Phedippidations

The Longest "Running" Podcast in the Universe.

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Fdip108:Running Without the Hurt We all understand the concept behind the phrase “no pain, no gain‿. As runners, we can accept some level of aches and injuries for our efforts on the road; but we must not invite pain as an expected and acceptable consequence for hard training…we must prepare our bodies for the pressure and force that we’ll put upon it by taking preventative measures that will help us to run without the hurt.
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Fdip107: The Joy of Junk Miles Junk miles and recovery runs are important elements of a good training program as they can help you run faster and longer. They allow you to enjoy slow easy runs while your body is healing from the stress forced upon it in the hours before you hit the road and they allow you to reach some whole number goal of daily or weekly mileage to appease the guilt you might carry for running below a self made threshold of distance that you consider significant and a source of pride.
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Fdip106: Run Walking As runners, our intent in a race is to meet and exceed our goals by moving as fast as possible towards the finish…but while the motion of running is always going to be our primary method of locomotion, you should not ignore the benefits of incorporating walk breaks as a means towards finishing fast and strong, as well as to ensure a faster recovery.
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Fdip105: Running Over Fifty When you get to an age where the world tells you that you’re quote “old‿, when society begins to classify you as a “senior‿ and treats you with the respect that the elderly deserve: don’t reject the kindness or attention; but neither should you “act your age‿. If you are a runner, training and taking part in a road races: then you are NOT old.
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Fdip104: Run, Blog and Share You owe it to yourself, and to the rest of the running community, to start writing a blog, or producing a podcast. Write about your thoughts, your opinions and share your rambling diatribes…because at some point you’re going to write or record something that will touch another fellow runner, somewhere in this world, in such as way that it will have an important and positive influence in their life.
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Fdip103: Running Around the World This year, the Phedippidations World Wide Half marathon will take place on the third planet from the sun, 26,000 light-years from the galactic center.  It’s a tiny blue bubble of life swarming with fellow runners who will be thinking of this global community while running on their local portion of the planet.  As we travel around the globe, or look to imagine those places where our fellow runners take to the roads and paths, we should consider that at only 25,000 miles in circumference the Earth really is a small, small world.
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Fdip102: Repulsively Running The embarrassing things that can happen to our bodies may not be a good topic of conversation at a dinner party, but they are all a part of our human condition, and need to be understood and dealt with as we push ourselves past our physical limits, on the road.
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Fdip100: Thoughts Let’s talk about what Phedippidations is, what I believe in, whether I am delusional, what running means to me, and what this podcast means to me.  These are the thoughts that go through my head during a long run in the back country roads where these Phedippidations are born. Thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes are all composed while we’re out on these long distance runs across the planets surface.
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Fdip99: Marathon Fueling You need to experiment with what you use to fuel yourself before, during and after a marathon.  It is as important as stretching, and following your training schedule as you prepare your body for the miles you have before you.
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Fdip98: Running Etiquette These rules of running etiquette are common sense items that most runners follow without much thought.  They can all fit under the single heading of “being respectful of our fellow runners‿ whether we’re out training, in a race, or just getting a few miles in with friends.  It really comes down to that ol’ phrase “Do unto others as you as you would have done unto you‿.
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Fdip97: Monitoring of the Heart Monitoring the rate at which your heart pumps blood around your body is one way to measure your cardiac fitness, but having a feel for your body’s perceived exertion is just as important.  A heart rate monitor device may give you some useful information you can use to help improve your running performance.
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Fdip96: Recipe for a Distance Runner Just as it is with any recipe, the one that will comprise your existence as a distance runner will be varied and unique. But just as you require eggs for an omelet, flour for cake and potatoes for making French fries…you will have basic ingredients required of you as you re-create yourself into an endurance athlete.
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Fdip95: First Marathons

The stories about a runner’s first marathon are filled with emotion,well deserved pride, and a sense of satisfied accomplishment.  You will hear  how they set themselves a seemingly impossible goal that,through hard work, persistence, and an indomitable spirit they were able to achieve.  These are changed people who have come to understand that nothing is impossible if they have the desire and dedication to run, quite literally, towards their goal.

