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Fdip190: A Longer Life with Purpose

As simple and exhausting as it sounds: running can be your purpose in life; and if you’re already a runner as I suspect you are: then running can be a purpose you can give to others, by asking them to join us: by making this sport a game, by thinking of it as play and by embracing a lifestyle that helps you to improve the duration and quality of your life.

It’s short fellow runners, this life of ours is far too short…but it should be long enough; and when you find yourself with a purpose to live it, you’ll have savored each experience: you’ll have lived your life to the top, and you’ll have achieved the satisfaction of knowing that your life is not ruled by the random and chaos: your life has meaning, and above all your life has purpose.

Show Links:
http://the22miler.blogspot.com/
http://www.irunformylife.blogspot.com/
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=156947&supid=183491774
http://www.challengedathletes.org/
The song “Buying Time” was by Great Big Sea http://greatbigsea.com

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

Fdip189: The Other Newton’s Laws

They called him Arthur “Greatheart” Newton.  He had been a runner in his twenties, but gave it up after a time, taking to the road again 12 years later when, at the age of 38, he ran his first Comrades Marathon.  His contribution to distance running is great in that he chose to use common sense to guide his training methods, rather than formulas found in books on the subject of running.  Dr. Tim Noakes, in his book “Lore of Running” outlines 9 of his principles of training that helped to guide Newton’s success in our sport, and revolutionized the way that coaches trained their athletes

Show Links:
http://wyotri.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.seegirlrun.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Run Vegan Run
The song “Ghost In Your Mind” was by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

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Fdip188: John Michaels Puppy

This is one of those strange podcast episodes that merges a little of my personal life (you’ll hear us picking up our new Dog Indiana and bringing him home) along with some practical tips about exercising your dog and this history of the beagle.

It goes without saying that I have a lot to learn about dogs; and puppies specifically.  While my wife has always owned a dog, growing up: this experience is new to the rest of us in my household. Will I make mistakes: count on it: he’ll end up chewing all my running shoes, leaving squishy wet mementoes as he marks his territory around the house: both inside and out and will undoubtedly follow me around the house as I try to get some work done with the less than few hours that he’ll allow me to sleep, which might beg the question: is this all worth it?

It is worth it to share your day with a creature who loves you unconditionally with all his heart, it is worth it to welcome into your home a being who constantly reminds you that it’s not the stress of life and work that is important it’s play: PLAY is all that really matters, and play is the most important thing we’ll do today and every day.  Is it worth it to suffer the weariness of sleep deprivation, the indignation of having to take a puppy out to pee at 2 in the morning, the incontinence of veterinary visits thousands on food, care, crates, accessories and medication?  Is it worth it to have what was starting to be a fairly comfortable life of leisure usurped by an animal that demands attention while giving devotion?

Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Show Links:
http://twitter.com/bladerun
http://www.hockomockswamp.com
http://runningthenarrowpath.blogspot.com
CONGRATULATIONS!: http://itsarunningthing.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://lifeisagift-run.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: A Mile with Me
The song “Talkin’ Bout My Dogs” was by Boo Boo Davis http://www.booboodavis.com

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

Fdip187: The Running Evolution

In this episode I present for you the major findings of Professor Daniel Lieberman of the Biological Anthropology department at Harvard University and Professor Dennis Bramble from the University of Utah in their 2004 paper published in the journal Nature titled “Endurance running and the evolution of Homo”.  In this paper, they make the powerful case that “The fossil evidence suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo, originating about 2 million years ago, and may have been instrumental in the evolution of the human body form.

We are by our very nature: endurance runners, meant to run for long distances. The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive: you and I were born to run.

Show Links:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-11/uou-hrm111204.php
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~skeleton/pdfs/2004e.pdf
http://www.smh.com.au/national/dead-babys-parents-ignored-advice-qc-20090504-asmt.html?page=1
http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html
http://ihatetheapft.com/
http://www.runningbebe.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://yumkerun.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Fifty Counting Down
The song “Evolution Rocks” was by Overman http://www.overman.info

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Fdip186: A Life of Present Defense

A runner lives for the moment, and can rise to call of her or his own character to do what we know we have to do, for our bodies, for our training, for the promise we made to ourselves some time ago.  We will have bad days, we will be haunted by the memories of a 4:01:31 finish in Philadelphia back in November of 2007, and we’ll look to our next marathons where we dream of running a sub four…but still, on those icy, rainy, blisteringly hot and humid days when work was a nightmare and everyone wants to carve a little chunk out of us...we find ourselves lacing up our shoes and living the life of a runner: a life nothing short: of present defense.

Show Links:
http://www.redhairedgirl.com
http://www.yarnharlot.ca
http://sjtony.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://longrunblog.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Lagan Runner Podcast
The song “The Life I Am Trying to Find” was by Adam and the Walter Boys http://www.myspace.com/adamandthewalterboys

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

Fdip185: The Run-Net Community

Ours is a social network of fellow runners who are using new media and the power of what has become known as Web 2.0 – a second generation of web development and design that facilitates communication, collaboration and above all: sharing of thoughts, opinions, observations and yes, even rambling diatribes.

There’s this question that philosophers and scientists, artists, writers and dreamers have asked for many centuries when they looked above into the heavens.  That question is this: ARE WE ALONE?

The question is intended to inquire about the validity of the Drake equation and the possibility of intelligent life, or any life on worlds other than our own.  It’s a question that, in it’s asking, evokes a sense of loneliness, as if we are adrift on a tiny blue bubble in space, far from communities in distant galaxies.  If I had to guess, I’d say that there is life out there, and very likely intelligent life of some kind: I just don’t think our world and even the life that swarms upon it is entirely unique and special.  If life got started here, it has to have started elsewhere, that’s just good science in search of good evidence.

