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Fdip160: Strong to the Core

Our core is our center; it is where our arms, legs and head meet to create the human body we inhabit and control.  It is where, just a few inches or centimeters above, resides the all important heart, pumping oxygen rich blood to all of our extremities.  In an anthropological sense, the heart is the focused center of our emotional and mental character….it is the mystical source of our kindness, charity, and love.  In this same way, our core…the very central characteristic of who and what we are is sometimes associated with our human identity.

To excel physically you must have a strong and powerful core, to excel as a human being you have to have a resilient and resolute center.  Work on that part of yourself, both physically and emotionally and there will be nothing you cannot accomplish.  Focus on developing your core and you’ll discover the power within yourself to run long and far and then you’ll find the strength to go on.

Show Links:
http://amilewith.me.uk
http://runningfromthereaper.com
http://www.catiefunrun.org
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://runningismental.blogspot.com
The song “The Strength” was by the Brothers Falloon http://www.brothersfalloon.com

Direct download: Fdip160.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fdip159: Responsible Shoes

This episode will serve as proof that I’m an totally independent new media producer, and will guarantee that I never get that huge contract with a major running shoe label.   But when running shoe companies  enable their outsourced suppliers to treat their workers poorly, in unhealthy working conditions for long hours with wages that hardly allow them to feed and shelter their families…they are being evil…either by direction or failure.

You and I can support the fight for human rights and the environment every day with our dollars…by purchasing products and services sold only by those companies and businesses who treat their workers with dignity and promote the basic human rights to life, liberty, freedom of expression, equality before the law and in society, the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education along with ensuring that the production of goods does not negatively impact the environment.

My expose here about some of the major running shoe manufacturers in operation today will most assuredly guarantee that I will never earn millions of dollars on this podcast through an advertizing contract with any of these companies…but morality dictates that I consider the big picture…and I’m going to do my best, in this episode of Phedippidations, to be honest, truthful and above all independent when it comes to giving you the 4-1-1 on what are, and are not responsible shoes.

Show Links:
http://www.corpwatch.org
http://www.oxfam.org.au
http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/122/athleticshoes/3
http://runningintothesun.blogspot.com
http://unabuonaforchetta.blogspot.com
http://www.hampo.bigblog.com.au
Fdip Blog of the Week: http://www.movember.com
The song “Not Responsible” was by Laura Clapp http://www.lauraclapp.com

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

Fdip158: The 2008 Bay State Marathon

Life is all about making choices.  Choices between what’s right and wrong, choices between what’s good and evil, choices between altruism and egotism, of giving and taking, of sharing and selfishness and choices between what’s smart and what’s dumb.

I chose to run the 2008 Bay State Marathon just as 25 years ago this month I chose to take part in a project to help etch my college radio station’s name in the history of a Northern Massachusetts city.

Sometimes we do things without thinking it through, or considering the consequences.  Sometimes we do things on impulse or instinct and throw caution to the wind for ideals and purposes which seem like a good idea at the time.

Whatever we do, for whatever reason we do it: one thing is perfectly clear.  We all have a choice.

Show Links:
http://www.baystatemarathon.com
http://www.wuml.org
The song “Choice” was by Jon Miller http://www.jonmilleronline.com

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
PLEASE SEND IN YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR FDIP156
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Leave a message: +1 206-338-3211
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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Leave a message: +1 206-338-3211

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Fdip148: The Womans Marathon of the 29th Olympiad

The athletes who will run in the woman's marathon of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing China are some of the very best distance athletes in the world.  Each of them have worked incredibly hard to reach this level of competition, and to qualify to stand at the starting line in Tian'an Men Square.  What happens during this race will be historic; the moments of the event will be forever seared in the memories of those who participate and those of us who will watch the race.  We will witness the pinnacle of Athletic Achievement in a way that will inspire us to do our best, to push ourselves past our own limitations and to reach our own Olympic dreams.

Show Links:

http://revruns.blogspot.com

http://www.olympictruce.org

http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2008/08/13/noguchi_wont_defend_her_marathon_title

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7718316

http://www.runnersroundtable.com

Call me: +1 206-338-3211

Fdip featured blog: http://beachrunner411.blogspot.com

The song "China Girl” was by Lena http://www.lena.fm

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Fdip147: Low Impact Living

When you make a stand and decide to change the amount of natural resources you use, such as the oil and gas used by generators to produce electricity to run your water heaters, and lights, and when you install insulation in your home to keep the heat generated from escaping into the cold and low water use shower heads to reduce the amount of clean water used in the bathroom…you are reducing your dependency on the fuel and water needed by others and the next generation who will run across this planet in years to come, after we’re gone.

