The joy is in the journey

When I began the process of becoming a long distance runner, I was struck by the lack of information of what the journey entailed, and I was shocked by the pervasive urban myths and old wives tales that surround marathon running. This site not only chronicles my journey, but will attempt to bring you what I have found to actually work for the beginning distance runner. If you are an elite runner, you are very welcome here, and I thank you for visiting, but this site really isn't targeted at you. It exists to help those, who were like me - an out over shape, over weight, older would-be distance runner. Remember that this site is set up in blog format, with the newest posts at the top. If you are just starting out, please drill down and read from the beginning. The journey can't begin until you decide to take the very first step, so let's go!

#ZENVEDA is coming v4.47

#ZenVEDA

Falling Down and Adding Miles v4.46

MJTB085 – Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Show #085 | Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone |

  • Training and life update,
  • In the news,
  • Jeff Galloway celebrates a 70th birthday with marathon #200,
  • Disneyland celebrates a 60th birthday,
  • The Little Rock Marathon makes a terrible start time change,
  • We have a GoPro Hero4 Session to test,
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone,
  • Join me for ZenVEDA,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Blessed Break From the Heat V4.45

It’s 10 Hot Miles on the 4th of July v4.44

MJTB084 – Go Listen to Another Show

Show #084 | Go Listen to Another Show |

Running in Verga v4.43

MJTB083 – Tall Tales and Toe Nails

Show #083 | Tall Tales and Toe Nails |

  • How was your running this past week?,
  • Training update,
  • It’s only June and it’s still in the 100’s!,
  • Listen for me as a special guest on a different running podcast,
  • The Garmin Connect website goes nuts with disclaimers,
  • Tall tales and toe nails,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • I’ll be out there running in the heat.

What makes me sound so “good”?

As I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, while out on a run, I heard my name mentioned by one of the callers. I almost fell flat onto my face, as I attempted to listen to what was being said, all the while keeping my feet moving in some semblance of forward motion. My brain pretty much checks out for most runs. The basic gist of the question was, what EQ did I use to make my recordings sound so good? As I pondered the question, I was at first taken aback by the assumption that there was some magical “EQ” setting that made unicorns fart rainbows while kittens sang on puffy pink clouds. It was akin to the question that people often ask when they see a picture that I have taken that they like. “That’s a beautiful picture. What camera do you have?”. What camera do I have??? Like the camera took the picture? How about, “Hey Mr. Hemingway…That was a pretty good book that you wrote there. You must have a pretty nice typewriter!”.

There really isn’t a magical EQ that you can apply to a recording to make it sound good. There’s no secret software. No special microphone. No single chunk of anything that you can add to a poor audio file, to make it into a good one, or even a fair one. If you want good sound, you have to make good sound, from one end of the audio chain to the other. It’s a combination of vocal technique, properly adjusted recording hardware and software, and post production editing that make a great recording.

Here are a few of the tools that I use for my studio recordings:

Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 AI Digital Performance and Recording Mixer
I don’t think that there is a digital mixer that can touch this one, at anywhere close to the price point of the Presonus. It has rock solid, clean sound, and it is loaded with features.

Presonus Capture 2
Want to capture everything that went through your mixer, and then change the FX, the mix, the EQ, and anything else that you want – all without changing the original raw audio files? With Capture 2, you can! It’s a great backup recorder, because it saves all of the raw information, just in case you want to change the sound in post production. This is like having a post production time machine!

Presonus Universal Control AI
Yes, my mixer is just to my right, but sometimes I want to change or adjust the board without taking my eyes off a guest on Skype. With UCAI, I can keep my eyes on the computer screen, yet have all of the power of the mixer, all at the control of my mouse.

Presonus SL Remote AI
How about wireless control of every feature of the mix from your iPad? Yep!

Electro-Voice RE20
It has been “the” broadcast microphone of the industry since its introduction in 1967. It has a unique sound that is familiar to on-air talent around the world. No other mic sounds like the RE20, and you will never sound the same if you use a different microphone.

JK Audio Broadcast Host Digital Hybrid
Yes, we can even take a land line or cellular telephone call and bring it into our mix with the Broadcast Host. Copper telephone lines don’t produce the best audio quality, but cell phones are worse! But if that’s the only audio that we have to work with, we can wring out every bit of quality that we can from the call.

Behringer FX2000 Virtualizer 3D
We don’t use it much, but when a cartoon voice is called for, this is the rig that we go to. All of the other effects are redundant to the mixer, so we don’t go outboard for those.

