Episode 177 Mr Parry on the run

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 177 – Mr Parry live from Day 5


Show intro by:

Joeseph Bears


Hello and welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Podcast.  Where we go to a sports bar and watch the Boston Bruins take on the Vancouver Canucks in game 7.  One game for all the marbles.  No, not really, but I am a big hockey fan and the series has been well matched and well played so far.

But – let’s pause in our fractal pontifications to assure you that this is the RunRunLive Podcast and this is Chris your host and this is episode 177 and we do have a great show for you today where we will be talking to our friend Jim Parry – teacher, runner and inspirer of developing minds as he is in the middle of his 5th day of running 7 marathons in 7 days and I do think this is a new record for me in terms of sentence length (Inhale)…

For those of you who may be new to the show, or have recently had your medications adjusted, we strive to inform, inspire and entertain you mavens of endurance sports.  Runners, triathletes, zombie hunters – all are welcome to imbibe and yea even partake in our weekly 45 minute cavalcade of stars…


Getting back to the hockey; I like hockey because it’s one of the few sports I actually played as a kid and showed some competence in.  I could skate.  I didn’t have size or coordination or hands, but I could skate.  I really liked skating and played in the old-timer’s league into my late 20’s.  I’d play again if I could find a league old enough and slow enough to take me.

As with any sport whether it be hockey or golf you really have to do it 3 times a week or more to have enough competence to enjoy it.  There’s a good tip for you.  Anything you want to do you should do 3 times a week for a month before passing judgment on whether it’s right for you.

I have some cautionary advice for your folks today.  When you are out running on the road don’t wear earth tones.  I almost whacked one of my neighbors last week because she was running at dusk in muted colored clothes.  Don’t be shy.  Wear safety colors.  You’re not duck hunting and there is no need to blend into the scenery.  Google ‘Safety Orange’ or ‘Safety Yellow’ to see what I mean.  If you can’t do that then wear a blinky light.

The Budster and I have been putting some great long runs in the woods together.  It’s been raining for the last week and we have had some fun mucking it up.  The woods are really green and dense – it’s like a tropical jungle up here.  I put up a youtube video of one of my trail runs that you can get to from my site at RunRunLive.com.

I’m just building up time on my feet and time in the saddle.  It’s a great way to spend some time alone with the dog, listen to some podcasts and burn some calories.

Well my friends, the puck is about to drop so I have to get down to the Hotel Bar so I don’t miss anything!

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Audio from extra mile podcast Galloway edition. The Extra Mile Podcast GALLOWAY EDIT

Audio from Charlie @cewtwo

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Mad scientist blog post – see www.runrunlive.com for details.

Featured Interview:

Jim Parry – http://mrparrysendurancechallenge.blogspot.com/

Quick Tip:

Slippery when wet blog post – see www.runrunlive.com for text.


Well folks that’s it you have won game seven of the running podcasts and are hoisting the cup at the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast, Episode 177 in the can.

I have a great show for you next week.  I’m interviewing another great guy who’s running across the US.  And it’s a great chat.

I have been busy with the new H2 microphone.  I started two new projects.  I started recording the audio from my first book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”.  I have the first two stories done and up on my website – two of my favorite by the way.  I decided instead of waiting for the whole book I’m just going to roll them out as they come.  Look on RunRunLive.com under the Audio Products tab if you are interested.

The second project I’m recording is a boy’s novel from 1913 called Fred Fenton Marathon Runner.  I’m reading it into audio for fun and you can find that under the Audio Products tab as well.  Let me know what you think.

You may have noticed that I’m putting the quick tip and equipment check as blog posts.  I’m finding that this gives more people access to the content – if you’re interested in that text go to the site as well.

Got some weird travel coming up over the next two weekends.  I’m going to Eindhoven in the Netherlands this weekend and then I’m going down to St Louis for the Mojo StLoco social running event the end of the week.

I drove down to Connnecticut and back this week.  And I drove down the Merrit Parkway.  The Merrit is a really pretty road that was opened in 1940 as a parkway.  Meaning they put woods and parkland around it and didn’t allow too many exits and entrances.  So it is this really pretty enclosed environment.

Each of the overpasses, the bridges has a different design and they are 1940’s sort of art deco stylized.  It’s interesting because a) a highway is something that would be so easy to make ugly and b) it has survived 70 years without that much loss of its original intent.

I want to talk to you about something important to think about as you make your plans this week.  I want you to think about the differences between process, intent and achievements.  This applies whether you are trying to turn around an organization or qualify for the Boston marathon.

First you need to think about your intent.  If you can be honest with yourself about what intent you bring to the project it will ensure a good foundation.  If you bring a good intent that aligns with your value system you won’t have as many doubts as you navigate the process.

But process is the key.  Teams, organizations and individuals who succeed don’t focus on the accomplishment or on the end deliverable, they focus on the process.  If you listen carefully to people who describe their successes they will talk about the process.  If you create an effective process, and can focus on the process it takes the pressure off of the results.  When you hear teams say that they ‘trusted the system’ – the translation is that the process was good and by having, focusing and executing a good process it led naturally to success.

And as you are executing your process I’ll see you out there.


My friends I dare you to friend me on Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube as cyktrussell that’s chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

And The number you’ll find on rest area bathroom walls throughout the US – for a good time call – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends me an audio file.

It would be doing me a solid favor if you could record the intro – it’s fun.  You will find the instructions for reading the show intro and all my content on my website www.runrunlive.com

We have been treating you to lots of funky funk today – and this song to take you is no exception It’s called Say it loud by Esteban and is just over 3 minutes long – just perfect for a little pickup – so tighten up your form a take it out.   See you next week…



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Chris Russell lives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.

Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com

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