The Earth does it’s best to heal itself from man made impact.  Given time and natural conditions, nature will reclaim what mankind has paved over and modified to suit our needs for resources and space.  There is such a thing as living in concert with nature, and a duty that each of us has to make the world just a little bit better for the next generation of runners to live in a world with clean fresh air, clean clear water and the beauty that can exist without impact of mankind.

Show Links:

http://sierraclub.com

http://www.drusy.blogspot.com

http://pages.teamintraining.org/nce/seagull08/jjacksoco6

http://www.worldwideraces.blogspot.com

Fdip featured blog: http://www.triguinness.com/blog

The song “Terra Nova” was by Jim Fidler http://www.jimfidler.com
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

Fdip146: Running in the Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympic Games where part of a festival, where fairness and athleticism where considered sacred.  For over twelve hundred years the games were played in the Athenian city of Olympia and served as a cultural event to promote trade, commerce and diplomacy.  The athlete was respected and set powerful examples for all who came to watch them compete.  Their stories became the part of an ancient legend that inspired the modern games to revive the Olympic Spirit.

We owe this spirit, this sense of peaceful competition and international friendship to those who created the ancient Olympic Games and set forth a precedent that has been reinforced through history. 

Show Links:

http://jpl.nasa.gov

http://swiftshoe.blogspot.com

http://www.saintcast.org

http://theextramilepodcast.blogspot.com

Fdip featured blog: http://www.teamworldvisionozarks.org

The song "History” was by Jason Silver http://jasonsilver.com

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Fdip145: Running Legend Frank Shorter

Frank Shorter is one of those rare living legends whose legacy is seen in every runner who seeks to better him or herself, and who runs with an infectious joy and passion…and sincerity.  There are legends in our sport, as there should be…but Frank Shorter is much more than a legend, he is an Olympian, a leader, a teacher, a good person and above all: a fellow runner.

Show Links:

http://rosaryarmy.com

http://catholiccitywithzina.blogspot.com

http://catholicfamilypodcast.com

http://sqpn.com

http://eshmultisport.podbean.com

http://runrunlive.com

http://www.worldwidehalf.com

http://www.worldwideraces.blogspot.com

http://zenrun10k.ning.com

http://theextramilepodcast.blogspot.com

http://www.austinhastings.com

Fdip featured blog: http://theadventuresofjeneureka.blogspot.com

The song "Good as Gold” by Admiral Twin http://www.admiraltwin.com

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

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Category:Legend -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

This episode of Fdip is much different than all the others, and for those of you who dislike the musical selections that I include in each episode, this one is probably not for you.  But music marks our life and times.  Itâs more than just the poetry or melody: itâs the soundtrack that touches us; it expresses and reflects our feelings, it captures our emotions and it gives voice to our hearts.  In this show youâll hear ten independent artists (nine musical) and songs from previous episodes as we celebrate my three years of podcasting and I go for a run around a tiny little island in the State of Maine, because this week: Iâm on vacation!

Show Links:

I Am Not Afraid by Majek Fashek http://www.majekfashek.com

Im Not Running by Big Rain http://www.bigrain.net

Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf http://www.carbonleaf.com

In the next life by Al Stravinsky http://www.myspace.com/alstravinsky

See The Sun by Black Lab http://blacklabworld.com

Let me Know by the Fire Apes http://www.myspace.com/fireapes

Ordinary Day by Great Big Sea http://greatbigsea.com

Tom Cruise Crazy by Jonathan Coulton http://www.jonathancoulton.com/

Pre by Phil Wells www.garageband.com/artist/PhilWells

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Fdip143: The 2008 Fall Marathon Guide

Planning your Fall Marathon is all about setting a goal, with many months ahead of you within which to prepare.  What marathoners learn as we engage in this preparation is that the joy, passion and discovery takes place during our training: in many ways the marathon itself is merely a celebration of what we have been able to achieve through the hours and miles that we’ve spent in training to get us to that starting line.

Now is the time to pick our races, now is the time to make our commitments, now is the moment to promise to ourselves and others that we will train well and hard, and complete a 26.2 mile course with dedication, determination, strength and honor…and these are the races that you and I will run.

