Phedippidations

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Fdip200: A Goofy Little PodCast

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

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

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

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

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

- Steve

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

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Fdip199: Producing Phedippidations

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

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


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

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Fdip198: Walking – by Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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

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Fdip197: The Second Question and Answer Show

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

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

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Fdip196: Acclimatization and Performance

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

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

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

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

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Fdip195: The Bunion Derby

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

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

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

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Fdip194: Athletic Arthritic?

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

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

Run long and taper!

- Steve

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

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Fdip193: Running with Ear Candy

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

“Veni, Vidi, Vici”

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

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Fdip192: Theseus’s Paradox and Other Thoughts

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

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

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

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


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

Direct download: Fdip192.mp3
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Fdip191: Me Heart Takes a Beating

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct download: Fdip191.mp3
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