Episode 237 – Brenda RooSport

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 237 – Brenda RooSport



Show intro by:

Norm – @emotivenorm – http://theruminativerunner.blogspot.com/

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome folks to the spiritual edition of the RunRunLive Podcast where we sit back and contemplate the feelings of inanimate objects.  The is episode 237, this is Chris your host and we have a great show for you today.

We have Brenda to talk about her running product/idea of the RooSport magnetic pocket which is a cool idea.  She sent me one and it is basically a way to create a temporary functional pocket on any pair of shorts – which is handy because most of my shorts have dysfunctional pockets.

Our friend Ann gets spiritual by thanking the powers that be for her step back week and I talk about my spirit guide – Buddy.

I had a pretty good week training.  Spent a couple days down on the Cape and got a couple good rides in.  I had a bit of a workout fail on my long ride Sunday. I was supposed to do a long 2.5 hour crank.  I set out on Fuji-san to head over to the rail trail and had a blowout 20 minutes in.  No problem for me, I took the tube out and patched it and pumped it up but in doing so my hand pump gave up the ghost and the patch didn’t hold.

A couple friendly cyclist offered to let me use their emergency air cylinder gadget but in the process of figuring it out a guy came out of a house and let me use his compressor. I slapped a new tube in and headed for home to get the 9er instead.  I decided to just drive over to the rail trail, but I dithered around too much and by the time I got to the rail trail it was thundering and pouring rain.  So I gave up.

Since I haven’t been giving you much education with your inspiration and entertainment recently, let me offer a couple quick tips.

The first one is to fill your bottles and water packs with ice cubes this time of year.  If your are mixing sports drink powder, fill it up have way with water, throw in the powder, shake it up and then fill the rest with ice cubes.  They melt pretty fast but they keep you cool for a bit and it beats taking a slug of hot water in your workout.

The second tip, which I touched on last week is that this time of year thereis plenty of fresh fruit.  Instead of taking energy gels and bars throw some fresh fruit in your pack to eat during your long workouts.  Fruit is full of good, slow-release sugars and water.  Keep it in the fridge until you are ready to go and it will still be cold when you eat it on the trail and it’s wonderful.  Peaches, pears, nectarines – it’s all great workout fuel.

The final tip is to watch out this time of year because the sun is going to start setting much earlier every day and if you are like me you are guaranteed to get caught out on a run or ride in the dark.  One solution is to check the sun set schedule.  Another failsafe plan is to have a light with you.

If you have a smart phone you can download an app, like the Flashlight App for iPhone that you can use to see where you are going and to warn others of your presence when you get caught.  I got caught this week out on a ride on the roads and set my iPhone to flash and clipped it on my shorts in the back.  It worked great. I could tell it was working because cars were giving me plenty of room.

And it looks like we are out of room so…

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:

My Spirit Guide – http://www.runrunlive.com/my-spirit-guide

Featured Interview:

Brenda – The Roo Sport ->http://www.theroosport.com/

The RooSport Beginnings…

Hello, and Welcome to the RooSport.com!


I’m Brenda, creator of the RooSport, and I’m excited you found my website!

I’ll be blogging about my marathon running, sharing my adventures with The RooSport, and giving you valuable tips, information, giveaways, and other “cool” stuff that will help you in your walking, jogging, running, marathons, and even hiking, swimming, and vacationing.

I know, I can’t even believe how rapidly The RooSport has taken off! It truly has been amazing.

Anyway, I’m excited about this new interaction with YOU!

The Story of The RooSport

You may already have a RooSport, maybe not.  You can order a RooSport here, or learn about more of my escapades about the RooSport in this blog post.

But, have you heard the story of how I came up with this nifty, little, attachable, magnetic running pocket?

If not, here’s the reader’s digest version.

I started this business as an avid runner, desperate for a solution as to where to carry my personal items while running.

I started running 20 years ago, in an attempt to lose weight. Upon realizing what a stress reliever running and walking were, I had found my passion!

After 25 marathons, and several half marathons, I’m officially “addicted.” In fact, I now depend on it for my sanity!

I have always loved to sew, and as a teen, I sewed many of my own clothes.

Over the years, I have been able to create many useful things out of scraps of fabric.

One day, a relative approached me about creating a pocket for him to use, on his upcoming marathon. Thus began the RooSport.

I can’t explain how the whole process came about, just that one day while out on a run, my mind was racing, as usual, and I thought of the concept of using magnets as a means to attach the pocket…

Voila! The RooSport was born!

After being a stay at home mom for 25 years, I found a job at a local hospital, to earn the extra income, to pay for the patent, and to manage the expenses incurred from starting a new business.

Quick Tip:

Ann’s Segment – http://www.annsrunningcommentary.com/?p=1286 The Step Back Week.



Ok my fellow spirits, tiem to go haunt someone else because your have ectoplasmically wiggled to the end of another RunRunLive Podcast, Episode 237 in the can.

Next week I have an interview with Thor who I caught just as he was leaving for the Canadian Death race and we talk all about mountain running.  He did very well in the race.

I have been talking with people who have had the PF surgery and/or the Sonic treatment and I’ll probably do one or the other towards the end of September.  My travel schedule is hotting up so I’ll have to squeeze in some recovery time somewhere, but if I get it done in the fall I would be able to start running gain in the spring and take it from there.

BTW – thanks for the nice comments in iTunes to those of you who took the time to do it.  I appreciate it.

I’ll leave you with a piece I wrote for my business blog on being a challenger because one of the most valuable things you can learn in life, that you already know if you’re a runner, is that you can’t get better unless you push yourself, challenge yourself and get a bit uncomfortable every now and then.

So that’s it – I’m going to let you go with a nice blues number to take you out. chris_juergensen-the_spirit


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

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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