www.runningbebe.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://yumkerun.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Fifty Counting Down
The song “Evolution Rocks” was by Overman http://www.overman.info

Direct download: Fdip187.mp3
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Fdip186: A Life of Present Defense

A runner lives for the moment, and can rise to call of her or his own character to do what we know we have to do, for our bodies, for our training, for the promise we made to ourselves some time ago.  We will have bad days, we will be haunted by the memories of a 4:01:31 finish in Philadelphia back in November of 2007, and we’ll look to our next marathons where we dream of running a sub four…but still, on those icy, rainy, blisteringly hot and humid days when work was a nightmare and everyone wants to carve a little chunk out of us...we find ourselves lacing up our shoes and living the life of a runner: a life nothing short: of present defense.

Show Links:
http://www.redhairedgirl.com
http://www.yarnharlot.ca
http://sjtony.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://longrunblog.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Lagan Runner Podcast
The song “The Life I Am Trying to Find” was by Adam and the Walter Boys http://www.myspace.com/adamandthewalterboys

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Fdip185: The Run-Net Community

Ours is a social network of fellow runners who are using new media and the power of what has become known as Web 2.0 – a second generation of web development and design that facilitates communication, collaboration and above all: sharing of thoughts, opinions, observations and yes, even rambling diatribes.

There’s this question that philosophers and scientists, artists, writers and dreamers have asked for many centuries when they looked above into the heavens.  That question is this: ARE WE ALONE?

The question is intended to inquire about the validity of the Drake equation and the possibility of intelligent life, or any life on worlds other than our own.  It’s a question that, in it’s asking, evokes a sense of loneliness, as if we are adrift on a tiny blue bubble in space, far from communities in distant galaxies.  If I had to guess, I’d say that there is life out there, and very likely intelligent life of some kind: I just don’t think our world and even the life that swarms upon it is entirely unique and special.  If life got started here, it has to have started elsewhere, that’s just good science in search of good evidence.

But the notion that we are alone?  That’s just silly, because as long as we have each other…as long as there are ways for us to experience a community together: no matter where on the tiny blue bubble we stand, we cannot and will not be alone.  That’s more than just good science and logical reasoning: that’s a functioning reality based on many lines of evidence, not the least of which is found in the obvious fact that you’re listening to me right now on a podcast called Phedippidations, and many of us are running, together.

Show Links:
http://completerunning.com
http://runningfromthereaper.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.drusy.blogspot.com
http://www.buckeyeoutdoors.com
http://gowagon.com
www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
www.runcast.tv
http://www.racewithpurpose.org
http://www.planet3rry.com
http://unholylandnews.blogspot.com
http://point1of1percent.blogspot.com
http://the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://catholiccitywithzina.blogspot.com
www.rundervrun.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://copiaverborum.wordpress.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Lagan Runner Podcast
The song “Foot in Your Door” was by Geoff Smith at http://thegeoffsmith.com

Direct download: Fdip185.mp3
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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

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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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Fdip176: Mailbox Review

The greatest reward for producing a podcast like Phedippidations is the electronic messages that you are kind enough to send me, but there’s an old Scottish proverb that reads “What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

Today I’m making an effort to find some time to go through my email inbox to answer some of the messages you’ve been kind enough to send me over the past three months.  Despite good reason and a stressfully increasing workload, I’ve felt guilty for not answering your messages to me, and while I have read every email that I’ve received; my inability to find time to respond to you has been on my mind for quite some time.

If I can’t answer every email the least I can do is produce this podcast every week and go for a run with you.  I can’t promise everything I’ll have to say here will be worthy of your listening; but I can promise to follow the same compass as you…heading in the same direction to better health and becoming a good animal.

Show Links:
http://winefornewbies.net
http://www.adam20.com
debs42@mac.com
http://milebymile.wordpress.com
The story “Patience” was read with permission of the author: Jessica Bold jessicabold@hotmail.com 
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://the22miler.blogspot.com
“Do They Have E-Mail in Heaven” by Jim Terr http://jimterr.com

Direct download: Fdip176.mp3
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Fdip175: Running on the Road Again

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that you can find to go for a run which are beautiful, interesting, and memorable.  If you are traveling for pleasure, business or any purpose: pack your running shoes, a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt; you’ll see the places you visit from a more interesting and intimate perspective and will be able not only to say you visited that place, but can boast quite proudly that you’ve run there.

In this episode of Phedippidations, I go on vacation to Florida and in the course of my journey I meet a good friend whom I’ve been hoping to meet for a very long time: THE Zen Runner himself: the great Adam Tinkoff.

Show Links:
http://www.travelingontherun.com
http://www.adam20.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runlucierun.blogspot.com
“Road Trip” by “Dirty Proper” http://dustrhinos.com

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Fdip174: A Lecture From Arthur Lydiard

In April of 1990, Arthur Lydiard gave a lecture in Osaka Japan as part of a clinic he conducted in Tokyo and Osaka.  From that trip, numerous articles were written in running magazines all over the world, and the material he covered led to his publishing a book titled “Running With Lydiard”.

He is without a doubt one of the greatest athletic coaches of all time, and is credited with popularizing and inventing the sport of recreational running and jogging for health.  His training methods were all about building a strong base and incorporating periodization and there are many world class runners today who give credit to the man for their impressive success on the track, fields and roads.

