Episode 117 Stephanie Collegiate Steeplechase Champion

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Claudia Leyva

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Well hello there!  Welcome to my Podcast.  Or as Alice Cooper (the 70’s rock star, not the 17th century witch) – as a Alice would say “welcome to my nightmare”.  Actually, I believe it’s ‘our podcast’ my fellow running friends.

Everything is cool – It’s just that time of year when things pile high and deep around all of our lives and we have to be cautious not to lose our way!  This is Chris, your host, your MC,  your master of ceremonies and your toasty toastmaster.

I’ve got the Boston Marathon coming up in a couple days.  I’ve got the Groton Road race on the 25th.  Things are a bit busy in the microcosm of space ship Chris.

We’ve got a great show for you today with lots of voices to be heard from including Stephanie Perleman the champion collegiate steeple-chaser or steepler as she says.  She’s an athlete, a nice person and she;s got a wonderfully mature world view.  As I was talking to her I kept thinking “wow! This amazing person is only a couple years older than my own daughter!”   So this thing we share cuts across generations. I think you’ll like what she has to say – I found it very interesting.

I’m going into the race expo tomorrow, Friday, in the afternoon.  We’re trying something new.  Daily Mile is going to follow me around with a camera crew while I act like a dope and interview people.  They asked me if I wanted to do it and I said “Hell Yeah!”  Sounds like fun.  I think I might even get into the press conference.  I’ll try to record!

I had a horrible race up at the Great Bay half on Sunday.  It was rough.  It’s a pretty course, but very hilly.  That isn’t why I had a bad race but it certainly isn’t a PR course unless you’re a hill specialist.  I finished the race, but I had a total power failure and ended up walking and jogging a lot at the end.

I went out hard and held my pace for almost 5 miles, but it wasn’t my day.  Now I don’t think you should dwell on bad outings, because frankly if you’re challenging yourself you should have plenty of failures because that is how you learn your limits.  I think sometimes we may be too afraid to just go for it, knowing it’s going to hurt just to find that limit, just to know what’s on the other side.  Because even when it gets bad it doesn’t kill you.

A little introspection isn’t a bad thing after a rough outing and can be good for the soul.  So let’s talk about it.  First of all you never know what you are going to get on race day.  I’ve had awful races when I thought I was going to smoke it and great outings when I didn’t expect anything.  But for this one it is obvious to me now that I’ve been burning the candle from both ends for a couple months straight and it caught up with me.  Like Sasquatch said to me “I may be able to pretend the stress and fatigue doesn’t matter but my body is keeping score”.  I think it was a combination of over-training, sleep deprivation, dehydration and glycogen depletion.  I don’t think I let my muscles recover enough after some of my recent hard efforts.

So this week I’m on the marathoner’s equivalent of bed-rest. I’ve been trying to get a full 8 hours of sleep and also putting all the mental chatter aside so when I do sleep I get a restful sleep.

Ok enough of that! This is the part of the show where I get up, brush myself off, wink at the camera, put on that silly grin and kick ass at Boston!

We can’t change the past, but we sure as hell can change the future.  Carpe Diem. On with the Show.

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Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Anal Mileage Man (parody) (1).mp3

Barry – Ice Bath…

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Featured Interview:


Stephanie Perleberg

Hello readers! My name is Stephanie Perleberg and I’m a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I’m graduating in May with a BS in Organizational and Public Communication and a minor Recreation Management. I love running (most days 😉 ). Steepling is my forte, or at least I’d like to think so;). My goal is to strive for women’s equality in athletics and in life. I try to bring spunk where spunk is needed. “Feel the passion, use the passion!”. ♀


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Well folks I have to get to bed.  I’ve got an executive review meeting tomorrow morning, a proposal due and I have to get my butt up to the expo and do that camera thing that I haven’t practiced at all for…

Here’s the script they wrote… Hmmm… Runner’s world calls this the best runner’s expo in the country.  If you aren’t one of the 80,000 attendees’s, don’t worry! We’re here to cut through the clutter and bring you the best from over 200 vendors…  Wait, who writes this stuff? Edit! Edit!

I’m thinking something more like “Hey! This is the Mad Dog comin at ya from the expo where I’m going to pick up my stuff, meet some cool folks and talk about zombie hunting! Cause that’s what I do.


Well, my friends I’m sorry to cut it short.  I’ll give you a full 50% discount on the show price.  But if I was to leave you with a couple notes, the first would be that everyone goes through tough times.  You’re not alone.  You’ve got friends that will help you through it.  But don’t wallow in it.  Get up and move on.  Learn from your trials, do the best you can and move on forward.

The second thought I’d leave you with is that just because you aren’t 100% ready don’t be afriad to jump in and try anyhow.  I always find that the good 80% beats the perfect 90% by a mile.  If you wait for perfection you never get anything done.  So put yourself out there, get out of your comfort zone and learn something that will make yo a better person.

Have a great week. My bib number is 11761 if you want to track me and you’re welcome to meet me at the Zensah booth at 1:00 on Saturday or the Daily Mile tweetup at 3:00.  If you want to swing by the Radisson and say hi after the race just ask for me.

Music tonight is a quirky number by a band called kyoshi-called bang.mp3 I can’t figure out this lady’s accent.



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