Episode 222 – Sue Kenney Pilgrim

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 222 – Sue Kenney Pilgrim

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Show intro by:

Raymond King – Geeks in Running Shoes –

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to Groton Road Race addition of the Podcast.  Yup. You get this one early because I have to be the powerless figurehead for a local road race this week.  It’s actually a great joy for me to be able to be part of something that is such a positive influence on our community.

We scouted the courses on Sunday morning and they are in fantastic shape.  The long term forecast looks good and everything is under control.  All we need to do now is hang around and wait for Murphy to show up so we can start earning our pay, not that we get paid, but you know what I mean.

So- Anyhow, This is the RunRunLive Podcast Episode 222 and today we have a great show for you.  I speak with mystical pilgrim Sue Kenney about all sorts of high-fallutin stuff.  She is a writer, speaker, pilgrim and barefoot enthusiast.

I feel good coming off a week of no training after Boston. I’ve managed to shake off my doldrums and come up with a plan.  As if you didn’t already know.  I am so easy to figure out.  I’m going to start training and re-qualify this summer.  There, I said it.

I’ve got to find the right balance and work on strengthening my feet – but I’m confident I can pull a rabbit out of my hat.

I had an epiphany this week. I was back in my office and mounting the cool medal rack that I got from IronSportWorks.  As I started to hang up all those medals I was a bit taken aback by all I have done in the last few decades.  It made me feel good. Confident.

I’ve got a couple stories from last week to share with you.  First one is kind of funny.  I was eating dinner in the Marriott Sports Bar last week and writing in my notebook. Which is actually funny side story. I told the maitre de that I needed somewhere I could write while I ate my dinner and she said they didn’t have electrical plugs.  Then I held up my notebook, made from honest-to-God dead trees and gave her a sheepish shrug.

But, back to my original story.

I’m writing and eating and watching the hockey game and the lady next to me ask me, get ready for it…if I’m the Actor from ‘House’.  I’m befuddled and reply “Hugh Laurie?  No, he’s British.”  I guess any bearded Caucasian guy with a limp…

Then for my second story… I’m sitting having lunch on Saturday in my living room and Buddy is out in the front lawn. I have him on a lead so he can’t go exploring.  He starts barking.  Now, that is not uncommon because on nice days there is a constant stream of people and dogs entering and exiting the conservation property that abuts my yard.

He’s still barking when I go out to work in my garden.  That’s when I see there’s something in the front lawn.  I walk out there and sure enough there’s a reasonably sized snapping turtle making its way across the yard towards Buddy.  And Buddy thinks this is wrong.

She wasn’t a giant, maybe 10 inches across.  And I say she, because this time of year the females come up out of the ponds and bogs to lay their eggs.

Our snapping turtles in New England are mean.  They have a leather shell and look like something from the age of the dinosaurs.  I used to catch them by accident when I went bass fishing.

I take a couple pictures and go off to work in my garden figuring that the turtle isn’t going to walk into a barking dog.  But I keep looking up and it’s getting closer.  Finally I go over and grab it by the tail and carry it around to the back yard.   There just is no good that would come from the snapping-turtle vs border collie cage match.

How about that?  You learned a couple new things about me this week.

On with the show!


Audio clips in this episode:

Anne Brennan – http://www.annsrunningcommentary.com/

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella 3_  A Smorgasbor from the Trail Runner Nation Podcast

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:

Story time:

Boston Marathon 2012

Equipment Check:

Featured Interview:

I am a pilgrim.

Sue Kenney walked 780 kilometers on a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. She went alone in the winter on a spiritual quest and then became a best-selling author of the book My Camino. Sue is an internationally acclaimed speaker and life coach who applies the Camino as a metaphor for life. She often walks barefoot, grounding with Mother Earth for radiant health and healing.

Twitter is caminoperegrina FB suekenneysmycamino website www.suekenney.ca




Sue Kenney | Inspirational Speaker | Coaching | My Camino | Pilgrim


Quick Tip:


OK my friends you walked the camino del RunRunLive to the end of yet another compelling and endearing show – episode 222 in the can.

I’ve jumped back on the horse, so to speak.  I had great run Sunday morning. I ran both the 5k and the 10k courses of the Groton Road Race with Buddy and some of the club. It ended up being 9.35 miles according to my Garmin.  Buddy and I were both tired and it seemd to be the right distance for us.

Monday I did a great total body weights work out at the gym.  I worked up a sweat and felt good.  I know it was a good workout because I was sore for 3 days! Especially my glutes from doing weighted squats.

I did a great speed session down at the track Tuesday.  I did 2 miles worth of 400’s and 200’s at a sub-6 pace.  I’m trying to learn some speed back.

Before I did my workout I did some 100m strides barefoot in the grass of the infield. I have to tell you that the barefooters are right when they say it’s impossible not to smile when you’re running barefoot in the grass on a sunny day!

There was a middle school girls soccer club there practicing.  I remember all the years I coached my girls in that soccer league and how much fin the kids were to hang around with.

The two coaches saw my Groton Road Race Sweat shirt and started telling me how they were going to run and how much they loved the race.  I shared that I was the race director.  It feels good to be associated with something people love.

Next week we have a great chat with Steve Auerbach who is the producer of the Bicycle dreams movie about the RAAM.  Very cool.

Outro post “It’s the Journey Stupid” – http://www.runrunlive.com/its-the-journey-stupid

My trip happens at Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube, Google, Tumblr and Pinterest as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

Since you have to stop to use the rest room on your journey anyhow why not call 206-339-7804 …Leave a message there it sends us an audio file.

Keep reading those intro’s for me – 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

To take you out I have a longish blues tune by gregg_martinez-called mark_my_words.  It’s a tad over 4 minutes long so pace yourself and enjoy.


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!

Songs sampled from Podsafe:



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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