This is the exact spoken presentation of his Osaka lecture in conversational form that sometimes wanders outside the rules of grammatical perfection, it lacks the physical expressions that were transmitted during the lecture, and is often a stream of conscious thoughts that converge on more solid themes, but in this episode I’ll read \them exactly as they were spoken because: as a whole; the message is brilliant.

These are the words of the great coach Arthur Leslie Lydiard.

Dictated and edited by Nobuya “Nobby” Hashizume

Show Links:
www.grotonroadrace.com
http://www.sensescotland.org.uk
www.tiree.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/gdwscott
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://agreatdayforarun.blogspot.com/
“Run” by “Dirty Proper” http://dirtyproper.com

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Fdip173: The 1st Questions and Answers Show

As runners, we all have questions; questions about our experiences on the road, questions about best practices as outlined by the experts, questions about the human body and the science regarding motion and our bodies, and even just questions about each other.  How are you doing? How are you feeling?  How’s your running going?  Have any big races planned in the near future?  What’s up?  What’s going on?  Did John Michael get his puppy yet?

As friends and fellow runners we have plenty of questions as part of an ongoing conversation that we have with each other every day.  We are connected by a common interest, in this sport we call running: and with questions to spark new conversations, we offer answers to run with, out here on the road.

When friends hang out and go for a run, they talk about stuff like this, they ask questions of each other and look for answers as a way to get to know each other better.  In this episode I’ll pose some of the questions asked by fellow runners, and attempt to answer each as best I can.  This is the first Phedippidations Question and Answer Show.

Show Links:

http://runrunlive.com

www.sqpn.com

http://www.dailybreakfast.com

http://www.saintcast.org

http://catholicunderthehood.com

http://runningbymyself.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/steverunner

http://www.fitnessrocks.org

http://www.drusy.blogspot.com

http://bobspersonalblog.blogspot.com

Recommended Malbecs (yes, I’ve tasted all of these):

07 Pascual Toso from Maipu for $14 US

06 Bodega Aconquila Alberto Furgue from the Uco Valley for $15 US

07 Bodega Belgrano The Head-Snapper from Mendoza for $15 US

07 Chalten Reserva from Neuquen for $15 US

07 Don Miguel Gascon from Mendoza for $12 US

06 Bodega Don Bosco from Maipu for $12 US

06 Durigutti from Mendoza for $15 US

06 Famila Marguery Casa Malbec from Mendoza for $15 US

07 Finca El Portilli from the Uco Valley for $12 US

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.half-fast.org

“Question” was by Band That Never Was: http://www.bandneverwas.com

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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

Direct download: Fdip171.mp3
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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

Direct download: Fdip170.mp3
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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

Direct download: Fdip169.mp3
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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

Direct download: Fdip168.mp3
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Fdip167: Around We Go Again

This episode is a review of the leap year 2008, MMVIII of the Gregorian calendar, Anno Domini of the Common Era.

Like any other year, 2008 had it’s accomplishments and failures, its successes and disasters, it’s good moments and instances of sadness and terror.  We lived through it all and each in our own way did our best, wished the best for others and helped to make the world just a little bit better than it was last year.

This week we listen to some of the skits, sketches and audio bits that I produced in an effort to give my family and I a chuckle or two. 

Happy New Year!

Show Links:
The song “We are Wolves Here” off the new album “Wake Up and Say Goodbye” was by David Usher. http://www.davidusher.com

Direct download: Fdip167.mp3
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Fdip166: It’s Not About Courage

This week your goofy little host goes “off the deep end” again with a podcast filled with critical thinking, loud enunciation and a very un-holiday-like disposition.

This episode is a statement of my opinion. 

Not all will agree with that opinion, and all are invited to consider and challenge what I have to say here.  I suspect many will consider my premise faulty and my conclusion to be wrong; but this is just MY OPINION, and if I sound angry and passionate in my argument it’s because it bothers me when fellow runners suffer the appeals of a marketing pitch designed to ridicule them without their conscious understanding in an effort to sell books.

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.  Terms and words like “indomitable spirit”, “intelligent choice”, “dedication”, “perseverance”, and “commitment” better describe how you became a runner; and credits you with the hard work associated with your effort and success on the road.

In this episode I will prove that “it takes dedication to start running” is no longer a hypothesis, it’s a well founded theory.  I will show that this is a well established principle created from repeated observation and testing.  There are better and more positive ways to inspire and motivate non-runners to take to the road with us than to call them “scared, powerless little misfits”.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it takes courage to start running. They are offending you, they are appealing to your instinctual desire to be congratulated for doing something noble and brave. 

You deserve MUCH more…you have earned the right to be credited with rising off the couch of doom not because you were once a cowering, fearful couch potato who overcame some dangerous risk to your life; but because you made a choice…you accepted a challenge to yourself: and that doesn’t take courage fellow runners; that takes dedication.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://tiree.blogspot.com
http://www.bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://fittalklive.com
The song “You and I” was by Ingrid Michaelson
http://www.ingridmichaelson.com

Direct download: Fdip166.mp3
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Fdip163: Running Clubs

Running clubs are local organizations that you can join to gain the support of fellow runners as a way to motivate, inspire, invigorate and improve your performance on the road.  But for all the great benefits that joining a running club will give you, there’s something else you should consider in deciding whether or not you should join such an organization.  When you join a running club you are not doing it only for yourself but as an opportunity to help others improve as runners: you are signing up to encourage others, to prove by your participation that running is a worthy effort, and to help others who are members of that club to run faster and farther, over and above what they might have otherwise thought they were capable of.  In today’s episode I’ll list some of the great running clubs that are out there.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my “Twitter Tweet” for running clubs!

