Episode 175 Garret Running Across Borders

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 175 – Garret – Running Across Borders

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Show intro by:

Tim Runs Trails


Hello and welcome to the show about running and swimming and biking and working and traveling and philosophizing and just wheeling through life like a meteor burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere! How are you?  I’m fine, thank you for asking, and I am Chris your host and this is episode 175 of the RunRunLive podcast.

We had Tornados in Massachusetts yesterday!  We never get that kind of weather here.  We get the violent thunders storms in July and August, but nothing this violent this early in the season.  The planet is getting angry my friends so park your car and ride your bike or run to work this summer.

My daughter told me that as she was making her lunch in the morning there was a big thunder clap that shook the house.  When she turned around Buddy was standing on the kitchen counter looking very frightened and confused.  Thunderstorms make him mental; he’s goes berserk in the classic Nordic sense of the word.

I’m in a taper week for a sprint tri called escape the Cape this Saturday.  I told coach I really didn’t care about performance, but he’s tapering me anyhow.

I had some good workouts this past weekend.  I couldn’t get in the pool Friday night because with the hot weather the pool was chock full of little kids – I couldn’t get a lane.  Instead I got up and did an out and back in the lake – which turned out to be great – I dusted off my wetsuit and got to practice my siting and other open water stuff.

The tri I’m doing this weekend has a point to point open water ocean swim and I’m sure that is going to freak people out.  After that I went out on my 29er and found that trail over to my office.  It looks to be around 20ish miles of road and trail – very doable as part of my ultra training.  I sent a humorous  chat on this adventure to the Extra Mile Podcast.

I also got down to the track this week to do some what might be nauseatingly referred to as speed work.

We have a great show for you today.  I talk to Garret from the organization Running across borders about his work with runners in East Africa.  We also have a fine audio rendition of a poem by Teresa, better known as @picsiechick – check out her cool website at http://picsiechick.com/.  I do a clarifying follow up on my form article from last week and I continue to talk about trails.

You know I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.  On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Ted Kennedy’s eulogy for Robert Kennedy – 01 Eulogy for Robert Francis Kennedy

Sample from Harvard Business Review IdeaCast – 249_ The Hidden Demons of High Achievers

Nigel – Running from the Reaper


Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

A fine audio rendition of a poem called perfect worlds by Teresa, better known as @picsiechick – check out her cool website at http://picsiechick.com/

Equipment Check:

Trail running Series Part 2 – See runrunlive.com blog for text.

Featured Interview:

Garrett from http://www.runningacrossborders.org/

Quick Tip:

Post on why running form is important but not a magic bullet – see runrunlive.com for full text.


Well folks that is it you outrun the thunder storms to find yourself yet again at the end of another  RunRunLive Podcast.  Episode 175 in the can.

Well folks I have lots of travel coming up including a trip over to Amsterdam it looks like.  After this weekend’s triathlon my next event is the MojoStloco in St. Louis on the 24th.  After that I have another sprint tri on July 15th, but that’s not a big deal.  What is a big deal is that I’m officially registered for the Wilderness 101 mountain bike race at the end of July and the Vermont 50 ultra-marathon in September, followed of course by the Chicago marathon.

I know it all seems like a lot of work but it is all fairly complimentary.   I’d like to do a better job at the Wilderness this year – maybe break 11 hours and for the VT 50 maybe break 10 hours.  With ultras a lot is dependent on conditions on that day.  Chicago I’m going to mail in so anyone who needs a nice, slow, chatty companion for that give me a shout.


Travel story – Money and Logan Airport.

When I was traveling back and forth to Mexico in the mid 1980’s it was during a time of hyper-inflation for the Mexican Peso.  I used to have fun tipping the porters in Boston with $1,000 Mexican bills.  Which were worth less than a dollar at the time but it would confuse the heck out of the porters.

One time I came back from a trip in the International terminal and had to make a pit-stop in the bathroom.  Only the big handicapped accessible stall was open.  When I went in I found a roll of money sitting on the shelf.  It was about $300 cash.

Here’s the interesting question.  What would you do?  We are talking about a big roll of untraceable cash.  Not enough to get you in trouble, or change your life, but certainly enough to have some fun with.

What would you do?

What I did was to walk over to the State Police office and tell them I found a roll of cash.  They laughed at me.  Seriously that thought I was an idiot.  Then some frantic Canadian tourist came through the door looking for it and all was well.

They way I looked at it, it wasn’t my money and to take it would be dishonest.  You might say that it was only a couple hundred bucks and therefore it would be ok to pocket it, but where do you draw the line?

How can you be honest by degrees?  How can you be situationally honest?  I would say that honesty is fairly black and white, you are or you aren’t and it really can’t have a dollar value or situational angle to it.  In reality, if it was $20, I probably wouldn’t have bothered, but you get my point.

It’s one of those core value things that define you that you shouldn’t muck around with.  If you start mucking around with your core values you soon lose your sense of self and then you are lost in the wilderness of ambiguity.

Of all the things you will accomplish in your life it all start with you defining who you are at your core.  Who you are, is something that has nothing to do with what you have or things.  Who you are is something that can’t be taken away from you.

If you have a well defined core sense of yourself this becomes the bedrock of your self-confidence in life.  This allows you to go forth with good intent and without fear.

So…Who are you?

I’m Chris and I’ll see you out there.


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