Episode 140 a chat with Anne B on Running and Writing

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 140 – Anne B on Running and Writing

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I TRI because I CAN…

Busy busy busy… Work. Friends. Family. Volunteering. Hardly an idle moment. It’s hard to maintain a sense of balance!

And… a diagnosis in 2004 of Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a progressive nerve disease which impacts peripheral nerves and sensory / motor functions.

What to do? A personal experiment… Can I improve my health and overall physical fitness with a dedicated training plan? Can I get strong? Can I complete – and love doing – an Olympic distance triathlon?

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Hello and welcome to the Border Collie grooming podcast – the show where we discuss ways to get all that hair out of your life! And especially this time of year when they are experiencing their yearly seasonal fur disorder and creating life-size replicas of themselves in hair ball form all over your house!

I can be on a plane over the Pacific Ocean open a water bottle and I’ll find somehow a dog hair has been snuck into it!

Hi folks! This is Chris and this is the RunRunLive Podcast the podcast to entertain, inspire and inform all my endurance athlete friends and myself.  Today we have a wonderful show for you – episode 140 – where we talk to our good friend Anne about running and writing and I think you’ll derive some excellent insight from it!

I’ve been having a bit of a low energy week or so but I’ve gotten all my training in and I am actually seeing signs of life in the old legs as the training effect kicks in.  I’m still running heavy at around 190 pounds but I feel strong.

You’ll often hear me talking about the ‘training effect’ or waiting for the training effect.  What this refers to is when you body responds to hard training cycles by getting stronger and faster.  The thing makes it difficult, and tests your maturity is that the response doesn’t align with the effort directly.  The hard work you do today may pop up to save your butt in a race a month or two from now.  In our culture of immediate gratification this is hard to deal with.  When I work hard I want to be rewarded!  Right now thank you very much!

II have a little shin pain in my left knee area that I’m keeping an eye on.  When you’re training hard, or I should say, when I’m training hard, there is always something that hurts.  As you mature you learn to assess the pains and work with them, and not freak out.  If there is anything I’ve learned in life it is that freaking out is just an energy waster in general.

The new orthotics are wrong and need to be adjusted.  The doctor put too much material into the forefoot and tried to correct something – so I have to go back and get all that shaved off.  Can’t leave well enough alone those guys.  I’ve been injury free for 8 years and he wants to change things up! Sheesh!

I’m training with CoachPRS Jeff and Diane Kline in Colorado.  I’m  training for a 1:30 ½ marathon try this year.  So far it’s been great and I’m learning a bunch about HR and strength training.  I like to learn.  I took the opportunity to chat with him again and I’ll get that up next week so we can all learn from it.

I know there are many of you out there coming up on big races in the next couple weeks.  Good luck to you.  We’re all rooting for you.  You’ve done your training so put your trust in the hands of whichever deity you feel an affinity for and let it rip in a great joyous crescendo of athletic greatness.

Have fun and be safe.  Run like there’s no tomorrow.

On With the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Chris and Buddy – hot run in woods

Chris Ice-bath.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit sampling.

Austin Powers Sampling

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Going to try to sneak in one of Collin’s songs.

Story time:

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Equipment Check:

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Featured Interview:

Anne Brennan


I am a freelancing, blogging, running, biking, swimming, lifting mom of three from fifteen to three years old.


About Ann

After years of telling my children “you can do anything you set your mind to,” I decided to put the old adage to the test myself. I had always wanted to be a writer, but had never submitted anything. My husband convinced me to send in Raising a Runner. Unbelievably it was picked up by two separate publications within days of submission. Currently, my column The Athletic Annapolitan is set to launch in two weeks at Greater Annapolis Patch. In addition, I am have a regular column at Eye On Annapolis Several of my essays have appeared in The Washington Running Report,www.Irongirl.com and The Streak – an Annapolis Strider’s publication. I have also been published in the eNewsletters of FitPregnancy.com and TrailRunner Magazine.

Quick Tip:

I know lots of you have big events coming up.  I’m not going to lecture on Taper-Madness or tell you what equipment to lay out the night before your race.  As is my want, I am going to ask you to think about your inner game.

If you have made it this far you have done your training.  Whether that training was good and sufficient is no longer important.  You have what you have.  The last couple weeks before an event, if you have trained well just relax, if you haven’t, it’s too late so relax…

There are no special foods, no special potions, no special clothes that are going to make any difference now.  Just avoid any kind of cramming activity.  Don’t swill fluids and eat pasta to excess…just relax…There is very little you can control there…But you can control your inner game.

Many of you first timers and those of you who have trained lo these many long weeks will have a huge emotional investment in this event.  I’m going to ask you to set that aside.  I’m going to ask you to practice emotional detachment.  You need to save your emotional energy for the race not burn it all up in the taper.

Repeat after me.

“I have done my training.  There is nothing else I can do to prepare for this race except relax my body and soul in preparation of a glorious effort. “

“I have prepared.  I am committed to show up at the start and perform to the best of my ability on race day when the gun goes off.  So, now I give myself permission to relax.”

“I will sleep deeply in the strength of my training feeling like a coiled spring.  I am sanguine, calm, untroubled, comfortable, stress-free, unperturbed, peaceful, undisturbed and tranquil.”

Now go forth and own that race.


Ok, that’s it my furious and furry friends, you have sloughed off the chitonous exo-skeleton that is the RunRunLive Podcast.  Episode 140 in the can.

Next week I’m going to sneak in a Coach Jeff interview – you’ll like it.  Then I have an interesting chat with Kat from GoHeadbands and I talked to Kavitha Karnaparthi who is a wonderful lady setting up ultra running adventures in India.

I’m heading up to run the WineGlass Marathon with Michael from real rookie running this weekend – that should be fun.   Michael, Relax!

Don’t forget to sign up for the WorldWideFestivalofRaces at http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com/race/home

While you’re at it check out the extramile podcast with Kevin who is going to rock the Chicago Marathon next week.  Kevin, Relax!

Now, I usually try not to give out personal information on the show because it’s not about me.  But the survey I sent out, (that is still up over at RunRunLive.com), people wanted to know more about me so I’ve included this session where I was interviewed about my up-bringing and childhood…

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Hope that clears things up.  I made some progress on loading old shows on my new website, RunRunLive.com. I got up to 45.  Frankly I’m a little tight on time, but I’ll keep banging on it.  If someone wants to intern for me I’ll pay you $5 an hour. No kidding.

Because.  I’m a lucky guy.  My kids are healthy.  I have someone to come home to. I get to work and travel and meet people.  I like to complain about being over worked and jet lagged and poor.  But that’s just silly – I’m rich.  Rich in opportunity.  Rich in the grand soup that is this world and this universe.  The rest is just details.

Look around.  I know you’re stressed. I know you need more sleep and more hours in the day.  But look around.  Look at all you have! Take a second and write down 3 or 4 or 10 things that you have, that you get to do.  You’ll be amazed.

So Relax! And I’ll see you out there.

Music tonight is a blues rock tune from the music alley, see these songs are royalty free and I can use them without a hoard of angry litigious lawyers descending on RunRunLive world head quarters, tonight a band from Anne’s area in Maryland, the Fabrockators with My Freedom.

Good luck you road warriors! Ciao!



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