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.rrca.org
http://www.teamcrossworld.com/running
http://runmdra.org
www.kiltedrunner.blogspot.com
www.wanderersrunningclub.org
www.portlandfit.com
www.hughesvillerunningclub.com
http://bobrunner.blogspot.com
http://www.arunnerscircle.com
www.elementsoferin337.blogspot.com
www.thesaa.ca
www.e-venti.ca
http://www.lifetimefitness.com
http://www.jsrc.org/
www.runnersandwalkers.com
http://www.trailrunnersclub.com/
www.guelphvictors.ca
http://www.guelphrunning.ca/
http://www.redhairedgirl.com
http://www.runracine.com/
www.runningramblings.com
http://mcrrc.org
http://gvltrackclub.clubexpress.com/
http://www.fitnesssports.com/November_races/LivHistFarms/lhf_index.html
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://run350.blogspot.com
The song “Some Christmas Huggin and Kissin’” was by Geoff Smith
http://thegeoffsmith.com

Direct download: Fdip163.mp3
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Fdip162: Catching Up

When you are out there, running a race, and you find yourself (point A) behind another runner (point B) whom you are working to catch up to…there is a relative velocity between the two of you that is much smaller than you can imagine…and today, I want to help you imagine it…because once you’ve come to realize how small that difference is, then you’ll be better able to summon the energy required to exceed that speed and close the gap between you and that runner ahead of you to the point where you’ll beat him or her to the finish.  When you consider the difference, you’ll gain the confidence to catch up.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.tribballin.blogspot.com
http://www.teamworldvisionozarks.org
www.fleetfeetstlouis.com 
http://www.fleetfeetstlouis.com/flyer/main.htm#book
http://www.homesforourtroops.org
http://www.zachermedia.com/marathon
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/13638.html
http://whatstheharm.net
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://royinireland.blogspot.com
The song “You Can’t Catch Me” by Cottrell Gant
http://www.cottrellgantt.com

Direct download: Fdip162.mp3
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Fdip161: Gifts for the Holiday Runner

So what is the point of giving gifts to each other during the holiday?  It is to express our feelings of appreciation, care and fondness for one another…and the best way to do that, with respect to gift giving, is to make the gift a personal reflection of what you know the person you’re giving to would appreciate.

Runners appreciate the little things; a good book on our favorite subjects, or something simple like a pair of gloves, socks or a water bottle…items which help to protect and comfort us during our daily runs…these are things that will be appreciated every day and serve as reminders that you, as the gift giver, really understood and cared enough to give something related to our passion for this sport and the importance we give to the gift of running.

Show Links:
http://www.roadid.com
http://www.roadrunnersports.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://audiblepodcast.com/phedi
http://www.runarmagh.com
http://www.trithemango.com
http://www.coopamerica.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.runcast.tv
The song “The Gift You Always Wanted at the Bay” was by Jon Caspi
http://www.joncaspi.com

Direct download: Fdip161.mp3
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Fdip160: Strong to the Core

Our core is our center; it is where our arms, legs and head meet to create the human body we inhabit and control.  It is where, just a few inches or centimeters above, resides the all important heart, pumping oxygen rich blood to all of our extremities.  In an anthropological sense, the heart is the focused center of our emotional and mental character….it is the mystical source of our kindness, charity, and love.  In this same way, our core…the very central characteristic of who and what we are is sometimes associated with our human identity.

To excel physically you must have a strong and powerful core, to excel as a human being you have to have a resilient and resolute center.  Work on that part of yourself, both physically and emotionally and there will be nothing you cannot accomplish.  Focus on developing your core and you’ll discover the power within yourself to run long and far and then you’ll find the strength to go on.

Show Links:
http://amilewith.me.uk
http://runningfromthereaper.com
http://www.catiefunrun.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningismental.blogspot.com
The song “The Strength” was by the Brothers Falloon http://www.brothersfalloon.com

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Fdip159: Responsible Shoes

This episode will serve as proof that I’m an totally independent new media producer, and will guarantee that I never get that huge contract with a major running shoe label.   But when running shoe companies  enable their outsourced suppliers to treat their workers poorly, in unhealthy working conditions for long hours with wages that hardly allow them to feed and shelter their families…they are being evil…either by direction or failure.

You and I can support the fight for human rights and the environment every day with our dollars…by purchasing products and services sold only by those companies and businesses who treat their workers with dignity and promote the basic human rights to life, liberty, freedom of expression, equality before the law and in society, the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education along with ensuring that the production of goods does not negatively impact the environment.

My expose here about some of the major running shoe manufacturers in operation today will most assuredly guarantee that I will never earn millions of dollars on this podcast through an advertizing contract with any of these companies…but morality dictates that I consider the big picture…and I’m going to do my best, in this episode of Phedippidations, to be honest, truthful and above all independent when it comes to giving you the 4-1-1 on what are, and are not responsible shoes.

