Episode 182 Dr Yessis and Explosive Running

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 182 – Dr. Yessis and Explosive Running

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Show intro by:

Michael Olkin


Hello and welcome to the Plantar Fasciitis podcast where we ice our heel and take anti-inflammatory medication in hopes of some day running again.  Yup, it’s confirmed, I saw my pal Dr. Hester this week and I’ve got the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis.  And, as luck would have it this is the RunRunLive Podcast and this is Chris your host and we do have a great show for you today!

Yes, that Achy heel turned out to be a swollen bundle of ligaments and Dr. Hester told me to stop running until it gets better.  I’ll tell you all about it on one of our segments today and I’m going to organize an entire interview around it in a future show.  I’m also going to tell you about the triathlon I raced this weekend, and of course, our interview with Dr. Yessis who wrote the Explosive Running book.

That’s a lot huh?  I’m not worried about taking it easy.  It’s summer and I’m taking it easy anyhow so no big deal.  I’m going to scuttle my trip the Wilderness 101 this week, not because I can’t ride, but because my buddies backed out and I’m not into driving 15 hours to ride for 12 hours and turn around and drive back.  There’s a 180k bike race in August I might take on in Western Mass, but we’ll have to see how the injury comes into play.

It’s really not much more than an ache.  At it’s worse it is maybe a 4 on the ten scale pain wise, but the Dr. says this injury can become chronic if you don’t aggressively treat it.

Didn’t travel this week and I got Verizon FIOS installed at the house so I can now push those gi-normis podcast files up to the internet in 2 minutes instead of ½ hour.

Rode to work this morning and tried something that I heard from Adam Tinkoff.  I used instant coffee in one of my water bottles and it was kinda nice to have cold coffee on a warm morning commute.

Here’s a couple bladder tips for you, having listened to a couple conversations about hydration in this hot weather.  I have a Northface Hydration pack that I use on the bicycle.  It’s basically a back pack with a 70oz water bladder in it.  It’s up to you, but I don’t put anything  but water in the badder.  It’s just too hard to clean out and it will get moldy if you put any sports drink in there.

To keep it from getting moldy, rinse it out thoroughly right when you get back, fold it up and put it in the freezer.  Don’t take it out until the next time you use it.  If it starts getting funky you can fill itup and drop a couple of those fizzy denture cleaner tablets into it, like Polident.  That will scrub it up and sterilize it.

How’s your summer going?  Got anything interesting to share?

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Caddyshack clip

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Tri Race Report – http://www.runrunlive.com/the-appleman-sprint-triathlon

Featured Interview:

Dr. Yessis –  http://www.doctoryessis.com

Dr. Michael Yessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. and M.S. from City University of New York. He is president of Sports Training, Inc., a diverse sports and fitness company. Dr. Yessis is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he was a multi-sports specialist in biomechanics (technique analysis) and sports conditioning and training.

Dr. Yessis has served as training and technique consultant to several Olympic and professional sports teams, including the L.A. Rams and L.A. Raiders football clubs, Natadore Diving Team, and the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team. He has also trained hundreds of athletes in different sports and developed unique specialized training programs for strength and speed-strength i.e. explosive strength, terms he’s coined.

During his fifty plus years of working with athletes, and as President of Sports Training Inc, Dr. Yessis developed what has come to be known as the “Yessis System” for improving run?ning speed. His three-step method has been successfully used to improve athletes in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, track and other sports.  Most notable is the improvement in sports technique.  He is considered this country’s foremost expert on sports technique. In the Jan 2011 issue of Muscle & Fitness, Dr. Yessis is referred to as the legendary Biomechanist.

Dr. Yessis has written 16 books in the sports and fitness field including Kinesiology of Exercise, Build A Better Athlete, and Sports: Is It All B.S.?    He has also written more than 2,000 articles on fitness and sports training that have appeared in magazines such as Muscle and Fitness, Shape, Scholastic Coach, Fitness Management,  National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal and Track and Field Coaches Review. In addition, he completed four renowned DVDs;  Exercise Mastery, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for the Quarterback, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Baseball and Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Softball and one CD e book on Explosive Tennis: The Forehand, and Explosive Tennis: The Backhand.

