Episode 186 – Zombies!

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 186 – Zombies!

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Show intro by:

Dan – http://runningthegoldenyears.blogspot.com/


Hello and welcome to…Really now, it’s episode 186, aren’t you totally sick of this ‘hello and welcome to’ schtick?  Maybe it’s time to move on to something else?  Really there has to be something more interesting than me for you to listen to.  I listened to a TED talk this morning about how we as a modern society are losing the ability to listen.  Because we have so much noise coming to us from so many channels. The speaker had several suggestions.  Most of them the usual stuff about focusing on one channel and engineering some moments of pure silence into your life, but interestingly one of his suggestions was to listen for the beauty on the noise.  Try to discern that pattern and how it is rich and beautiful.

Failing that…Hello and welcome to episode 186 of the RunRunLive podcast.  This is Chris, your host, and we have a great show for you today.  Today we are going to talk about zombies! Hundreds of brain eating undead all focused on chasing down and consuming runners.  You can’t say I didn’t warn you this zombie apocalypse was coming.  But it’s going to be ok. Remember rule #1 is aerobic conditioning as the best defense for a zombie attack.

And if you are a new listener and are wondering what THE hell this rambling, random idiot is talking about and ‘what about the running stuff?” then I would remand and urge you to remember Rule #6, which is “Don’t take yourself so darn seriously!”

I have another Plantar Fasciitis update for you today and a short beginner bit on swimming.

I have not been running, my heel still hurts and I’ve been on the road this week which cut into my riding and working out a little, but that’s ok because I’m going to race on Sunday.  I’ve got the Hampshire 100 MTB in NH and I’m fairly confident.

I’m heading to see the heel doctor on Monday and we’ll see what the next steps are.  I think my fall season is shot for serious competition but I may be able to salvage some winter racing.  At this point I’m going to need to budget a month to spin my running back up once I figure out how to fix the heel.

I’m doing my best to stay hopeful and sanguine about it – but it is a struggle not to be able to clear my head with a run when I’m on the road.

But – It’s not about me and I should remember rule#6.

On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

TED_ Julian Treasure_ 5 ways to listen

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Plantar update – http://www.runrunlive.com/another-plantar-fasciitis-update

Featured Interview:

Zombies! Runforyourlives.com



Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!



Quick Tip:

Swimming 101 – http://www.runrunlive.com/swimming-101


Ok my friends, Are you still with me? I hope you have been thinking about Rule#6 as we don’t take ourselves too seriously through the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast, episode 186 in the can.

Coming up next week we talk with Caity who is the chief promoter of runbarefootgirl, who is a lovely person with a inspirational story, a great attitude and she is kind to old people, children and dogs.  She also is not only our interviewee but also is editing her own interview for me in an ironic twist that underscores just how good my work avoidance skills are.

I have some really good interviews in the can.  I talked with the current holder of the Guinness world record for most-marathons in a year, the founder of the Furman Running Institute and a great talk with the founder of operation beautiful that will rekindle your faith in humanity.  Have I mentioned how extraordinarily lucky I am to be able to talk to all these folks?  And you should feel lucky to listen to them.

As a matter of fact, I would encourage you to reach out and engage these folks on your own.  Typically the contact info is in the show notes.  I fancy that part of my role, my value add in this weird world is as a connector.  I bring people together.  I help people by making connections. I have the undeniable privilege of helping to weave our web of community wider and tighter.

And if you listen hard there is some beauty in that.

And… I want to connect some lucky woman to a pair of AltraRunning Zero Drop women-specific running shoes.  We are kicking off the women’s shoe give-away this week so go to my blog, under the Runnerati Blog tab on my website at RunRunLive.com and enter for a chance to win – we want to hear from you.

I want to leave you with a thought about love this week.

One of the quotes that passed through my social media engine this week was “Those who are hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.”  That’s an interesting sentiment.

In these times when I am asking you to grab a shovel, to do one positive thing every week, every day.  To not get caught up in the overwhelming mass of negative thought, negative action and the culture of scarcity and fear.

We all have THOSE people in our lives.  Those people at work or in our families or in our communities or the baby screaming on the plane – that are miserable and grumpy and can point out the dark cloud in every silver lining.  Those people are hard to love.

Jon Gordon called them energy vampires and advises you to kick them off your bus.

Stephen Covey of 7 habits fame, not 7 hobbits, that’s JRR Tolkien, tells a story about this.  He says a man came up to him after a seminar and said “What should I do? I don’t love my wife anymore.”  And Stephen Covey explained to him that love was an action, not a state.  That he should love his wife.

Think about that with those who are troubled in your life.  That maybe you can, instead of adopting their scarcity, or rebuffing them, maybe you can just love them.  What keeps you from loving them is your own fear, your own lack of self-confidence and your own inability to disentangle your own emotions from the transaction.

It’s hard to love people who are not lovable because they take without giving.  But it might just help you if you put all that aside and give it a try.

And when you do I’ll see you out there.


You can find me trying not to be depressed at Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

You can love me by calling – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends me an audio file.

Remember rule #6 – don’t take yourself so darn seriously and read the show intro for us  You will find the instructions for reading the show intro and all my content on my website www.runrunlive.com

Music tonight is a light, happy number by  anne_heaton-called underdog–It’s almost 4 minutes long.  Just think some youngsters can run a whole mile in the time this song takes to play – so try to listen to the beauty in it and don’t take yourself so seriously.  See you next week.


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  • Sarah Fitzpatrick

    Reply Reply August 22, 2011

    Hi Chris!

    I had a dream last night that you gave me a shoe. I tried it on. It was a half a size too small, but I said I’d take it anyway. When I got home and opened the box, the matching shoe was no match…. It was three sizes smaller than the already too small shoe! Sooo, I ran back to [your] “shoe store” with the one shoe on to give them back to you. When I got there, I gave you a big hug and said everything’s going to be okay. I will always listen to the Run Run Live Podcast.

    I awoke this morning wondering what inspired this silly dream. Maybe I fell asleep during the Run Run Live Podcast and Chris Russell said he was going to give someone some shoes? Low and behold that is the truth. So here I am with bells on. Please sir, may I have some shoes? and Please sir, may they match?

    Happy running,

    Sarah Fitzpatrick
    Sherman Oaks, CA

  • Sarah Fitz

    Reply Reply August 23, 2011

    Thank you! I will try and dream about a good answer tonight, but I’m pretty sure I’ll just have to come up with one on my own! Stay tuned.


  • Scott

    Reply Reply August 25, 2011

    Really liked the Anne Heaton tune at the end – just downloaded it from Amazon and will be adding to my running playlist.
    Thanks for the great addition!

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