Episode 234 – Matt from GetFitSu works it out

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 234 – Matt from GetFitSu works it out




Show intro by:

@myLeadFeet – Eric Strand.

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the RunRunLive Podcast where for the past 4 years we have been talking to runners and other endurance athletes about how the endurance lifestyle can transform our lives.

This is Chris your host, we have a great show for you today.  We talk to Matt about his personal transformation and how he leveraged that into an effort to help families work together to get some exercise and get healthier.

We’ve also got a piece from Ann and I’ll read my eulogy to the 7 habits of highly successful people.  A quick caution that Matt was calling in from a room with some HVAC noise – I’ll do my best to remove the noise but you’re going to have to ignore it too.

I went down and watched/volunteered for the local sprint triathlon on Sunday.  A couple of my running club friends ran it and did well.  Scott Brown, the senator from Massachusetts who replaced Edward Kennedy did it too and he cranked out a 1:10 time at 56 years old.

My wife decided that she needed to get a bicycle so we went out to GearWorks and got her a new bike.  I hope she falls in love with it!  A bit ironic that I ride the old steel Fuji and she gets a new Specialized Dolce Elite.

We got the hottest day of the year up here in New England last week.  I rode my motorcycle to work and it was uncomfortable sitting in traffic with the heat blowing across that big engine.

I’ve been doing my fitness routines, working on my core and doing some cycling.  I’m not swimming in the pond anymore.  It has gotten too warm for my liking.

I’m thinking about signing up for the Hampshire 100 Mountain Bike Race to see if I can reverse last year’s mechanical DNF.   I’d have about a month to train.  The good news is my core is strong and I’ve been biking some.  The challenge would be my endurance, but I think I can work off of muscle memory for that.

My kids got me into a new iPhone App called My Fitness to track weight and exercise.  I keep trying to track calories but I’m a bit uninspired.

I’ve got couple Q&A quick tips for you before we move on with the show. The first is about running in the heat.  I got asked this question.  When it gets super hot like this everyone from the news to your spouse will tell you not to go out and exercise – that it’s not safe.  Running in the intense heat is difficult and the air quality is bad, but if you’re in shape and you’ve been acclimating all summer, it’s not going to kill you.

I think there’s something liberating and wonderful to come back from a run dripping sweat like you’ve been fire-hosed.  Sure, take it easy, and pay attention to your body but don’t just stop because it’s hot out and some non-athlete is screaming fear at you.  These are the same people who going into hysterics about everything.  You, and only you, are accountable for your fitness and your health, act accordingly.

The second question I got was on how to measure distance when swimming.  You can’t use your Running GPS in the pool, the signal won’t get through the building and the sampling rate won’t pick up the turns and the HR monitor won’t work underwater.

For the pool you can get a watch that senses when you turn and counts laps.  For open water swimming you can, if you really want to, stick your Garmin under your swim cap to get a interesting route map.  Most swimmers just track time.  There are specific triathlon devices you can get, if you have unlimited financial resources, that can work all the sports.

But I have talked to long,

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:



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:

Remembering the 7 habits – http://www.runrunlive.com/remembering-the-impact-of-stephen-covey-and-the-7-habits-of-highly-successful-people

Featured Interview:

Matt from GetFitSu



Thank you again for taking the time to interview me! I really appreciate the support and hope I answered all your questions thoughtfully without too much background noise 🙂


Here are the links to my pages:








Creators of GetFitsu, the multilevel fitness card game you can do anywhere anytime. Get Fit as an individual or a family, We make fitness fun by showing and teaching you what it’s like to be a kid again through play and activity anywhere and everywhere you decide to go. Having the knowledge of progressions and your own body weight to move you can get a full body workout whether you’re traveling the globe on business, or just hanging out at your apt / house.


Have a terrific week!


Quick Tip:

Ann’s Segment – “A fortunate Coincidence”


Ok my long suffering friends, that’s it you have sweated through the hot summer fun of yet another RunRunLive Podcast – Episode 234 in the Can.

Next week I talk to Dane Rauschenberg about his book that he wrote about his first 100 marathons.  Dane is an interesting dude.

I’ve been powering through an interesting history podcast called “The Russian Rulers podcast”.  Very interesting.  These autocrats were some interesting folks.  It’s like some sort of macabre soap opera with Peter the Great, Ivan the terrible, Catherine the Great and the incompetent clueless final Romanovs.  If you like history, you’ll like this one.

Well, my friends, time for me to talk about the elephant in the room.  The skunk under the table.

I got an MRI on my foot and went in to review it with Doctor Hester this week.  The reason my foot isn’t getting any better is that there is some essentially dead tissue in the heart of the fascia that isn’t ever going to heal.  This would be the worst outcome from Plantar Fasciitis.

I’m down to three options.  First is surgery to relieve the tendon and get some blood in there.  Second is a shock wave therapy that uses the same technology that they use to break up kidney stones to hammer that bad tissue and again get some blood in there. The third option is to change my lifestyle to not include running.

Surgery or sonic is expensive, with 6 weeks in a boot and a year to recover.  The success rate is about 70% with half of those getting partial recovery.

Since it’s still summer time I’m not going to do anything until I get some more riding in and enjoy the short weeks we have up here in New England.  I suppose I’m a bit in shock and I sense that I need some distance, some perspective on this problem.

I don’t have any inspirational words for you today, I’m truthfully feeling a bit maudlin and melancholy.

Enjoy your runs.  Cherish them.  Understand the great gift that has been given you, when you are out there.

Here’s a song for you from vatican_dc-called danger_to_myself


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.


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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

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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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1 Comment

  • Jeff H

    Reply Reply August 8, 2012

    Chris, is the shockwave therapy Intracorporeal pneumatic shock therapy (IPST) or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)? ESWT (or also know as EPAT) is something that my doctor has recommended to me as an option. Of course I’m skeptical, and studies have mixed results. You’ll see a high number of 80% people see improvement, but there are some industry funded studies that may be inflating that number.

    In doing my own reviewing the available research it seems to be something I would file under “plausible” and “promising” and an option I would consider if nothing else works (and I could afford it at the time). It is also non-invasive and essentially risk-free, but a gamble that it would work.

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