Remember when I mentioned in this post how I learned that Olympic Marathon Trials winner Meb Keflezighi ran the race in Skechers? I learned it from Pace Per MileÂ EnduranceÂ Radio. I don’t recall how or when I discovered Pace Per Mile (PPM), but I’ve been an avid listener ever since I came across the site. While I subscribe toÂ
several (ok, just checked the magazine basket in the bathroom) a lot of athletic magazines, including Trail Runner, Running Times, Triathlon, Triathlete, to name just a few (!), it’s hard to read an article while foam rolling or doing PT exercises or strength training, which is what I was doing when I tuned in to the latest show. I like multitasking so I find it great that I can listen to the show while getting things done…including my all time favorite activity, folding laundry.
The information in the PPM shows is diverse but always presented by an expert. The current show features a great gear review on trail shoes while a show on sport’s injuries explains how to find the right doctor. Previous shows have featured Hal Higdon, Greg McMillan, and Dick Beardsley (who started following me on twitter a couple of weeks ago…I generously followed him back.)
Chris Nicholas’ Run Across America
At this very moment, as I type, PPM co-host Chris Nicholas is running across the country to raise funds for The Children’s Miracle Network. He’s running 40 miles per day. WOW. He started in Washington, D.C. on March 24th and reached Indiana yesterday. (On the PPMÂ Facebook page you can see some pictures he took of the devastation from the tornadoes, along with some more uplifting pictures of horses and his breakfast…) He’s got some sponsors and has attracted some media – he threw out the opening pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game April 9th – but it’s a far cry from the much-publicized, much-televized Run Across America undertaken by Dean Karnazes last year.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Dean’s great (although I could have done without the Regis and Kelly element of his endeavor) and has motivated and inspired a lot of people, but there’s something about the way Chris is doing his run that seems more humble, even more genuine. Chris pushes his belongings in a jog stroller and doesn’t have a camera crew following him in trucks and Regis and Kelly checking in on his progress every day. (Of course Dean Karnazes can’t do it this way, he’d get mobbed or kidnapped for scientific experiments on his amazing physique…)
Chris’ goal is to raise $5000, which really isn’t very much, considering how far he’s running (3,000 miles) and for how long (73 days originally, now predicted at 90 because of the severe weather he’s experienced). But he’s Â a long way from that goal. So please take a moment to visit his site, Run and Finish, and make a donation. 100% of your donation goes to The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
PPM State Reporter
As if you need another reason to check out Pace Per Mile, I happen to be the site’s state reporter for Virginia. I’ve been doing the job for a couple of months now and am slowly getting the hang of recording my reports, which feature races in my state. I’m getting better at it – although I still hate the sound of my own voice…
As a state reporter, my job is to highlight upcoming races in my state. The first thing this made me realize is that VA is a BIG state with a LOT of great races! I try to feature races that are inexpensive, in keeping with my mantra that racers need to vote with their feet if they don’t like paying the high race fees associated with some of the more prominent races. Before I feature a race, I first check out the cost. If I wouldn’t pay the entry fee, I won’t feature it.Â Take a moment and check out my reports.Â You can even subscribe to an RSS feed! And of course I’d LOVE your feedback.
In addition, if you’re interested in becoming a reporter for your state, e-mailÂ email@example.com – PPM is recruiting!
2XU Compression Deal
Finally, a reward for those who are still reading: 2XU Compression is running a promo to help Chris raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. They’re offering 20% of ALL compression products from now until June 24. 10% of the proceeds from purchases using this code will be donated back to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the end of his journey! The Promo Code is: RUNFIT12