Anyone who’s trained for a marathon knows this requires a lot of road time where solo runners are left alone with their thoughts. For a training plan such as Hal Higdon’s Novice 2, we’re talking 460 miles worth which, for me, takes approximately 76 hours and 40 minutes.
Wow. That’s a lot of time alone with my thoughts.
I’d drive myself crazy … or crazier, I should say. So, while music is awesome, I mostly listen to podcasts and audiobooks, exercising both mind and body. For my fellow podcast lovers, I thought do a Friday Five on my favorite podcasts like Robert did in this post … plus a few extra. Enjoy!
Pretty much the Grand Poobah when it comes to runDisney topics, this podcast created by Michelle Scribner-MacLean and Mike Scopa was responsible for all my entertainment and education while training for the Goofy Challenge in 2015. Fantastic podcast, and a fantastic resource for those who are attempting their first runDisney race!
This podcast is a recent discovery but I knew Chris Smith and the rest of the team were my people right away. Shenanigans?? I love shenanigans! A hydration check where they discuss what they’re drinking, which is often cool beers? I love beer! And in the first episode I stumbled upon, John Pelky did the sound bite? He’s adorable! Add in the fact that they discuss many interesting topics with lots of great info, such as Episode #36 where the focus is nutrition.
It was also awesome being a guest on Episode #34 although weirdo that I am, I haven’t listened to it for the same reason why I never read my published books. Because I can’t change any mistakes. My co-bloggers said I did a good job, so that’s good enough for me.
Oddly enough, I had just recently started listening to this podcast, despite being a fan of their blog for some time now. Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell are some serious runners with vast knowledge and a fun, easy-going vibe that’s pleasing to listen to, like eavesdropping on interesting ladies during lunch.
Seriously?? Why has it take me, a runner and a writer, so long to hear about this amazing podcast?? It’s made by the creators of This American Life, where host Sarah Koenig tells one true story, chapter by chapter, over the course of a season until the mystery is solved. Brilliant. I’m still on Season One so don’t tell me how it ends.
After listening to a few of his 40-ish minute podcasts, I feel energized and renewed, no matter how tired my legs are.
Perhaps this is cheating, but there are a few more that I must give a small shout-out to, such as:
Another recent discovery and an extremely helpful resource since I’m working hard to become a pro at blogging!
Perhaps this podcast doesn’t belong on this list, but if you are a writer–either self-published and/or traditional–the guys at SPP, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt never fail to inspire and inform. Between SPP and their other podcasts, Eight Questions, The Smarter Artist, and Ask Us Anything, there’s enough material to handle your Dopey Challenge training and more!
This Disney Nut simply couldn’t end this list without at least one Walt Disney World based podcast! I listen to this one whenever I need a WDW fix. With nearly 450 episodes, there’s lots of fix opportunities!
Thanks for reading and hey…
QOTD: What’s your favorite podcast for running and why?
Have a joyful day!