Broken Wing and What I Would Do

Hello Steve!

So I'm in need of a bit of advice. As a more seasoned runner than myself I hope you can share some experience with me.

I was recently in as bike accident (I think some of your Massachusets drivers might have been on vacation in my neck of the woods) which left me with a fractured radial head in my left arm. As a person who is left handed this is quite bothersome, as a runner who signed up for his first marathon (which is in October) this is even worse. 

The doctor has said this will take 6-8 weeks to heal, I know that you are not a doctor, but have you ever dealt with a similar injury? I'm sort of wondering what you would do in this situation, I obviously want to let this heal, but not being able to exercise is driving me crazy! 

How crazy is it to attempt to run in a sling? I mean i can try cross training on a stationary bike, and walking but I'm fearful that I will lose my base fitness and be forced to fit all of my training into a far too compacted time frame. Should I give up and cross this year's TC Marathon off of my to-do list? Or should I walk/bike and then run as much as possible when I'm healed? Should I perhaps try and adopt the run-walk approach?
Any/all advice is much appreciated, and as always thanks for the highly entertaining podcasts!



The Ghost Outside Your Comfort Zone

Episode 13 of http://theghostofradio.com/ is up and ready for you to enjoy with liver, fava beans and a nice chianti! It’s been a year since we’ve heard Neils dulcet tones on “The Ghost” and this episode is worth the download.

On the topic of experience things “outside of my comfort zone” I, your humble…sleep deprived fellow runner and podcaster, talk about some of the other things I’ve enjoyed that were not within my zone o’ comfort.


Podcasters Block

I'm what you would call a "prolific podcaster". I have some talent (or at least proficiency) for belching out both cohesive presentations and "rambling diatribes" born of passion linked to an RSS Feed. Phedippidations is a podcast where I tend to express myself while running, using audio drama and editing techniques to complete each story...whereas Intervals is more of an "audio blog" where I force myself to stray from the topic of running into those thoughts that are dancing around my "oh so finite" mind.

But once again, I'm blocked. I guess you could call this "creative constipation"; but in the several times through the past week when I've recorded something from my car, in my studio or even (last night) at the ball park...I have been unable to write or speak in a way that is publishable.

Of course the questionable quality of my podcasting has never stopped me from publishing content before. A lengthy episode of "quacking like a duck" might not seem interesting or intelligible, but it is my podcast prerogative to publish such "quackery"! Prepare ye listeners for the auditory song of the mighty "Anas Platyrhynchos"! Let the quacking commence!

But despite my recording of too many hours of Mallardious speak; I cannot bring myself to "Fowl" the auditory canal of my friends and fellow runners with the "Ducked" up topics of conversation that I have committed to digital encoding.

I got nothin.

Of course, this too shall pass. I'm sure to wake up one morning with something urgent that I'd like to share with you through the podcast channel. I have a long list of episode ideas for Phedippidations that have been "in the queue" for many solar orbits. My seventh Podiversary will be celebrated on July 4th (no small coincidence that it was on that day in 2005 when I declared my independance from commerical media).

You've not heard the last of me.

by W. S. Merwin
My friend says I was not a good son
you understand
I say yes I understand

he says I did not go
to see my parents very often you know
and I say yes I know

even when I was living in the same city he says
maybe I would go there once
a month or maybe even less
I say oh yes

he says the last time I went to see my father
I say the last time I saw my father

he says the last time I saw my father
he was asking me about my life
how I was making out and he
went into the next room
to get something to give me

oh I say
feeling again the cold
of my fathers hand the last time
he says and my father turned
in the doorway and saw me
look at my wristwatch and he
said you know I would like you to stay
and talk with me

oh yes I say

but if you are busy he said
I don't want you to feel that you
have to
just because I'm here

I say nothing

he says my father
said maybe
you have important work you are doing
or maybe you should be seeing
somebody I dont want to keep you

I look out the window
my friend is older than I am
he says and I told my father it was so
and I got up and left him then
you know

though there was nowhere I had to go
and nothing I had to do


Ending Diatribe PRE-Addendum

I’ve been thinking about how I concluded episode 292 of Phedippidations (titled “Running in Time”) and today I try to better articulate the sentiment I was trying to put forward.


Self Critical For Improvement.

A new episode of Phedippidations will come out on Saturday EDT (at midnight); and I think I set my expectations for this one way too high.  You be the judge.



Ballpark-Cast – A NEW Fdip and Sounds from Fitton Field.

I’m at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field to watch my beloved Worcester Tornadoes CONQUER the Quebec Capitals (even though, in the end we lost) and talking about a brand SPANKING new episode of Phedippidations that I hope will CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER!!!!!


Sharp Dress Man?

I’ve never been one for fashion…and today is no exception; but it’s interesting to think about “dress codes” and the way I have dressed throughout my personal and professional life.
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.


Passion for Something

My wife is my passion. Running is my passion. Podcasting is my passion. Wine is my passion, Baseball is my passion and Astronomy is my passion.  You have passions as well, and THAT is what makes our lives so wonderful!

Also, I discuss my plans to record several summer “Tours of the Summer Night Sky” in upcoming episodes of Intervals.


BIG Sun, Little Planet: An AstronmyCast

I'm in my back yard, viewing the historic transit of Venus: and it was spectacular!


Little Planet crossing a GIANT Star

If the skies are clear, you may get a chance to witness something that doesn’t happen too often: the transit of Venus across the Sun.  Why is this such a big deal?  Because it helps to give you some perspective about where you are in the Universe.


Uncle Steve Talks with the OTHER John

May God have mercy on my soul.
John Glenn and John Michael in the victorious:
"Sexy Hug" post West Branch canoe trip, 2010.
(This was the most embarrassing photo I could find)

Fenway, Baseball and Hope

A few moments from my evening at Fenway Park


An Evening at Fenway Park

I’m at Fenway Park in Boston, home of my beloved Boston Red Sox along with my stepson Mat and my nephew John Glenn.  Of course, using my incredible powers of prediction, I totally called the outcome of this game…although sadly, it was a loss…BUT anytime at a Ball Park is a good day.  And we had a GREAT night of baseball at this “Cathedral” of ballparks.