Phedippidations

The Longest "Running" Podcast in the Universe.

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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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Category:Legend -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

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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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

In this short format show we go back to Virginia, to meet up with my friend Joe after our successful running of the 31st Marine Corps Marathon, I also introduce you to a few other PodCasts which you’ll want to check out, and I read some race reports and emails from fellow runners.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Fdip69: The 31st Marine Corps Marathon In this episode I have the honor of running a 26.2 mile marathon with the assistance and protection of the United States Marine Corps through the streets of Virginia and Washington DC.  It’s an amazing thing when you meet the people who guarantee your freedom to run across your country.  These are the soldiers who risk their lives so that my family and I can sleep peacefully at night, safe from harm.  God Bless the US Marines.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Fdip68: Bravery It takes true courage to take that first step and become a runner, it takes a promise to oneself that you will abandon the comfort of a stationary life and accept the long hours and miles, sweat, pain and sinusoidal discouragement and joy that your new life, as a runner will bring you.  It takes dedication, perseverance, and above all: bravery.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Fdip67: Results From Around the World Wide Half 578 runners registered for the 1st World Wide Half, and 49% recorded a finishing time.  Of all the things you earn in running a road race, your finishing time is the most important evidence of your performance. Aside from the satisfaction of having taken part in something special like a World Wide Half Marathon you have an official time to call your own.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Fdip66: The 1st Annual Fdip WWHalf Challenge

Over 560 runners from 23 countries took part in the First Annual Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge.

“Think Global, Run local‿ is not an ethereal concept.  It’s a real challenge to real runners all connected through their own thoughts, opinions observations and rambling diatribes and spaced only 104 thousand half marathons away from each other.

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Category:Race -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Fdip65: Shouts of Encouragement With over 470 runners in 23 different countries, many of whom have never run a half marathon before, this episode celebrates life through the simple act of running.  Produced to inspire, support, encourage and comfort: this special edition of Phedippidations will help all of us who are running this and other races as we “Think Global, Run Local‿.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Fdip64: Race Day Strategies Your pre-race strategy doesn’t end when you cross the starting line, but when you cross the finish line and beyond.  You need to experiment with your own unique race strategy to find one that works best for you.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

Fdip63: Running Legend Bill Bowerman Bill Bowerman was one of the greatest track coaches of all time, who coached some of the greatest runners of all time.  He was also co-founder of a famous running shoe company and inventor of the modern day running shoe.  This week, we look back on his life and his contribution to the sport of running.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Fdip62: Mental Training In this episode we look into the techniques needed to train the mind for the psychological challenges of running.  We need to be prepared for those running events that are difficult to imagine, and troublesome to contemplate. You have the power to overcome any lack of confidence you may currently harbor, and in this episode of a goofy little podcast we’ll talk about ways that you can overcome your minds propensity to panic on the road.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Fdip61: Running Around Town Get to know the places where you run. Understand and appreciate the history, art and nature of the places that you run through and upon.  You owe it to yourself to hear that story, as an added benefit to your ability to run fast through and upon that land, while running on the open road.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

Fdip60: Predicting Performance Here in New England, if you don’t like the weather: wait 10 minutes and it’ll change for the better or worse.  Predicting your finishing time in a half or full marathon is a more scientific venture based on a variety of different formulas all of which attempt to help you set your race goals and give you something to laugh at as you run past the limits set by fuzzy math.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Fdip59: Those Who Support Us There are people in your life who in a major or minor way support, enable and encourage you to take your body through the pains of training to the glory of race day; and we owe these people our deepest gratitude.  In this episode we talk about our support team, friends and family who enable us to reach our personal best through running.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

Fdip58: 2006 Falmouth Road Race Sometimes you come to the race with you’re “A‿ game being only a C minus.‿  I came to the Falmouth Road Race less prepared than my friend Joe, but I did have one trick up my sleeve, one strategy to try.  In this episode, we’ll see if my strategy to beat Joe in this years Falmouth worked!
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Category:Race -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

Fdip57: On the Surface From the shores of Wells Beach in Southern Maine, this week I run a twelve miler on the sand and talk about running surfaces.  One of the great things about our sport is that you can run on just about any surface, anywhere in the world. But not all surfaces are created equal.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Fdip56: Running Legend Eric Liddell Eric Liddell believed that everything he did should give God pleasure. As a runner he was the fastest and had achieved the highest glory, and as a religious man he found that his greatest strength came from God.  In this weeks episode we look back on the life of a Scottish hero whose missionary work in China outshined his unlikely success in the Olympic games. We’’ll also hear from Mal reporting from the war zone in Northern Israel.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Fdip55: The Maine Woods of Thoreau As runners, we need to experience the peace and tranquility of quiet places, if only to refresh our commitment to the Henry David Thoreauian ideals that made us runners in the first place.  This week I paddle up the Allagash with my son, father and nephew on an adventure that is as fulfilling as a marathon road race.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Fdip54: Cross Training for Runners In this episode we talk about cross training, and tell you what some of the experts say about the best exercises to perform as a means to complement the running that you do.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

