Episode 212 – IronHolgs

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 212 – IronHolgs

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Show intro by:

Joel Phillips – Reasons2ride

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the Valentines Day podcast where we bend cupid’s bow and unleash a swarm of love darts in the direction of our sweathearts.

Unfortunately the is the RunRunLive podcast and I am Chris your host, lest we forget about my canine pal Buddy the Wonderdog, who we may hear from this episode – and I shared my valentines dinner with two middle aged men who have the great misfortune of working with me when I was at meetings in Atlanta this week.

Yes, I was at a company meeting in Atlanta this week, but I did talk my wife into spending a weekend in New Orleans with me next month.  Ahh… Strong coffee and Beignets at the Café du Monde on a Sunday morning on the banks of the lazy Mississippi…

Oh, yeah, before I forget, we have a great show for you today.  I have a super chat with Andy Holgate; author, librarian and ironman.  I think you’ll dig it. I have a follow up piece on shoes and inserts when treating PF.

By the way, thank you for asking, the foot is great.  Getting stronger with each run. Baring any setbacks I’ll probably try to go long this weekend and see what happens.

“Feelin Stronger Every Day!”

I also answer a question from Ben about shon splints.

And besides all that we’ve got singing buffaloes, talking dogs and juggling orangutans.

So let’s stop talking and get to runnin!

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

TEDxNewy2011 – Dave Robertson Silas Moss (Naked Runners) – Ditch the distractions and move your body


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:

Plantar Fasciitis – Shoes and Inserts –  http://www.runrunlive.com/the-plantar-fasciitis-diaries-shoes-and-inserts

Featured Interview:

Andy Holgate – http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2010/04/13/andy-holgates-blog-common-man-ironman-1304/

Andy Holgate is 37 years old and lives in Lancaster, England. After less than 11 months training, in 2007 he completed his first Ironman distance race, The Big Woody. He walked down the aisle a week later and married Emma, who continues to be an Ironwidow. Andy is the author of the forthcoming book “Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run : My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman. Published on 22nd June by Know The Score Books. The book tells the amusing, inspirational and sometimes scary story of Andys transition from an overweight librarian to a super fit triathlete. Andy will be blogging for us as he prepares to race in the Outlaw in August.

Quick Tip:

Shin Splint question from Ben – http://www.runrunlive.com/shin-splints-question-from-ben


Ok my friends, that’s it you have sung your love sonnets through the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast, Episode 212 in the can!

Next week, Wait, hold on let me check on what the hell we’re doing next week…Ok – it says on the Googledocs master-spreadsheet that we are interviewing Ultra Race Director Joe Jurcyck – Good talk.

I’ve gotten way ahead of myself on interviews and we are all booked up through April!  Make hay while the sun shines!

I’m still getting feedback from the weepy episode.  I love the letters that folks send. And I do respond to people as best I can.  It’s kinda cool that there are folks out there that I have never met or talked to that have a very intimate personal relationship with me and my voice.  It’s humbling and cool at the same time.

Remember I’m just a guy. I’m not a coach or a doctor or a lawyer or a candlestick maker.  I did make beer when I was younger – and that’s another story!  I’m a lucky guy.  Thanks for your interest.  Let me know what I can do for you. As Ben found out, if you reach out to me I’ll put you to work!

Let me tell you a story.  I’ve been exposed to hundreds of companies and businesses in my career.  I’m a restless soul so I’ve always had jobs where I’m out there, on the road, meeting people and learning stuff about new things.

At one point in my career I had a customer that was an armored car company.  They collected cash from companies and brought it back to the depot.  When we were visiting them they gave us a tour of the facility.

It was really funny / surreal for me.  There was cash everywhere. Pallets of bills stacked up all around.  Bins full of coins. And as we walked through the facility there were stray coins scattered about the floor. It was so strange to be surrounded by all that money.  It was strange that no one stopped to pick up a stray coin.  I don’t mean it in a larcenous way, I mean you see a coin on the floor and your first reaction is to stop and pick it up.  I had to counteract that urge.

But for the people who worked there, they didn’t see it as money.  To them it was just inventory.  It was just stuff.  The stuff of their trade.  It could have been bricks or dirt.

How you feel about something influences your competency.  We create mental constructs to sort, position and manage the things in our lives.  These constructs are personal, environmental and social.  But, are they real?  Is there an opportunity to break these constructs?  Or change them? Or create new ones?

For better or worse you can change how see and interpret the stuff in your world.  Are there beautiful or wonderful things in your life that you have become callous to?  You get to choose how you see the world – choose wisely.

And I’ll see you out there.

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

Share your love notes with me by calling – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file.

Show us the love – call in an intro – it’s easy and rewarding! –    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 episode is all from the enigmatic punk rock band Bad Religion I struck  rich vein of their music on Podsafe this week and we get to enjoy the fruits of mining that.  To to you out is a tune called sorrow that you may have heard before and it’s rather sedate for them.

Enjoy, be good, be thankful and stay lucky.

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:
Bad Religion has always seen music as a force for social change. On their latest CD entitled The Empire Strikes First, punk’s most important active band takes its weightiest stance yet on the dual themes of religion and politics

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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  • julia french

    Reply Reply February 20, 2012

    I finally got a chance to listen to another podcast. Glad I did. I enjoyed this guy’s interview and the shin splints lesson. I haven’t got’em,don’t want’em,hope to avoid’em with good advice, thanks. 🙂

  • julia french

    Reply Reply February 20, 2012

    It doesn’t sound very polite to say, “this guys interview” I mean, I really enjoyed Andy Holgate’s interview.

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