Show Links:
http://www.corpwatch.org
http://www.oxfam.org.au
http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/122/athleticshoes/3
http://runningintothesun.blogspot.com
http://unabuonaforchetta.blogspot.com
http://www.hampo.bigblog.com.au
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.movember.com
The song “Not Responsible” was by Laura Clapp http://www.lauraclapp.com

Direct download: Fdip159.mp3
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Fdip155: Pondering as I Pronate These are some of the things that have been on my mind lately…random thoughts that I dwell upon while I’m getting my miles in…and that’s one of the great things about running…it can sometimes be a time for you to reconnect with yourself, to dedicate the duration of your run to thinking about politics, hate, wine and endurance….so let’s go for a run together, and indulge me the privilege of telling you what I’m pondering today.
Show Links:
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Leave a message: +1 206-338-3211
Fdip featured blog of the week: http://running-with-coffee.blogspot.com
The song “Ones and Os” was by Geoff Smith http://thegeoffsmith.com
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Fdip153: Running Over Cancer

Running will not prevent you from developing cancer, but it may save your life by retarding it’s growth and by increasing your bodies natural resistance.  Life is worth fighting for…and moderate exercise such as a 2 to 3 mile easy run every day is something that can both ease the stress from dealing with cancer as well as help us to fight against it’s uncontrolled growth.

Researchers aren’t sure how much exercise is needed to help prevent cancer, but they all agree that consistency is the most important factor.  Cancer as a disease and as an idea is something we must fight against.  Do not go gentle into that good night.

Show Links:
http://www.fitnessrocks.org
http://medals4mettle.org
goodybag@worldwidehalf.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
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Leave a message: +1 206-338-3211
Fdip featured blog of the week: http://texasrunningjournal.blogspot.com
The song “I Know You’re There” was by Matthew Ebel.  http://www.matthewebel.com

PLEASE VISIT: http://marcirunsthemarathon.blogspot.com

Direct download: Fdip153.mp3
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Fdip152: Running PodCasts

A podcast is so much more interesting, entertaining, informative and intimate than a radio show.  When you subscribe to a podcast, you’re really joining a social club of like minded enthusiasts for whatever the topic of conversation may be.  Running podcasts are special in that they can be listened to while you, yourself, are out on your runs…or on a treadmill, or in the car on your way to or from work, or after your run as you do chores around the house.  A podcast is better than a radio show because it’s a conversation between the podcaster and you, produced and intended to be heard on a computer or, most naturally, an MP3 audio player with little ear bud head phones plugged into your head.

You know all this because you’re not just a listener to Phedippidations…you are a fellow runner; we’re in this together…and there are other running related podcasts out there that are much better than this one,  that I know you’ll enjoy if you’ll give them a listen. 

Show Links:

 

All of the PodCasts discussed in this show can be found at http://www.runningpodcasts.org/

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Leave a message: +1 206-338-3211

Fdip featured blog of the week: http://www.andrewisgettingfit.com

The song “Independence Day” was the band Jesta, aka Bryan Page from the UK.  http://www.jesta.co.uk

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Fdip151: Starting a Beatless Heart

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a procedure that can postpone the condition of clinical death, where the heart has stopped beating and the victim is not breathing.  There is no guarantee of successful resuscitation, but you can act as the heart and lungs of a victim to provide the body and brain with life sustaining oxygenated blood while waiting for a trained emergency responder or doctor to arrive on scene.

The person you save through something like CPR may be a person who helps make the world just a little bit better, either directly or by enabling another to do so. Human beings have the potential to do good in the world, and every human life is worth saving for that reason alone.

NOTE:  The information contained in this episode is NOT intended to be medical advice, or to replace proper CPR training.  Do NOT use the methods or techniques described in this episode to provide emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Please DO consider attending a CPR class and obtaining proper certification as a lay responder.

Show Links:
http://www.americanheart.org
http://www.runnerssociety.com/4millionsteps.html
Call me: +1 206-338-3211
Fdip featured blog of the week: http://batmans.blogspot.com
The song “Good Hearted Man” was by Roscoe Chenier http://www.black-and-tan.com

Direct download: Fdip151.mp3
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Fdip150: Running for the Bases

Running is a universally important skill to have in life; no longer solely for the purpose of hunting, gathering and chasing down wild animals that lack the endurance we possess…but as a way to keep our bodies in shape, to help strengthen our muscles and cardiovascular system and to become the good animals we were meant to be.  In baseball, it’s one…two…three strikes you’re out; but in life you only have this one chance to live your life to the fullest, to rise off the couch of doom and to run the way you were meant to run; fast and far across the planets surface.  And just as in baseball, when you’ve run well and covered all the bases…at some point near the end; we’ll all have the chance to run home.

Show Links:
http://eatdrinkrunwoman.com
http://www.ovenstobetsy.com
http://www.littlemarathon.com/Tunnel
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.buckeyeoutdoors.com
Call me: +1 206-338-3211
Fdip featured blog: http://www.Dashfordad.com
christine@zerocancer.org
The song “Field of Dreams” was by Mary Ellen Kirk http://www.myspace.com/merryellen

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Fdip149: The Mens Marathon of the 29th Olympiad

The mens marathon of the 29th Olympiad will feature the fastest and most prestigious distance runners in the world today.  Those few hours and some minutes will mark the greatest race of their lives, and we will witness inspirational feats of athleticism as they run through an ancient city which is being transformed into a modern world.  While these are the best runners on an elite level which many of us will never reach, do not forget that they are also our fellow runners….they have the same passion, the same determination, the same indomitable spirit that you and I share.  For those who have or will one day run a marathon, the distance that the Olympians of the mens marathon in Bejing will run is perfectly identical to that which you will cover in your own events.  Watch the race unfold before you and think about how you’ve felt or will feel when you’re at the mile and kilometer markers that they will cross: and appreciate the association you share with those runners in the marathon of the 29th Olympiad.

