Ear Candy

By | October 11, 2013

So, I run a lot.  And I’m ashamed to admit it, but my musical tastes haven’t evolved that much since my high school days.  Essentially, if you ever listened to the “Lucy” station on Sirius (before they replaced it with Lithium), you’d know the extent of my iPod music collection.  And while I love the Goo Goo Dolls, I can only pump myself up on mid-90s pop rock for so long.  15 miles into a long run is the last time when I want to hear “Follow You Down” for the 7th time.  Solution? I listen to a lot of podcasts while I run.

I first started listening to podcasts during runs back when I was training for my first marathon in 2007.  I’d download an episode (or three) before hitting the towpath outside DC on Sunday mornings.  Nowadays I have a smartphone with unlimited data, so I stream my podcasts as I go depending on my mood.  Here are my go-tos:

1) This American Life: Hmmm mmm – can’t get enough Ira Glass. OK, I may be the ultimate NPR junkie, but the This American Life podcasts are perfect for running.  Each lasts about an hour, and usually has a variety of stories on a specific theme.  Those stories are short enough to keep you engaged and interested … and distracted from the task at hand.  One of my favorite episodes is Ep. 341 – How to Talk to Kids.  I love the story about the comedians who perform at summer camps.

2) Real Time with Bill Maher: Ok, even if you don’t have HBO, you can listen to the Real Time podcast downloaded from iTunes.  These podcasts are my go-to if I want to laugh and catch up a little bit with the news of the week.  The “New Rules” segment always has me in stitches.

3) Savage Love: Need straight talk? Dan Savage is gonna give it to you.  Can be a little racy at times, but who doesn’t like that? :)

4) My Brother My Brother and Me (MBMBAM): True confession: I listened to probably 25 episodes of this during our epic Tour du Mont Blanc this summer.  I had just been introduced to this podcast last spring by a few friends, and downloaded a whole bunch before our European adventure.  This podcast is an “advice show for the modern era” put out by three brothers: they answer requests for advice from listeners, and they try to answer questions posted to “Yahoo! Answers”.  It is pure comedy gold, and really makes the miles pass quickly.

So, what podcasts do you listen to while running? Any recommendations?



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