Show Links:

http://www.marathonguide.com

http://www.princeedwardislandmarathon.com

http://sqpn.com

http://sqpn.com/2007/11/24/rosary-army-video-gregs-first-marathon/

http://runningfromthereaper.blogspot.com

http://www.runningpodcasts.org

http://anotherrunner.blogspot.com

http://zenrun10k.ning.com

goodybag@worldwidehalf.com

Fdip featured blog: http://yllek82.blogspot.com

The song “Lost My Way” by Matthew Ebel  www.matthewebel.com

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Fdip142: Dr. George Sheehan - Personal Best

Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about a book written by Dr. George Sheehan titled “Personal Best: The foremost philosopher of fitness shares techniques and tactics for success and self liberation, published in 1989 by Rodale Press.  It’s a book of 37 chapters, each one an essay and study into an physical of cerebral aspect of running. 

For anyone looking to read a sample of the right brain/left brain writings of Dr. Sheehan, this book gives you a good sense of his style.  He challenges us to think about our lives, our running, and our purpose within each page.  George Sheehan understood that running was more than just an activity; it is an expression of life and love.   

Show Links: 

http://runningfilmfestival.com 

http://www.worldwidehalf.com 

http://theextramilepodcast.com 

http://www.runforthefallen.org 

Fdip featured blog: http://kelownagurl.blogspot.com 

The song “Better Life” was by the band Common Ground from Texas.  http://texasrockband.com 

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download 

Direct download: Fdip142.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Intervals141B: Vino Corrispondenza

Have a glass of wine with me while I catch up on some emails from fellow runners.  Wine is one of my many passions.  In order to appreciate wine you have to come into it with a clear head, a clear palate and a clear nose.  Wine making dates back to 6000 BC and is a major part of the culture of many societies and religions.  Wine is also a social beverage, something to share with friends and enjoy with a good meal.  It’s good for you as well, consumed in moderation wine has been found to have both cardioprotective and chemoprotective effects.  In this short format version of my podcast, I’ll be resting my ankle and enjoying a glass of wine with you as we hear from fellow runners across the planet.

http://fitnessrocks.org

http://sierratrailrunner.blogspot.com

http://www.fatcyclist.com  

http://runwithme-cindy.blogspot.com

http://runningintothesun.blogspot.com

http://unabuonaforchetta.blogspot.com

http://www.worldwidehalf.com

http://anotherrunner.com

http://www.boglewinery.com

http://santarita.com

http://www.bodegasluzon.com

Direct download: Fdip141B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Fdip141: Running Barefoot

Today I’d like to point out something that’s really obvious; so obvious in fact, that we tend not to think about it much.  In this episode I present for you a very basic, truthful, scientific and historical bit of trivia that both describes and explains the premise which propose, and that piece of trivia is this: Fred Flintstone never wore running shoes.  Running shoes are not evil: you’ll have to pry my NB 426’s off my hot sweaty feet if you ever want me to give up my running shoes: but we should entertain the idea that running without shoes on the open road may be a more natural, less injurious way to run.

Show Links:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v432/n7015/abs/nature03052.html

http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/NewsItems/feet.htm

http://www.profleeberger.com/files/YFOOT1001.pdf

http://nymag.com/health/features/46213/

http://www.barefooters.org/medicine/med_sci_sports_exer-23.2.html

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com

http://www.23goingon60.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/steverunner

http://ustream.tv/channel/phedippidations

Fdip featured blog: http://mwrunfar.blogspot.com/

The song “Running Wild Child” was by Lance Larson from New Jersey; the song featured Richie Sambora  check out his amazing music at www.lancelarsonmusic.com

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

Direct download: Fdip141.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

Intervals140B: Pacing Kathy

I have known my friend Kathy for many years, through many life adventures and glasses of quality wine.  In this short format episode of Phedippidations, we run the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races 10K road race in New York, with the goal of finishing in an hour or less.  This is also the story of how I met my wife and the contentious angry beginnings of a friendship that will last a lifetime, and about my incredible victory in a epic battle which took place during an all night drive to Pennsylvania a long time ago in an automobile far, far away.

 

http://www.thelimarathon.com

Direct download: Fdip140B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Fdip140: Remembering Boston

In this episode we'll hear the stories of others who ran the 112th Boston Marathon. When you write up a race report you"re not just doing it for yourself to memorialize the even, you're doing it for others; passing on your observations so that they can incorporate it into their own form of opinion as a way to better understand the event so that we can improve our performance on race day. Its" not enough to just run the race, or even run it well, you have to tell others about your race.  Race reports are a big part of the process of running, racing and competing with each other.  It’s in this way that we give something back to our fellow runners; and with a sport that gives us all so much in terms of joy, passion, and health: the verbal or written telling of your story from the races you run is an important way to give back to this community.

