Episode 206 – Linda Quirk Run7on7

Episode 206 – Linda Quirk Run7on7

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Show intro by:

Mike Neifert – Mike N on Dailymile www.dailymile.com/people/openmikey


RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast.  A special welcome to our new friends who maybe got a new MP3 player for the holidays and now are looking to flood that device with rich, creamy, running content.   This is Chris your host and we do a weekly show on endurance athletes wrapped around sundry and fractal themes of education, inspiration and entertainment.

Me I’m just a normal guy.  I’ve decided to get rid of the yak herd and upgrade to unicorns.  The horns alone are bringing a great profit in China right now.  See…normal…

We have a great show for you today.  I have an interview with Loinda Quirk hwo is a serious endurance athlete and she has leveraged her personal experiences and abilities to create a foundation to help addicts.  We had a tenuous skype connection and you may hear that.  The good news is that it kept me from taking over the conversation too much!

That clip to start was from an old twitter friend of mine Alicia who is an elite fitness trainer and I think it nicely summed up some of the challenges we face in January.  I know you already think I’m an elitist, so let me preface this by saying that I think it’s great that people are trying to change their lives in the New Year.

I went into my club on Monday to do my work out.  Every piece of equipment had someone on it! I had trouble finding a sliver of floor space to use for my workout.  I got an exercise ball and my dumbbells and a mat.  Soon as I put the ball down a kid comes over and says “Can I have that?” I say “no” and point out that there are 10 more balls over in the ball rack.

As soon as I start jumping rope a lady comes over and takes my ball!  Then some other lady steals my floor space and mat.  Just lays down and starts using my mat.  It was crazy!  God love them it was cracking me up.

In my outro today I give some thoughts on how to make those resolutions align better with you beliefs so that they will stick.

I’m also going to give you a piece on why I love the Boston Marathon – an explanation piece.

One of my personal drivers is the need for fulfillment.  I find fulfillment in helping people. This Podcast is in part a manifestation of that need for fulfillment.  I want to take it step further this year.  I want to mentor anyone who wants to try to qualify for  Boston.  To facilitate this I provided CoachPRS with the training plan that I used to qualify and he is offering it as part of his coaching service at www.PRSfit.com.

I’m offering to walk anyone who wants through the ‘how’.  My first victim is Friend of the show Joe Bears.  He is a veteran marathoner who needs to take 45 minutes off his finishing time to qualify.  I’m going to help him try.  Anyone else who wants to try shoot me an email.  I’m still working it out in my mind but I will make the process a public and open to you all as possible.  We’ll start in a couple weeks.

Enjoy the show, and welcome.  I appreciate your time.  Let me know what I can do for you.

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Alicia Bell – @aliciabellelite – http://www.aliciabellelite.com/


RunRunLive » Audio Products » MidPackersLament » The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio Book


It took me a few months…but I kept at it and now can present to you The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio book.  This is ~50 running stories read into audio by the author (me) and ends up being 6-8 hours of audio.

The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament.

Hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoyed recording it!

Ciao, thanks, and I’ll see you out there.



Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Why I love Boston – http://www.runrunlive.com/why-i-love-boston


Featured Interview:

The Runner: Linda Quirk

Linda Quirk is running the world to raise money and awareness for drug and alcohol addiction treatment and long-term recovery. Linda experienced the devastating affects drugs can have on a family when her stepdaughter Katherine’s gripping meth addiction threatened to take her life and tear Linda’s family apart. Thankfully, Linda and her family were able to convince Katherine to seek professional *treatment – something Linda is forever grateful for. Realizing the lack of information available to parents, Linda realized she could help those in need while educating families all over the world about drug and alcohol addiction treatment and long-term recovery. She started with seven marathons on seven continents…


Seven Marathons on Seven Continents

In 2008, Linda Quirk set out to run a marathon on each of the planet’s seven continents in hopes of raising one million dollars for a drug and alcohol treatment scholarships. She kicked off her mission with the Boston Marathon then went on to run The Great Wall of China, Kenya (Safaricom), Easter Island, Reykjavik, Melbourne and the freezing glaciers of Antarctica. She completed her seven on seven mission March of 2009, but was far from her raising her million dollar goal. So, she dreamed even bigger and announced to the world her attempt at history – to become the first woman to complete the 4 Deserts in under a year in 2010.



Quick Tip:

Games to play when running with someone slower – http://www.runrunlive.com/quick-tip-games-to-play-when-running-with-someone-slower


Ok my New Year’s Resolutionary war veteran’s You have manifested the grit, the stick-to-it-tiveness and the resolve to fight your way through to the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode206 in the can.

I finished up PT last week and then snuck out to jog the Hangover classic 5k with my daughter.  Then we all went for the traditional plunge into the Atlantic for a nice pilsner glass.  The heel is trending towards ‘better’.  It was a little angry about the 5k but is definitely getting better.  I went in to see Dr. Hester and he told me to give it another month but thinks we’re on our way.

This leaves me in a interesting position. I will run Boston in April and will at best have 10 weeks to train from zero.  I don’t want to jump into a large amount of intensity and volume because that would put my recovery at risk.  I don’t know what I’m going to do yet but Ipve orderd the Gallowy book and may try to squeeze out a run walk plan that wioll at least get me to the start and finish lines un-injured.

I’m into IM training and have signed up for a masters swim class at the local YMCA.  I’m not worried about the distance but I’m quite put off by the financial excess of this sport.  My resolution is to compete well in your stinking triathlon without spending a small fortune in equipment and without physically and emotionally bankrupting myself.

And Next week we have another great chat with Dave McGillivary the Race Director of that little old Boston Marathon…

Stay with me folks and we’ll get through 2012 together and come out the other end kicking and smiling.

Outro – doing resolutions right – http://www.runrunlive.com/doing-resolutions-right

Spend the time.  Dig deeper into the drivers of your resolutionary urges And I’ll see you out there.


You can resolve right now to find me  Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

You can resolve to send me a message by dialing – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file.

I need show intros! It’s fun and a non-scary way to participate in our community.  Who knows reading the show intro could be the first step for big positive change in your life.  It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com


This one was a little heavy and deep – so let’s bring it back up a little.  What we need is some Ska to take us out.  This will put some pep in your step. Happy New Year,


Great news my running friends – my book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is now available in Kindle format at the Kindle store on Amazon.com!  Just search on “Mid-Pack”.  It’s a bargain at an easy $5 and all proceeds go towards supporting the underfunded pension plan of the retired cleaning staff at the RunRunLive world headquarters. I recently got a kindle myself and I love it.  It does reading very well.

The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament.


From Podsafe:

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Outro music:


Outro Artists Bio:

Standard Links:







Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube

Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1

Mid-Packer’s Lament E-book

Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy E-Book

Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804

Chris Russelllives 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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