But the notion that we are alone?  That’s just silly, because as long as we have each other…as long as there are ways for us to experience a community together: no matter where on the tiny blue bubble we stand, we cannot and will not be alone.  That’s more than just good science and logical reasoning: that’s a functioning reality based on many lines of evidence, not the least of which is found in the obvious fact that you’re listening to me right now on a podcast called Phedippidations, and many of us are running, together.

Show Links:
http://completerunning.com
http://runningfromthereaper.com
http://www.runningpodcasts.org
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.runnersroundtable.com
http://www.drusy.blogspot.com
http://www.buckeyeoutdoors.com
http://gowagon.com
www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
www.runcast.tv
http://www.racewithpurpose.org
http://www.planet3rry.com
http://unholylandnews.blogspot.com
http://point1of1percent.blogspot.com
http://the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://catholiccitywithzina.blogspot.com
www.rundervrun.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://copiaverborum.wordpress.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Lagan Runner Podcast
The song “Foot in Your Door” was by Geoff Smith at http://thegeoffsmith.com

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

Fdip184: The 113th Boston Marathon

In this episode I will be completely honest and open up a little to tell you some things I’ve not previously revealed about me, and will run the 113th Boston Marathon with you.  A marathon is a very open, public and sincere physical event that puts you out there: for better or worse, revealing all of your weaknesses, as well as physical and mental pressure points.  A marathon forces you to face yourself in a very public and very introspective way.

I wasn’t supposed to run this race, and when I was a child the kids on the playground who once laughed at me when I dropped the ball said that I could never do such a thing.  But today, I’m running a marathon…an event that is as much an analogy for life as anything you could cover in 26.2 miles.  It correlates perfectly mile after mile for every period of your life, from cradle to grave: and it gives you the opportunity to do something special, amazing, inspirational and impressive.

Show Links:
http://www.bostonmarathon.org
http://www.teampointtwo.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
The song “Curra Road” was by Ger Wolfe http://www.gerwolfe.com
The song “I’m Shipping up to Boston” was by The Dropkick Murphy’s http://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Direct download: Fdip184.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip183: Boston = The Worlds Greatest Marathon I do not make my case here with an elitist attitude.  I make my case with sound facts which, from my perspective, lends evidence to the fact that the Boston Marathon is, without a doubt and lacking hesitation from my lips to your ears: THE WORLDS GREATEST MARATHON.
I made a statement on this podcast, three years or so ago regarding why it is that I’m a runner.  Many reasons come to mind; but the one that always rises first and foremost in my thinking might not be one that others would expect from a soon to be twenty-time marathoner: I run because I love pizza and with Boston’s North End of wonderful Italian neighborhoods, from which my family is descended, I run towards Boston with the hope that there’s a slice waiting for me at the end.
Show Links:
www.americasbestonline.net/marathon.html
http://www.bostonmarathon.org
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://keepmovingkate.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Adam 20
The song “Pizza Day” was by Jonathan Coulton http://www.jonathancoulton.com
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 9:28pm EST

Fdip182: Running Legend: Jacqueline Gareau

There’s something special that marks an elite athlete as a true running legend.  It’s more than just their athletic appearance, their healthy bodies and the way they carry themselves when they enter a room. A running legend is someone who has a very humble confidence.  Their eyes, voices and motions speak of having worked harder than most of us could ever imagine to reach a brief moment in their lives where they understood that they were experiencing something that only the very dedicated and passionate person could ever hope to experience.  They are living examples of what we could be as good animals and good human beings.

Jacqueline Gareau is a running legend because she had that moment of glory stolen from her; but in her heart she knew what she had done that day.  Her running is her art, and she showed us on a Spring day in Boston the a true champion celebrates victory in her heart, holds nothing back, and forgives silly transgressions…and when it came to her sport, Jacqueline Gareau made running seem effortless.

Show Links:
http://www.davidblaikie.com/david_blaikie/boston/baa_1980.htm
http://michiganrunner.tv
http://www.runningpodcasts.org/
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://theextramilepodcast.com
Program your phone for The Extra Mile: (513)-397-0525
http://www.cff.org
http://www.prolifedallas.org
http://rawendurance.blogspot.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://edmundy.blogspot.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Runway
The song “Effortless” was by Allison Crowe. http://www.allisoncrowe.com

Direct download: Fdip182.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fdip181: The 2009 State of the Course

Two key messages about the Boston Marathon Course:

Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, Boston.
Head Away From Nature West Near Ballpark Boston.

and

Only 17% of the course climbs at a rate of greater than 1%.
I’ve learned many lessons from this course.  The Boston Marathon has taught me to conserve on the downhills, and pace myself on the uphills.  It’s taught me to have humility amid the cheering crowds, to smile despite the pain gastronomical discomfort, to savor the race as if it were my last, and to celebrate the achievement no matter how physically and mentally exhausted I might be at the end.

I’m not expecting to set a course PR or even come close to 4 hours in the 113th Boston Marathon.  I am expecting to enjoy the day, and appreciate my life all the more.

Patriots Day will be a day to celebrate the successful completion of my 20th Marathon…a milestone of sorts that I can quite honestly feel proud of despite all the pain and weariness I’ve had to overcome. 

Life is short, but it should be long enough: and I am grateful for my life and the time I’ve had and whatever happens to me on Marathon Monday will only add to my experience of this course, both of the Boston Marathon and the road of life.

Show Links:
http://www.runningpodcasts.org/
http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://returnrunners.wordpress.com
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: The Neuman Show
The Song “Dirty Water” was by the Standells

Direct download: Fdip181.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EST