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Fdip94: More Memories of Boston There are 20,348 stories, from 20,348 runners who ran the 111th Boston Marathon this year, and each one is special, unique, inspirational, entertaining, and worthy of your interest.  In this episode we hear from a few of our fellow runners, who ran 26.2 miles in a New England Nor’Easter.
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Fdip89: A Pain in the Knee This episode is all about the knees...runners knee is the most common runners injury. In Fdip#89 we talk about how it happens and what to do about it.
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Fdip88: The Acidity of Motion Lactate Thresholds and what they mean.
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Fdip87: Children Running Should our children run road races and marathons? Is it safe? Is it even a good idea to let our kids join us on the road?
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Fdip86: C25K Non-runners need a goal to slowly move them off the couch onto the road to the point where they can carry their bodies a mere 196,850 inches from a starting line to a finish line. This is the C25k running plan.
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Fdip84: Sympathy for our Spouses You have to have respect and be considerate when you’re in a relationship with a significant other….but most of all, you have to be sympathetic to their needs, and mindful of the way they’ll feel when you’re out on the road.
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Fdip83: Better Sounds to Run With Thanks to new media and portable technology and the technological advances made in the last decade, you can take to the roads and listen to whatever YOU want to listen to, and if you learn something new along the way, you can tell your friends that you heard it on a podcast.
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Fdip82: The Stigma of Steroids Runners have a gift.  To enhance our performance with anabolic steroids and muscle-building drugs is to deny that gift.  If you pollute your body with steroids you are cheating, and become a fraud.  Steroid abusers can never enjoy the pride of personal, natural achievement in athletics.
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Fdip81: Race Directing A race director is part event organizer, part manager, part orchestra leader and part head chef.  In this episode I talk about some of the things a race director will need to think about to conduct a successful race, and I take a run through the Las Vegas Strip, where nothing is real, but at least everything is pretentious!
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Fdip80: Dr. George Sheehan: Running and Being Dr. George Sheehan returned to the road at the age of 45 to become “fully functional‿ as a good animal. His book, “Running and Being‿ became a philosophical bible for runners around the world.  In it, he taught us that this is our moment to live, and that we should not let life pass us by: we must run and be in order to know the total experience.
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Fdip79: Heading for the Hills If you can incorporate hill training into your training program, you will gain a competitive edge with those whom you race against on the road.  You will gain strength and be more comfortable and confident as you meet the challenge and reach the top of the hill.
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Fdip78: Charity Running Charity is one way to give back to the world around you.  By finding a noble purpose to your running, you will have lived a good and honorable life that will inspire others to behave as you, and that, in the end may be your most charitable gift of all.
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Fdip77: In Review of Our Last Solar Orbit In this episode we look back on some of the possibly more amusing moments of this PodCast. In a year of sad and bad news, war and disasters: it’s important to remember that it was a year worth living, and hoping that the next one is an improvement over the last. Happy New Year!
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Fdip76: The Moderate-Consistent Marathon Plan

I’m following a new marathon training plan for my Spring race.  It’s no longer about just getting the miles in.  It’s about learning what marathon pace feels like, and teaching my body to achieve that speed through moderate distances on a consistent basis.

