Episode 236 – Kyra – Women-Run

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 236 – Kyra  Women-Run



Show intro by:

Kimberley and her broken foot. @measureCP

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome folks to the RunRunLive podcast episode 236.  This is Chris your host and we have a great show for you today.  I’ve got Kyra from Women-Run who is going to share her insight on, well, women running and the challenges of starting running business.

Anne ahs another great piece on mental motivation and I, well I will tell some stories.  You know she has her first ironman coming up and she’s going to need your support.

I’ll tell you the story about the Epic 4 hour mountain bike ride I did on Saturday.

I have been training away on the bicycle and core fitness still this week.  With the Hampshire 100 race a couple weeks away I’m feeling very fit. I have gotten back on the weight management bandwagon – because that was starting to get away from me.

I’ve been using MyFitnessPal on the iPhone and on the web to track calories.  I really like the feature where it allows you to take a picture of a barcode or UPC and it will find the food in the database – it saves a lot of time.  For example, last night I had Tuna and flat bread for dinner and it found the tuna and the flatbread in its database just by using the iPhone camera to read the UPC on the packages.

I’m in week 4 of the 100 pushups / 100 lunges /200 situps / 200 squats program and I won’t lie it’s starting to get hard!  And it takes more than a couple minutes to get through the sets now.

I talked with Coach Jeff and he put some workouts together for me to prep for my MTB race.  It just makes it easier for me to have some structure to wrap my training around.

I’ll tell you my first story now.  I went out for a ride yesterday. I was working from home.  Coach had me do a 1-hour tempo ride workout – 5 minutes zone 3-4 with a 2 minute recovery.

I checked the weather in the morning and it said thunderstorms in the evening with a 30% chance of rain.  I figured I’d go out around lunch before the storms rolled through.  I also hung a load of laundry on the line.

Sure enough – 30 minutes into my ride the heavens open up and it starts pouring.  Torrential down pouring rain.  Fuji-san and I were riding through 2 inches of standing water on the road and I couldn’t see anything.  It was crazy.  It wasn’t uncomfortable because it’s August and warm.  It was more like a tropical storm.  Needless to say the clothes on the line did not get dry.

So – if you’re a new listener you’ll soon learn that I am all wet.

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Sample from an interview by Mitch Joel on his excellent podcast “Six Pixels of Seperation”

315 SPOS #315 – A New Kind Of Startup

Chris Guillebeau (Author)

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future –


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:

The Epic Ride – http://www.runrunlive.com/the-epic-ride

Featured Interview:

Kyra from http://www.women-run.com/

They say a girl never forgets her first. For me, I was 10 and it was my first Road Race when I instantly felt a connection to the runners around me. Slow, fast, young, old – we all started and we all finished. Time was not important. (Well, not for my first race anyway!) I was hooked! Running with a great group of boys from the neighborhood (none of the girls were interested at this age) and choosing races based on the coolest t-shirt and the smallest entry fee. I was convinced one day I would start my own race with a cool t-shirt.

Quick Tip:

Ann’s Segment – “Mind over Matter” – http://www.annsrunningcommentary.com/?p=143


Ok my friends, I think you’re all my friends, I hope you are because a man is enriched by the quality of his friends, you have richly rideen your way with me to the slow crash on the hot dirt at theend of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode 236 in the can.

Next week I’m talking with Brenda from RooSport who has created this cool magnetic pocket for runners but is also a case study on the transformative power of running.

I had an interview with The guy from Comrades lined up but I screwed up the time change nad blew it so we’ll see if I can get that cued back up.

I spoke with my friend Thor from the Goon squad who is leaving to run the Canadian Death Race this weekend and that chat will be in an upcoming show.

I’m previewing a book by Amy Chavez called Running the Shikoku Pilgrimage which is a 900 mile pilgrimage route in Japan.  Once I get a foot hold on the book I’ll interview her for some insight. It’s amazing what runners can do.

A couple more stories from, as Gordon used to say “this running life”.  First I went on to iTunes to see if my show page was still ok and read the latest reviews. I don’t get a lot of reviews on iTunes because I don’t solicit them.

There’s a recent review that sort of gut-punched me.  The guy basically said, and I’m paraphrasing, Chris is not funny just a weird guy with strange music.  Go listen to the Marathon Training Academy instead.  It shouldn’t bother me, but it did.  The only reason I bring it up is that we should all consider the power of our words, even in a vast anonymous wasteland like the internet.  Feel free to go write a rebuttal if you’re feeling solicitous.

Next story.

I signed up for the Hampshire 100 and with my confirmation I got a nice email from the organizers that I had filled out my entry incorrectly.  They said, ‘Since your birthday is this year you are no longer eligible for the 40-50 age group and we are moving up to the 50 -60 age group.  Nice guys, huh?  On the one hand do they really need to bum rush me into old age?, but then again I guess I’m the youngest guy in my age group again.

Final Story:

I told you about my ride in the landlocked forest last week.  What I didn’t tell you is that when I got to work I couldn’t find my riding shorts and my gloves anywhere.  Not to be side-tracked mentally – like Ann talked about today – I rode my bike over to the mall next to my office to procure a pair of shorts.

I didn’t feel it would be responsible to leave the Motobecane unattended outside Sears so I brought it in with me.  Seriously, I should have had the video camera running with the strange looks I was getting rolling my 29er around the Men’s department of Sears.  I bought a pair of ugly shorts off of the clearance rack for $13.  The shorts they make for men in the US these days are those long hip-hop Everlast shorts. Probably the ugliest shorts I’ve ever owned.  But I got my ride in.

I was watching the Olympics last night.  I don’t really watch them because the network coverage turns them into some sort of tabloid highlight reel and it turns me off.  They take these talented, committed athletes and boil their whole lives down to a 1 or 2 minute event.

You guys know that you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.  You know that athlete is the best of the best.  But they are the best of the best not because they are just physically talented and got lucky.  They are the best of the best because they have committed their entire lives to this one moment.

We don’t see the hours and hours in the pool or the gym.  We don’t see the unlimited sacrifice they willingly endure in their passion and focus.  I’ll guarantee that each of these athletes has had low points where they were injured, when they did not want to go on, but they did.

When we watch them explode across the screen we are seeing the launch of a life’s worth of focus and energy. And that is something special.

You and I may not have the talent to swim 200 meters in the Olympics, I know I don’t, but with focus and passion we can be the best at what we do.  We can be the best of the best as parents, as teachers and as leaders.

And as you make that final flip turn towards touching that wall I’ll see you out there.

So – I got a lot of underhanded compliments (read complaints) about my recent musical choices and maybe I’ve been taking you for granted.  All the music in today;s show was selected as ‘pop’ to give you a bit of relief from my angsty Punk phase… To take you out is james_casto-courageous – and I apologize for being unfunny and weird.

Maybe I should finish with a bad pun.  I heard you have been trying to clone yourself? Wouldn’t that be just like you!


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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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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