Fdip53: The Perils of Overtraining In this episode we look into the problems of overtraining, and try to consider listening to our barking bodies.  I re-enact a meeting I had with my sports doctor several years ago, and you’ll hear me at batting practice and at a Worcester Tornadoes ballgame where my son and I cheer until our throats are raw!
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Fdip52: Forgive us our Trespasses You should be able to approach your run each day with the ability to forgive yourself for the way you’ve eaten, your lack of sleep, or laziness in the previous days.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

Intervals 51B: Independence from Mainstream Media As part of a collaboration with photographers, bloggers, podcasters and vloggers, July 4th is a day to declare our independence from mainstream media.  In this episode of Intervals, I play three “PodSafe‿ songs that you’ll probably not hear on the radio.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Fdip51: A Life of Passion We need to encourage those who face life with sadness and emptiness to fill their lives with a passion for something, anything, and everything.  Don’t let someone you know live a life without purpose or passion: One way to help them might be to inspire them to run.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Intervals 50B: The 3rd Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road The Angel Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  In this show I run 5K race which serves to raise money to fight ALS.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

Fdip50: More Gadgets and Gizmos

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Fdip49: Hot Weather Running The earth is 93 million miles from the sun, but humans are fragile creatures and if you’re pushing your body up to and past it’s operational limits during a long run, you need to defend yourself from the solar radiation that might turn your distance long run into a life threatening crawl.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

Fdip48: Becoming a Good Animal The phrase: “To become a good animal‿ means to be the creature you were meant to be.  As a runner, you are obligated to first be a good animal, before you can become a good human being.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Fdip47: Vitamin Vitality In this episode I tell you about the thirteen essential vitamins that human beings require for good health.  I also discuss a study that links antioxidents to a decrease in muscle damage after a marathon.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

Fdip46: Running Legend: Terry Fox Terry Fox was a true runner in every sense of the word.  In this episode I tell you the story of this Canadian hero who faced a life threatening disease with courage and defiance; and taught us all how to live our lives to the fullest.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Fdip45: The Kindness of Runners In this episode I talk about the kindness of runners, and make the case that through their example the world is at least a slightly better place.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:10am EDT

Fdip44: The Need for Speed In this episode we discuss all things aerobic and the methods by which you can train your body to move faster across the planet.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

Fdip43: Marathon Recovery In this episode we talk about marathon and race recovery, we talk about what you should and shouldn’t do in the minutes, hours and weeks following your target race.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Fdip42: Memories of Boston What happens in Boston, stays in Boston…but you carry the memories with you.  In this episode we talk about some of the things we couldn’t fit into the previous show.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:56am EDT

Intervals 41B: Interview with MWCAP at the Athletes Village Recorded on Patriots Day, I interview two officers from the Air Force Auxiliary, an organization I have represented at Boston for the past three years.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 5:55am EDT

Fdip41: The 110th Boston Marathon Despite his weakness on the field of battle, Steve Runner attempts to complete the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon, facing a barrier to glory that he never trained for, never anticipated, and was ill prepared to overcome.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:54am EDT

Fdip40: The History of Boston The origin of the Boston Marathon, the heros, and the stories that defines it as one of the greatest road races in the world.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:53am EDT

The short format show “Intervals‿ is not a new PodCast, rather it’s an extension of the previous weeks show, presented infrequently so listeners can hear more up-to-date information.  I’ll have a few of these during the Boston Marathon.
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Category:Intervals -- posted at: 5:52am EDT

Fdip39: Running Legend: Johnny A. Kelley, The Elder Johnny Kelley ran the Boston marathon a total of 61 times in his lifetime, finishing 58 times.  He won the event twice, and came in second a total of seven times.  He was truly a man who defied age and a legend whom everyone loved.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:50am EDT

Fdip38: A Tour of the Boston Marathon Course The first 16 miles of the Boston Marathon are downhill, but it’s what happens coming out of Newton Lower Falls that separates the weak from the strong.
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Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 5:49am EDT

Fdip37: Stretching for Prevention The majority of experts agree that you should stretch, but should do so consistently and rarely before a long run.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:48am EDT

Fdip36: Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon In this episode I run the Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon, a race dedicated to the memory of 294 Massachusetts Law Enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

Fdip35: W/O Volunteers There Would be Darkness and Chaos In this episode I talk about the importance of race volunteers, Terry from Knoxville interviews the volunteer coordinator for KTC and I come across something strange on my 18 mile run.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

Fdip34: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner In this episode we talk about being alone on the open road, and how running can be the cure to true loneliness.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Fdip33: The Marathon Mystique There is a mystique to the marathon that by it’s very name leaves an impression to those around you, and inspires others to follow in your footsteps.  In this episode seek to answer the question “Why do so many runners chose to run a marathon?
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

