Comfortably, Uncomfortable: Not Another Running Story

We don’t do small talk. Conversations get real when we are outdoors.These are the conversations that are started outside, and continue inside. Join us while we continue the discussions and keep it real, honest, kind, and truthful.

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Cults

5 days ago

5 days ago

Meghan and Sean talk cults. The discussions center around fitness and diet related cults. They talk about their personal experiences with in and around these cults as a layers on the fitness world. Sean discusses some of his dietary changes that were derived from cult like diet systems. Meghan tell some stories of her cultish experiences with yoga. They both address issues that arrive with coach worship and gurus and how they avoid these traps in their coaching. 
Outtake Song: "Fire Woman" The Cult

Monday Jan 09, 2023

Sometimes in the course of a podcast Meghan or Sean will get distracted and veer hard off topic. This episode is really no different. Meg and Sean catch up a little after his vacation. They then go and address some listener submitted questions: recovering from illness and training, how to come back after a long layoff, staying motivated as a back of the pack runner. Meg goes hard after the idea of motivation. A couple of movies are addressed these are their links if you want to watch them. Movie links: Unbreakable: The Western States 100 - https://youtu.be/zy1as6CTYXI, A Life In A Day - https://youtu.be/kYgcTJBLwsU. Sean brings up Matt Fitzgerald’s book How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle and discusses some points in regard to this topic as addressed in the book. The topic shifts towards the first two questions Meg addresses her personal experiences within these two areas. The conversation takes a hard pivot after a small interruption and they talk a little about music and Yellowstone. 
Outtake song: "The Good I'll Do" Zach Bryan

Team ZenduranceNow Reunites

Monday Dec 26, 2022

Monday Dec 26, 2022

Join Coaches Meghan, Sean, and Sam as we talk about everything Grateful Dead, favorite movies, life and it's chaos, how Meghan finds her Zen, and yelling at our athletes (not really.) Sam seems to really enjoy poking Meghan and Sean and making them argue. If you live in Massachusetts and need a good massage therapist Sam is your man https://samfarnsworthlmt.com/
Sam's outtake song: The Waterboys, Fisherman's Blues

Recovery (for real!)

Sunday Dec 18, 2022

Sunday Dec 18, 2022

Please excuse the faux pas last week. The "mental health" episode was accidentally posted instead of the intended episode. It is corrected, and I am releasing today, Sunday, instead of the normal Monday release. Thank you to everyone who let us know. 
Meghan starts with a quote from Cory Reese and his recent book, Stronger than the Dark. In a strange twist Sean is also reading a book, The Brave Athlete: Calm the F**k Down and Rise to the Occasion. We discuss pre-race anxiety and how that feeling manifests in everyday life. After several more digressions the topic of the podcast: Recovery is finally addressed. The conversation then  bounces from vacation, cancelling vacations, cruises. Recovery in sport doesn’t have to be laying on the couch and watching Netflix. Recovery manifests in many different ways depending on the person. The conversation comes to an end with a discussion on the movie Falling Down.
Outtake song: Jason Isbell, "Stockholm"

Monday Nov 28, 2022

*trigger warning* We talk about suicide and mental health in this podcast. 
 
We have a different podcast today. I was very shaken by two recent child suicide attempts in my circle. Also, as I signed on to record this podcast with Sean I learned about the recent hate fueled shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. And while editing this podcast I learned of another shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake VA. We are outraged and sad.
I am on the front lines of mental health care and EMS. I am angry and frustrated every day at the lack of mental health resources available in our country.
Sean and I want you to hear that we know how terrible it is. Mental illness is no joke. You can't exercise is away. If you are suffering please find help. You can call or text 988 at any time for mental health support. If you need help finding appropriate mental health support please reach out to us or to someone you trust.
 