Tascam DR-40 Linear PCM Recorder
In the field or in the studio, this is the recorder that keeps us going. While the computer based recorders work well, it’s far too easy for the smallest error to destroy a perfectly good session. Since the Tascam is a dedicated recorder, it never has a problem recording. In the field with a microphone attached, it serves as a mobile studio. In the studio with a digital mixer attached, it is the perfect backup system.

SoundByte
Back in the day, we recorded and spliced cartridges, in order to have sound clips at our disposal. You would load up the cart machine with all of the cartridges that you though that you needed for a show, and hoped that you didn’t drop one! Now the cart’s are digital, and they are “plugged into” the SoundByte cart machine software. No more birds nest of tape!

Sony Sound Forge Pro 11
Adobe Audition CS6
Presonus Studio One

Whatever software you decide to use for final mixdown and editing, make sure that you are very familiar with how everything works. Don’t try something new when you are dealing with important files. By all means, you should play, but always do it with scratch tracks that you can afford to delete or lose.

Auphonic Leveler
This is one piece of software that every podcaster should have. Are your levels a little to low? Maybe you sound a little too hot, but your guest was recorded low. Are you worried about blowing the ear drums out of your audience members? Auphonic sets the output levels of your audio to national and international audio broadcast standards, so you sound like you are supposed to sound. You have the same level every time!

And how do all of these pieces fit together? Very well, thank you! My broadcast studio is as compact and efficient as I can make it. But my vocal booth is another story for another time…

Board

Breaking Out the Big Hot Weather Guns v4.42

MJTB082 – The Garmin VivoActive Smart Watch

Show #082 | The Garmin VivoActive Smart Watch |

  • Our community now spans 86 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • My computer died,
  • In the News,
  • The Garmin VivoActive smart watch,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

It’s Hotter Than… v4.41

A Triple Whammie v4.40

Who Turned On the Oven v4.39

It’s Surf and Turf Week v4.38

MJTB081 – I Am Such a Loser!

Show #081 | I Am Such a Loser! |

  • Now stretching into 85 countries,
  • Training update,
  • A cruise to Mexico,
  • Testing the Garmin vivoActive,
  • I am such a loser!,
  • A special message from Zen Runner,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Getting Ready For Some Extreme Disney v4.37

A Long Stretch of Training Runs v4.36

I Really Need to Recover v4.35

San Luis Obispo Marathon v4.34

MJTB080 – Going Out, Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Show #080 | Going Out, Not With a Bang But a Whimper |

  • Training update,
  • RunSignUp.com gives me 2 hrs, 14 mins to sign up – In the middle of the night!,
  • Going out, not with a bang but a whimper,
  • Your submissions,
  • Time to go run on the Disney Wonder,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB079 – When You’re Too Dumb to Quit .. or How I Ran the SLO Marathon

Show #079 | When You’re Too Dumb to Quit |

  • Training update,
  • Summer is creeping in,
  • When you’re too dumb to quit OR How I ran the SLO Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Disney cruises and long runs,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Tapering in the Heat v4.33

MJTB078 – What’s the Big Deal About Boston?

Show #078 | What’s the Big Deal About Boston? |

  • Now heard in 84 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • What’s the big deal about Boston?,
  • Your submissions,
  • See you in San Luis Obispo,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Between the Marathons v4.32

A Different Kind of Recovery v4.31

Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon v4.30

MJTB077 – Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

Show #077 | Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon |

  • A community that now spans 83 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • An unlikely Facebook find,
  • No finishers at the Barkley 100 mile race,
  • Could there be snow for the Boston Marathon?,
  • Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • A special thanks for all of your words of encouragement,
  • Getting ready for marathon #20,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB076 – Can You Steal a Marathon Course?

Show #076 | Can You Steal a Marathon Course? |

  • Our running community now spans 82 countries!,
  • Runner’s World Quote of the day,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • Can you steal a marathon course?,
  • Your submissions,
  • We’re heading to the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Tapering For Marathon 19 v4.29

Where I Run

Running Between Marathons v4.28

MJTB075 – Am I REALLY Ready For This?

