Give a listen as my son Quin provides a quick update about his progress through 1.5 months in his quest to run 750 miles in 2014.
It was truly a pleasure to chat with Chris Lear for episode #9. Before getting to know Chris, I had read both of his books and was a huge fan of them. I met Chris in 2003 at the Boulder Bolder while Dave Bronfenbrenner and I were in the middle of our run across the USA. After the initial introduction, Chris and I stayed in touch and saw each other every few years at different running events, or sometimes when in one another’s hometown for business travel.
However, in all of the time that we had hung out, I never once asked him a single question about his experiences writing Running With The Buffaloes or Sub 4:00. It was always a conscious decision not to ask him about the books, because I figured he was so used to runners asking him about the books that he’d tired of speaking about it.
So after knowing Chris for 10+ years I was very excited to have him on the podcast to ask him all of the questions I’d always had about the two books. Unfortunately, the excitement of having him on the podcast translated into me being nervous for the first time while interviewing someone. I don’t know why or how I was nervous….it was not for lack of preparation. Perhaps I felt nerves from reverting back to being a huge fan of his work prior to ever knowing him. I babbled and stumbled my way through the first 20 minutes of our interview (most of which was been edited out), before settling into a comfortable conversation. Hopefully the trouble that I had settling into the interview is invisible to listeners.
While the interview will likely be listened to be runners mostly, Chris’ insight into the writing process for both books was fascinating and should be interesting to non-runners alike. I’m thrilled to see that the interview with Chris has been downloaded far more times in the first 24 hours after release than any of the previous eight that I’ve done. So, thank you for listening, and reading….and please keep coming back.
Here is a picture of when Chris and I met in 2003 at the Boulder Bolder. From left to right: Matt DiPretore, Scott Sehon, Chris Lear, Dave Bronfenbrenner
A Twitter spat that occurred this week between Exit 2 guest Brett Richey and 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem has lead to a significant spike in downloads of my interview with Brett. Downloads of Brett’s interview leveled off around 45 days ago. It was picking up one or two a week, until this week when downloads took off.
It seems that Brett took issue with Hachem’s recent criticism of some WSOP Main Event Champions as being poor ambassadors of the sport. I’m not qualified to comment on the issue, but what is clear is that Brett was upset enough with Joe to fire repeated shots at him on Twitter. Eventually Joe responded, and a short showdown of poker minds ensued.
Whatever the cause I’m happy to see that the podcast downloads are increasing, and hopefully those who are listening enjoying it.
Richey's Twitter Page
Hachem's Twitter Page
Here is a screen shot of their brief battle and video of Hachem’s criticism that prompted Richey to take the first shot.
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been called crazy for running across the USA I’d probably have enough money to buy a used baby jogger. However, what seems crazy to others, often seems perfectly sane to the person being called crazy. So for years when trying to defend my sanity for running across the USA, I’ve often said to people “You want to know what crazy is? Check out Ryan Johns. He’s a Columbia University grad who ran 2600 miles solo across Europe over 130 in 2009 with only 5 pounds of gear.”
When Ryan called me in early 2009 to ask me logistical questions about how Dave and I ran across the US, I could tell right away that he was different than the 3 to 4 other calls I would get each year seeking logistical advice about long “adventure runs.” Ryan was different because I could quickly sense that he was pursuing his trip out of passion and a true sense of adventure. He had cast aside the idea of raising money for a cause or accepting sponsorships to fund his trip. He was focused only on running as light as he possibly could, for adventure, and to study the art and architecture of Europe. I thought it was awesome and pure.
So when Ryan began his journey I went along with him each morning while drinking my cup of coffee at work. His detailed daily blog was my first stop every morning to see where he was, what he was doing, and whom he had met. Reading his blog each day made me nostalgic for my run across the US, and the sense of excitement, wonderment, and curiosity that would greet Dave and I each and every day we were on the road.
Upon completing his run, I emailed Ryan a note of congratulations and told him that I look forward to a day where I could meet him in person, buy him a beer, and hear a first hand account about his trip. In the 4+ years that have passed since his run, unfortunately I am yet to meet him. But he was one of about 30 people that I put on my first list of potential podcast guests. So I was thrilled when he set aside the time to speak with me about his journey. On top of our lengthy conversation about his run, it was fun to learn is that Ryan is now involved in industrial robotic design at Princeton University. While I know next to nothing about industrial robotic design, the videos I watched of Ryan working with his 2.5 ton robot are quite interesting. I encourage you to check them out here.
Thank you Ryan for your time and insight. I still look forward to buying you that beer.