Show Links:

www.bostonmarathon.com

www.runningstories.blogspot.com

www.zjruns.blogspot.com

www.worldwidehalf.com

www.buckeyeoutdoors.com

www.theextramilepodcast.com

www.syrentha.org

Fdip featured blog: www.mikemowery2.blogspot.com

The song "I feel fantastic�? was by Jonathan Coulton at www.jonathancoulton.com 

The episode is sponsored by Audible.com Go to www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi for your free audiobook download

Direct download: Fdip140.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Fdip139: The 112th Boston Marathon

This is a race report and audio recording of my 7th time running the Boston Marathon.  This year was different in that I approached the starting line unprepared for the task ahead of me.  Suffering from a case of peroneal tendonitis, my training was minimal throughout the winter months.  On April 21st, 2008 I made the decision to ignore common sense setting a bad example to friends, family and fellow runners by ignoring my pain and pushing myself through a 26.2 mile race.  What you'll hear in this episode is neither inspiring or noble, but it will raise the question: "Why?‿

Show Links:

www.worldwidehalf.com

steverunner.com/PatriotsDayResults.htm

www.bostonmarathon.com

The song “Curra Road‿ by Sharon Shannon off her 2007 album “Renegade‿ sung by Mike McGoldrick and produced by Daisy Entertainment in Dublin, Ireland.  www.sharonshannon.com

O Fortuna was recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra www.bso.org

The parody “Finish Line‿ was inspired of the song “Still Alive‿ by Jonathan Coulton www.jonathancoulton.com 

Direct download: Fdip139.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Intervals138B: Race Day

It really means a lot to me that you’d come out to have a beer with me, send me such kind words, good wishes, hopeful prayers, emails, blog posts, and voice messages to the Extra Mile PodCast…and for being with me, in spirit, on race day.  This is a short episode of Intervals, produced for race day of the 112th Boston Marathon, with thanks to everyone who have been so thoughtful to a middle aged, middle of the pack, slightly asthmatic, curiously injured fellow runner.

Direct download: Fdip138B.mp3
Category:Intervals -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Fdip138: The Great Race of 1983

The Boston Marathon is a race that challenges an athlete in a way that most courses do not, neither buy design or intent.  It is not a fast course.  It is not a race where any runner, elite or back of the pack, will set a marathon PR, but it is a race for which all other marathons seek to enable athletes to arrive in a small New England town for the eastward run into the heart of bean town.  This is the story of the 87th running of this event, where the last American male runner won the day, and a woman athlete named Joan ran a race for the ages.

Show Links:

http://www.bostonmarathon.com

http://theextramilepodcast.com

Fdip featured blog: http://gotlactate.blogspot.com

The song “Rearrange New England’ was by the band “Carlotta’s Gift‿

http://garageband.com/artist/CarlottasGift

Direct download: Fdip138.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

Fdip137: The 2008 State of the Course

What happens in Boston, starts in Hopkinton.  In this episode I take my last 16 miler from the starting line of the Boston Marathon through the bottom of Newton Lower Falls.  For those of us who will run the race, you’ll eventually come to Hereford Street where crowds will block your forward progress and urge you to turn right.  You’ll run this short block with the screams of spectators echoing off the buildings and will finally make your left hand turn onto Boylston Street, with the finish line just ahead of you…with the promise of a well earned time and an ice cold beer there beyond the portal.  

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, good wishes and thoughtful prayers in both emails and audio comments on episode 21 of The Extra Mile Podcast.  It means so much to me that you’d take the time to wish me luck, and a happy taper.  In the words of the ancient Romans: “Omnia vincit amor‿ (love conquers all).

Show Links:

http://www.bostontrials2008.com

http://www.bostonmarathon.com

http://theextramilepodcast.com

www.runningpodcasts.org

The song “Still in Massachusetts‿ was by “Refuse Resist‿ http://www.myspace.com/refuseresistband

Direct download: Fdip137.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip127.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip122.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip121.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

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 EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip119.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip118.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip117.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

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‿.
Direct download: Fdip116.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

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 EDT

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.
Direct download: Fdip114.mp3
Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fdip88: The Acidity of Motion Lactate Thresholds and what they mean.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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