Even if you have not been running for long, you most likely like to put some earbuds in during your run and listen to some tunes (unless you wish to run #naked!). Once you get bored of the same music over and over, you stumble upon podcasts either through the iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or some other app…. (I currently use Stitcher but am switching to Spotify as their library gets more significant, and I use Spotify for all my music.)
I stumbled on podcasts for a different reason many years ago, I travel for work and would spend 75% of my working hours driving in a car….. music gets really old, really quick! Talk radio is not bad but too many commercials and limited topics. So, at the time I had an iPod and figured let me try these podcast things…. At about the same time, I was starting the journey of my transformation to where I am today, and I was fascinated by the fact that I could find podcasts that focused in on what I needed in my journey at that point in time. A lot of them were pretty crud as professional podcasting was just starting to become a thing. Most of the professional podcast back then were radio shows that were replayed as podcasts. Still, it was a godsend as I could listen to what I wanted to when I wanted to.
Soon I was saving a long list of podcasts that I wanted to save for later…… Even with spending that much time in a car, I could never get caught up. About the same time, my running had increased to be a chunk of time in my week. I soon came up with a rule for myself that I would listen to certain podcasts on the run. And so it began…..
Listening to several podcasts (many of them about running & ultra sports) I soon found a few things that set the best away from the rest he is a basic list (If you are thinking of starting a podcast DON’T DO THESE THINGS!):
So what does this all boil down too? Overall I do have one rule for any podcast I listen to, and if they don’t pass this rule, they are removed from my playlist. This rule was born out of my journey and a practice that I made for myself in life. So what is my rule? Simple: All podcasts I listen to must make me smile or laugh each episode! Plain and simple, I want to be happy and enjoy life, so why would I waste my time on something that does not bring a positive influence my world?
Here is a list of podcasts on my weekly playlist: