Hi friends, I’m currently soaking up the sun and the time with Dave and Dexter and relying solely on Live Writer’s ability to publish this post. However, I am confident that you will enjoy it! Heather is one of my best “blends” and she has graciously agreed to write a guest post for me. Heather is the writer for Then Heather Said, and is an honest, humorous and humble blogger.Her posts are always unique, heartfelt and encouraging, so I hope that you enjoy this post and head over to her blog to read some more of what Heather says.
I like to run first thing in the morning.
Ok. No. That’s a lie.
I like to hit snooze first thing in the morning, because usually I’ve gone to bed much past my “bed time” and am hanging on desperately to every last minute under the covers.
[this brings up a whole slew of questions, such as, why do I even have a bed time, when I haven’t actually gone to bed at this proposed time since roughly 1997, but that’s neither here nor there.]
So, like I was saying, I like to run second thing in the morning.
Wait. That’s not entirely true either. See, I don’t actually run before work in the morning. I actually go to work, via bicycle, in my pajamas [read: workout clothes], and then get ready for my day there, breakfast and coffee included. I actually do two training runs a week in the evenings after work. I bike home, then head to the trail and bust out 3, or 4, or 5 miles. Of course, by bust out, I may or may not mean run intervals while occasionally wanting to stop running and just roll myself down the hill. But I digress.
Really though, I like to run
first third thing in the morning – on a Saturday, my long-run day. second
After waking up at 5:30, fighting the sunlight with tossing and turning for an hour or two, determined to sleep in because “that’s what weekends are for,” I finally realize it’s not working, check the weather while fueling, and dress accordingly. Ear-buds in, water bottle and blackberry in hand, I take off towards my favorite trail.
My favorite trail starts 1.5 miles from my apartment. I use the 1.5 mile walk as an extra long warm up, and I’ll stand by my theory that it’s helping me to prevent injuries along with the extra long cool down during my walk home. Seriously, walking the 1.5 miles each way, gives me a chance to increase and decrease my speed gradually, stretch out tight muscles, and get my mind in the zone. [whether that be the “this run is going to be awesome” zone or the “evaluation of that run” zone is dependant on the direction in which I am walking.]
The only downside is during this 1.5 mile trek to the trail, I pass the local favorite, Jumpin’ Jacks, which has been around longer than my parents have been alive - the ridiculously tantalizing aroma of the charcoal pit usually has me craving my favorite item to order from the menu – a veggie burger topped with coleslaw, with a side of ice cream cone. [and before you ask, yes, the charcoal early in the mornings to get the grills hot in time for lunch. And, yes, I have been known to want an ice cream cone before 9:00 AM] Normally, I would assure myself that I can have said veggie burger with coleslaw and ice cream cone after my run, but something tells me that eating this 3 times a week would not be the best of ideas. Variety is the spice of life, right?
After passing the burger joint of awesomeness, I carry onward to the start of the trail, which happens to be right next to a track and two baseball diamonds. Sometimes people are running on the track. Sometimes there are boys playing on the baseball fields. Of course, by boys, I mean 20-something men who at times seem to gather themselves at the top of the list of “potential next relationships.” This assembling of future romantic prospects also happens while attending open mic nights, visiting book stores, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. [McSteamy? Yes, please.] Athletes, musicians, book worms, and fictional doctors. See, variety is the spice of life.
Passing the second baseball diamond brings us only a few yards away from the first distance marker. The paved trail which runs alongside a river, through lots of trees and shrubbery, is marked with distance markers every quarter mile. This works out splendidly for a
poor thrifty girl as myself, who although I’ve been talking about it for a year now, still has not bit the bullet and purchased a Garmin Forerunner of her own. But really, who needs one when you can use the length of time remaining in the playlist you are listening to as a chart for time, and the spray paint on the ground as a chart for distance? cheap
I used to make playlists of upbeat songs that had me bopping along the trail in a dance-a-long type of manner, insuring that I was going to finish the run with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart. This jubilee was ended, however, the moment my singing along to the Spin Doctor’s Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong allowed a large [and semi crunchy] bug to commit suicide by flying into my mouth. His unfortunate death was followed by my small concern [read: major panic] that I myself was going to die from choking on said bug, and truthfully, one causality featuring the Spin Doctors is one too many if you ask me. [Aren’t Doctor’s suppose to save people, anyway? ….Bring on the Sloan daydream….ahem…] That was the end of pop music on the trail.
Instead, I will listen to one of my favorite podcasts. What’s a podcast? A podcast is a series of digital media files that are released in episodes and available for download. There are podcasts available for any number of topics and entertainment tastes. In my podcast subscription list I have over 30 different series that I have downloaded from, covering many different avenues – podcasts about TV shows I adore, running, sermons, fiction, blogging, food, and so many more. I listen to podcasts all the time, mostly while I’m doing other things. Doing the dishes and folding laundry, copying files at the office, walking, cooking, crafting – anything that doesn’t take too much concentration.
When I run, I usually listen to a podcast which I know will keep my attention off of the running. I like to distract myself and keep my mind entertained while I push through the miles.
I may focus intently on This American Life, as I take in true stories of people I’ve never met. This American Life has won several awards, and the proof is in the pudding. Subject matter varies widely each episode- sometimes exploring aspects of human nature or current events. Some episodes leave me wanting to know more about the subject at hand, others have me chuckling at irony, relating to the featured story tellers, or wanting to applaud as host Ira Glass reads the credits.
Bring on the mouth watering intrigue from The Splendid Table and The Sporkful.
The Splendid Table known as the radio program for people who love to eat, has long been one of my favorite places to learn of food theory, technique, traditions, and must-try recipes and menu items. While The Sporkful is a hilarious discussion and debate about the best ways to eat each which ever food is the title namesake for the episode. The hosts, Mark and Dan, are passionate about their opinions. Your view of lunch will not be the same once you enjoy these podcasts.
And to prevent any insect-choking, I cover my mouth during laughter that comes from Wait! Wait! Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is a weekly news radio quiz show that rivals SNL’s Weekend Update for my favorite way to learn what’s been going on in our crazy world. My crush on frequent contestant, Mo Rocca, aside, I make sure to never miss a show of this NPR favorite.
The Relevant Podcast comes from Relevant Magazine to cover "God. Life. Progressive Culture." While the podcasts do feature musical performances and interviews, arguably the best segments take place during the group discussion recordings which basically consist of a group of friends sitting around talking about what’s going in the world around them – entertainment slices, personal experiences, and current events all being discussed by a handful of people I could picture sitting around my kitchen table laughing over pie and trivial pursuit. It’s like running along side a group of friends, being distracted by great conversation.
The best part? You can subscribe to all of these podcasts for free on iTunes. Free is a price this
girl can agree with. There are thousands of podcasts out there for you to try – give it a search, I am sure you will find something that fits your fancy. 27 year old “adult who still lives like a college student
What do you listen to when you are running?
Are you a fan of podcasts? What are some of your favorites? Any suggestions for podcasts I should try?