Show Links:
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.drusy.blogspot.com
http://runningfromthereaper.blogspot.com
http://4feetrunning.blogspot.com
http://www.tinkoff.com
http://www.planet3rry.com/gravity1053
JPL Slideshow: http://www.yousendit.com/download/Q01GWWVncG9rUm14dnc9PQ
Call me: +1 206-338-3211
Fdip featured blog: http://trainingfornycmarathon2009.blogspot.com
The song “The Theme from the 1984 Olympic Games” was by Griddle http://griddlemusic.com
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Fdip148: The Womans Marathon of the 29th Olympiad

The athletes who will run in the woman's marathon of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing China are some of the very best distance athletes in the world.  Each of them have worked incredibly hard to reach this level of competition, and to qualify to stand at the starting line in Tian'an Men Square.  What happens during this race will be historic; the moments of the event will be forever seared in the memories of those who participate and those of us who will watch the race.  We will witness the pinnacle of Athletic Achievement in a way that will inspire us to do our best, to push ourselves past our own limitations and to reach our own Olympic dreams.

Show Links:

http://revruns.blogspot.com

http://www.olympictruce.org

http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2008/08/13/noguchi_wont_defend_her_marathon_title

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7718316

http://www.runnersroundtable.com

Call me: +1 206-338-3211

Fdip featured blog: http://beachrunner411.blogspot.com

The song "China Girl” was by Lena http://www.lena.fm

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Fdip147: Low Impact Living

When you make a stand and decide to change the amount of natural resources you use, such as the oil and gas used by generators to produce electricity to run your water heaters, and lights, and when you install insulation in your home to keep the heat generated from escaping into the cold and low water use shower heads to reduce the amount of clean water used in the bathroom…you are reducing your dependency on the fuel and water needed by others and the next generation who will run across this planet in years to come, after we’re gone.

The Earth does it’s best to heal itself from man made impact.  Given time and natural conditions, nature will reclaim what mankind has paved over and modified to suit our needs for resources and space.  There is such a thing as living in concert with nature, and a duty that each of us has to make the world just a little bit better for the next generation of runners to live in a world with clean fresh air, clean clear water and the beauty that can exist without impact of mankind.

Show Links:

http://sierraclub.com

http://www.drusy.blogspot.com

http://pages.teamintraining.org/nce/seagull08/jjacksoco6

http://www.worldwideraces.blogspot.com

Fdip featured blog: http://www.triguinness.com/blog

The song “Terra Nova” was by Jim Fidler http://www.jimfidler.com
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Fdip146: Running in the Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympic Games where part of a festival, where fairness and athleticism where considered sacred.  For over twelve hundred years the games were played in the Athenian city of Olympia and served as a cultural event to promote trade, commerce and diplomacy.  The athlete was respected and set powerful examples for all who came to watch them compete.  Their stories became the part of an ancient legend that inspired the modern games to revive the Olympic Spirit.

We owe this spirit, this sense of peaceful competition and international friendship to those who created the ancient Olympic Games and set forth a precedent that has been reinforced through history. 

Show Links:

http://jpl.nasa.gov

http://swiftshoe.blogspot.com

http://www.saintcast.org

http://theextramilepodcast.blogspot.com

Fdip featured blog: http://www.teamworldvisionozarks.org

The song "History” was by Jason Silver http://jasonsilver.com

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This episode of Fdip is much different than all the others, and for those of you who dislike the musical selections that I include in each episode, this one is probably not for you.  But music marks our life and times.  Itâs more than just the poetry or melody: itâs the soundtrack that touches us; it expresses and reflects our feelings, it captures our emotions and it gives voice to our hearts.  In this show youâll hear ten independent artists (nine musical) and songs from previous episodes as we celebrate my three years of podcasting and I go for a run around a tiny little island in the State of Maine, because this week: Iâm on vacation!

Show Links:

I Am Not Afraid by Majek Fashek http://www.majekfashek.com

Im Not Running by Big Rain http://www.bigrain.net

Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf http://www.carbonleaf.com

In the next life by Al Stravinsky http://www.myspace.com/alstravinsky

See The Sun by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

Let me Know by the Fire Apes http://www.myspace.com/fireapes

Ordinary Day by Great Big Sea http://greatbigsea.com

Tom Cruise Crazy by Jonathan Coulton http://www.jonathancoulton.com/

Pre by Phil Wells www.garageband.com/artist/PhilWells

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

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Fdip143: The 2008 Fall Marathon Guide

Planning your Fall Marathon is all about setting a goal, with many months ahead of you within which to prepare.  What marathoners learn as we engage in this preparation is that the joy, passion and discovery takes place during our training: in many ways the marathon itself is merely a celebration of what we have been able to achieve through the hours and miles that we’ve spent in training to get us to that starting line.

Now is the time to pick our races, now is the time to make our commitments, now is the moment to promise to ourselves and others that we will train well and hard, and complete a 26.2 mile course with dedication, determination, strength and honor…and these are the races that you and I will run.

