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Fdip136: Running Legend Kathrine Switzer

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

Show Links: 

http://www.katherineswitzer.com

http://www.spencerusvi.blogspot.com 

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

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

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

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

Intervals135B: Invitation

I have been invited to run the 112th Boston Marathon, and today I’d like to invite you to join me through this goofy little podcast.  In this short format episode of Phedippidations “Intervals‿ I extend to you an invitation to follow my progress on Patriots Day, April 21st, 2008.  Also, I talk about my gratitude for the thoughtful gift of an invitational entry to this race from a good friend and the Massachusetts Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

http://mawg.cap.gov

http://www.bostonmarathon.org

http://groups.google.com/group/fdipgroup

Direct download: Fdip135B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 12:00am 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

Intervals134B: Living with Steve Runner

My name is John.  Today I am going to take to the microphone and, on this special episode of Intervals, give you a sense of what it’s really like to live under the brutal and maniacal dictatorship of my Dad: Steve Runner.

For today I hope to uncover the truth for you: that my father is a warped, twisted old man who refuses to buy me a puppy.  As you listen to this episode, I hope you’ll come to appreciate my plight and do everything you can to rescue me from a life with Steve Runner.

Direct download: Fdip134B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 5:00pm 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

Direct download: Fdip133.mp3
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.
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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

Fdip125: Running Legend Billy Mills

Today I will tell you the story of a great and compassionate warrior from the Oglala Latoka tribe named 'Makata Taka Hela'.  Billy Mills bravely faced loneliness and isolation in his college years, and went on to serve the country he loved in the United States Marines.  He is a warrior for justice, an advocate for the young, and a person of character and honor who respects the earth and speaks on the virtues of understanding across all nations, both those defined by governments, and those identified by their people: over 550 tribes within the continental United States. Billy Mills is not only a Running Legend, he is an American Legend.

Show Links: 

http://www.indianyouth.org www.thefinalsprint.com

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

“As Sure as the Eagle Flies‿ was by Mo Pair from Austin, Texas.  http://www.mopair.com/

“Ewa-shakin-tae‿ was by Joseph G Vincent from British Columbia, Canada http://www.unsigned.com/josephgvincent

Direct download: Fdip125.mp3
Category:Legend -- posted at: 11:31am 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

Intervals 123B: Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and in holidays around the world, we feel compelled to offer thanks for the receipt of our good fortune.  It’s a uniquely human need that we have to offer thanks for the good things which occurred to us in the previous solar orbit.  I’m taking a break from my podcast this week, but wanted to thank you for your thoughts, prayers, kind words of congratulations and encouragement.  Thank you for being a fellow runner and a friend, and thank you for helping me to come ever so closer to reaching my dream.
Direct download: Fdip123B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 11:23am 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.
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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.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:16am EST

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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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‿.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:08am EST

Fdip115: Running Legend Fred Lebow Fred Lebow was a showman and a promoter who was one of the main reasons why distance running and marathons became so popular as the running boom exploded. He transformed the NYC Marathon from a local event in Central Park with 55 finishers to one of the world’s largest running events with over 25,000 finishers running through all five boroughs of New York City. He lived his life to the fullest, against the dangers and odds of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Romania, and although fate handed him a shorten race, with his gall and love of life he turned it into a marathon.
Direct download: Fdip115.mp3
Category:Legend -- posted at: 11:07am 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fdip110: The 2007 Falmouth Road Race For the 35 th  Annual Falmouth Road Race, I’m once again running with my friend Joe.    It’s summertime on Cape Cod, with the promise of an ice cold beer waiting at the finish line, and what better way to share such a delicious frosty beverage than with an old friend.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 10:37am 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.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:32am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:30am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:24am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 6:36am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 6:34am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 6:07am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 6:06am EST

Fdip101: Running Legend: Jesse Owens Jesse Owens represented the United States in the 1936 Olympic Games, held in Berlin.  It was here that he showed the world that human beings are endowed with unalienable rights, as well as incredible talent.  Jesse proved that ethnicity and skin color were meaningless and that all men are truly created equal.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 6:05am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:59am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:58am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 8:39pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

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

Thank you, fellow runners, for all of your kindness.  In this episode of Intervals; I thank many of the people who helped me in small and large ways; I get some last minute advice from John Ellis and a surprise guest who formulated the plan that I followed to prepare for the 111th Boston Marathon; and we talk about the Nor'easter that I'll be running the race in (something I like to think of as a perfect condition rather than a perfect storm).  Have a great Patriots Day everyone!  As you listen to this, I'll be out there: running down a dream!
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

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

Fdip91: Running Legend Joan Benoit Samuelson Joan Benoit Samuelson won the Boston Marathon twice and was the first Olympic Gold Medalist in the Woman’s Marathon.  She is an inspiration not only to women runners, to but all runners who suffer from overuse injuries with hopes of recovery.  She continues to be an amazing athlete, a passionate proponent of children’s charities, and a true legend in every sense of the word.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

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

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

Fdip88: The Acidity of Motion Lactate Thresholds and what they mean.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Fdip85: Running Legend: Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine was a runner, and an artist in motion: all beauty, and passion, fire and guts encased within a body that sought perfection.

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Category:Legend -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Over the past 80 episodes you and I have been running together every week, often in my town of Oxford, Massachusetts, yet I’ve never really described the places that I run through every day.  In this episode of Intervals, my friend Joe goes for a run with us and tries to describe my neighborhood.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:35am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:25am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:24am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Fdip72: Running Legend Jim Fixx Jim Fixx was the guru of running, he was the one who told the world about the benefits of our sport, and even in his death: he taught us to remember the heart: both for it’s biomechanical wonder and frailty, and the romantic property we bestow upon it with our love for life.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 11:10am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:02am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:01am EST

In this short format show we go back to Virginia, to meet up with my friend Joe after our successful running of the 31st Marine Corps Marathon, I also introduce you to a few other PodCasts which you’ll want to check out, and I read some race reports and emails from fellow runners.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 10:49am EST

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

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:48am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fdip66: The 1st Annual Fdip WWHalf Challenge

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

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

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Category:Race -- posted at: 10:36am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:24am EST

Fdip63: Running Legend Bill Bowerman Bill Bowerman was one of the greatest track coaches of all time, who coached some of the greatest runners of all time.  He was also co-founder of a famous running shoe company and inventor of the modern day running shoe.  This week, we look back on his life and his contribution to the sport of running.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 10:15am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:14am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:10am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:08am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:02am EST

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

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Fdip56: Running Legend Eric Liddell Eric Liddell believed that everything he did should give God pleasure. As a runner he was the fastest and had achieved the highest glory, and as a religious man he found that his greatest strength came from God.  In this weeks episode we look back on the life of a Scottish hero whose missionary work in China outshined his unlikely success in the Olympic games. We’’ll also hear from Mal reporting from the war zone in Northern Israel.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 9:49am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:48am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:47am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:46am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:45am EST

Intervals 51B: Independence from Mainstream Media As part of a collaboration with photographers, bloggers, podcasters and vloggers, July 4th is a day to declare our independence from mainstream media.  In this episode of Intervals, I play three “PodSafe‿ songs that you’ll probably not hear on the radio.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 9:44am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:43am EST

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

Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:41am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:40am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:23am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:14am EST

Fdip46: Running Legend: Terry Fox Terry Fox was a true runner in every sense of the word.  In this episode I tell you the story of this Canadian hero who faced a life threatening disease with courage and defiance; and taught us all how to live our lives to the fullest.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 9:11am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:10am EST