Something I learned during my ultra marathon last year is that music is boring. You can’t listen to it for 8 hrs and expect it to be motivating – nothing will do that for you. Also, I entirely mismatched the beat/cadence of the song with how dead tired and exhausted I was so don’t make my mistakes kids – listen to podcasts!
I’ve listened to NPR podcasts like Radiolab and This American Life for a few years. They’re very different but if you’ve listened to any spectrum of NPR radio or podcasts you know that both of these are gold standards in editing, story telling, and in the case of Radiolab – scientifically well rounded-ish (it’s still NPR and they’re still trying to appeal to a large audience of which few are probably current phd students who play devils advocate for fun so you get what you pay for).
That being said – I found I liked the more personal ‘conversation’ style podcasts and started finding a few that lived up to the “hype”:
Dear Prudence: This podcast is relatively short, but they have longer articles on slate that have more questions than addressed in the podcast. Mallory Ortberg, the host, dishes out realistic no holds barred advice. It’s basically the advice you wish you could say and leans towards advising people to not assume offense where none is intended and to deal with the issue within yourself as much as possible and ignore the stupid and haters.
Call your girlfriend: This podcast is medium form conversation between two long distance best friends. I know it sounds like it would be full of only inside jokes and irrelevant references BUT I’ve listened to a few episodes and it’s good. They talk about everything from Beyonce to politics but it’s usually in short directed conversations with a little bit of rant but all in good form – it doesn’t drag on and they appropriately wrap up near the hour mark.
Running on Om: This podcast is lead by Julia Hanlon and it’s a bit more formal than the previous podcast I mentioned. It’s definitely interview style and often the host is exploring a new to her topic. The host is a yogi but also a running coach (I believe?) and partners with different people in small series sprinkled throughout the course of the podcast. For example, she partners with Lauren Fleshman of Picky Bars (also a fantastic 5k elite runner) in an ‘Ask Lauren Fleshman’ series where once a month Julia and Lauren answer running and life related questions. This podcast is new twice a week and it quickly becoming my favorite because of all the different characters Julia hosts. For example, i’ve followed Anton Krupicka for a while and that was one of the first podcasts I listen to from running on Om, same with Andrew Wheating and Alexi Pappas. The only critique I have is that Julia’s voice sometimes sounds like she has a stuffy nose or a cold and sometimes I forget that’s just her voice and feel bad for wondering ‘what the heck is she doing recording when she’s sick’.
I’ll leave this post with those podcasts – i’ll probably have to do a part II because I just scrolled down my list and realized I didn’t really want to write about 15-20 different podcasts all at once. PEACE.