Episode 210 – Mike Blackmore from Blackmore Massage Therapy

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 210 – Mike Blackmore from Blackmore Massage Therapy

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Show intro by:

Sergio from Brasil – >

This is Not Chris your host, This is Sérgio Rocha from Brazil, I’m the guest announcer this week.  When you’re done listening to the RunRunLive Podcast come visit me at www.contrarelogio.com.br  where you can listen to our running  podcast called “Contra-Relógio no ar”, something like “Against the Clock on Air” in English– you can also find us in the iTunes Store – and wherever and whenever this episode finds you I hope you’re doing great and I hope you’re getting your run in today!  I know I’m getting my run in!

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the Mammal hugging podcast where we know that giving any mammal a 20 second deep hug produces a burst of ocytocin, better known as the happiness chemical, in humans.

That’s it.  You don’t need drugs or therapy.  All you need is to find a mammal and hug it for 20 seconds.  I prefer border collies myself, especially one old, compulsive stinky one.  But you can use hamsters, cows, marmosets and the occasional human.  Give it a try.

Here’s what you do.  Walk into wherever your family is gathered and declare this as a medical fact.  Now you can hug indiscriminately.  You’ve got science behind you.

But, of course, mammals aside, this is your weekly dose of running and endurance hugs, the RunRunLive podcast, this is Chris your host and this is episode 210.

Today we have a reasonably competent show for you. We interview massage therapist Mike Blackmore.  I think you’ll find it interesting.

I’ve been getting these out late on Friday recently because I have swim lessons at the YMCA on Thursday nights.  As much as I plan to put the podcast together afterwards…well, you know how it goes.  I work better with a tight deadline anyhow.  I bet you do to.

I’ve got a piece I wrote on the elliptical machine and a piece submitted by Johnny Hegs about swimming.  Be careful with Johhny’s advice because it sounds to me like he is suggesting pulling your catch across your body line and you shouldn’t do that.  Your catch and pull should be outside and not across the centerline of the chest.  If you pull across your chest you are using a different set of muscles.

That being said I have no right to talk about swimming because I can’t for the life of me figure it out.  I can swim with the proper form for about 40 meters and by that point my heart rate is maxed and starved for oxygen.  I’m signed up for a total immersion class this weekend, we’ll see.  I’m quite discouraged that it just keeps getting worse.  My instructor says that at some point it will all come together, but since I started re-engineering my stroke a couple months ago I just keep getting worse and it keeps getting harder.  It just doesn’t make sense.

But, it is through challenge that we grow.

Let me tell you about the dream I had last night.  I usually don’t remember my dreams, but my wife woke me up at just the right moment.

I was driving to a job interview that apparently was a long way away in Canada.  When I got there it was college campus and when I got into range it activated a welcome app on my blackberry.

I went into the interview and for some reason Buddy was there. Apparently he had been invited to go up earlier.  The interview was for some sort of startup company and it was apparent to me that they were inexperienced.

The guy had no confidence.  I had no interview nervousness.  My attitude was we’ll see if these guys have anything useful to say.  I was nonplussed.  And Buddy was there to hug.  The guy’s line of questioning was around how old my laptop was and he seem to be concerned about whether they would have to buy me a new one.

I was just getting ready to take control of the meeting by asking my ‘take control of an interview’ question, which I have shared with you before is some form of “What was it that caused you to invite me in today?”

…and then my wife woke me up!

On with the show!


Audio clips in this episode:

01 Ava Kay Jones_ The Voodoo Priestess – The Moth Podcast – http://themoth.org/

John Hegstrom


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:

Elliptical -> http://www.runrunlive.com/lets-talk-about-elliptical-machines

Featured Interview:

Mike Blackmore


Are you getting what you need?

Don’t put yourself in the hands of just any massage therapist. Mike Blackmore provides the quality you’ve come to expect, using nationally recognized healing, therapeutic techniques. Specializing in sports massage, injury rehabilitation, and physical stress management (overuse injuries, daily physical activies, etc.), Mike uses a wide range of modalities to individualize treatment plans for each client.

Call now and schedule your appointment.



Quick Tip:

John Hegs on beginner swimming.

I’ll speak more on this because I don’t think you can learn how to swim without being physically coached.  You waste time training unless you learn the balance and mechanics first.


Ok my friends, you have hugged your mammalian friends to the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast, episode 209 in the can.

I spent this week interviewing people and have 6-7 new chats to share with you over the coming weeks and months.  They cover the gamut from transformational stories of success to ironman triathletes.  Lots of good coaching.  Lots of thick, rich and chewy content for you delivered in convenient 15-20 minute bursts.

I’ve got a couple interesting stories for you from my week.

The first one was from an elliptical work out on Sunday at the gym.  I was almost done my 1 hour surge work out.  This lady gets on the machine next to me, maybe a foot and a half away, and I’m immediately subsumed by an enormous cheap perfume cloud.  She gagged me.

What smell could she possibly be covering up that makes this necessary?  When I told folks about my experience they said that she probably had been using the perfume for a long time and had become desensitized to it.  One of my running club friends said that the amount of perfume is inversely proportional to a woman’s conditioning.  And indeed this was a big woman who didn’t seem to spend much time in the gym.

Then on Tuesday I was in the pool drowning through my workout and there was a young woman in the lane next to me.  She was probably 50 pounds overweight, but she swam so well.  She swam easily and smoothly and so much faster than I.  I told her I was jealous of her swimming.  I hope that made her feel good.

I don’t know how to say this.  I have always tried to write this podcast with the mantra “It’s not about you” in mind.  I shield you, my friends from my personal stuff as much as possible.  I don’t bring my family, my religious beliefs, my politics or my work into this work of my art.  And when I do I try to edit it out before you hear it.

I try to make it about you.  Like a good writer the prose should tell the characters without the characters having to be lain out clinically stark and naked.

You may have noticed there has been much less joy in this weekly work in the last couple months.  Without my running my creative juices just don’t flow as well. My ideas don’t ripen.  They wither unfertilized on the vine to fall into the maggoty leaf litter of the forest floor.

But you have kept me going.  Usually with a chronic injury like this I’ll eventually just give up.  I’ll take a number of months off and let atrophy take over.  This time I knew I had to show up for work each Friday morning.  I knew you were watching and had expectations of me so I kept at it.

This is where it gets personal.

Yesterday I cried.  I cried in my car.  I was on Winter Street in Waltham by the reservoir leaving ProSports after my appointment with Doctor Hester.  He had said to me “why don’t you start ramping it up again and see how it goes?”  All the pent up struggle of the past 6 plus months came boiling to the surface as I was thinking about running in the woods with Buddy…just an easy run…and I cried and laughed…it just came out.

I haven’t run yet.  Frankly I’m afraid.  What if it isn’t’ healed?  What shoes should I wear? Where should I go?  Should I put my orthotics in?  I feel fragile.

I think the only way to do this.  The only way to start this new journey is at home, in the woods with my dog, my friend, who has also been suffering through this injury.

And as I renew my journey, thank you for staying with me, and I hope I’ll see you out there.

You can find me hugging mammals at Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube, Google and Tumblr as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

Leave me an audio hug at – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file.

The ultimate hug would be to read the intro for US-    It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com

Music in this show is all by the Distillers.  I found three of their songs on Podsafe.  To take you out is City of Angels, it is 3:29 so straighten up, run tall, fast light feet, bring it home.

See you next week.


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:

All music used in the show is from the Podsafe music network found at Music Alley.  Please support the starving, socially minded artists sampled herein by purchasing some!



Song 2-3


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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