Show #075 | Am I REALLY ready for this? |

  • Training update,
  • Our buddy Kevin Gwin has a new Kevin Unplugged Video on YouTube,
  • We have a new video segment called “Where I Run” coming out in a few days,
  • Why don’t YOU produce a video?,
  • In the news,
  • Hoka put out ANOTHER men’s road shoe,
  • Am I REALLY ready for this?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Not So Long Recovery Run v4.27

Little Rock Marathon v4.26

MJTB074 – The Little Rock Marathon

Show #074 | The Little Rock Marathon |

  • Our running community now spans 82 countries,
  • Training update,
  • A movie about the Boston Marathon due out in 2016,
  • Blanca Ramirez runs 7 marathons on 7 continents before age 13,
  • Should You Listen to Music While Running?,
  • 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes,
  • The Little Rock Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Tapering for the Rock v4.25

MJTB073 – Listening to Your Heart

Show #073 | Listening to Your Heart |

  • The show now spans the globe into 80 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • It’s my birthday!,
  • Dock workers strike a problem for some race directors,
  • How do your run in New England with all the snow?,
  • Goodbye to Gary Owens,
  • Listening to your heart,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Valentine’s Recovery Run v4.24

Braving the Weather for Another 26.2 Mile Training Run v4.23

Just Another Winter Long Run v4.22

Chico’s Frost or Fog 10 Miler v4.21

MJTB072 – What Would Matthew McConaughey Say?

Show #072 | What Would Matthew McConaughey Say? |

  • Training update,
  • Jennifer starts half marathon training,
  • Rita Jeptoo lands a two year ban,
  • Hoka comes out with a glut of men’s shoes for 2015,
  • The family of Abebe Bikila is suing Vibram,
  • A load of junk science reports,
  • What would Matthew McConaughey say?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Chris Russell’s new book, “How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 weeks (with a full time job and family)” comes out next week,
  • Terry finshes up marathon training,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB071 – Being Goofy

Show #071 | Being Goofy |

  • Now in 79 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Hoka Conquest 2 mini review,
  • In the news: Fox News – Walking during a marathon may reduce strain without hurting time,
  • James L. Fowler founder of the Marine Corps Marathon died Jan. 20,
  • Being Goofy,
  • Your submissions,
  • I’m running the Frost or Fog 10 Miler in Bidwell Park,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Recovering from the Goofy v4.20

Has Disney gone too far at the Whispering Canyon Cafe?

The 39.33 miles that they call Goofy v4.19

MJTB070 – Packing for the Unknown

Show #070 | Packing for the Unknown |

  • Hello to our little community which now spans the world into 78 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Packing for the unknown,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • See you at Walt Disney World for Marathon Weekend!

Tapering for the Goofy v4.18

MJTB069 – What Was I Thinking????

Show #069 | What Was I Thinking???? |

  • Happy 2015!,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • Jeptoo’s boo boo and her federation’s lame response,
  • An 87 year-old Canadian woman smokes the Honolulu marathon record,
  • The 2015 Little Rock Marathon medal is announced and it is HUGE!,
  • The Utah Valley Marathon drops 1750′ to the finish line. Sign up now,
  • The Jester is knocking out HUGE miles with his 40th 100+ mile race in 2014,
  • What was I thinking???????,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!
  • If you are going to be at WDW for Marathon Weekend, I hope to see you there!

Recovering From Goofy Training v4.17

It’s a 39 mile Goofy Training Pair v4.16

Barbs 3.1 Times 2 Plus a Few v4.15

Dancing Through the Long Run v4.14

A 33 Mile Back to Back Weekend v4.13

MJTB068 – Dodging Raindrops and Tree Limbs

Show #068 | Dodging Raindrops and Tree Limbs |

  • Training update,
  • Ed Ettinghausen 100 mile run World Record holder!,
  • Take the Slow Runners Club December Challenge,
  • John “The Penguin” Bingham has retired – “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”,
  • Good luck to veryone running the Jeff Galloway 13.1 this weekend,
  • Kevin should have a JG13.1 report over at The Extra Mile Podcast – Galloway 13.1 Edition as soon as he gets back,
  • You can also find Kevin at The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • Dodging raindrops and tree limbs,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB067 – Are You a Jogger?

Show #067 | Are You a Jogger? |

  • A community of 77 countries and counting!,
  • Goofy training update,
  • World record breaker Ed Ettinghausen’s 100 mile pace group,
  • Are you a jogger?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Go to the ballet,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

At Least it Wasn’t Raining at the Start v4.12

Here in the Real World 4.11

2014 WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon v4.10

MJTB066 – The WDW Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Show #066 | The WDW Wine & Dine Half Marathon |

  • Training update,
  • My daughter is engaged!,
  • The Jeff Galloway JG13.1 can be done virtually,
  • Encouraging new runners,
  • In the news,
  • The Wine & Dine Half Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • Be thankful for whatever kind of run you have on the books!

