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Fdip157: The Third Annual World Wide Festival of Races

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Race -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip156: Cheers from a Little Blue Bubble

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

-- Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 and 13.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perspective might be the key to that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:35am EST

Fdip154: Running Legend: Sir Roger Bannister

It was once thought to be impossible for any human being to run the distance of a single mile in less than four minutes.  Roger Bannister knew that if he focused on the task, if he used both his medical knowledge and physical abilities in a good and effective training program he could break the four minute barrier, and accomplish the impossible.  This is his story.

Show Links:
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
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Fdip featured blog of the week: http://arizonarock-n-rollmarathontraining.blogspot.com
The song “Impossible” was by Luthea Salom.  http://www.lutheasalom.com

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Category:Legend -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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
PLEASE SEND IN YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR FDIP156
Audio Messages needed by no later than October 6th.
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

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:32am EST

RRT01: Some Time with the Good Doctor

This is episode one of a new podcast, created and presented by fellow runners around the world.

The Runners Round Table!

http://www.runnersroundtable.com

Episode 1 - Join us at the table as we share some time with our good friend Dr. Monte from the great podcast, Fitness Rocks. He shares insight he gained from an interview with Dr. Eliza Chakravarty of Stanford Medical School about how exercise (namely running) can play a major role in reducing your disability and even morbidity as you get older. Amazing stuff. Also we discuss the new developments on The Worldwide Festival of Races and a little company called Nike who is staging a vaguely similar event in 2 weeks called The Human Race 10K. We also mention our dear friend Kevin of The Extra Mile Podcast - and his call for submissions. So get out there folks and record your training for all to share and send it along...

Thanks for joining us for this live show and remember there's always an open chair waiting for you at the table.

Direct download: RRT01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14pm EST