Episode 241 – Greg takes us on a Mayan Running Adventure

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 241 – Greg takes us on a Mayan Running Adventure



Show intro by:

Paul – The “Endurables” Running club in San Fran. Acolyte of Coach Ken and the “Running Stupid” Podcast.

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to the London version of the RunRunLive Podcast.  I don’t think I have ever broadcast (and broadcast is in airquotes) from London before.  I think I talked to you from Switzerland once, many times from Atlanta and a smattering of other places, but I think this is a first time from the center of the Royal British Empire.

I’m comfortably and easily ensconced in the executive lounge at the Marriott, sipping a Stella Artios and…talking with you.  I’ll be flying back to Boston in the morning.

No, it’s not true that the I’m in the Paralympics although they are going on here tonight, which is ok because they have spruced up the old city and there;s lots of helpful smiling people around the airports and train stations.

I just fought the rush hour crowds up on the trains from Birmingham.  I was in the vicinity of Nigel Runner from the Running from the reaper podcast but he managed to avoid meeting up with me – he’s a wily one, he is. I’m too knackered to work out tonight.

I have been running for 25 minutes 2 or 3 times a week and it’s quite lovely.  It’s not enough to even get sweaty and it takes no time at all.  On the other days I’m biking and doing some other athletic leaping about, picking up heavy things and putting them back down, etc.

The orthedpedist is trying to schedule me in to get the sonic meat tenderizer treatment.  I actually just took a call from the nice lady who tried to impress upon me how hard it was coordinate people to queue them up for the treatment.

I trumped her by telling her she had reached me in London and I could guarantee that I would continue to be hard to schedule an appointment for on ANY Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the week.

Today we have a great show for you.  It will probably be another longish one because Dr. Sarb sent me a long editorial on what he’s learned from running.  Ann has some great content and Dr. Sarb also send along a wellness update. I have a great chat with Greg who has made a lifestyle design choice that involves moving tyo South America and starting a tourism business to take groups of runners off into the hinterlands of the Mayan heartland.  It sounds breathtaking.

I got a few of you to register as users on the website www.runrunlive.com and that’s great!  I will be doing something new after 250 and I’m still working that out.

I got a great post on my website said ‘I just found you and now you’re stopping?’  Timing is everything my friend, well, that and location, and plastics Mrs. Robinson.

And our time in ticking away, Clarise, tick tock…

On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Dr. Sarb’s Wellness blog – http://completecoach.wordpress.com/

Dr Sarb Johal Psychologist, Writer, Runner, Coach


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:

Featured Interview:

Greg – Mayan Running Adventures

Challenging week long trail running adventure at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

True adventure beckons you to Guatemala, known as “the land of eternal spring” for it’s beauty and wonderful springlike weather. Imagine your trail running takes you along beautiful lake shorelines, beside terraces overflowing with heavily laden corn, and up exotic volcano peaks. Guided by an American living in Guatemala, you don’t need to speak Spanish or book hotel rooms. All food and accommodations are taken care of once you arrive in this beautiful nation. Bring your running shoes, sense of adventure and lose yourself in the thrill of the trail!



Quick Tip:

Ann’s Segment –The Fear  – http://www.annsrunningcommentary.com/?p=1298


Ok my Big strong men and women you have struggled with stiff upper lip through the bangers and mash and find yourself struugling free of the boot of another RunRunLive Podcast – Episode 241 in the can, and in this case a can of Boddington’s Bitters.

Next week I have a wonderful chat with Shannon from BadAss Fitness who drives us through a severely punishing Tabata workout – seriously she is passionate about fitness and full of super information.

Make sure to go over to my site runrunlive.com and register so I have your email address.  I’m in the process of sorting out all my various lists so I can start reaching out to folks with my next big thing.

A couple stories from my week.

First I was out riding on the rail trail before I left and there was this dude texting on his phone and blowing thru the stops signs while riding his bike!  I’m sure it won’t be long until chaos theory removes this individual from the gene pool but I had to interact with him twice on my out and back.

The second time I interacted with him as he was blowing through a stop sign and texting, I said to him, “Dude, I  don’t care if you kill yourself, but you’re going to kill me and that sucks.”

I had a moment, on the airplane coming out, where I looked back at all the different people in the plane.  All I could see was their heads and I thought to myself, “Each one of these heads contains an infinite universe.”And that is our strength and our weakness as a species.

But I’ve got something more scientific and less philosophical to talk to you about today, because my little head contains a universe of infinities.


Throughout my professional life, and I thing you’ve probably experienced this too, you run into situations where you have to introduce yourself.  Maybe it’s a meeting where they go around the room or a social interaction where someone casually asks “What do you do?”

And that question is darn near impossible to answer without some subterfuge and guile. It is also a bad question because as people go around listing their positions and degrees and experiences it tends to minimize who you actually are. Instead it reinforces a class system for that particular event.

How many times have I had to listen to people introduce themselves and list their degrees and whatnot.  It’s Boring!  That’s not who they are, that’s certainly not who I am and it seems to me to be a stacked deck designed to suck the life out of everyone.

This earnest person is asking me some dumb question like “Tell me who you are and what you do?”  Who am I?  I’m a poet, I’m a father, I’m a coach, I’m a lover, I’m a kind drunk, I’m a passionate man with hundreds of passions.  How do you answer that question without devaluing yourself and the person asking the question?

I had a bit of brilliance borne of frustration this year.  I was asked for a brief Bio for a professional blog post.  I thought about it and I wrote the following.

“I love my job.  I get to go to new places and meet great people and help them solve problems.  I get to see the inner workings of some of the best organizations in the world.  I get to talk to the people who run the companies that run the world.  Each engagement is new and different and challenging and I learn something new every day.” 

And that is how I answer that question now.  When people ask me what I do I smile and you can see the flame kindle in me as I say “I love what I do!”  And I think that tells you more about me than listing the degrees and experiences and companies on my ciriculae vitae.

And those of you who have had to suffer my droning fro 4 years would probably agree that describes me well.  And I challenge you to try this on for size.  The next time someone asks you about ‘what you do?’ allow your passion to ignite and lead with “I love what I do!”  And if you can’t say that with authenticity then you have my permission to go find something else to do that you are or can be passionate about!

Musinc tonight is another corker from the Blaggards called “Big Strong Man” – I would have played “Whiskey in the Jar” but the live version isn’t that good.

See you next week and remember to be passionate – it rubs off on people.  It shakes them out of their stupor and let’s them taste the infinity that lives inside their dusty skulls.



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:

blaggards-Whiskey in the Jar


Outro music:

The Blaggards – “Big Strong Man”

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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