Episode 124 – Ashley MSruntheUS update from Colorado

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Show intro by:

Coach Ken from the Running Stupid Podcast – winner of the “there can be only one” Podcasters challenge.  http://runningstupid.net/

Intro:

Welcome to Episode 124 of the RunRunLive Podcast – this is Chris your host.  If you’re new to the show we aim to inform, entertain and energize your running and support your endurance lifestyle.

Who am I?  Just another mid-pack runner with a penchant for adventure, like you, looking to keep my front foot out of the grave and push the envelope on occasion.

We’ve got a great show today.  I catch up with Ashley who is running across the US for MS – that’s why her twitter name is MSruntheUS.  She’s currently in Colorado and about 1/3 of the way through her journey.  She’s an inspiration and I hope you’ll all think hard about finding some small way to support her.  Send her some love at msruntheus.com or msruntheus@live.com for an email.

I’m going to try to connect with some of the other folks I’ve talked to prior who are doing crazy running. Like Martin from Marathon Quest 250 who is currently on his 100th marathon this year.  Or with Dave who runs the 10 marathons in 10 days every year and just ran Comrades this last weekend.  Comrades is an ultra event in South Africa that is like 85 years old – you remember Josh Cox was talking about running it this year in support of his African children’s’ project.

So – My own training has been peripatetic at best.  I’ve been traveling like a wild man since the acquisition and although I don’t mind, it is draining and a constraint on training. I got a nice 3.5 hour technical MTB in last weekend that broke the Kona and really wrung me out.  Then I ran long on the other two days of the long weekend.  Aerobically and leg strength wise I’m fine, I just have to work on my bike legs and keep up my speed.  I’ve been scheming a couple of events and have a surprise announcement or two in the outro.

I’m going to start a new series of tips on how to qualify for the Boston Marathon this week and see if I can’t bring a new topic each week for you.

I’m still working on a lot of projects.  Someone commented to me last week that I sounded down.  No, I’m not down, but I do get tired.  I’ve been trying to keep up my 5:00 AM habit and I feel great in the mornings but tend to feel out of gas later in the day.  Well you know what really gets me motivated to work out when I’m tired right?  A little Rancid on the earbuds! On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Cool Hand Luke

Terminator

Gone with the Wind

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Story time:

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Equipment Check:

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Featured Interview:

Welcome to MSRuntheUS.com, a website all about raising awareness and donations to help those affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To do that I, Ashley Kumlien, am running 3,230 miles across America from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY inspired by my mother’s 27 yr diagnosis of MS. To learn more about the run that is currently taking place please visit ‘The Runner’ and ‘The Plan’ pages, but for now let’s talk about MS Run the US, Inc.

Links

www.msruntheus.com

msruntheus@live.com

@msruntheus

Quick Tip:

Boston Qualifying part 1

Outro:

OK folks – that’s it you’ve sat back and watched both reels of the epic movie adventure “RunRunLive Episode 124”  Hope you enjoyed the show, it’s ok to turn your cell phones on now and hand your trash to the ushers.

So my big announcement is that decided to burn some frequent flyer miles and jump into the Utah Valley Marathon next weekend.  Not for time but just for fun.  I’m going to take one of my kids with me and just have a little adventure.

I’m thinking about doing a sprint tri at the end of the summer too.  We’ll see.  I don’t really have a good facility for swimming, but I suppose I could bike down to the lake 2 or 3 times a week.  It’s all good – the universe is abundant and all we have to do is lean into it.

I was traveling this week, back down in Atlanta.  I was sitting next to a soldier at the boarding gate.  And I talked to him a bit.  He was coming back from Afghanistan on a 15 day pass.  He’d flown through Germany and had been on planes for many long hours.  He is deployed in Kandahar.  Not easy duty.

He was flying up to Boston and is from Framingham not too far from where I live.  One of the towns we run the marathon through.  I asked him what the first thing he was going to do when he got home was.  And he looked at me shook his head and said “Hug my boy”.

That was a deep moment, filled with pathos for me.  Made me appreciate the good life we have, the opportunities we have and in my opinion the responsibility to do what we can to work with this gift, to cast a shadow and leave a legacy.

I find I struggle with having too many important and urgent things to do.  And I strive to devise ways to get things done faster and more efficiently so I can have more effective time.  But that’s not how it works really.  There is always more to do than you can squeeze in.  And you have to prioritize.  And the way you prioritize is to spend some real soul searching and figure out what is your big mission in life, what’s important to you, what is the driving framework of core values that you need to prioritize these infinite tasks within.  If you do that then it’s easier, not easy, but easier to decide what not to do, because you can’t so everything.

And here I was expecting this young man to say the first thing he was going to do was to eat a cheeseburger or see his friends but he is grounded in his love of his family and he’s going home to hug his boy.

Do the right things this week my friends and I’ll see you out there.

Ciao,

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Music:

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Rancid – “Radio” from “Let’s Go”

Rancid – “Living on the Highway” from “Let the dominoes fall”

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Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1

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Really folks – enjoy your weekend, hug your kids, pet the dog and make love to your lovers.

Ciao,

Music:

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All music used or sampled is from the Podsafe Music Network at http://www.musicalley.com Please go buy the songs so that the starving artists can live to write another day.

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Standard Links:

http://www.runrunlive.com

http://www.runeratti.com

Http://coolrunning.com

http://Grotonroadrace.com

http://SQRR.org

Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook

Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1

Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804

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