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Season 3 : Episode 8 – The Haunted Treadmill

The Gomers’ training is really kicking into high gear, and they are here to talk about the ups and downs (pun intended) of speedwork:  How hard do I swing my arms?  Did that lady just see me dry-heave?  Am I allowed to faint?  And, most importantly, is this treadmill possessed?

Plus the guys debut a new weekly section that’s very forward thinking.

Great Scott!  Another excuse to geek out about 80s movies!
Great Scott! Another excuse to geek out about 80s movies!

And all your favorite sections, too:  Week in Review, Gomer Gear/Eat and Run/Gomers’ Tips, two new Songs to Run To, and an all-new Monday Survey.

Happy Running!


  1. Matt W
    Matt W March 23, 2011

    Don’t think of the daunting task ahead. You are not expected to be able to run that now. Instead, you are training and building up to that. The training is the road to get to 26.2.

    Consider this analogy. We don’t give a child that is learning to read a copy of the Iliad. Instead we start with “See Spot. See Spot run.”

    Just as the child must learn vocabulary, sentence structure, and story plots, your body must learn long distances, faster paces, and efficient oxygen/fuel usage.

  2. Matt W
    Matt W March 23, 2011

    Sorry, commenting as I listen here…

    For wire swing/slappage prevention, I run the wire down the inside of my shirt. I actually use an arm band for the pod, so wire goes from ears down back of neck into shirt and out the left sleeve to the pod.

  3. Laura S.
    Laura S. March 23, 2011

    Most cherished running gear: Saucony Hurricanes. Just bought my second pair so I can rotate wearing them with the first pair and have them perfectly broken in for my May 1st marathon. Running a tune-up Half-marathon this Sunday; wish me luck!

  4. Tim Lucas
    Tim Lucas March 25, 2011

    my most cherished running gear: It will be my Gomer t-shirt that I am going to buy as soon as they are posted. (no pressure) 🙂

  5. Alisha
    Alisha March 26, 2011

    Try thinking of it this way, you aren’t running those steps and those miles up ahead, you are just running this step. You can think about those other steps when you get there. I just started using that as my mantra and it made a big difference for me, I have horrendous hills (you can come run here if you want!) and looking at them is daunting but just jogging this step is ok. I can do this step.

  6. Jeremy G
    Jeremy G March 27, 2011

    Just wanted to share something I found to decrease a friction point while running. To prevent excessive thigh/crotch chafing I began running with “whitey tighty” underwear (to protect scrotom and taint), bike shorts (to protect inner thighs) and then running shorts (for modesty’s sake). The triple combo works good although the tag on my Hanes would rub my lower back raw especially if I was wearing my hydration belt. Prior to a particularly long run I was searching in vain for a large bandaid or something to protect my back in our medicine cabinet. The only thing I could find was a Maxi-pad. It worked greeat! Did you know they even have a sticky strip to keep them in place? I know this is kind of off the wall, but it is just too goofy and completely true not to share. The pain of skin being rubbed off is just too painful to be ignored. Anyways, I love the podcast and really enjoy hearing your process of trial and error as you guys become experienced runners! Keep up the good work.

  7. Frank
    Frank March 28, 2011

    Cherished Running Gear: My red doo rag! It goes great with my red Gomernation tech running shirt (sucking up? Yeah!). As an added bonus, my wife can pick me out of the crowd very easily during a race!

  8. Amy
    Amy March 29, 2011

    Hi Gomers! Anthony please go to to see the equivalent paces by incline chart. You were doing a 7:05/mile pace when you were at 6.5 MPH with a 8% incline! Keep that up and next season will be the sub-4 hour marathon! I love you guys. Please keep podcasting forever.

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