Show Links:

http://www.marathonguide.com

http://www.princeedwardislandmarathon.com

http://sqpn.com

http://sqpn.com/2007/11/24/rosary-army-video-gregs-first-marathon/

http://runningfromthereaper.blogspot.com

http://www.runningpodcasts.org

http://anotherrunner.blogspot.com

http://zenrun10k.ning.com

goodybag@worldwidehalf.com

Fdip featured blog: http://yllek82.blogspot.com

The song “Lost My Way” by Matthew Ebel  www.matthewebel.com

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

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Fdip142: Dr. George Sheehan - Personal Best

Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about a book written by Dr. George Sheehan titled “Personal Best: The foremost philosopher of fitness shares techniques and tactics for success and self liberation, published in 1989 by Rodale Press.  It’s a book of 37 chapters, each one an essay and study into an physical of cerebral aspect of running. 

For anyone looking to read a sample of the right brain/left brain writings of Dr. Sheehan, this book gives you a good sense of his style.  He challenges us to think about our lives, our running, and our purpose within each page.  George Sheehan understood that running was more than just an activity; it is an expression of life and love.   

Show Links: 

http://runningfilmfestival.com 

http://www.worldwidehalf.com 

http://theextramilepodcast.com 

http://www.runforthefallen.org 

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

The song “Better Life” was by the band Common Ground from Texas.  http://texasrockband.com 

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

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Fdip141: Running Barefoot

Today I’d like to point out something that’s really obvious; so obvious in fact, that we tend not to think about it much.  In this episode I present for you a very basic, truthful, scientific and historical bit of trivia that both describes and explains the premise which propose, and that piece of trivia is this: Fred Flintstone never wore running shoes.  Running shoes are not evil: you’ll have to pry my NB 426’s off my hot sweaty feet if you ever want me to give up my running shoes: but we should entertain the idea that running without shoes on the open road may be a more natural, less injurious way to run.

Show Links:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v432/n7015/abs/nature03052.html

http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/NewsItems/feet.htm

http://www.profleeberger.com/files/YFOOT1001.pdf

http://nymag.com/health/features/46213/

http://www.barefooters.org/medicine/med_sci_sports_exer-23.2.html

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com

http://www.23goingon60.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/steverunner

http://ustream.tv/channel/phedippidations

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

The song “Running Wild Child” was by Lance Larson from New Jersey; the song featured Richie Sambora  check out his amazing music at www.lancelarsonmusic.com

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

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Fdip135: Who do you run for?

We run for ourselves, for our health, for our family and friends, we run to honor, to celebrate, to achieve, and to accomplish.  We run because we can…because at a very basic level we are good animals who were meant to move with purpose.  We are runners; no better or worse than those who chose to practice an alternate motion of sport, or dance, or action…but we all have good reasons for being out there…and while we might not always be self aware of why we’re doing it: when someone asks you the inevitable question; you might want to consider what your answer will be…who do you run for?

Show Links:

http://www.racewithpurpose.org

http://www.guardianangelsocietysyr.org

http://rundaverun.spaces.live.com

http://marcirunsthemarathon.blogspot.com

http://www.amilewith.me.uk

http://www.mtdisappointment50k.com

http://www.msteechur.com

http://www.worldwidehalf.com

http://davefleet.com

www.runningpodcasts.org

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

The song “Irish Rover‿ was by The Blaggards  http://blaggards.com

Direct download: Fdip135.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Fdip134: Online Training Logs

Because of my new intermittent schedule, this episode of Fdip has the distinction (and curse) of being the longest I’ve produced thus far.  The internet has created a way for runners to find and use resources for research, community, asking questions, sharing ideas, and for tracking our running performance.  Free online training logs are available for us to use to help us reach our running goals.  You should consider using an online training log to share your running log and upcoming schedule with a larger community of runners who can offer your advice, warn you in advance of injury and join you in your journey on the road.

Show Links:

http://www.pegasussoftware.com

http://www.buckeyeoutdoors.com

http://runningahead.com/

http://www.runstoppable.com/

http://www.running-journal.com

http://www.running2win.com

http://www.therunninglog.com/

http://www.running-log.com/

http://www.active.com/donate/runoffthosecookies

www.runningramblings.com

http://runningwithchris.blogspot.com/

http://beyond05.blogspot.com/

Fdip Featured Blog: http://pigtailsflying.wordpress.com/

http://www.worldwidehalf.com

The song “Keep on Movin’‿ was by David Mansfield http://www.myspace.com/mansfieldspace

Direct download: Fdip134.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Fdip133: Pushing Past Exhaustion

To push yourself past your zone of comfort you need to smile, think positively, focus on something other than the pain and weakness and dedicate yourself to a higher purpose other than “just finishing‿.  Most of all, you have to have the insatiable desire to reach your goal by making your efforts on the road more important than just yourself.  If you can do this you will find that you can accomplish great things through your running, and be the runner and human being you’ve always known you could be.

This episode ends with an announcement about the future of Phedippidations.

Show Links:

http://www.worldwidehalf.com

The song “All I Really Wanted‿ was by Jim Fidler www.jimfidler.com

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Fdip132: Marathoning FIRST

The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training stands by their philosophy of training as being the best scientifically proven method to improve as a runner, and gain fitness as an athlete.  By limiting your time on the road to three intense workouts each week, and supplementing your training with cross training, they insist that you will become a better, more efficient runner…able to meet and exceed all of your running goals.

