Episode 100 – Ray Zahab and a host of friends

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Show intro by:

The trilogy running boys in a blast from the past.


This podcast contains clips from:

The Phedipidations Podcast by Steve Runner www.steverunner.com

The four feet running podcast www. http://4feetrunning.blogspot.com/

Dirt Dawg – Dirt Dawg’s Rambling Diatribes

The Nuemen Show

Nigel – Running from the Reaper

Megan – a.k.a. Vegan Running Mom from the Run Vegan Run…

Lybbe from 50 counting down

Kevin from the extra mile podcast

Steve Chopper – the A mile with me podcast

Barb from the KelownaGurl podcast

Stuart from the Quadrathon Podcast

Eddie Marathon

Gordon from run to Disney

Hello and welcome to the one hundredth episode of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Today we’ve got a great so for you it’s a gathering of friends.  It’s going to be a bit long because there were many voices clamoring for the stage and the microphone.  You’ll be impressed with the unity of thought and spirit as you listen through this.  I think it says something about us and our sport. What is said  is good and it is said in a strong, powerful and encouraging voice.

I’m not going to waste your nickels with my prattling.  IF it weren’t for some over achieving Greeks and Romans usurping their European neighbors with a ten-based numbering system we might have passed this point unobserved.  Perhaps we could have celebrated some pagan octal at episode 64. But whatever the reason, do we really need a reason to celebrate? – I thank all of you for the privilege of getting to set free this thing each week for the last century of shows.

Let’s party like it’s 1999.  On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Most important about BIKE: ride. then ride more. SWIM: breathe every stroke. RUN: ice after even if you aren’t sure you’re sore – Ben Berry

My wife told me to make sure and smile at the cameras during a race because it’s not how you feel but how you look that matters – Jeff Genova

Running taught me to keep moving forward, endure and with incremental long term effort big things can be achieved. –

Best advice – At the a marathon while I struggled at mile 8 a much more experienced runner said “only goal finish w/a smile” – Dan Harrel

People can do almost anything if they have Desire, Belief and Effort. The ability to do the thing will come in time.

Mad Dog,

If there is anything I have learned from my hours on the road seeking some introspection and retrospection about my experiences is that if you keep moving forward and believe that life, just like runs can be a roller coaster of a ride then you can and will be successful. I also firmly believe that with all this new media that people of all abilities have been able to make some pretty powerful connections and that we can all learn from and inspire each other. Lastly, never ever take this running thing too seriously. It is something we choose to do, so why not let it be fun??

Keep up the great work. I look forward to the shows each week.

Dirt Dawg

.       Hi Chris!

Well done on the podcast, I really enjoy it and I think it is pretty unique – such a good mix of your experiences and great interviews. I only took up running 18months ago as part of my weight loss journey. I have always been one of those slightly overweight people – not fat exactly, but definitely curvy. I have had four kids in the last 10 years, and the lessons I have learnt along the way are a whole other story…but I have to say that childbirth has taught me the most about myself, and for me the birth of my four fantastic kids have been my own personal ironman events – the last two were born at home and really, all four births were huge personal triumphs for me (quite apart from the beauty and thrill of meeting my kids!)

Anyway….after all that I was sitting at about 10kg over my already curvy weight, and made a decision that I was NOT going to be that woman who was overweight ‘ever since she had kids’. I joined weightwatchers and started running last September after encouragement from a dear friend (and ironwoman) who told me that ‘of course I could do it’.

s      So, now I am a runner!! I’ve had a huge paradigm shift, as I always believed that ‘people in our family just aren’t cut out to run’. I always thought I would throw up, or drop dead if I ran round the block!! I ran this weekend for an hour and a half and felt like it was a bit short – how times have changed!! I’m running my second half marathon next weekend and am in training for the Rotorua marathon next year (training with my ironwoman ‘coach’). Since last August, I’ve lost 18kg (I think that’s the best part of 40lbs) and I’ve found a new passion!!  I love running – who knew!! (certainly, it’s been a surprise to my husband who has run for years and years and years and has marathoned and half marathoned in the past while I’ve looked on!!)

Listening to your podcast is a big inspiration for me, so THANK YOU!  Like I said on facebook, you have a place to stay here in New Zealand should you ever need it !

What is the most important thing you have learned from your running? I can do anything that I put my mind to.

2.       What is the best piece of running advice you’ve ever gotten?  (or life advice) Slow down and take your time, at the end of the day it’s just one foot in front of the other.

3.       If you could leave one message, one thing for the folks who download the show to remember – to take with them – what would it be? I think the best message was the one in your last podcast (episode 95). Running is about changing your life, it’s not about running PB’s or training for one event. It’s about the journey, the people you meet during/before and after races, it’s about the headspace you get when you’re out running on your own, it’s about seeing what you’re capable of, it’s about learning about your body, it’s about friendship, it’s about being out in nature, it’s about fun….enjoy the journey!

Thanks Chris! Take care


Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

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Story time:

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Featured Interview:

Ray Zahab – http://www.runningthesahara.com/



Quick Tip:



Many thanks to all my virtual running friends who contributed to this show.

Samples from Phedipidations and Four feet running were used under a creative house of commons license and sactioned by the Massachusetts United Brotherhood of pipe fitters.

Many songs from Mad Dog’s ipod were sampled for this podcast – and I owe a special debt of gratitude to the boys from Rancid for helping me finish the fourth lap of many 1600’s.

But today you heard

The Grateful Dead – Truckin

Dire Straits – Espresso love

Love is a rose -from Neil Young

RamShackle Day Parade from Joe Strummer

Left Hand Sazuki Method from Gorillaz

Brand new Cadillac and Jimmy Jazz from the Clash

Cocktails, Corazon de Oro, Bob, Crane Fist from Rancid

Exodus by Bob Marley

The harder they come by Peter Tosh

Serves you right to suffer from J.Geils

I’m waiting for the man by David Bowie

The Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show…

Ned was a terminally happy guy was brought to you as always by Al Phlipp and the Woo Team from their Retarded Genius LP…

And to take you out adopted theme song of my doppleganger Mad Dog from the album of the same name, and try not to pick up your pace and feel like a stud when this plays, I dare ya, by my heroes at Rancid it Indestructible and that’s how I’ll continue to act even if I’m not when I see you out there!


Indestructible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indestructible_(Rancid_album)

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