Dr. Yessis presently serves on the advisory board and is a clinical advisor for the American Running Association. He is also a contributor to Football Gridiron and Running Times magazines.


Quick Tip:

Plantar Fasciitis Article – http://www.runrunlive.com/plantar-fasciitis



Ok my fellow endurance junkies, you have swum poorly, biked passably and run well through the finish line of yet another RunRunLive Podcast – episode 182 in the can.   Wow! We’re moving right along.  Will you still love me when I’m old?

I’ve got a lot going on but my training is in a bit of a holding pattern until I figure out if this is a two week or a 6 month problem with the heel.  Best not to jinx it by dwelling on all the races I might be doing.

We’ve got some great shows coming up.  I interview a couple of our fellow runners who have started businesses around their running dreams.  Will pick their brains and see if we can all pick those entrepreneurial locks.   Poke the box!

A quick couple of notes from the RunRunLive human resources department.  Sabrina our editor is heading back to college in a couple weeks – anyone want to do editing of raw interview files for me?  It’s easy and I train.  I’ll pay you $10 a show and you’ll get to hear the complete interviews before anyone else!

Next the Marketing department went rogue on me and signed us up as an affiliate at Audible.  You probably figured out that I read a lot.  I also have listened to many audio books before there were podcasts.   The funny thing is that what I like to read and what I like to listen to are different.

The starkest example is that I would never read detective novels, but they are a blast to listen to.  One of the funniest series to listen to is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  Hilarious summer reading or listening. So if you are so inclined you can click through one of the Audible icons in the right sidebar on the RunRunLive website and they throw some commission at me when you buy or sign up.

There are other books that I would probably not consider listening to on audio.  I’ll tell you a travel story.  I read the entirety of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment on a flight to Australia, curled up in a comfy Biz class chair with a comforting scotch.  That’s the only way to read Dostoevsky.  I read most of Tolstoy that way too.

Take it easy in the heat if you’re in my hemisphere.  There’s no shame in backing off your workouts.  As long as you get out and do something, they don’t all have to be fantastic.  Nothing wrong with a quickie every now and then.

I’ve been trading emails with Jeremy from AltraRunnign and I think we’re going to runa a contest to give away a pair of those zero-drop shoes – coming up – stay tuned.

I’ve been trying to hire some people in my real life and it’s hard.  People always whine about how hard it is to find a job, but you know what, it’s hard to hire people too.

Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager.  We have to take a leap of faith on an unknown.  A bad decision will hurt your business and suck energy from you.  No decision places a growth constraint on the business and is a risk to revenue.  You can’t hire half a person. You have to take a leap of faith.

It really doesn’t matter how good your methodology is.  Some percentage of hires are just not going to work out, and that is draining on the organization because all divorces are messy.  Hiring is one of the most emotionally taxing, high-risk and time intensive things executives do.

I’ll give you some pointers on the methodology I use so you can see what’s going on, on the other side of the curtain.  First, I will typically cast a fairly broad net so a get a good applicant pool.  I want to fill the funnel with many qualified applicants.  It’s more efficient for me to triage multiple candidates.

Then I’ll triage the candidates with 5-10 ‘red flag’ questions to sort down the pile to something manageable.  For example, if the job calls for 75% travel I’m not going to consider someone who has never held a travel job before.  I’ll do this with a screening call.  It’s basically a spreadsheet with ten questions like a score card.

When I’ve got 3-5 good candidates I’ll schedule an in-depth interview call of an hour where I will walk them through their resume, and even their life, looking for patterns of success and failure.

If they get through this process I’ll shop them around with the rest of the management team in a physical visit to headquarters.  There’s more to it than that.  That’s just a summary but now you know what’s going on when you mail your resume to me.

The thing is most people are so emotionally wrapped up in SELLING themselves they never stop to consider the BUYING process and how to make that go well.

And if your resume includes endurance sports, I might not make you an offer, but I’ll see you out there.


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I hope you liked the strange ambient music snippets so far.  I’m going to bring you back to earth with this nice hard driving tune called flowers by Zoe Appleseed. Two minutes and 50 odd seconds so pick it up, mind your form and beat the heat.  Go!



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