Episode 4-331 – DCRainmaker on device technology

The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-331 – DCRainmaker on device technology

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logo_hoytTeam Hoyt Boston 2016 Campaign -> https://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoytbostonmarath/fundraiser/christopherrussell

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks – http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Hello and welcome to episode 4-331 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  How’s everybody doing?  We made it to the end of January.  Even though my wife insisted we come home from Phoenix a day early to avoid the big East Coast storm, we got nothing here northwest of Boston.  No snow at all!

I think she probably was just sick of me.  Who can blame her!

I’m training away again.  I’m healthy and feel great.  I sat down with my coach and talked over the marathon and now we have our sights set on turning in a good time at Boston.

Like I said I think my training was too inconsistent for Phoenix.  I also wasn’t doing enough core and strength work.  Coach had me do a leg work out last Monday and I could barely sit down for two days. I was definitely weak in the hips, glutes and quads even with all the miles I was getting in.  Running is a funny sport.

I’m also on a clean nutrition kick.  I weighed in after the vacation at 189.4, which is close to 10 pounds heavier than where I want to race at.  I’m eating mostly fruit and veg now for a week and I’m enacting a beer-breakup.  With the amount of exercise I do I lost 6 pounds in 3 days and actually had to work some more calories in. I’m going to see if I can lean up over the next couple months.

It’s not about ‘going on a diet’ or calorie counting per se.  Those are certainly tools you can use.  For me it’s about eating clean so that my body can recover and I can be in the best shape possible in April.

For today’s show I grabbed veteran blogger DC RainMaker for a chat about the state of device technology.  Ray started blogging device reviews back in 2007 when I started podcasting.  He has managed to turn his hobby into a full time job.  We talk about where we are, where we have been and where we are going on the tech front.  It’s interesting.  It makes you wonder what the heck we are going to be doing in 10 and 20 years!

It’s been a weird January for everyone.  Last week I got up early packed my running stuff.  Since it’s January I threw in tights, gloves, sweater, hats – you know – winter running kit.  I get up from my desk to go running at lunch and it’s close to 50 degrees out!

Following the no excuses rule one day I ran in winter tights, winter hat and a tee shirt.  The following day I ran in short-shorts, a running jacket and gloves.  It really doesn’t matter.  You just have to get out there.

One lesson I apparently have to be taught over and over is not to pack my bag when I get up in the morning.  This invariably leads to some unfortunate clothing combinations or lack thereof.

On with the Show!

slimming-1136637_640Section one – Running Tips

8 Different Treadmill Tips – http://runrunlive.com/8-different-tips-for-treadmill-running

Voices of reason – the conversation

Ray – DC RainMaker

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/

Here’s the podcast link: Http://www.dcrainmaker.com/podcast

And the 2015-2016 Recommendations guide: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/11/winter-sports-gadget-recommendations.html

 

Ray Maker is behind DCRainmaker.com – which focuses on endurance sports technology and training and was ranked as one of the 50 Most Influential people in running by Runner’s World magazine in 2015.  The site produces the most in depth reviews and analysis of sports technology products out on the web today, gathering more than 3 million views a month.

 

Thanks!
-Ray

cube-844266_1280Section two

Asking questions – http://runrunlive.com/dont-be-afraid-to-ask-questions

Outro –

Closing comments

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks – http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Ok my friends, hit the stop button on your smart watch, we have arrived all sweaty, heart pounding and breathing hard at the end of episode 4-331 of the RunRunLive podcast.

Like I said I ‘m training well and trying to live well.  Hope you are as well.  If anyone has a particularly interesting piece of writing around 1500 words they’d like to submit for me to read into one of the show sections – I’m willing if you are!  After 7 ½ years of this I sometimes feel like I’m tapping a dry well.

I was poking around in the RunRunLive 1.0 archives this week and listened to some of the single digit episodes.  The audio quality is cringe-worthy.  It’s all out there on my website RunRunLive.com – Feel free to download them – and let me know if you find broken links.

Next episode we are going to talk with Kim Jones who was one of the best female marathoners in the 80’s and 90’s.  If anyone has any other people they’d like me to interview let me know and I’ll sick the producers on them.

Thank you for all the folks who contributed to my Team Hoyt fund for Boston.  For the thousands of you who haven’t – hey come on – it’s a great cause.  It’s what’s right about our sport.  Your virtual friends in our virtual running community have been throwing me 10-20-50 bucks.  You can do it too.  Think of it as positive karma investment.

The Groton Road Race April 24th. Come on up and join me for my last stint at race directing and our 25th anniversary.  I’m cooking up some cool commemorative tchotchkes for you.  Come up and join us.

buddy-snow-smallThis past week I got invited to present at an event in the city called Ignite! Boston.  I guess this is one of those lyceum-like, TedTalky sort of, I don’t know, but one of my personal guidelines is to accept all invitations to present.  You know how much value I think there is in presentation skills in general.  I believe it is something we all should cultivate and stage time is one of the best ways to practice it.

The format for these presentations was 20 slides, with a 15 second auto-advance per slide.  A bang, bang, bang presentation flow.  I was intrigued.

The topic was loosely ‘data’.  I looked at the presenters and they were all tech people. I looked at the agenda and I was the last of 7.  That means it was me between them and the complimentary drinks.

I thought to myself, “Well, I’m screwed.”  First, I’m not a deep tech guy.  Second, I don’t know that much practical stuff about Data.  Sure I could manufacture some overview of industry data uses, but in the position of last presenter I’d be forgettable.

The game was rigged to focus on my not-strengths and not my strengths.  How could I flip the tables on this?  What do I bring that these folks didn’t?  What talents do I have that they don’t?  Well, I know how to communicate.  I know how to present and I know all about marathons.

I decided to use the kobayashi maru subterfuge and change the game in my favor.  I created an entertaining presentation around marathon data.

Of course as I’m watching these other presentations with their flow charts and SQL code I’m wondering if I’m making a really bad decision.  I start to get nervous that this audience will be slack-jawed and confused by me being off topic.

Then I smile and remember one of the rules of presenting, which is you have to go all in.  You have to commit to your topic and your speech.  It doesn’t matter if it is good or bad.  You have to sell it. You have to live it.  Because if you go all in the audience will go with you.  They won’t get a choice.  They’ll get sucked into your gravity well.

I rocked it.  They loved it. I had a blast.

Commit, go all in, sell it – and l’ll see you out there.

MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks – http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Http://www.marathonbq.com

http://runrunlive.com/my-books

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