Marathon-Running Producer Checks In
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
OK. Our next segment requires a little music accompaniment. (Singing) Doo doo doo...
MIKE PESCA, host:
Ch ch ch ch ch ch - Van jealous.
MARTIN: Doo doo doo - doo doo doo! No, I'm - Ian Chillag, BPP producer and runner extraordinaire, has just stumbled into the studio. We're going to talk about his experience yesterday at the Boston Marathon. We're going to do it in our segment called On the Blog, and this is the music.
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MARTIN: That's the real musical, coming up. Hi, Laura.
LAURA CONAWAY: Hi. Good morning, Rachel. When are you going to do the beat-box version of my theme? That's what I want to know.
MARTIN: As soon as you run 26 miles.
IAN CHILLAG: Yeah.
CONAWAY: All right. Cute.
MARTIN: So, hi, guys.
MARTIN: Ian, you're wearing a big old medal!
CHILLAG: Yeah. This is pewter plated gold from the BAA. The symbol of the Boston Marathon, there's a unicorn on there. We're going to look into why that is.
PESCA: Because the horns have medicinal benefits. If you grind them down you can use them as a salve.
CONAWAY: Which you're going to need now, right?
CHILLAG: I'm going to dispute that, but we'll figure out why it is.
MARTIN: So, you were such a trooper because you Tweeted, and you took photos during your entire journey.
MARTIN: Wasn't that a little hard to multitask?
CHILLAG: It actually wasn't. I expected I would probably go down a couple of times trying to Tweet and run at the same time, but it was actually - it wasn't hard. I think I was maybe annoying to a couple people that were really going for the time, and then they'd look over and I had my little iPhone, I'd be taking pictures, I think I annoyed some people. But you know, I had a pack. I had Amby, and a couple other...
MARTIN: Running with Amby Burfoot, friend of the BPP.
PESCA: Well, how do you think that people feel who are right behind the joggler? The guy who runs the marathon while juggling?
CHILLAG: You know, I've talked to the joggler, and I've talked to those people, and also the pink tutu guy.
PESCA: Pink tutu - and there was a guy who ran it as a rhinoceros, in a huge rhinoceros costume.
CHILLAG: Yeah. I saw a lobster costume, and a frog costume. Those people - a lot of people make that their only goal to beat the joggler, or...
PESCA: Beat the rhinoceros.
MARTIN: Did you beat the joggler?
CHILLAG: I doubt it. I actually know one of the jogglers who holds the world's joggling record who's done it in 2:52 while joggling. The rule by the way is...
MARTIN: I thought you were totally making that up. That's a real thing?
CHILLAG: No. The joggler. If you drop a ball you have to stop for two seconds. That's world - that's official joggling rules.
PESCA: That's the World Joggling Council, although the International Joggling Federation has three seconds, but you can eat it.
MARTIN: I've been instructed by my supervising producer Matt Martinez to ask you what role Shakira played in this race.
CHILLAG: OK, well, I was telling him yesterday, I had this - OK, I usually run these things a little faster than I did yesterday...
MARTIN: Because you're really trying, and this time you weren't. You were just doing it for the pleasure.
PESCA: You always run in under three.
CHILLAG: Yeah. And I would say it was a lot of effort. It was a different kind of effort. Different muscles being used, and I noticed after about three hours of running that the song - the Shakira song, "The Hips Don't Lie," was in my head. I was like, what, how did this - and I realized that my hips were hurting, and I had noticed it, and that like, you know, I had this weird tired brain thing going on, and hips were circling in my head, and all of a sudden Shakira's song, and then I started singing the hips don't like, and I was like, God, my inner monologue is so nerdy, what's going on? And, you know, then it all kind of went away.
CONAWAY: So, Ian, I have a question, for the blog audience. You're Tweeting along, Twittering this race, it's very cool, people all over the country are signing up to follow it, and we get a Tweet from you that says I can see the finish, one last kick. And then radio silence for like an hour.
CONAWAY: What happened? How far away can you see the finish line? What's the deal?
CHILLAG: You can see it a little more than a quarter mile, and I was really - I was actually really excited for the final Tweet, you know, and we ran down and I looked over at Amby, and Amby was focused on the finish line, it was very emotional, and I was like, what am I going to say? What am I going to say? And I got there and I took out my iPhone, and went to take a picture of the finish line after we crossed, and I got that little sad battery symbol. It died!
CHILLAG: And it was both sort of devastating, but I thought, you know, kind of appropriate.
CHILLAG: It ran out of batteries just as I did.
MARTIN: No. No. You finished, you see.
CHILLAG: Yeah, yeah, so then I called, I tried using theMomNet. My mom has a toll-free number, and I tried calling you to get to her, and her to get to you, and yeah. So...
MARTIN: It was still so cool to read all of your updates, and we've got all that stuff archived on the blogs for them?
CONAWAY: Very cool. It's all on the blog.
MARTIN: Thanks, Ian.
CONAWAY: Everyone should go there, read about Ian's adventures. And congratulations, Ian.
CHILLAG: Thank you.
MARTIN: You did an awesome job. And that does it.
PESCA: It's npr.org/bryantpark, or twitter.com/bpp. By the way, the email@example.com, that also works. Saves you a lot of letters.
MARTIN: So many ways to find us.
PESCA: That's what I use. Yeah.
MARTIN: This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.