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Running Virtually

48 EpisodesProduced by Just Plain DaveWebsite

Just Plain Dave is a middle of the pack runner and endurance athlete in Southern New England, sharing thoughts and observations about endurance sports and training while keeping up with regular life (work, family, and the real world). If I learn something interesting, I plan to share it with you.

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099. M2M Ultra - Positioning for Change - Being open to Connections

June 2nd, 2023


A brief recap of the Manchester to Monadnock, 50-mile ultra marathon. A discussion of how positioning oneself for changes in your environment, in …

098. TARC Spring Classic (50km) and Boston Marathon Spectating

April 23rd, 2023


Summary and highlights of my 50km trail race, the TARC (Trail Animals Running Club) Spring Classic. And observations from my spectating at the Boston Marathon. Saturday visit and dinner with friends on Boylston Street …

097. Ready for Boston / BPC / Looking for a Positivity Bias

April 10th, 2023


Childlike enthusiasm for next week's Boston Marathon; a brief recap of the joy of the CT / RI Border Patrol Challenge; and hunting for sparks of joy …

096. Border Patrol Update & 5 Benefits of Going for a Walk

March 7th, 2023


A summary of the 5-person trek around the 26M Pachaug-Nehantic Loop in eastern Connecticut. Plus a summary of an article by Charlotte Grysolle …

095. Spring Races & the Border Patrol Challenge (RI & CT)

January 14th, 2023


Happy New Year! I'm happy to share my spring 2023 race plans and goal race, the Manchester-to-Monadnock ultra. I've signed up for customized coaching …

094. Merry Christmas and a Pilot Whale

December 26th, 2022


Very interesting observations of a pilot whale carcass that was washed ashore on a Cape Cod beach. Plus some gratitude and observations around the …

093. Trying something new on race day

December 3rd, 2022


Life update as I find my place after two months in Providence. A short recap of my 48-mile run at the HamsterWheel ultra in New Boston, NH. I broke …

092. RI Trail Classic (race report)

October 24th, 2022


Summary and recap of my goal race for the year. On October 22, 2022, I ran the Rhode Island Trail Classic on the Vin Gormley Trail in Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, RI. I completed 6 loops for a total of 45 …

091. Kipchoge's Berlin Marathon World Record & Won't you be my Neighbor

September 26th, 2022


Perfect September Sunday for a social training run with friends. Lots of talk about the Berlin marathon and Eliud Kipchoge's 2:01:09 world record. And thoughts about the long time I've lived in my neighborhood.

090. Life Update & Bird-in-Hand half marathon

September 15th, 2022


Life update: Life is good. Change is good. Plus a recap of the big The Extra Mile Podcast community gathering at the Bird-in-Hand half marathon in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

089. Real Life Update & Volunteering at the Anchor Down Ultra

August 19th, 2022


I had the most energizing, excellent, exuberant, exhilarating time as a VOLUNTEER at the 2022 Anchor Down Ultra. And I provide a 5-minute update on my current life status. SPOILER: my life is in FLUX! Cover photo image: …

088. Head for the Mountains

July 23rd, 2022


Summer escape to the lakes and mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont, and The Adirondacks in upstate New York. Recap of hikes on Mount Watatic, Baker Mountain and The Giant's Nubble.

087. Running with Friends

June 19th, 2022


My injury is behind me. I share a recap and summary of three runs with friends (social runs) during the week of June 13, 2022. 'Gansett Brewery Wednesday Club Run, friends at my house Saturday morning, and a windy & …

086. Flying Pig race weekend

May 12th, 2022


Recap and quasi race report from the Flying Pig race weekend in Cincinnati. A most excellent gathering of friends to celebrate the Spring season and joys of 15,000 people working toward a common goal. Shout out to: …

085. Boston Marathon & Rumblestrip

April 19th, 2022


I attended a pre-race panel discussion and learned about some other runners' perspectives. I also share a recap of my glorious day as a spectator at the Boston Marathon. And because I can't stop thinking about …

084. Just Plain Dave's Greatest Run Ever, from Dirt Church Radio

March 27th, 2022


Community is important. As family and friends, we have so much more in common compared with our minor differences. That includes story-telling runners from the opposite side of globe. Audio file includes live read of …

083. Limits of Perception & Dealing with Injury

March 13th, 2022


Observations on a foggy morning, musing in the limits of my perception and brown dog's abilities are greater than mine. And ... I'm working through rest and recovery to help my injured left heel get better.

082. Five Lessons from Brown Dog

February 27th, 2022


Idea credit to Brittany Hambleton (6 lessons we can learn from our dogs, Canadian Running: January 26, 2022). My spin on the "running lessons" I can learn from my trusty 4-legged companion. Plus a short summary of a …

081. 10 Years of Running - Practice with a Purpose

January 21st, 2022


January 1, 2022, marks the 10th anniversary of restarting my running journey. Happy memory of the Eagle Brook Saloon 5km race in 2012. // Thoughts on why reading the news every day probably isn't worth my time. Is it …

080. Swansea Village Park in the tropical rain

December 11th, 2021


Join me for a muddy, soggy, rainy hike in Village Park. Brown Dog and I share our observations. Lots of tree fall and damage from recent storms, plus …

079. Falmouth race report & Recognizing Delights

November 19th, 2021


A summary of my experience running the 'Falmouth in the Fall' 7-mile road race in mid-November. And a my observations of a few little details in my day-to-day world that put a smile on my face and give me delight. …

078. Our Running Community

October 24th, 2021


Thinking about the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits of spending time in fellowship with friends. Time with friends and …

077. Bird-in-Hand Race Report

September 13th, 2021


Recap and summary of the 9/11/2021 Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon. Joyful real life meetup with (previously) virtual friends.

