Skip to main content
Life on the Run

Life on the Run

By Phillip Tucker
Phil and Katie share the highs and lows of their journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon by 40 (while navigating the modern chaos that comes with life as a family of 6). Ridiculously candid and raw conversations about balancing the demands of career, marriage, parenting 4 children, life’s challenges, and training provides a refuge for weekend warriors, mother runners, or avid marathoners just trying do life and the sport they love. Life is a marathon so do it on the run.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

4. "Every day is race day"

Life on the Run

4. "Every day is race day"

Life on the Run

1x
0. Pilot Episode
Phil and Katie try to find their podcast flow, rambling about serial killers, bears, runner safety and more. 
50:48
October 19, 2021
5. "#CouplesWhoRun"
General Description Katie and Phil have a better week of training, while trying to keep their recent conversations regarding over training syndrome in mind. The couple seems to be finding their stride as they approach being roughly one third of the way through marathon training.  Warm Up (Weekly Training Update): The couple discusses the highs and lows of this week's training, including a "spat on the run" (see what we did there) that turned a potential low into a highlight.  Tempo Run (Weekly Segment): The over training syndrome conversation lingers, leading to a bit more self-care and mindfulness. The Tucker’s discuss some "life" moments from the week.  A big milestone for one member of the family, results in an awkward dad run for Phil.  Gear Check (3star Product Review): This week's  "3 star" review is a little unorthodox due to a change in metrics, but Phil and Katie give it their best shot as they discuss the Run Wild Non-alcoholic IPA by Athletic Brewing Company. Check out the review to hear about the Athletic Brewing Company mission.  Parenting PR (Proud or Ridiculous Moments): Choosing to go with proud moments two weeks in a row, this “Parenting PR” is the most emotional to date. The couple gets to brag on their eldest. Tune in and check it out. We all know the oldest has it rough with all those expectations and being the guinea pig, so show some love.  Cool Down  (Resource, Meditation, or Inspiration): Phil and Katie have a special guest on to share a musical selection for inspiration. Spoiler alert... it's also a proud moment.  Links https://athleticbrewing.com/products/run-wild-ipa-non-alcoholic-6-pack More on Garmin's Lactate Threshold feature - https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=8buMedvX4x6ML5yb9rL5bA Disclaimer I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
51:20
September 17, 2020
4. "Every day is race day"
General Description Training challenges continue as work stress, sleep difficulties, and nutrition challenges prove for a tough week. Katie and Phil discuss over training syndrome in an effort to avoid bad habits pesky injuries that might setback their marathon training.  Warm Up (Weekly Training Update): This week's training recap offers challenges similar to week two. The couple discusses their efforts to persist despite some discouraging experiences.  Tempo Run (Weekly Segment): Katie and Phil share an article on overtraining syndrome and discuss how elements of overtraining syndrome may have been contributing factors to past injuries.  Being able to recognize the mental, hormonal, and physical symptoms of overtraining syndrome will hopefully help the couple complete their training schedule and marathon without unnecessary injury.  Parenting PR (Proud or Ridiculous Moments): If you like flowers, you won't want to miss the Parenting PR, as it's all about random acts of flowers. Katie and Phil share their eldest daughter's mission to spread joy in the world. Cool Down  (Resource, Meditation, or Inspiration): Phil uses one of Katie's running sheroes to explain "The Marathon Mentality", an outlook that's about setting intentions, discipline, and resilience.  Links https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a25171095/overtraining-syndrome/ Disclaimer I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
49:42
August 29, 2020
3. "It's a Family Affair"
General Description Katie and Phil work to find their pace during marathon training. Katie discovers she's "lost some steps" as a result of working from home during the Covid-19 quarantine . The Parenting PR debuts.  Warm Up (Weekly Training Update): This week's training recap offers some highs and lows for the couple. The second week of training proved to be more of a challenge than expected.  Tempo Run (Weekly Segment): The Tucker’s discuss their training from a family perspective. Running has yielded unexpected benefits for their relationship as a couple and their family as a whole. Gear Check (3star Product Review): Katie puts Phil's "3 star" method to test again by sharing some reviews on a tried and true yoga mat. The feedback ranges from hilarious to helpful. You be the judge.  Parenting PR (Proud or Ridiculous Moments): You will not want to miss the debut of the “Parenting PR”. In the running world a PR is a personal record. While we all wish there was such recognition for parenting, we know it’s a thankless job. We decided to create the “Parenting PR” to capture all those “proud” or “ridiculous” moments that make parenting exciting and worthwhile that tend to get overlooked. Cool Down  (Resource, Meditation, or Inspiration): Phil teaches Katie the “Spongebob” technique to help deal with the inner critic. It proves to be a funny and helpful resource. Links  ​BalanceFrom GoYoga+ All-Purpose 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat and Knee Pad with Carrying Strap by Amazon.com ​https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SM25CXH/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_alToFbXPT02RZ Disclaimer  I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
01:09:53
August 17, 2020
2. "The New Normal"
Katie and Phil discuss week 1 of 16 of their marathon training. With 3 kids returning to school at 3 different schools, marathon training couldn't have  come at a better time. The couple shares some hope regarding the return of in-person races and ask listeners to share what other parts of the world are doing. Phil shares more about his infamous "3 star" review theory and how it can be applied to one's "inner critic." The episode wraps up with a message to "always clean the light" as reminder for self-care during these challenging times.  I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
37:47
August 5, 2020
Meditation: Post-run cool down
This meditation is designed to complement the completion of a workout.  The purpose of this meditation: - End activity with mindful awareness to maximize the benefit of the experience  - Increased ability to be mindfully present - Increased discipline and compassion - Increased ability to navigate challenging experiences that may arise during activity I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
11:18
August 2, 2020
Meditation: Pre-run warm up (Success)
This meditation is designed to complement a walking warm up.  The purpose of this meditation: - Increased self-awareness during activity - Increased ability to fully present during activity - Increased awareness of motivations for activity and potential motivational barriers - Increased ability to navigate challenging experiences that may arise during activity   I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
11:02
August 2, 2020
1. "Fancy Seeing You Here"
Katie and Phil catch listeners up on where they are on the journey, taking long strides to cover important aspects of their first year running. Despite mom guilt, injuries, and other setbacks they stick with it and gain unexpected insights about their own resilience and the sport of running. Katie shares about how an impromptu mentor and fellow mom helped her expand her perspective of what kind of runner she could be, including an awkward run in at the shoe store. The episode wraps up with a mindfulness exercise, as Katie prepares to go out for her morning run.   I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in this resource provided by Shade Tree Therapy, LLC. I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for all aspects of my health and well-being.  I further recognize and understand that the instructions and advice presented by virtue of this resource are in no way intended as substitutes for medical and/or other professional services.  If I have any health concerns that may interfere with my participation, I understand that I should consult my healthcare provider before beginning meditation or other exercises presented.  If I experience pain or difficulty that is cause for concern during or after practicing the meditation  or other exercises, I understand that I should stop immediately and consult my healthcare provider before continuing. By proceeding to participate, I hereby release Shade Tree Therapy, LLC from any and all claims, now or in the future, that I may have as a result of my voluntary participation.
01:01:51
July 11, 2020