I Hate Goofy Training v4.09

MJTB065 – Does the Half Marathon Have an Identity Problem?

Show #065 | Does the Half Marathon Have an Identity Problem? |

  • Training update,
  • It is marathon season!,
  • The unwritten rules of running,
  • Does the half marathon have an identity problem?,
  • Lots of your great submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Running in the RaIN V4.08

Beginning Goofy Back to Back Training v4.07

MJTB064 – The Cost of Running a Marathon

Show #064 | The Cost of Running a Marathon |

  • It’s a community of 75 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • There has been a slight change in the weather,
  • It’s racing season,
  • Upcoming races,
  • Fast Eddie McCoy got an ElliptiGO,
  • Today starts my official Goofy training,
  • The cost of running a marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Feeling Better Out in Nature v4.06

MJTB063 – Jumpng Off the Wagon

Show #063 | Jumping Off the Wagon |

  • Training update,
  • Cat memories,
  • It was a 15 day – 14 night cruise
  • I don’t do treadmill,
  • When running on wood isn’t good,
  • WDW and the 7 dwarves mine train fiasco,
  • Coming home sick,
  • Jumping off the wagon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Juggling a training schedule,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Back On My Feet Again v4.05

No Running in the Yucatan v4.04

Running The Disney Wonder in Panama v4.03

MJTB Special Edition

Starting Year 4 as a Sick Runner v4.01

Last Run of Year 3 v3.52

MJTB062 – It’s Almost All About You

Show #062 | It’s Almost All About You |

  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • A call for more discernment in the running industry,
  • It’s all about our submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • We love to hear from you and have you follow us on the web, but the most important thing is that you get out there and run!

MJTB061 – The Santa Rosa Marathon

Show #061 | The Santa Rosa Marathon |

  • Live from the Santa Rosa Marathon,
  • My friend Rudy,
  • Wine tastes yucky,
  • It all started with an earthquake,
  • Kudos to Larry,
  • Pancakes and beer for the back of the pack,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

The Santa Rosa Marathon v3.51

The End Is Near!!! v3.50

MJTB060 – The Power of Persistence

Show #060 | The Power of Persistence |

  • Training update,
  • Battling the heat,
  • In the news,
  • The BAA announces a field size of 30,000,
  • Why didn’t the Tinkerbell Half Marathon sell out quickly?,
  • The Power of Persistence,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • Get ready Santa Rosa!

Hokas On Parade

Last Long Run Before the Taper v3.49

Oy! It Is Hot! v3.48

MJTB059 – Ramblings on the Run

Show #059 | Ramblings on the Run |

  • Our community spans 75 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Registration for the Little Rock Marathon is now open,
  • In the news,
  • Ramblings on the run,
  • Thank you for the encouragement during our very long run week,
  • The video that you asked for is out,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

My Running Gear, Electronics, and Hydration

A Half Marathon Run for Marathon Recovery v3.47

MJTB058 – Contrary Coaching Advice

Show #058 | Contrary Coaching Advice |

  • Training update,
  • Congratulations to some great runners!,
  • Running in the news,
  • Contrary coaching advice,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A 26.5 Mile Training Run v3.46

Getting in 10 miles before it hits 100! v3.45

MJTB057 – How to take the P out of a PR

Show #057 | How to take the P out of a PR |

Trying to Beat the Heat v3.44

An Early Morning Long Run v3.43

Post Marathon Long Recovery Run v3.42

MJTB056 – Strickly Adhering to Your Training Plan – Spontaniously

Show #056 | Strickly Adhering to Your Training Plan – Spontaniously |

  • Our community now spans 74 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • The summer heat is here,
  • The JG13.1 might be possible,
  • Running in the news,
  • Strickly adhering to your training plan – Spontaniously,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB055 – Utah Valley Marathon Recap

Show #055 | Utah Valley Marathon Recap |

  • Our community spans 73 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Running in the news,
  • Utah Valley Marathon recap,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • It’s recovery week!

We run the Utah Valley Marathon v3.41

Another Marathon Taper v3.40

MJTB054 – Running to Gain Weight

Show #054 | Running to Gain Weight |

  • Training update,
  • Congratulations to Melissa!,
  • Running in the news,
  • Running to gain weight,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • We are in the taper for the Utah Valley Marathon!

Marathon Recovery Week v3.39

Mountains2Beach Marathon v3.38