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The Fitness Tech Podcast: Live From Walnut Creek Rec Area (Video)

February 12, 2011 – It’s Long Run Saturday!  Why do I say that, you might ask?  In typical marathon and half marathon training programs, there is always a long run scheduled for the weekend some #160; Usually somewhere between 6 and 20 miles, this run is almost always a tough one of the week!  So hey, if you have to do a long one, you might as well do it with some friends!  Welcome to Long Run Saturday! So I put the call out on Facebook (both to my peeps and the peeps in the Lincoln Marathon FB group) and we had a host of regulars from Gallup and a few others from FB show for the run!  Some ran 6 (nice job Brett and Congrats on a PR!), others ran 11 (Dave and Jodi), a few ran 12 (high fives to Carrie and Dave), Laura laid down 14 and I ended the day just over #160; There were a few others that I wasn’t able to track, but I am sure they did well!  Congratulations to the entire group. The weather was fantastic and we were greeted to cool temps and sunny trails with a bit of ice early in the #160; Captured a bit of the ice on one of the videos #160; Winds were from the south and were a little chilly in some #160; A couple shirts and light gloves were all that was #160; In Nebraska, you can never pass up a day like this in #160; They just don’t come around very often! Carrie ran 12 of the 15 with me and we laughed most of the #160; She is documenting most of it on her blog, so I will point you over there if you want in on the #160; We also consumed some of the homemade protein bars that she just wrote up on her #160; Both are at I have included some short videos that we shot during the #160; Hope you enjoy them!   About Mile 4. Carrie, Brett and Jim with lots of ICE! Dave, Carrie and Jim at the 6 mile mark. Carrie’s Homemade Protein Bars! Dave after he finished 12! Nice job Dave! Carrie and Jim interview. Jim with some final thoughts   Thanks to everyone who came out today!  Good work Gang!
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The Fitness Tech Podcast Special Event / The 2011 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run 5K/10K in Kansas City (Audio and Video)

Jim and Carrie headed down to Kansas City this weekend for the 2011 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run.  3500 runners from all over the area converge in an underground storage facility for two very unique races.  The 5K race kicked off at 9:00am and the 10K at 10:00am (that makes it easy to remember!).  Both Jim and Carrie ran (although Carrie was “bibless”) and struggled through the morning.  You can here all the details in both the YouTube videos and the Podcast we did while in the cave!  If you are a runner at all, you will understand the excitement on race day! Complete results for the event can be found at HERE Carrie’s Blog is at Mud Mafia Blog is at on Facebook We would love to get your feedback on this special show at   Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume The Fitness Tech Podcast Special Event / The 2011 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run 5K/10K in Kansas City (Audio and Video) iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)        
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I’m Gonna Lose a Toenail, or My First Marathon

