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