Categories
Adam Culp podcast

Run Geek Radio launched

Run Geek Radio
Run Geek Radio

Last week was the official launch of my own podcast named “Run Geek Radio”, which can be found at https://rungeekradio.com, so please go check it out.

The idea behind the podcast is to bring together two things I love to do…programming, and running. It only makes sense that I would want to share in both areas, and a podcast is a great way to do that. With the resurgence of podcasts lately I felt a little bit of peer pressure to attempt my own, and so far I have received wonderful reviews from PHP developers who also run, or runners who are also programmers.

Not only did I create a blog to host the podcast, but it is also available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-geek-radio/id985617062?mt=2&ls=1 or you can simply go to the Subscribe page on the site and subscribe there using one of the methods provided.

I look forward to hearing your feedback. Thank you.

Categories
Adam Culp entertainment podcast training

Interview with Coach Al Jackson at Runners Round Table

runnersroundtable_logo

For those that didn’t know (because I forgot to mention it here on my blog) I hosted an episode at the Runners Round Table Tuesday evening.  Please check it out episode #79 at the Runners Round Table.  It was a great episode as Nicole (running bebe blog) and I interviewed Coach Alphonzo Jackson from the Runners High website.

signature_blockAlternatively you can download the episode in MP3 format here.

Categories
Adam Culp podcast Running sports psychology training

Brain Science and the Runner

runnersroundtable_logo

As many of you know I was asked to participate in an episode of Runners Round Table podcast on Tuesday, March 16th.   I am sorry for posting this so late, but this week has been very hectic and I had a choice of blogging or running…I chose to run. 🙂  My logic was that  without running I have nothing to talk about on the blog. 🙁

So as you may remember (now that you read a previous posts linked to in the first paragraph) I was to be part of the interview panel to ask questions of Ginger Campbell an emergency room doctor with a hobby/interest in brain science, and discuss the affects that physical exercise and playing has on the brain.  No, it was not about the psychology of running.  It was more about “If I run, will I be smarter, remember things, and learn things easier?”.

Here is the link to the Podcast!

I encourage all of you to check out the podcast and download the MP3, or listen to it on iTunes. (For reasons other than my own personal fame.)  The topic was very interesting, and I think we did a good job at keeping it at a high enough level that everyone can get something out of it and not be bored to tears with the actual science of it. (Yes, I myself also look at pictures prior to reading and determine if it is worthy of my time.)

Categories
Adam Culp entertainment ipod ipod debate podcast Running running music training

Music? No thanks.

No_ipods

Usually I run with music blaring in my ears, and hiding the sounds around me.  This means I also have not really paid much attention to the sounds I make while running.  I have fallen into the trap many do and claimed that the music was like chewing gum for my ears to pass the time faster.  Especially on long runs.  Or perhaps it can be compared to an infant with a pacifier in its mouth instead of crying, or carrying a blanket for security.

A couple of weeks ago I participated in my first half marathon and found there was so much going on around me that I didn’t want the music.  Lately I have continued to NOT turn on the music and have opted to listen to my surroundings and the sound of my own feet hitting the pavement.  The other day I put my headphones in my ears, and didn’t realize until 16 miles had passed that I forgot to turn on the music. (DOH!)  Let me tell you that it is truly an eye opening experience to hear things I have not paid attention to for awhile.  I can hear my shoes scuff the sidewalk instead of softly landing, listen to my irregular breathing, hear cars coming as well as seeing their headlights in the dark, etc.

The first couple of runs were spent getting myself back in form.  Softening my steps, not scraping my feet on some steps, breathing a little more evenly.  Then after those first runs without music I am really enjoying the sounds.  My shoes on the sidewalk are actually pretty fine music to my ears.  The birds making noises in the morning is very peaceful.  My breath coming in tune to every 4 foot falls is pretty rhythmic, and helps me detect when my pace has changed.

Speaking of pace changing, I also find that without the music I keep a much more steady pace.  No more speeding up for certain songs and slowing down on the easy ones.  I am running a much more steady route, and can more accurately gauge my fitness.  Another small benefit is I no longer hear some of the songs that have become boring in my playlist.

Now I am not trying to say that I may never listen to music while running again.  But for now I am enjoying the absence of it.  I urge everyone to give it a try on occasion.