WRITTEN BY TRISTA KUNCE Becki hates feet. So I knew when I brought her to my physical therapist to learn how to tape my foot that she would tape it quickly and efficiently, especially after she didn’t believe that I had never heard of a pedicure before. My feet are faulty: I overpronate, my arches collapse, and I have supination of the feet and bone spurs on the back of my heels. Clearly I don’t have great runner’s feet. And the legs attached to my feet? I’m built more like a chicken than a gazelle. Oh, and I have iliotibial band syndrome, which I developed a little over halfway into my marathon training. The IT band is a band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of your knee, starting at your hip and connecting just below the knee joint. It’s an overuse injury, but I was in enough pain to get a cortisone short directly into that band of tissue a month before the marathon. After that wore off in a week — it was supposed to last 6 to 8 weeks — I started physical therapy three times per week. Despite my flawed feet and IT band issue, I ran my first marathon on Jan. 16, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. (This is the point in the story that you should picture me flashing the rock-n-roll sign with my fingers and making a goofy face, mouth wide open, eyes buggin’.) It was a Rock ‘n‘ Roll Marathon in Phoenix in January and it was below zero degrees when we left Omaha. Who wouldn’t want to go? **** I have to arrive at races early. It’s tradition. We got there about two hours early. With time to spare, we wondered around in the chilly 50 degree weather and found a medical tent. Lucky for Becki, a physical therapist there taped my foot. I don’t know what it is about my nerves before races, but I lose my short-term memory. After walking to the start line, I realized I had lost my SPIbelt. (Sounds cool, but it’s just a tiny fanny pack for runners.) The belt was my lifeline: It contained my nutrition for the race, my cell phone, and, most importantly, my driver’s license I needed to get a beer after the race. We found my belt in the car. And then things began to fast forward for me. We found our corral — lucky #6 — took pictures, and stood around freezing in our shorts and tank tops. I don’t remember hearing the gun, but then we were walking, and then running. Before mile 2, I had to pee. After that, things felt good. I felt good. The crowd was energizing, and Becki’s Team Nebraska tank top was getting us, well her, a lot of cheers. But Becki probably didn’t mind that those cheers were keeping my spirits up. Becki said after the race that she wanted to remember what she said/thought at every mile. I remember what I was thinking at various points in the race, but mostly remember mile 6 and miles 24 and 25. Mile 6 I felt a twinge in my knee, and it started to get stiff. I was stunned. I couldn’t believe my knee was trying to sabotage this marathon for me at mile 6. I was mad — mad in a sense that I started to laugh to myself. “Mile 6? Really?” So I tightened my knee strap, ran slower, and, sadly, Becki had to continue on by herself. We had been training together for months for this marathon. She was my support. Becki talks nonstop while running, which has always helped me keep my focus on something other than pain and running. But I couldn’t hold her back, so she ran ahead. I created my own race monologue to make up for Becki’s absence. “Keep it at a 10-minute mile pace.” “Are those people dressed up as Christmas presents? I have to high-five the tree.” “OK, .” “Shouldn’t those young cheerleaders be wearing more clothing?” “OK, .” “Is that an ambulance? Oh man, I don’t think you’re leg is supposed to do that.” “Under 11 isn’t bad.” “Ah, the old guys in short, green shorts. I have to beat them!” “Speed up Trista! Under 11!” “Purple-shorts lady. I’ve seen her rear end for miles now. I need to pass her.” I had fun. I took pictures of the desert landscape as I ran. I talked to other runners, one of who had complete reconstructive knee surgery and was running this marathon. And I thought I was crazy. I stopped to shake my butt with the bands along the race route. I flashed various “rock-on” fingers to people cheering and thanked them for their support. I gave numerous high-fives. “Old guys. Pass them again. They are fit!” My knee ached, but I felt strong enough mentally to finish. “OUCH. Oh no you don’t knee!” Mile 24 and 25 dragged on as I tried not to focus on my knee. I was running lopsided, it was getting hot, and I had already been running for more than 4 and half hours. My knee wouldn’t do what my mind was telling it to do. It was locked in a slightly bent position and I could only drag it while I ran. So my good leg had to do all of the work, which I paid for with blisters and a purple and blue, pus-filled toenail on that foot. “That guy is gonna throw up on me. Run FASTER!” And then I saw the finish line. I picked up my pace, or I thought I did, despite the now stabbing pain in my knee. I had to look good running through the finish line for that last picture they take of you before you finish the race. As I crossed the finish line, I raised my arms, beat my fists in the air, and thanked the universe. I couldn’t believe I did it. My knee reminded me that I did do it, but all I felt was bliss, satisfaction, dazed, and relief. Note from Jim – Congratulations on a great marathon Trista and Becki!  Great job on a good race!  Wish I had made the trip with you!
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First Race of the 2011 Season and a Look Back at a Year of Firsts!

It’s that time of the year again where we start thinking about better weather and the races that come with them.  This year is no different, with the exception that the distances get farther and the times get shorter.  In 2010, I had a bunch of firsts.   I finished two Marathons (Lincoln in May and Omaha in September) improving with each one.  I set a new personal best at the half Marathon distance in Papillion with a time of and ran more 10Ks than I care to count.  I also came out of the year lighter than I started, losing 15 pounds along the way!  I was really glad that I recorded it all in this blog, to review and encourage when needed.  Thanks for coming along on this journey with me! Next Sunday marks the start of the 2011 race season with the Children’s TLC Groundhog Run in Kansas City. The Children’s TLC Groundhog Run is believed to be the only 5k/10k race in the nation that is totally underground.  With a consistent temperature of 65 to 68 degrees, the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is the ideal venue for the 3,500 runners to compete in this annual winter event! The race is already full, so no jumping on the bandwagon now, but you can follow the results right here after the race.  I will not only post my time, but a link to full results as well.  This year I am shooting for a solid 45 min 10K.  That would be 7 minutes better than last but not out of reach.  All training this leading in that direction. This is also the first year that the Mud Mafia Team (Facebook link) will send some of it’s members to this race together.  This social experiment, known now as a running team, got it’s start last year and represented well at the 2010 Beer and Bagel Run back in November.  The group was founded by none other than Carrie Adams and is sporting some 30 members at the moment.  Should be a bunch of fun for the “family” as we make the 3 hour trek south to KC.  Good luck to all runners! This will also be the first time that the Fitness Tech Podcast (now the official Podcast of the Mud Mafia) and host, yours truly, will attempt some live podcasting from the event.  If you are interesting in following all the events of the day, but can’t make it down, you can follow my tweeting at #!/jcollison and there will be some segments that we will do LIVE at   Of course, commentary and results can be found after the race right here.  If you have any question on the live event, feel free to send me an email at Upcoming Events Just to get you thinking about what is ahead, here are some of the upcoming events on the 2011 schedule. February 26 Omaha’s Trek Up the Tower – FULL March 6 1st Annual Frozen Burrito Race – New for 2011 March 12 Leprechaun Chase – St Patty’s Day 10K – 2nd Year March 26 State Farm 10 Mile April 2 5th Annual Ni-Bthaska-K Trail Run – 12 K & 4 mile May 1 Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon May 8 Offutt Runway Run May 15 Papillion Half Marathon and 10K June 12 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run – Colorado Springs June 18 Mt. Evans Ascent July 10 Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K – Colorado Springs August 20-21 Pikes Peak Ascent September 25 Omaha Marathon   If you know of any more you would like to add to my calendar, let me know.  Good Luck in 2011 and see you running!
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The Fitness Tech Podcast #11 Yurbuds and Ironmen!