Fdip32: The Form of a Runner In this episode I talk about something called “running form‿ which is simply the way that you should move your body during the motion of running.  It’s not enough to go out and “just run the way you feel‿, you need to train yourself to run efficiently, in a way that’s fluid and relaxed.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Fdip31: Running Safety In this episode we list safety tips for when you’re out running on the roads.  We make the point that, compared to the mass of an automobile, runners are “small squishy things on legs‿ that need to take measures to ensure their own safety.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Fdip30: Running High with Endorphins What is the “Runners High‿, and is it real or imagined?  In this episode we investigate the truth and fiction behind this “feel good‿ phenomenon.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Fdip29: Running Legend: Emil Zatopek This is a biographical review of the Czech runner Emil Zatopek. He was the first to run the 10K under 29 minutes and the first to run the 20K in an hour and set 18 world records in his 15 year career.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Fdip28: Running Rituals However you approach your training runs or road races, you’ll find comfort in finding a ritual: a method of psyching yourself up to the task ahead of you.  As you develop a familiar routine, you’ll feel more relaxed and at ease before you run.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

Fdip27: Mind Games Focus, concentration, internal conversation, planning and visualization are all key elements to a successful mind game in pushing your body past the limits of your own belief. 
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Fdip26: Programs and Plans

In this episode I talk about the basics of most training programs, and discuss items such as the maximum weekly distance you should run each week, the number of weeks you should train, and the length of your longest “long run‿.

You need to determine the best training schedule for yourself that will help you meet and surpass your own goals.  For some of you, just finishing a race of any distance will be a satisfying achievement.

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Fdip25: Revolutions and Resolutions Those New Year resolutions we make for ourselves should be balanced with a promise of altruism. Use the occasion of this new year to help change the world for the better, both for yourself and for others.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Fdip24: Despite the Scorn of Others. Runners are both patient and understanding.  We’ve found something to improve the quality of our lives and should make some effort to save the non-runners from themselves.  We should not be afraid to be laughed at or ridiculed, if we can save another human being from the fate of inert uniformity.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Fdip23: Cold Weather Running. It’s important to dress warm and in layers.  The fabric available on the market today is on par with the most advanced space suits constructed by NASA.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Fdip22: Gadgets and Gizmos. Since it’s the season to be jolly and all that, I list four gadgets that a geekoid runner like myself would love to receive during the Holidays, or any time of the year that you’re in the mood to give.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

Fdip21: Eating on the Run. I discuss eating for runners, and go through the basics that your Mom probably gave you as you were growing up.  I mention some “fad‿ diets, and talk about an interesting study in the Britich Medical Journal that justifies a daily consumption of wine and chocolate! (How cool is that?!)
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Fdip20: Running Legend Bill Rogers Bill Rogers is one of the most respected, influential distance runners in the United States, having won the Boston Marathon and New York Marathons four times each.  He’s run a total of 57 marathons in all, 28 of them in under 2:15.
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Category:Legend -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Fdip19: Rambling Diatribes

Diatribe – a noun meaning a bitter, abusive denunciation.  From the Latin “diatribe‿ meaning learned discourse and the Greek “Diatribee‿ which itself is derived from the word “diatribeen‿ made up of the prefix “dia‿ meaning completely and Tribeen‿ meaning to run.

This PodCast includes what I can only consider to be “rambling diatribes‿ when I’m out here running along the back roads of Central Massachusetts.  My use of the term is intended to explain the gloppy streams of consciousness that dribbles out of my head while I’m out here running in an oxygen deprived state.

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Fdip18: The Marathon Blues Each of us needs to find a way to fill the void, to recapture that incredible feeling we had when we were climbing that Mt. Everest of running events.  The experience of the Marathon Blues is common, and the cure is as easy as lacing up your running shoes.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Fdip17: The 2005 Cape Cod Marathon One of the things that makes the Cape Cod Marathon such a pleasure to experience, is the way the local residents come out to cheer, volunteer and entertain the runners as we work the miles.  In this episode, I run the 2005 Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth Massachusetts, attempting to set my second PR is as many weeks.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Fdip16: Run Long and Taper Too short of a taper period will leave you tired on race day, too long of a taper will leave you unprepared physically.  In this episode I cover the basics about “tapering‿ as documented from the experts, and I confess to my own failures at properly preparing in the days before most of my marathons.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

Fdip15: The 2005 Bay State Marathon Listen as I run the first of two Fall 2005 Marathons, this time in Lowell, Massachusetts: home of the American Industrial Revolution.  This is a very flat course where, despite hitting the eventual “wall‿ I attempt to set a new personal record in the Marathon.
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Category:Race -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

According to section 2.00 of the Major League Baseball rule book: A runner is an offensive player who is advancing toward, touching, or returning to any base.‿  In this episode we discuss the "Runner verses Jogger" debate.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

The human brain is a fascinating organ, and while few completely understand its true operation; some of its properties can be found in the way that it retains such high resolution memories from observations made during extreme physical exertion.
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Category:Topic -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Of the many ways that we can prepare our bodies and minds for the act of running a road race, it’s the long slow run that is most effective, both physiologically and psychologically.  Your body needs to change: BOTH muscularly and metabolically.

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

There’s an interesting behavioral quirk that many runners nurse and foster over the years, myself included.  We develop this need to seek acceptable answers to our medical questions which meet our demanding requirements, rather than submit to the expertise of our own assigned doctors.

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Category:Topic -- posted at: 8:11am EDT