Episode 219 – Brian from Team Triumph

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 219 – Brian from Team Triumph

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Show intro by:

Kit Palmer – http://kitpalmer.wordpress.com

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the resurrection podcast where we rise like phoenixes from the ashes to climb new mountains and carpe all our diems in a fantastic way.

This is Chris your host and this is episode 219 of the RRL podcast.  219 podcasts comes out to somewhere around 4 and a half years we’ve been going at this.  Holy moly!

We have a fun show for you today.  I’ve got a chat with Brian who is running an event for Team Triumph, and although I  did not get this interview published in time for the event at least we can call attention to Brian and the work he’s doing.

We are going to have some fun today. I have a couple informational pieces and a couple entertaining pieces.

In one of them I’ll detail what I’m looking for in the next host of the RunRunLive podcast.  In another I’ll chat about what to consider if you want to drop into the middle of a training plan.

We’ll resurrect a piece that we recorded in august of 2009 called ‘let’s do it’.  I wrote this script with a reasonable amount of innuendo but when Megan, the VeganRunningMom performed it, it came out surprisingly steamy.

The other piece is from an XtraNormal video I made, that you can find on my YouTube channel.  It’s a fun little site where you can feed in a script and make the computer animated characters act it out.  Well, I thought it was funny.

I took last week off from running after my DNF at the ES20 to let my hip and PF calm down a little.  Over the next couple weeks I’m just going to run 4 times a week with my dog in the woods.  It’s not training per se but it is definitely a deposit in my mental and physical bank account.

I’m still swimming and lifting.  I’ve backed off on the biking because that seems to upset the hip.  It’s all good.  I’m at peace.  Buddy needs the work.

On with the Show!


Audio clips in this episode:

“How Beer saved the world” trailer from the Discovery Channel.

Liberty Loco Promo – http://resurrectedrunner.blogspot.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:

“Let’s Do it” performed by Megan the Vegan Running Mom – and some other running friend who I can’t remember because it was 3 years ago.

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Want to host a podcast? – http://www.runrunlive.com/anybody-want-to-host-a-podcast

Featured Interview:

Brian from Team Triumph and his 135 mile run across Wisconsin.


MyTEAM TRIUMPH webpage:   www.myteamtriumph-wi.org

My personal fundraising page:   http://www.crowdrise.com/promisestokeep/

Hi Chris,

I am responding to your twitter message to me about my charity event, Promises to Keep, benefiting myTEAM TRIUMPH – WI chapter. I will be running 135 non-stop miles from Kenosha WI to Appleton WI. I will be followed by a flag carrying relay of active and retired Veterans from start to finish. We are doing this to honor the 158 WI soldiers who have either been killed or disabled in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My goal is raise $10,000. So far, we have some good sponsors including New Balance and GU.

Breakdown of events:

Friday March 16th – Speaking engagement featuring Roy Pirrung and Clarence Hartley

Saturday March 17th – Promises to Keep 135 mile run and flag relay

Sunday March 18th – Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley will be hosting day long activities (clinics, giveaways, raffles, etc).

When we arrive in Appleton (finishing the 135 miles) – it will kick off a 10k event in which we will push a disabled Veteran in a racing chair.

I would love the opportunity to talk with you about the event and myTEAM Triumph.

Thanks for the time and consideration.


Quick Tip:

Crashing a training plan – http://www.runrunlive.com/dropping-into-a-training-program


OK my long suffering friends you have patiently endured or enjoyed another RunRunLive Podcast, episode 219 is now passing beyond the veil.

Next week we’ve got a long interview with Dr. Stoxen who has been making a lot of noise recently on his spring theory of running.  We talk about the Wiggles too. Do you know who the Wiggles are?

I’ve been going through an abnormal stretch of non-travel at work that thankfully will be coming to an end soon.  It’s going to get busy again for me.  I’ve got Boston coming up on the 16th my number is 10181.  I’m not wearing a watch and will enjoy myself.

I’ll make up a mnemonic for you to remember my bib number.  Ready?  OK, I want you to picture the Roman numeral X as in X marks the spot or X-ray.  Got it.  X marks the spot in Boston.

Great next I want you to remember that the legal age for voting, military service and adulthood in Boston is 18 years old.  Got it?  18 is the legal age.

Finally I want you to picture one of those big foam fingers they wave at ball-games and shout “We’re number one!” Got it?

OK Repeat after me. “X marks the spot…18 is legal…we’re number one”  What’s my bib number? 10-18-1.

Aren’t mnemonics fun?

I got a number of emails from last week’s show.  Thanks for that.  One of them was from Peter Herridge from the Spikes podcast.  You can tell he’s an empathic individual and sensed something was a bit dissipated in my energy last week.

He reminded me of a great way to figure out what to do.  He said to look at your life as if you are at your own memorial service. What would you want people to say?  What would the stories be that you would want to be told about you to describe who you were and what you did.

Tony Robbins calls this the Rocking Chair test.  Meaning as you sit in your old age in the rocking chair and look back on your life, what do you want to see?

Do you want to see blandness and regret? Or do you want to see great struggles, great triumphs and great defeats?  The stuff of life.  The challenges of life that you were not afraid to take on.

One of the things I had to teach myself later in life, and I hope you can teach yourself is that we can do anything, we can be anything and we are not afraid.

Take a tip form Peter and Tony in assessing your plans.  What stories do you want to be told at your memorial service?  How do you want to be remembered?  Because you still have time to write those stories. And write them well.

And as you’re writing those I’ll see you out there.



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

Share your story with us-call  206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file.

Do us all a favor and call in an intro – don’t hide your light under a basket, call in and introduce yourself to us – how to submit one is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com

Here’s a great song to lift your spirits and take you out called appropriately ‘rolling with the punches’ by Lame Duck. It’s about 2 minutes long so you can release your inhibitions and runs free with a little 2 minute surge.

See ya.

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:
Lame Duck was formed at the end of 2003 by the current members: Antti (guitar/vocals), Mika (bass) & Pete (drums). The band has released two EPs: ‘Bad Hair Life'(2004) & ‘Chaos Theory'(2006). So far Lame Duck has played a few dozen shows and their music can be heard on some skate/snowboarding films.

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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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