Jim, freshly off his trip to Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), shares with Jamie all the excellent tech gadgets he came across and even his brush with Ironman fame! Jim had the opportunity to “run” into Mirinda Carfrae, (@Mirindacarfrae) the 2010 Kona Ironman World Champion and Tim O’Donnell, (@TOinTRI) the 2010 Ironman Florida triathlon Champion at the ShowStoppers event on Thursday night, not Wednesday like he said in the podcast.  Both athletes were representing Yurbuds. Daniel Deville, Business Development Manager for Yurbuds, gave Jim a set to try while he was in Vegas.  A little from their site. Yurbuds was founded in 2008 by Seth Burgett, President and CEO, an active triathlete and Richard Daniels, Chief Operating Officer, a 22-time marathoner. Burgett and Daniels left their corporate roles and joined forces to improve personal performance. The Company’s mission is to transform the athletes’ experience by providing personalized service and exceptional audio products. Jim used the Yurbuds while climbing the stairs at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Vegas on Friday Morning and again while doing a mile run on the strip on Saturday.  You can see the videos of Jim running the stairs HERE.  The video of the Saturday run will get posted here later this weekend. Below is a video interview Jim did from the show floor.   Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell at the Yurbud booth   Jamie give some great examples of how to get some exercise while traveling and Jim talks about some equipment you could use to record your fitness activity. Jim talks about the upcoming Groundhog Run down in Kansas City the last weekend in January.  Jamie talks about some additional fitness class that you could do instead of running. Listen to the end for some show outtakes. You can email the show at Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume The Fitness Tech Podcast #11 Yurbuds and Ironmen! iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)  
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The Fitness Tech Podcast #10 RunKeeper Beats Angry Birds!

Jim and Jamie are back after the holidays to talk Christmas gifts that Santa brought.  Jamie got a seriously nice new tech gift that has a fitness spin!  Jim warns of some fitness products that you should carefully consider BEFORE you purchase, especially if you see it on TV. This week RunKeeper released an update to its RunKeeper Application for both iPhone and Android.  It’s FREE to download in the month of January.  Up until now there as been a scaled down free version and a fee based Pro version.  Both are now free for the taking.  You can find both in the app store for each phone.  The download has been very popular and smoked past the very popular Angry Birds. We talked more about the FitBit and the BodyBugg and the success both products have had in the fitness space.  Links are below. Jim confesses that his holiday diet wasn’t as good as it should have been.  Jamie gives some tips for replacing that sugar craving that we are all having after all the junk we ate over the last month. Jim spent some time butchering the url of   Let’s try geared to be fit and not geared to benefit.  At least I was close. Jim’s fitness story is at Jim and Jamie give some hints on getting involved in some local and some not so local races.  Don’t feel pressured to do any of them…or maybe just one.  You can find many of them online.  Check Google. Finally, Jamie gets to her tips for sticking with it if you are starting a new workout.  I think I gave most of them away!  Sorry Jamie. You can follow Jim while he is at CES here:   Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume The Fitness Tech Podcast #10 RunKeeper Beats Angry Birds! iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)   Show Links: iFit – FitBit – BodyBugg – Carrie Adams Blog – Omaha Running Club – The Mud Mafia – Trek up the Tower –
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The Fitness Tech Podcast #3 I’ve Got Holes in My Shoes!

Guest Jerry Wall, Project Manager at Gallup – We cover his fitness history and how he got to where is now by shedding weight and quitting smoking.  We also talk some of using social media to gather crowds to assist in fitness.  Warning! – We talk a ton about running in this podcast this week!   Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume The Fitness Tech Podcast #3 I’ve Got Holes in My Shoes! iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)   Omaha Corporate Cup Lincoln Marathon Facebook Page Quitnet Jerry’s Garmin 405 Garmin 305 Deal at Amazon for $119 Peak Performance Omaha Trek up the Tower Jamie and Jim also cover the Withings Wifi Scale.  A product from that helps you measure you progress on weight loss and fitness.  ;head Intro and Exit Music from “Motion” by Adelaide.  Hear more great tunes at 
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