Episode 159 Danny Abshire Newton Running

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 159 – Danny Abshire Newton Running

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Show intro by:

Jeff Hoening


Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Bachelor-Pad Podcast.  That’s right! I dropped the girls off at the airport and Buddy and I are on our own for a few days.  So we’ve been sitting around in our underwear, drinkin beer, passing gas, eatin cheetos and wiping our hands on the couch!

This is the RunRunlive Podcast and this is Chris your host with a big sticky ball of running treacle for you!

We also are able to come to you uninterrupted by the chaotic dithering of our usual housemates and have a great show for you tonight.  We heard from Jeff who is a self proclaimed Newton Show fan. He wanted to do the intro for this episode when he heard that I was chatting with Danny Abshire, the CTO of Newton, again.  With all this free advertising for Newton you’d think they’d send me a free pair of shoes, but nooooooo… and it’s not like I haven’t been asking!  I think my form is almost clean enough now to run in them.

That opening audio was Eric Cameron reading from his blog.  Good story, good metaphor.  The links to all these folks are in the show notes and you can go see the pictures of Mike’s hotel yourself.

I also have the great privilege to have our friend Dr. Sarb reading Secret #8 of the 10 secrets to successful running and it turns out he’s a clinical psychologist – which is perfect for the subject matter.

And, since it’s Valentine’s Day next week I talked our Friend Lucie into performing a steamy reading of a selection from a romance novel in her wonderful Francophile accented Englis.  You had better be out in the snow when that comes on your head phones because you will need cooling down, ooh la la!  Thanks to her for being a good sport.

In Summary –I don’t think I’ll actually have to perform ANY of my own show this week.  100% outsourced.  I have arrived!

I have had an exhausting but good week of training.  This is my peak week. I think the race is in 3 weeks.  I had a solid tempo run Thursday and a decent set of hill charges on Saturday.  I did 20 on Sunday, I did a brutal 15 mile progression run on the treadmill after flying in from Atlanta on Tuesday.  I had a nice 1:30 recovery with Buddy yesterday. If I continue to execute I’ll be over 60 miles for the week.

I’m tired, but I’m strong and I know it’s a peak week so I can battle through it.

I was running Sunday around 16 miles in, heading back to my house and I came up behind a guy, dressed in running stuff, walking.  As I passed him he started to run with me.  We started chatting.  We were going up a hill and he said something like “I don’t want to hold you back.”  And I proceeded to lecture him on how I was trying to hold form up the hill because I was reworking my mechanics..blah blah, blah…

He stayed with me and told me about his current hamstring problem and how he was trying to recover from it by going easy, etc.  At some point we introduced each other and it turns out he was Jim Garcia.  Now Jim is a pretty famous local runner and ultra-runner.  I believe he has won the Groton Road race.  I know he has gone sub-3:00 at Boston for 5 straight decades and here I am telling him about form!

Too funny.  Turns out he lives about a mile from me.  Small world.

So this one should be fun – On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Allstate Havoc GPS commercial

Reading by http://www.doggonerunning.blogspot.com/ “Mike’s Hotel”

Valentines Day steamy Romance novel reading by Lucie www.goofyby50.blogspot.com Twitter:TNTlucie

Dr. Sarb Reading Secret #8

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Ten secrets to successful running

Dr. Sarb.  @sarb on twitter

Hello and welcome to Secret #8 of the ten secrets to a successful running life.

“Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person‘s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, “I am competent”) and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame. Self-esteem can apply specifically to a particular dimension (for example, “I believe I am a good writer, and feel proud of that in particular”) or have global extent (for example, “I believe I am a bad person, and feel bad of myself in general”).”

Don’t you just love Wikipedia?

So what does self esteem have to do with successful running?  Well if you’re like most of us, myself included, you didn’t start out by looking in the mirror and seeing a runner.  Am I right?  Maybe you avoid looking in the mirror and when you do you don’t see a runner.  You are in the majority.

Do you ever have the experience of looking at the photos from a race and thinking ‘geez do I really look like that?  I look awful!”

If I asked you right now “Do you consider yourself an athlete?”  How would you answer?  Would it surprise you to know that that question still makes me uncomfortable to answer in the affirmative?  And I bet I’m not alone.

That is why self esteem and self image make such a difference to not only successfully picking up and staying with running but also in your life in general.

How many potential happy athletes have we lost because they were afraid to be seen exercising in public?  Because they didn’t think they were athlete enough to run with us?

