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Fdip180: From Maintenance Miles to Marathon

To run the 113th Boston Marathon with minimal preparation I have to condition my body for constant and repetitive motion for at least five hours.  What’s more, I must be able to carry the weight of my body on a gradual 16 mile course into Newton Lower Falls, up the hills of Newton and over a goofy little speed-bump, and finally down the other side past mile 22 with as much strength as I have left.

Traditional marathon training programs begin with a base and gradually work up to build strength and endurance, so this training program, more than the race itself, is the real test of how well the maintenance miles I’ve been running can prepare me for a race like the Boston Marathon.

Boston is more than just a race, and my efforts in these five weeks will be exhausting, painful, time consuming and demanding: but that’s what I’m compelled to do…and if there is such a thing as a siren song from the island of Sirenum Scopuli…the song I hear is coming from Hopkinton Massachusetts and I can’t help but show up on Patriots Day, ready to run as best I can.

Show Links:
http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://www.mountain-top.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://sotallytoberrunning.blogspot.com/
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Early Morning Runner
“A Cautionary Tail” by Matthew Ebel at http://www.matthewebel.com

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Fdip179: Morning Runs

Despite the scientific rational to the contrary, running in the morning as opposed to other times in the day has many personal benefits which may not seem obvious.  We are human beings, called to embrace each day with a vigor and enthusiasm that demands hard work and strenuous effort.  We are good animals, moving across the planets surface with purpose and power from the moment the sun rises over the horizon to enlighten our day.  We are runners, and the world is our race course: and once they turn on the lights with the rising of that big yellow star in the sky, it’s time to start the whole human race.

Show Links:
http://myhealthychallenge.wordpress.com
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Runner
http://sqpn.com/2009/02/25/the-sqpn-giving-campaign-2009
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningteamflash.com 
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: The Quad Cast
“Crazy in the Morning” by Brene Wilson at http://www.brenewilson.com

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Fdip178: All in Stride

The phrase “Taking it all in stride” means to get all you can get within a single step.  As runners, we have a special appreciation for longer, stronger strides in that they ensure faster speeds on the open road, and combined with more frequent strides, can turn our back and middle of the pack efforts into something closer to the front.  When we train, we are already prepared and pre-conditioned to expect speed work and strength work, long runs and the building on endurance: but within those efforts we also need to focus and dedicate ourselves to improving the quality of our natural strides…because it is in doing so that we improve our efficiency and speed in races and on the road.

Show Links:
http://theextramilepodcast.com
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningteamflash.com 
Featured http://www.runningpodcasts.org PodCast: Dirt Dawgs Rambling Diatribe Podcast
“Highway Run” by Charlie Wheeler Band http://www.charliewheelerband.com

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Fdip177: The Winning Bug by Jackson Scholz

This week I present for you the short story “The Winning Bug” written by Jackson Volney Scholz also known as the “New York Thunderbolt”. 

Jackson Scholz was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprint, was born in 1897 and died on October 26th, 1986.

In the 1920s, he became the first person to appear in an Olympic sprint final in three different Olympic Games. He won the gold in Antwerp for the American 4x100 meter relay, he won the silver in the 100m race in the 1924 Paris games, losing to Britains Harold Abrahams as depicted in the movie Chariots of Fire, and he won the gold in those games in the 200 meter race.  He also ran in the 1928 games in Amsterdam, finishing 4th in the 200 meters.

After his running career had ended, Jackson Scholz became well known for his writing, and today I’m going to read you one of his best short stories, an excellent first reading for what I intend to have as an ongoing feature of this podcast. “The Winning Bug”.

Show Links:

http://www.the22miler.blogspot.com

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://mwrunfar.blogspot.com

 “Winners” by Solare  http://www.solare3.net

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Fdip176: Mailbox Review

The greatest reward for producing a podcast like Phedippidations is the electronic messages that you are kind enough to send me, but there’s an old Scottish proverb that reads “What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

Today I’m making an effort to find some time to go through my email inbox to answer some of the messages you’ve been kind enough to send me over the past three months.  Despite good reason and a stressfully increasing workload, I’ve felt guilty for not answering your messages to me, and while I have read every email that I’ve received; my inability to find time to respond to you has been on my mind for quite some time.

If I can’t answer every email the least I can do is produce this podcast every week and go for a run with you.  I can’t promise everything I’ll have to say here will be worthy of your listening; but I can promise to follow the same compass as you…heading in the same direction to better health and becoming a good animal.

Show Links:
http://winefornewbies.net
http://www.adam20.com
debs42@mac.com
http://milebymile.wordpress.com
The story “Patience” was read with permission of the author: Jessica Bold jessicabold@hotmail.com 
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://the22miler.blogspot.com
“Do They Have E-Mail in Heaven” by Jim Terr http://jimterr.com

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Fdip175: Running on the Road Again

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that you can find to go for a run which are beautiful, interesting, and memorable.  If you are traveling for pleasure, business or any purpose: pack your running shoes, a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt; you’ll see the places you visit from a more interesting and intimate perspective and will be able not only to say you visited that place, but can boast quite proudly that you’ve run there.

In this episode of Phedippidations, I go on vacation to Florida and in the course of my journey I meet a good friend whom I’ve been hoping to meet for a very long time: THE Zen Runner himself: the great Adam Tinkoff.