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Fdip75: The Burnt-Out Syndrome It happens to the best of us, the Burnt Out Syndrome is a very real thing, and it’s important to listen to your body as well as your spirit to detect the symptoms…because if you push too hard or run a mile too far, you’re going to snap.
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Fdip74: Even More Gadgets and Gizmos The tradition of gift giving during the holidays has become part of our culture, so in advent of the day we present an independent review of a few items that your fellow runners might hope to receive should some fat man in a gaudy suit shimmy down your chimney bearing even more gadgets and gizmos.
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Fdip73: Argumentum Adversus Integritas Curriculum There are those who believe that middle of the pack runners should never be allowed to run a marathon.  Twice a year, so called journalists and essayists embark on a controversial attempt to discredit our fellow runners, and ridicule our efforts on the road.  In this episode, we dissect one such attempt from a writer “wanna-be‿ and give him a piece of his own medicine.
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Fdip71: The Cost of Running Increased longevity, a better quality of life, a more profound sense of self satisfaction and personal fulfillment are all yours for the cost of a pair of running shoes, some time to train and the energy to move your self across the planet. This is the cost of running, and the benefits are endless.
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Fdip70: Exercise Addiction There is a popular misconception that runners are afflicted with a compulsive physiological and psychological disorder.  It is said that some runners are addicted to exercise. In this episode we look into some of the research surrounding this, and search for the truth about exercise addiction.
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Fdip68: Bravery It takes true courage to take that first step and become a runner, it takes a promise to oneself that you will abandon the comfort of a stationary life and accept the long hours and miles, sweat, pain and sinusoidal discouragement and joy that your new life, as a runner will bring you.  It takes dedication, perseverance, and above all: bravery.
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Fdip67: Results From Around the World Wide Half 578 runners registered for the 1st World Wide Half, and 49% recorded a finishing time.  Of all the things you earn in running a road race, your finishing time is the most important evidence of your performance. Aside from the satisfaction of having taken part in something special like a World Wide Half Marathon you have an official time to call your own.
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Fdip65: Shouts of Encouragement With over 470 runners in 23 different countries, many of whom have never run a half marathon before, this episode celebrates life through the simple act of running.  Produced to inspire, support, encourage and comfort: this special edition of Phedippidations will help all of us who are running this and other races as we “Think Global, Run Local‿.
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Fdip64: Race Day Strategies Your pre-race strategy doesn’t end when you cross the starting line, but when you cross the finish line and beyond.  You need to experiment with your own unique race strategy to find one that works best for you.
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Fdip62: Mental Training In this episode we look into the techniques needed to train the mind for the psychological challenges of running.  We need to be prepared for those running events that are difficult to imagine, and troublesome to contemplate. You have the power to overcome any lack of confidence you may currently harbor, and in this episode of a goofy little podcast we’ll talk about ways that you can overcome your minds propensity to panic on the road.
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Fdip61: Running Around Town Get to know the places where you run. Understand and appreciate the history, art and nature of the places that you run through and upon.  You owe it to yourself to hear that story, as an added benefit to your ability to run fast through and upon that land, while running on the open road.
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Fdip60: Predicting Performance Here in New England, if you don’t like the weather: wait 10 minutes and it’ll change for the better or worse.  Predicting your finishing time in a half or full marathon is a more scientific venture based on a variety of different formulas all of which attempt to help you set your race goals and give you something to laugh at as you run past the limits set by fuzzy math.
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Fdip59: Those Who Support Us There are people in your life who in a major or minor way support, enable and encourage you to take your body through the pains of training to the glory of race day; and we owe these people our deepest gratitude.  In this episode we talk about our support team, friends and family who enable us to reach our personal best through running.
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Fdip57: On the Surface From the shores of Wells Beach in Southern Maine, this week I run a twelve miler on the sand and talk about running surfaces.  One of the great things about our sport is that you can run on just about any surface, anywhere in the world. But not all surfaces are created equal.
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Fdip55: The Maine Woods of Thoreau As runners, we need to experience the peace and tranquility of quiet places, if only to refresh our commitment to the Henry David Thoreauian ideals that made us runners in the first place.  This week I paddle up the Allagash with my son, father and nephew on an adventure that is as fulfilling as a marathon road race.
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Fdip54: Cross Training for Runners In this episode we talk about cross training, and tell you what some of the experts say about the best exercises to perform as a means to complement the running that you do.
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Fdip53: The Perils of Overtraining In this episode we look into the problems of overtraining, and try to consider listening to our barking bodies.  I re-enact a meeting I had with my sports doctor several years ago, and you’ll hear me at batting practice and at a Worcester Tornadoes ballgame where my son and I cheer until our throats are raw!
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Fdip52: Forgive us our Trespasses You should be able to approach your run each day with the ability to forgive yourself for the way you’ve eaten, your lack of sleep, or laziness in the previous days.
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Fdip51: A Life of Passion We need to encourage those who face life with sadness and emptiness to fill their lives with a passion for something, anything, and everything.  Don’t let someone you know live a life without purpose or passion: One way to help them might be to inspire them to run.
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Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

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Fdip49: Hot Weather Running The earth is 93 million miles from the sun, but humans are fragile creatures and if you’re pushing your body up to and past it’s operational limits during a long run, you need to defend yourself from the solar radiation that might turn your distance long run into a life threatening crawl.
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Fdip48: Becoming a Good Animal The phrase: “To become a good animal‿ means to be the creature you were meant to be.  As a runner, you are obligated to first be a good animal, before you can become a good human being.
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Fdip47: Vitamin Vitality In this episode I tell you about the thirteen essential vitamins that human beings require for good health.  I also discuss a study that links antioxidents to a decrease in muscle damage after a marathon.
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Fdip45: The Kindness of Runners In this episode I talk about the kindness of runners, and make the case that through their example the world is at least a slightly better place.
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Fdip44: The Need for Speed In this episode we discuss all things aerobic and the methods by which you can train your body to move faster across the planet.
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Fdip43: Marathon Recovery In this episode we talk about marathon and race recovery, we talk about what you should and shouldn’t do in the minutes, hours and weeks following your target race.
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Fdip42: Memories of Boston What happens in Boston, stays in Boston…but you carry the memories with you.  In this episode we talk about some of the things we couldn’t fit into the previous show.
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Fdip37: Stretching for Prevention The majority of experts agree that you should stretch, but should do so consistently and rarely before a long run.
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Fdip35: W/O Volunteers There Would be Darkness and Chaos In this episode I talk about the importance of race volunteers, Terry from Knoxville interviews the volunteer coordinator for KTC and I come across something strange on my 18 mile run.
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Fdip34: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner In this episode we talk about being alone on the open road, and how running can be the cure to true loneliness.
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Fdip33: The Marathon Mystique There is a mystique to the marathon that by it’s very name leaves an impression to those around you, and inspires others to follow in your footsteps.  In this episode seek to answer the question “Why do so many runners chose to run a marathon?
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Fdip32: The Form of a Runner In this episode I talk about something called “running form‿ which is simply the way that you should move your body during the motion of running.  It’s not enough to go out and “just run the way you feel‿, you need to train yourself to run efficiently, in a way that’s fluid and relaxed.
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Fdip31: Running Safety In this episode we list safety tips for when you’re out running on the roads.  We make the point that, compared to the mass of an automobile, runners are “small squishy things on legs‿ that need to take measures to ensure their own safety.
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Fdip30: Running High with Endorphins What is the “Runners High‿, and is it real or imagined?  In this episode we investigate the truth and fiction behind this “feel good‿ phenomenon.
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Fdip28: Running Rituals However you approach your training runs or road races, you’ll find comfort in finding a ritual: a method of psyching yourself up to the task ahead of you.  As you develop a familiar routine, you’ll feel more relaxed and at ease before you run.
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Fdip27: Mind Games Focus, concentration, internal conversation, planning and visualization are all key elements to a successful mind game in pushing your body past the limits of your own belief. 
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Fdip26: Programs and Plans

