Episode 238 – Thor! The Thunder God takes on the Canadian Death Race

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 238 – Thor! The Thunder God takes on the Canadian Death Race

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Show intro by:

Thor with his Canadian Death Race Update.

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro

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Intro:

Hello and welcome to the Norse Gods podcast.  Today we talk to the god of thunder, Thor, who happens to be a friend of mine from the Goon Squad Runners whom I caught just as he was about to leave to bring the great hammer {name} down on the Canadian Death race.

Have any of you read Douglas Adam’s book “The long Dark Tea Time of the Soul?” Mr. Adams, I’m sure many of you will know from his hitchiker’s guide to the galaxy books.  In this other book he tells a strange and funny story about a detective and the Norse gods who somehow show up in his bathroom.  Funny guy Douglas Adams, may he rest in peace.

This is Chris your host and we have a great show for you today.  I’m so excited to be talking to Thor.  I have been interviewing a string of empowered women and there is nothing wrong with that, but I was starting to have testosterone withdrawal (one of the words I cannot pronounce due to my Massachusetts dialect deficiency).

I am also excited because I’m racing this weekend!  The 29er and I are going to go back up to the Hampshire 100 and take on a little unfinished business.  I’m going to go up Saturday night and camp out.  It looks like Tom and Dan are going to come as well.  You may remember them from the Wilderness 101 podcasts. {Links}

I’m psyched!

I had a off and on week of training.  I missed one of my quality workouts on Friday last week because I got stuck in Newark on my way back from a client.  It rained off and on all weekend.  Every time the sun started to come out, I’d put my stuff on and it would start pouring.

Out of pure desperation I mounted the old 1970’s Raleigh Grand Prix that I have on my fluid trainer out on the screened in porch at my house, swapped my speedplay pedals over to it and did my workouts on that.  It was tedious but I got my rides in.

With the rain and humidity I was sweating buckets on the trainer but I was able to set up my laptop and watch the ‘Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ movies in Swedish with subtitles while training which made it bearable.

I recently bought a pair of noise reducing over-the-ears type headphones.  I thought I would use them while traveling but they take up too much room.  They work great for the trainer ride.  They allow you to listen to movie on the laptop without having it drowned out by the sound of the flat bearing in the crank of the Raleigh.

I did 3 hours on the Raleigh on the trainer on Sunday. Yikes. My knees were sore but the legs held up ok.  I think I’ll do ok in the race.  The trainer ride was tedious but it had to be done.

Speaking of tedious, enough is enough!

On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

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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.

Chris,

 

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Easy fitness exercises…http://www.runrunlive.com/keeping-fit-with-simple-exercises

Featured Interview:

Thor – http://www.goonsquadrunners.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=299%3Athor-kirleis

 

Quick Tip:

Ann’s Segment – Replaced by a Chris Ramble…

Outro

Ok my fellow gods, goddesses and frees sprits you have earned a spot in the mead soaked halls of Valhalla by fighting the warrioir’s fight to the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode 238 is in that old rusty can.

Next week I’m am super excited to talk with Amy Chavez about her Shikoku pilgrimage.  Having worked in Japan I really like her story, the cultural anomally that is Japan and the discovery process she lived through.

I have been talking to folks about the Plantar Fasciitis procedures.  I’ve talked with a couple folks who had good success with the traditional surgery.  The way this works is that the orthopedic surgeon goes in with a scope and ‘relieves’ the fascia.  They basically cut a portion of the tendon to make it longer and take the stress off it.  The surgery also brings healing blood to the area allowing it to get better with the  subsequent physical therapy and recovery.

I also spoke to people about the sonic treatment.  Sometimes they do this in a series of treatments and sometimes just one treatment.  The mechanics of it are as follows.  They give you a local and then direct sound waves through the offending tissue.  This breaks up the grisly bits in there, like hitting them with a meat tenderizer.  This again bring blood and healing to the area allowing it to heal with therapy.

Both of these mean a few weeks of immobilization after the procedure and then a few slow months of PT and recovery until you can ease back into running.

I got a question from our friend Maddy this week about what to do when you have injuries and the less-than-encouraging people in your life say “I told you so”.  They told you that all that running was too much and bad for you and they knew you’d get injured and aren’t you going to wise up now and act more sensibly?

My gut reaction to this is that these people and their negative comments are energy vampires.  Running just happens to be the target of their assault.  As our Friend Jon Gordon counsels us; you need to throw the energy vampires off of your bus.  If they aren’t adding energy, then they are sucking energy and you don’t have time for them.

I know the challenge to this is sometimes we are closely related to or married to our energy vampires and it’s hard to get them off the bus.  That doesn’t mean you can’t smile at them and tell them that they are energy vampires!

Let’s face it.  If these folks weren’t complaining about our running they’d be complaining about something else.  Seriously; laugh it off and move on.  You are the driver of your bus.

That being said; with my current run of injuries I think there is a dynamic, especially as you age where you have to consider the damage that some activities do to your body.  I think you have to consider balancing the intensity of the exercise with the physical and mental benefits.

Surely I would not have chronic Plantar Fasciitis if I had been willing to get off my feet earlier in the injury cycle.  My pride, and fear of letting it go, got me in so deep there was no turning back.

We all draw our own lines.  If your body is continuously breaking then you might consider moving the line. Lower the intensity and volume.  Work in some other sports, like an easy 100k mountain bike ride in the mountains of New Hampshire.

You can re-find your balance continuously throughout your journey.  There are no rules.  If you look at most Olympic caliber distance runners they are out of the sport with injuries at a fairly young age because they have to push that line.  They have to hold their bodies in the red zone and it can cause permanent damage.

When I get back to running I’ve got to see where the line is now and take care not to squander the gift.  No matter how young you are you need to consider that as well.  How do you ease the intensity and volume down gracefully so that you can still do what you love at a level that is fulfilling but at the same time it is sustainable over your life time.

So – my friends – draw and re-draw your lines and I will see you out there.

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

Ciao,

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.

Music:

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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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