A couple months ago, I wrote a post about what I like to listen to while I run. I don’t prefer music, which does pump me up, but then I think, “I’ve still got 6/7/8/9 miles to go!,” and the benefit quickly wears off. Instead, I’m all over podcasts.
When you’re running by yourself, podcasts work like a running buddy who has really great stories to tell. In fact, I think I need to write a letter to Ira Glass and his team at This American Life for helping make my first half marathon possible.
Here’s what I’ve been loving lately…
- This American Life. This weekly public radio show explores a new topic every week, and it’s just the best. I look forward to a new episode each Monday and download more from iTunes for my long runs. My favorites? Abdi and The Golden Ticket, The Break-Up (especially if you’re a Phil Collins fan), and The Problem We All Live With.
- Another Mother Runner. I am clearly not a mother runner and will not be for many years, but I still really love this podcast. Sometimes running is all you need in common.
- Lady Lovin’. This is a new one. It’s a little inappropriate and silly and funny and breaks up the more serious stuff in my line-up. I compare it to accidentally eavesdropping on a table of twenty-somethings talk about sex, life and dating.
- Run to the Top with Tina Muir. Topics include running by effort, things a podiatrist wants you to know and why cross training is important. My favorites have included When Running and Comedy Collide and Fertility: What You Need to Know (really interesting!).
- I’m leaving this one open. What’s your favorite podcast?! I’ve started listening and Another Mother Runner and Run to the Top by suggestion, and I’m so glad I did! I’d love another.
Do you like to run with or without music? Podcasts or audiobooks over music?