Show Links: www.furman.edu http://www.worldwidehalf.com

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://squirrel1-1.blogspot.com

The song “Wasting My Time‿ was by Matthew Ebel. www.matthewebel.com

Direct download: Fdip132.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Fdip131: The Big Boom

Running was adopted by a society who had been lulled into a false sense of security within the confines of their all too comfortable, technology empowered life of sedentary doom.  In America, as in other countries…technological advances negated our need to rise off the couch and hunt, gather and endure physical labor.  But as the population grew unhealthy and overweight, they turned to both the sports and medical experts for an answer…and that answer was so basic, simple and pure that the appeal to lace up a pair of running shoes could not be denied.  The explosion resulting from the first running boom was a revolution which continues today…a revolution which you and I are very much a part of, as we take back our bodies and our lives and become the runners we all were meant to be. 

Show Links:

http://runningintothesun.blogspot.com

http://www.firstgiving.com/waitingforruns

http://www.firstgiving.com/runjcrun

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

The song “Revolution‿ was by Albert Aguilar http://www.albertaguilarmusic.com

Direct download: Fdip131.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Fdip130: The Benefits of Running

When confronted with all of the positive advantages associated with becoming a runner, it helps to consider all of the reasons why running can help you to become a better person, both physically and, in a sense even spiritually.  Because it’s all about living a happier life; a life filled with personal satisfaction along with the physical ability to participate in the world around you.

Show Links:

http://petraruns.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.savetherhino.org 

http://www.firstgiving.com/sherrydisney 

http://milestogo-babciaruns.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.drusy.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.guidedogs.com 

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://schumph-runningwild.blogspot.com 

The song “Run‿ was by Hollow Horse at http://www.hollowhorse.co.uk

Direct download: Fdip130.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Fdip129: The Hazards of Running

ust about everything in this life offers hazards and benefits.  We balance comfort with pain, satisfaction with disappointment, and safety with danger every time we lace up our shoes and take to the road.  It’s quite obvious, to those of us who call ourselves runners, that the benefits of our sport far outweighs the dangers, it is important for us to be conscious of those hazards not only for our personal safety, but to allow us to logically counter the arguments that the non-runner might offer as an excuse not to join us on the road. 

Show Links: 

http://www.marathonguide.com 

www.drusy.blogspot.com 

http://www.justgiving.com/toni_harvey 

http://anotherrunner.com 

Fdip Blog of the Week: www.confessionsofarunner.com 

The song “Remember‿ was by Black Lab at http://blacklabworld.com

Direct download: Fdip129.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Fdip128: Another Loop Around the Sun

In a very real sense, you and I are “the hope of the world‿.  We had some fun last year and some good times.  We made new friends, we enjoyed successes on the road, we had some amazing experiences both together and apart. The lesson to be learned from last year, and the year before that…is that next year, and the year after next…has the opportunity to be the best year of our life and the best year in the life of those around us. There were some terrible things that happened last year as well, but when we live our lives as good animals, behaving with social responsibility, then we are spreading hope…and that ensures that the years to come can always be better that those which came before.  Happy New Year! 

Show Links:

The song “Auld Lang Syne‿ was by the band Caledonix from Germany http://www.caledonix.de

Direct download: Fdip128.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Fdip127: The In Box Special Handwritten letters and cards, email messages and our written words written throughout the year and especially during the holidays are a way to keep in touch, to maintain that fellowship that we have with each other.  It’s the stories that are contained in those messages that help to educate and inform us, they help us to relate to each other and put our own experiences into perspective.  In this week’s episode, I’ll read to you some of the email messages that I have in my “in box‿, and invite you to hear the stories of other runners who are living their lives and experiencing their unique experiences all over the world at the very same time that you are.  We are members of a community where the cost of entry is your contribution of thoughts, opinions and observations with each other.
Direct download: Fdip127.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Fdip126: Base Training

How can running slowly help us to achieve better performances later? It is particularly challenging to go from the relative intensity of pre-race workouts to a speed and pace that is much, much slower. However, if you come to the realization that many runners stagnate on a plateau of performances because they run too few miles, and these miles that they do run are are run too fast, then you open yourself up to the possibility of significant running improvement. Proper base training requires patience and discipline, and this week's guest host, Steve's running advisor John Ellis, explains how the hard part of this period of training comes with the dedication to running "easy." 

Show Links:

http://www.billrodgers.com

http://getguts.com 

Fdip Blog of the week: http://atlantatrails.blogspot.com 

The song “Starting Over‿ was by the band “Dark Horse‿ from the UK.  Check out their great music at http://www.isound.com/darkhorse

Direct download: Fdip126.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Fdip124: The 2007 Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon is a fantastic race, run through and about an incredible city.  This was the best marathon performance of my life where my dreams for a sub four hour finish were possible and within my reach.  I have run 16 marathons prior to Philly, but was able to accomplish something on this day that has eluded me before.  In running through the streets of Philadelphia I gained a new confidence, increased my stamina and improved my endurance to ensure that I would never hit the “wall of doom‿ again. 