Outtake song: "Keep the Wolves at Bay," Ryan Bingham

Bikes But We Digress

Monday Nov 21, 2022

Monday Nov 21, 2022

What is this? Sean is a Furry? Sean and Meghan talk about race volunteering and local race communities. Introducing your kids to the crazy world of endurance athletics. Sean volunteered as a trail marshal for  Amy Rusiecki’s Mt Tom trail race. Check it out here https://beastcoasttrailrunning.blogspot.com/?m=1
Meg went surfing again and it’s quite possible she recorded this podcast with a concussion that occurred during her morning surf. They discuss together the excitement of picking up a new activity and how bad days with that activity produce desire to get better. As the discussion progresses it becomes a very bike centric episode. Flats vs clipless, E-bikes, gravel bikes and inconsiderate clueless drivers. The bike discussions give way to conversations of yoga and weight lifting and choosing workouts that allow us to be more present throughout the day. Meg and Sean close out the topics for this podcast with some Grateful Dead chat then Sean drives into a hard pivot for his closing song.
closing song: "Doors and Fours" NOFX

Grit part 2

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

*Note from Sean: I incorrectly state that NH has no ultras outside of Ghost Train and that Ghost Train was the only NH 100 miler. However, Jigger Johnson 100 miler just announced itself. I am looking forward to hearing more about this.*
 
Meghan and Sean and revisit grit as suggested by podcast listener after his experiences during his most recent ultramarathon. We begin the discussion  with grit through training and preparation. The mental preparation in a race, through training practice and race planning is discussed. Building upon grit in practice; the ideas of repetition and finding your why can define how your mental fortitude is created. As is typical in conversations between Sean and Meg Tim Noakes and David Goggins are both addressed and discussed. They touch on life balance, excuse making, real priorities. The conversation centers heavily on grit being an everyday occurrence. It’s a not just an aspect of athletics it manifests in most aspects of one’s life. The ability to adapt is a crucial component being gritty and it defines how an individual is a participant in all facets of life.
 

Monday Oct 24, 2022

Sean and Meghan chat about Sean's recent Grindstone 100 mile race and training specificity. Sean gives a solid recap of a great race including race logistics and mishaps. Meghan delves into her new love of winter surfing and why her training isn’t geared towards any specific goal. And as always Sean and Meghan disagree on the meaning of the word "suffering."
Outtake song: "Two 6's Upside Down," Dropkick Murphys

Monday Oct 10, 2022

Meghan and Sean sit down with the infamous Sarah Keddell. Sarah regales them with her tales of life on the trails and worldly adventures. Sarah explains to us her unconventional journey to and through endurance athletics from Army Medic to Massage Therapist. Sarah's most recent adventures include Kilimanjaro and to K2 base camp in Nepal. Sarah describes how these adventures materialized, her training, and where she plans to go to next. She shares with us some words of wisdom on how to properly plan and enjoy experiences as they unfold. If you are interested in seeing Sarah as a stretching or massage client or just to listen to her wild stories you can find her at … https://www.capecodwellnessworks.com/ And you know how we feel about Johnny Cash....

Johnny Cash is a GOD

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Meg and Sean just chat it up again. They talk for a little bit about getting the kids back to school and last year of the summer trips. Turns out Sean isn’t the biggest fan of camping. Meg got to spend some time without kids in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and worked a bit on her hiking. Sean had a big weekend in the Vermont in the Green Mountains with family before heading to New Hampshire to hit the Pemi Loop with a buddy. He recaps his Pemi loop run and how that all shook out. Sean makes a pitch to Vibram to make him an ambassador and sponsor this podcast. They digresses in bike crashes, mountain biking as an older athlete, and what it means to be older and when risks are too great. Finally we get around to the big questions of the day. Is Killian the greatest of all time and did he cement his legacy as such this year? And do female runners last longer than male runners at the top level? We delve into the common topics of life balance and healthy relationships with fitness. Staying fit as we get older. As a closing note just saying if you don’t like Johnny Cash F- you.

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Please, Not Another Running Story!

Endurance athletes love to talk about their sport and experiences. And, we know, not everyone wants to hear yet another story. This podcast taps into the real conversations, ideas, and real feelings that come up when we feel safe. We aim create a space so we can continue to have real discussions that you actually want to hear.

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Meghan Fanning and Sean Meehan 

Meghan and Sean are both coaches with ZenduranceNow. Meghan and Sean truly love each each other, but disagree a lot. With the exception of one incident while Sean was pacing Meghan in a 72 hour race, it's never gotten ugly and never will again. Respect comes from participation in endurance sports and that continues to the podcast. 

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