You have got to believe in yourself.  You must learn to be able to look in the mirror and see that happy athlete.   Running is all mental.  If you believe you can, you can.  If you believe you can’t, you can’t.

Listen to me.  If you have the courage to get out there and the tenacity to stick with it you are a superhero.  It doesn’t matter what other people think, what they say or how they act.  When you put on those shoes you are a superhero.

Yeah, when I look in the mirror I see a happy athlete.  I also see a hairy old guy who is as good-looking as a sack of unwashed potatoes – but I don’t care because I’m comfortable in my own skin.  Come on, who looks good in tights? Huh?  You’re not alone!  Self esteem and self doubt is a universal problem – but don’t let it stop you from becoming a successful runner.

What are some tools you can use?  Positive affirmations, i.e. positive self-talk always helps under the assumption that if you tell yourself something enough times, you’ll start to believe it.  Picture that athlete you want to be, assume that persona and talk to yourself as if you are already that person. Try to hang around people who will help you assume that persona, not those who will drag you down.

It takes practice and time to get rid of doubt and you have to stay with it.  Find reasons to believe in yourself.  Celebrate your successes large and small.  Keep up that positive self talk, not negative self talk.

Eventually, if you are able to absolutely believe in yourself you can accomplish anything. Create a clear picture of your future and visualize it.  Clearly picture your future success.  See the play happen.  Picture yourself achieving goal.

Don’t hide yourself under the bed.  Remember that when you put on those shoes and get out there you are a superhero and you can do anything.  Believe in yourself and create the running future you want.

Featured Interview:

Danny Abshire – CTO Newton Running – http://www.newtonrunning.com/

Quick Tip:

Well – I suppose I have to do some of my own show… You hear me referring to running mechanics a lot these days.  What do I mean.

For me it means focusing on hitting the ground lightly on my forefoot with my feet underneath my center of gravity with a slight forward lean at the ankles and a clean, upright, tall form.

I have had to learn to take much shorter strides.  My cadence is higher.  I lift my knees and flick my heels up behind me.

In order to maintain this form I have had to work on strengthening my core by doing aerobic weight lifting twice a week for about an hour.

When running fast I try to focus on pushing my hips forward as if I have a rope tied to my belt and I’m being pulled.  I picture my body running inside a big hamster wheel with my forehead leaning against the front of the wheel and my legs moving in a rapid, almost bicycling motion.  I try to carry my hands lightly and high while pushing my elbows out behind me, like I’m elbowing someone behind me.

And that, my friends is what I’ve been doing day in and day out on my runs for the last 6 months.  I find the fast runs are easier to maintain a clean form and the uphills are too.   I find I really had to work at running recovery and slow miles with good form.  And I also find running downhill is a work in process.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Wow, Dr. Sarb is pretty good huh?  I think he might have a future in this psychology racket.  I’m all tingly.

Well my friends, that’s it you have lurched uncomfortably to the end of yet another RunRunlive Podcast, Episode 159, did I mention it was episode 159? No? oh well too late – episode 159 in the can.

Got some great stuff coming up.  I interviewed Mike Duncan from the History of Rome podcast that Buddy and I have been listening to. Buddy now insists on being referred to as Budinous Maximus Canineous Squirellius Speriorus –that last honorific after the successful Squirrel pacification campaign of ’09 – he awarded himself a triumph.

I also have Chris Cooper who wrote the “Long May You Run” book .  And a couple other cool things.  It’s all good.

I don’t have anything really deep to share with you this week but I will give you a couple amusing interactions I’ve had, in addition to meeting Jim Garcia out on the road.

First one is that I got a new follower on Twitter and they asked me “What do you do?” to which I rejoined that I am a Yak Farmer and Zombie Hunter.

They then replied, “Oh, nice to meet you do you do farming full time?”

And I said “Only between Zombie attacks.”

They haven’t talked to me since then.

Second story.  I have been trying to outsource the audio editing of the interviews to a nice young lady in the Philippines because I find it a good economic trade off for an hour of my time.  Well I got the following email from her over the weekend. “Hello,
Sorry, I cannot work with you anymore, because the Audio tasks is so boring that they affect my mood on the other projects.”  Which I thought was hilarious – so it looks like I’m back to editing my own interviews!

I’ll keep creating the boring audio as long as you can stand it and I WILL see you out there.

And I’ll see you out there.

Music tonight is a nice 3 and ½ minute grage punk song called ‘nut job’ by 3Kisses – run it out!



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