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Part 2 of a 3 part series on Global Climate Change.

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This is part 1 of a 3 part series on the topic of Global Warming.

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Anhedonia is a symptom of depression...and it's a pretty rotten symptom, but like most things in this life, it can be overcome.  If you ever find yourself suffering from a loss of passion: don’t give up.  Talk to your doctor and get help.

It’s never to late to live your life to the top.

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A run through downtown Indianapolis.

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Here’s the problem with almost all of the processed foods that are available to us today:

They’re convenient, easy to prepare if preparation is even necessary, they’re easily accessible, inexpensive, and uber-laden with multiple forms of sugar, salt and fat.  Today’s highly processed foods are easy to get calories from without alot of chewing…most processed food melts in your mouth and proceed without delay down your gullet.

I'm not telling you what to eat, I'm just saying to think about it....there's no conspiracy here but food corporations want you to over eat everything they make....that's just good business on their part, but it takes wisdom to purchase and consume what can only be called "real food".

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This is the second of a two part episode. Listen.


Back in February of 2015, on episode 324 of Phedippidations, I revealed to you the measure of my health, listing the vital clinical statistics of my internal and external physical and mental condition including: how active I was, how well I slept, how good my mood was, how much energy I had, and: “the overall quality of my life experience”.


I told you back then, that we’d revisit this personal health information in September…but due to a scheduling conflict with my Primary Care Physician, I had to push this back until today.


I told you at the time, that life is not predictable, but that I did hope for a return to where I once belonged.


Well, I’ve learned a few things this year: about myself, about my relationship with running and especially quite a bit about the pursuit and attainment of happiness. 


That said, I have arrived.

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We celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States this time each year, so this episode is dedicated to the concept of being thankful.

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And now it’s October: we’re more than 80% through the end of the year "getting back to where we once belonged”, and for me…I’ve come upon a bit of a road block.


To best understand this road block, we have to talk about the philosophy of Nietzsche…and I know, I know…I said I wasn’t going to talk about philosophy on Phedippidations…but there’s just no other way, and I promise you that this is related to running.


In order to understand the nature of this “road block”, we have to spend some time talking about Friedrich, since to a great extent it’s because of him that I’ve come to this. 


I told you at the start that this year’s journey might not end so well…and there’s still plenty of time to finish strong, but getting past this point is proving to be…well, difficult at best, impossible at worst.  I’ve reached The Wall.




Both opening and closing themes songs were by Jim Fidler at

“The Curra Road” was composed by Ger Wolfe at


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Deborah, Michael, David, Mary, Cheryl, Vance, Gordon, Scott, Roberto, Mark, Terence, Evelyn, Al, Brad, Joerg, Martha, Jill, Rob, Jim, Wendee, Tom, Katie, Joseph, Tony, Richard, Vera, Robert, Dino, Louis, William, Christiane, Erik, Trey, Margaret, Martin, James, Doug and Russ


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I’m humbled.  What can I say?  I’m totally humbled here, reeling in fact from the kind words from so many friends and fellow runners, people whom I admire a great deal.


I’ll be honest with you…I’ve always been honest with you (for better or worse) …I’m not someone who thinks very highly of myself…and so, what you’re about to hear are some really special people saying some very incredible things about..well…me.


I’m not sure that I deserve the kindness, but you must…I beg you, you MUST understand how much I appreciate the kind words.


Ten years.  I really don’t have alot to say about the 10th anniversary of this podcast.  I’m happy about it; I’m glad that I’m still producing the show, and I’m very honored to have run with you for the last full decade of my life.


Obviously this show and I have changed quite alot since July 4th of 2005 and there's quite alot that you can say about change.  It's scary, it's sometimes sad, sometimes amazing, it's ongoing and ever constant. 


Heraclitus of Ephesus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher born in 535 BC said it best when he wrote “There is nothing permanent except change.”


One of the biggest changes with respect to this podcast isn’t so much the audio quality, format or content…it’s me.  Here’s something that I’ve learned after 10 years of podcasting: Although there is pain in life, I am NOT a man of constant sorrow.  I have NOT seen trouble all of my days.


I’ve seen injury, illness, tragedy and betrayal…yes, that’s true…but most of the past 3,652 days have been good days, most of the past 10 years have been filled with good times, amazing friends and pure joy. Life is pain, but it’s also beautiful. It’s easy to focus on the sorrow, but I take comfort in knowing that it isn’t constant. 


“The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”


That was a quote from the character “The Stranger” played by Sam Elliot from the cult classic movie “The Big Lebowski”.


What does that have to do with 10 years of podcasting, I suppose you’re asking.  It’s a good question, worthy of a good answer: which is this: 


I, like the Dude…abide.  As I get older…as WE get older, our bodies will slowly loose the “vim and vigor” of our youth…but that doesn’t mean we have to go, as Dylan Thomas writes “gentle into that good night”.  Old age shouild burn and rave at close of day, rage, rage against the dying of the light.


This dude, this runner abides. I abide the lessons of these past ten years, of physical exhaustion, emotional tragedy, crushing defeat and betrayal.  I abide the love, joy and peace of living my life to the top. I abide and savor, like a fine Argentinian Malbec, or a classic Cotes du Rhone the friendships I've made thanks to this goofy little podcast.


Thank you Adam for reminding me that I'm better than I feel, and that no man is a failure who has friends.


Thank you, very much, for running with me fellow runners.


The dude abides.


Thank you Adam, Eddie, Jeff, Derek, Chris, Susan, Margaret, Peter, Donna, Norn, Kevin, Christina, Carlos, Tim, Neil and Jim.










Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 


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The song “Man of Constant Sorrow” was by Rod Stewart.


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ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT: Phedippidations is supported monthly through the kind financial support of fellow runners who clicked on the ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT button at to subscribe to Amazon Payments or Paypal to send me a dollar a month for my podcasting efforts.   


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