In this episode I talk about the basics of most training programs, and discuss items such as the maximum weekly distance you should run each week, the number of weeks you should train, and the length of your longest “long run‿.

You need to determine the best training schedule for yourself that will help you meet and surpass your own goals.  For some of you, just finishing a race of any distance will be a satisfying achievement.

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Fdip25: Revolutions and Resolutions Those New Year resolutions we make for ourselves should be balanced with a promise of altruism. Use the occasion of this new year to help change the world for the better, both for yourself and for others.
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Fdip24: Despite the Scorn of Others. Runners are both patient and understanding.  We’ve found something to improve the quality of our lives and should make some effort to save the non-runners from themselves.  We should not be afraid to be laughed at or ridiculed, if we can save another human being from the fate of inert uniformity.
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Fdip23: Cold Weather Running. It’s important to dress warm and in layers.  The fabric available on the market today is on par with the most advanced space suits constructed by NASA.
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Fdip22: Gadgets and Gizmos. Since it’s the season to be jolly and all that, I list four gadgets that a geekoid runner like myself would love to receive during the Holidays, or any time of the year that you’re in the mood to give.
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Fdip21: Eating on the Run. I discuss eating for runners, and go through the basics that your Mom probably gave you as you were growing up.  I mention some “fad‿ diets, and talk about an interesting study in the Britich Medical Journal that justifies a daily consumption of wine and chocolate! (How cool is that?!)
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Fdip19: Rambling Diatribes

Diatribe – a noun meaning a bitter, abusive denunciation.  From the Latin “diatribe‿ meaning learned discourse and the Greek “Diatribee‿ which itself is derived from the word “diatribeen‿ made up of the prefix “dia‿ meaning completely and Tribeen‿ meaning to run.

This PodCast includes what I can only consider to be “rambling diatribes‿ when I’m out here running along the back roads of Central Massachusetts.  My use of the term is intended to explain the gloppy streams of consciousness that dribbles out of my head while I’m out here running in an oxygen deprived state.

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Fdip18: The Marathon Blues Each of us needs to find a way to fill the void, to recapture that incredible feeling we had when we were climbing that Mt. Everest of running events.  The experience of the Marathon Blues is common, and the cure is as easy as lacing up your running shoes.
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Fdip16: Run Long and Taper Too short of a taper period will leave you tired on race day, too long of a taper will leave you unprepared physically.  In this episode I cover the basics about “tapering‿ as documented from the experts, and I confess to my own failures at properly preparing in the days before most of my marathons.
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According to section 2.00 of the Major League Baseball rule book: A runner is an offensive player who is advancing toward, touching, or returning to any base.‿  In this episode we discuss the "Runner verses Jogger" debate.
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The human brain is a fascinating organ, and while few completely understand its true operation; some of its properties can be found in the way that it retains such high resolution memories from observations made during extreme physical exertion.
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Of the many ways that we can prepare our bodies and minds for the act of running a road race, it’s the long slow run that is most effective, both physiologically and psychologically.  Your body needs to change: BOTH muscularly and metabolically.

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There’s an interesting behavioral quirk that many runners nurse and foster over the years, myself included.  We develop this need to seek acceptable answers to our medical questions which meet our demanding requirements, rather than submit to the expertise of our own assigned doctors.

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