Show Links:

http://www.philadelphiamarathon.com  http://bluedawgsrunning.blogspot.com

The Song “Ordinary Day‿ was by Great Big Sea from St. John's in Newfoundland, http://greatbigsea.com

Direct download: Fdip124.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Fdip123: Holiday Gifts for Runners

Consider using this holiday season as a way to invite someone to become a runner. If to show appreciation or admiration you want to give someone a gift, consider giving them the gift of running by means of some item that is related to our sport. There are many products out there perfect for holiday giving, and they need not be all that expensive or difficult to find. To give someone a gift that encourages them to run, you are showing a special kind of caring through your action…and as we wind down the year, through this holiday season, it is a time for us to share the love, joy and peace of the season; by inviting others to run. Show Links:

Zurlocker@hotmail.com

http://www.motionlingo.com/

http://www.drymaxsports.com/

http://my-skye.com/

http://www.roadrunnersports.com/

Fdip Blog of the week: http://cameronkjack.blogspot.com

The song “Re-Gifting for the Holidays‿ was by “The Alice Project‿ from New York. Check their great music at http://thealiceproject.com

Direct download: Fdip123.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Fdip122: Performance Eating You wouldn’t fill the fuel tank of an airplane with half the fuel needed to land it safely on the ground. You wouldn’t lift off in a spaceship that had a leak in it’s main propulsion rocket, and you certainly wouldn’t fill the gas tank of your car with chocolate pudding if you ever expected to successfully drive our of your parking lot. You need to fuel your body with the correct balance of carbs, fat and protein at a time prior to your race event that benefits your performance without leading you to some destiny with the glycogen wall.
Direct download: Fdip122.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Fdip121: Things to do Before You Die There is just so much to do in this world, so much to experience, and it would be so terribly wrong of us not to do so. As runners, we have an opportunity, every day, to rise above the tedium and experience life to the fullest; and having a list of things to do before you run your last mile is a way to keep yourself focused not on the finish line of your life: but on the joy of your life’s race, while you’re in it.
Direct download: Fdip121.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Fdip119: Results from Beyond the Couch of Doom Over 12 hundred fellow runners ran the second annual Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and Kick the Couch 5K. It was an event that demonstrated the fraternity and fidelity of athletes all over the world, of widely different physical condition and abilities. When we accepted the challenge to run in this event, we accepted the role of becoming a runner. We ran in official events, back country roads, in parks with friends, on military bases, quiet places, and organized races. We ran together though apart, thinking globally yet participating locally, setting an example for those around us who might not understand the significance in running a World Wide event, but will always be invited to join us…on the road. ***WARNING*** this episode ends with an angry, (almost psychotic) rant about accusations made of runners at this years Chicago Marathon.
Direct download: Fdip119.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Fdip118: Cheers from the World Today we run all over the world, at the very same time and encourage each other to push ourselves past our physical limitations. We are living for the moment, and nothing else matters. Each of us has an unstoppable power within us, earned through dedicated training, determination and the friendship of fellow runners near and far. Over a thousand of us will run today across 45 countries, 6 continents and one small blue bubble in a lonely vast, cold and empty universe, but we are not alone: Today we think global, and run local.
Direct download: Fdip118.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Fdip117: The Perfect Pace There is a pace you can run which will get you to the finish line of your race totally spent and with nothing left. There is a pace you are able to run that will have you crossing the finish line knowing that you ran as fast and strong as you possibly could. You need to find that measure of minutes and seconds per mile or kilometer, by testing yourself, reviewing your most recent past performance and making a best guess at what will be your perfect pace.
Direct download: Fdip117.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:08am EST

Fdip116: Where Are We Going? So where are we going when we lace up our shoes? Where are we going when we head out that door? Where are we running, not why or how…but where? There has to be a purpose to all this…and it’s only logical that that purpose is our direction, and that direction has a name, and that name is “Joy‿.
Direct download: Fdip116.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:08am EST

Fdip114: Hard Days You need to incorporate hard workouts into your training program if you’re looking to extend the duration of your runs, and improve the speed at which you compete. Hard runs are the key to your adaptation as a faster, more efficient runner….they are the only way you can achieve your goals on the road. As a runner you need to experience physical stress with the understanding that when it comes getting your miles in: The harder they come, the harder they fall.
Direct download: Fdip114.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Fdip113: Periodization Periodization is a way to incorporate different phases of training through out your athletic life. It’s a system custom fit for you and your running goals, and is a way to remain fresh, focused and motivated throughout the year. You build a base, you prepare for your race, you taper well and you’ll find that on race day, it’s easier to run.
Direct download: Fdip113.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:05am EST

Fdip112: The Mile The human body is a remarkable vessel capable of impressive action, best displayed within the course of running a statute mile. A milerembraces a style of running that demands all of her or his faculties: physically, mentally and spiritually. To watch a mile race is to watch an extreme form of performance art, but it is also to behold the beauty and wonder of the human body, in motion, as it was meant to be: running fast, and hard, moving smoothly with purpose and a searing determination that is a wonder to behold.
Direct download: Fdip112.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Fdip111: Climate Change and the State of the World Wide Course The state of the World Wide Half Marathon race course is in jeopardy if the projected global temperatures increase as they are expected to do. We owe it to our fellow runners, and future generations to use the natural resources of our planet with care, respect and intelligence. Ignorance of the truth is not an option, and it does not matter who or what is to blame for Global Warming: what matters is that we be responsible and take action, today, right now, not later; today, not tomorrow, this very hour.
Direct download: Fdip111.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fdip109: Dr. George Sheehan: This Running Life Dr. Sheehan taught us that this running life sets us apart from the sedentary, but not necessarily above them. There is a runner in all of us, even for those who sit on the “Couch of Doom‿ because the body is willing, but it is our spirit that needs ignition. As runners, we are required to live a life of work, and a life of play, but above all, a life less ordinary.
Direct download: Fdip109.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:32am EST