076. Anchor Down Ultramarathon - race report

August 16th, 2021


My recap of the August 13, 2021, Anchor Down Ultramarathon. My pre-race goal was to run 100 miles in 24 hours. My successful outcome was to run 100 …

075. Animal Crossing

July 24th, 2021


When I'm out for a run or walking the brown dog, if I pay attention and look carefully, I often see animals out and about. Deer, coyotes, humming …

074. Strawberries Raspberries and Blueberries, Oh My

July 2nd, 2021


Fruit and berries are nature's candy and near perfect snacks. Eating real foods is so much better than processed snacks. Plus a brief rant on the 365 …

073. Social Runs - ‘Burn’ by Herman Pontzer - Marathon day medical risks

June 13th, 2021


Working hard (& driving) to be a part of group runs; some key findings from the book, Burn, by anthropologist Herman Pontzer (click bait: …

072. Maple Syrup - Asparagus - DNF

May 9th, 2021


Spring has arrived in New England. We are along for the ride as nature cycles through a season of rebirth. I’ve had lots of time in nature. And that is a very good thing. I reflect on my DNF (did not finish) at the 2015 …

071. Injured - Consistency - Skeletal System training

March 7th, 2021


Hiking at Swansea Village Park with my Brown Dog on a cold clear Spring day. I recently tweaked my back and am in recovery mode. The most important …

070. The miracles of ice & cheese - and Emil Zatopek 1952

February 19th, 2021


A meandering conversation about 5 flavors of snow, the miracle that ice floats on water; and why does melted cheese taste 100-times better than just …

069. COVID Test & Running in the dark & snow

January 30th, 2021


Thank you for your time and attention. Just Plain Dave shares three chapters recorded across the month of January 2021: 1st his experience with the CV19 testing process; 2nd a sunset trail run that got a little spooky …

068. Random Act of Kindness (& 2018 Eilat Desert Marathon recap)

December 27th, 2020


Happy holidays and Merry Christmas. First, a random interaction with my neighbor Edith, with “see you tomorrow” familiarity. Second, a random act of …

067. EDS - Every Damn Street Mission Accomplished

December 13th, 2020


The EDS project took 36 days of consistent effort and big logistical challenges to try to map a route with minimal duplication. Lots of cul-de-sacs …

066. Happy Thanksgiving and EDS Update

November 24th, 2020


Update on my “Every Damn Street” running project. 17 runs complete, about 60 percent of the 170 miles of roads in Rehoboth. Comments on some of the critters I’ve seen while out and about. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, …

065. Run Every Street

November 1st, 2020


New goal for the last two months of 2020: “Run Every Street” in my town. 170 miles of roads in 47 square miles. /-/ Does it feel like the world is out to get you? Hanlon’s Razor says that it’s more likely that they just …

064. Falmouth Unofficial Road Race - Cape Cod

October 18th, 2020


October is a great time to go to the beach in New England. There may be a gale force wind on the Sakonet River (Little Compton, Rhode Island) or glassy smooth conditions on Vineyard Sound (Cape Cod) but life is good …

063. Duane and Dave’s Excellent Adventure

September 9th, 2020


D&D attempt the 43-mile “Wapack and Back” trail ultramarathon. The adventure was a success, even if the total miles run was “only” 31 miles (50 …

062. Flying Quahog Gansett Ultra

June 28th, 2020


Putting to the test, the Ultimate Ultrarunner skill: Dealing with change and adversity with a smile. Join my real life running friends - - the Flying Quahog Running Club - - for an Ultra Grand Adventure. A 41-mile run …

061. Going Vertical (Evaluating Elevation Gain) with input from Coach Chris Twiggs

May 31st, 2020


Run training, using elevation gain as a metric during marathon training. Summary of vert - - elevation gain - - during 2020 monthly training. Feedback from Coach Chris Twiggs on potential benefits of hill training. And …

060. Solo 50K - Bad Predictions - University of Hawaii Pisces V

May 13th, 2020


Meandering thoughts from a couple of very long runs. A brief recap of a solo self-supported 50 kilometer run and a Patriots Day hike on Mt. Greylock. …

059. Ten Ideas for Staying Positive

April 5th, 2020


There are lots of stresses piling up. Too many things asking for our attention. I gathered a Top 10 list of action items to prioritize mental health …

058. Forrest Bathing (and crisis management): we are in this together

March 21st, 2020


Getting out in nature has tremendous value. Doing something (run, hike, watch a movie) with people you care about is also very important. Amid the chaos that is crisis planning and crisis management, I’d like to share …

057. A tour of Swansea Village Park

February 10th, 2020


Join my brown dog and me for some of the sights and sounds of Village Park in Swansea, Massachusetts. Inspired by RunRunLive @ChrisRussell and by Run The Narrow Path @KristerW.

056. It is better to be different than it is to be better

February 1st, 2020


Three thoughts while out for a walk with the brown dog: the importance of sleep; the mistake that is multi-tasking - we should focus on what we are …

055. Planning Persistence and Patience - the 3 Ps of endurance sport

January 11th, 2020


No New Years’ resolution for Just Plain Dave. Pick a goal. Make a plan. Then breakdown the process into bite-sized pieces and get it done. …

054. The Brown Dog’s Tale (Tail)

December 27th, 2019


Sharing stories and details about one of my favorite running companions. She’s brown, trim, happy to go for a run or walk no matter the time of day or weather. My trusted canine companion. In spite of my trust, she may …

053. Grateful - Placebo - N of 1

December 8th, 2019


Trying a new podcast medium, let me know your opinion. It’s a chilly morning in Southeastern Mass, I’m grateful for health & well being. Plus …

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