Show Links:
http://www.travelingontherun.com
http://www.adam20.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runlucierun.blogspot.com
“Road Trip” by “Dirty Proper” http://dustrhinos.com

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Fdip174: A Lecture From Arthur Lydiard

In April of 1990, Arthur Lydiard gave a lecture in Osaka Japan as part of a clinic he conducted in Tokyo and Osaka.  From that trip, numerous articles were written in running magazines all over the world, and the material he covered led to his publishing a book titled “Running With Lydiard”.

He is without a doubt one of the greatest athletic coaches of all time, and is credited with popularizing and inventing the sport of recreational running and jogging for health.  His training methods were all about building a strong base and incorporating periodization and there are many world class runners today who give credit to the man for their impressive success on the track, fields and roads.

This is the exact spoken presentation of his Osaka lecture in conversational form that sometimes wanders outside the rules of grammatical perfection, it lacks the physical expressions that were transmitted during the lecture, and is often a stream of conscious thoughts that converge on more solid themes, but in this episode I’ll read \them exactly as they were spoken because: as a whole; the message is brilliant.

These are the words of the great coach Arthur Leslie Lydiard.

Dictated and edited by Nobuya “Nobby” Hashizume

Show Links:
www.grotonroadrace.com
http://www.sensescotland.org.uk
www.tiree.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/gdwscott
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://agreatdayforarun.blogspot.com/
“Run” by “Dirty Proper” http://dirtyproper.com

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Fdip173: The 1st Questions and Answers Show

As runners, we all have questions; questions about our experiences on the road, questions about best practices as outlined by the experts, questions about the human body and the science regarding motion and our bodies, and even just questions about each other.  How are you doing? How are you feeling?  How’s your running going?  Have any big races planned in the near future?  What’s up?  What’s going on?  Did John Michael get his puppy yet?

As friends and fellow runners we have plenty of questions as part of an ongoing conversation that we have with each other every day.  We are connected by a common interest, in this sport we call running: and with questions to spark new conversations, we offer answers to run with, out here on the road.

When friends hang out and go for a run, they talk about stuff like this, they ask questions of each other and look for answers as a way to get to know each other better.  In this episode I’ll pose some of the questions asked by fellow runners, and attempt to answer each as best I can.  This is the first Phedippidations Question and Answer Show.

Show Links:

http://runrunlive.com

www.sqpn.com

http://www.dailybreakfast.com

http://www.saintcast.org

http://catholicunderthehood.com

http://runningbymyself.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/steverunner

http://www.fitnessrocks.org

http://www.drusy.blogspot.com

http://bobspersonalblog.blogspot.com

Recommended Malbecs (yes, I’ve tasted all of these):

07 Pascual Toso from Maipu for $14 US

06 Bodega Aconquila Alberto Furgue from the Uco Valley for $15 US

07 Bodega Belgrano The Head-Snapper from Mendoza for $15 US

07 Chalten Reserva from Neuquen for $15 US

07 Don Miguel Gascon from Mendoza for $12 US

06 Bodega Don Bosco from Maipu for $12 US

06 Durigutti from Mendoza for $15 US

06 Famila Marguery Casa Malbec from Mendoza for $15 US

07 Finca El Portilli from the Uco Valley for $12 US

Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.half-fast.org

“Question” was by Band That Never Was: http://www.bandneverwas.com

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Fdip172: George Sheehan on Running to Win

The book George Sheehan on Running to Win, is a book of wisdom, sage advise and clinical recommendations from a well versed authority on health and fitness.  Dr. Sheehan was someone who was passionate about our sport, and cited many reasons why all should join us on the road.  Most of all, he promised us that the act of running is fun.

In his book “Running to Win” Dr. George Sheehan perfectly articulated what many of us have been thinking all along.  We’re all winners when it comes to this sport, and running to win is to win, through running.

It doesn’t take a miracle or a magic pill, an incantation, self hypnosis or some new age marketing slick definition of the term “courage” to become a runner; it takes determination and dedication…it takes a desire to become a good animal in a physical sense, and a true winner in every sense of the word.

Show Links:
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://lifestyle-journey.blogspot.com
“Win at All Costs” was by Man Bites God: http://www.manbitesgod.com

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Fdip171: Why Runners Break

There are plenty of reasons why runners break.  The human body is a fantastically robust and adaptable organism, but it has it’s physical limits that, despite our good intentions through hard and long runs…can often lead to injury.  The problem is that our willpower is often far stronger than our bodies power to absorb stress.  

You have within you the power to accomplish great things, and run impressive races…while at the same time you have the power to run yourself into the ground, and break that body that you’ve been fortunate enough to inhabit.

Always remember that our human bodies are amazing pieces of equipment but compared to the surface of the planet, they are just small squishy things…and you know what happens when you take a small squishy thing and throw it at the side of a mountain…it squishes.

Don’t squish yourself.  Run long, fast and hard…but never over the physical limits that mark your own structural integrity.  Your body can do great things, but not if you abuse and overuse it out here, on the road.

Show Links:
http://www.runtodisney.com
http://themouseandmore.blogspot.com
http://disneyrunning.com
http://www.confessionsofarunner.com
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://kelownagurltris.blogspot.com
“Broken Heart” was by Black Lab: http://blacklabworld.com

Direct download: Fdip171.mp3
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