I didn’t need the flu jab because I never get colds – big mistake. Was it flu? Perhaps man flu? Whatever it was it saw me coughing for four weeks and breathing on, what felt like, half of one lung. Running outside in the cold was out of the question so, in one of the weeks, I managed two sessions of run-walking for two miles just to keep my limbs moving.
On a separate issue to this blog, having managed 4 miles in one week, what was I to do the following week if I was feeling well again? 4.4 miles? Followed by 4.8 miles? Time to move down the page to my previous blog on the myth about only only ever increasing your mileage by 10% a week.
So anyway, what do you do to keep motivated while you wait for your lungs to recover? For me, it was listening to the many podcasts that have accumulated on my iPhone. I subscribe to a number of podcasts that I like and admire and my (free) subscription means that they accumulate until I listen to them. Usually I have between five and ten not listened to episodes of each podcast waiting but, for some (see below) there are none, as I listen to the episode as soon as it arrives. I will go through each of the running and/or lifestyle podcasts that I listen to below and give what can only be my personal thoughts on each. If you think from my description that you might like to subscribe to any of them, then please do and then branch out from there. The way you branch out, in my experience, is by listening to your normal podcasts as, the way podcasting expands, is by podcasters inviting other podcasters onto their podcasts! Something else to be aware of is that once you subscribe you are usually able to download past episodes so that you are not sat there waiting for the next episode.
One quick explanation of where I am coming from in reviewing these podcasts as you may be (probably are) coming from a completely different perspective. Briefly, I am a 61 year old marathon runner, looking to run my first ultra, who has recently gone no sugars no grains (NSNG) and is half way through the book “The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey, and enjoying it. I live in the UK and nearly all of the podcasts that I listen to emanate from the USA. I have listened to one UK podcast and one that was half UK and half USA and unsubscribed both of them after a few episodes. That is not to say there are no good running / lifestyle podcasts coming out of Europe, just that I haven’t found them yet.
Obviously, for all of us in Europe, there are differences in speech etc. when listening to American podcasts. The biggest one for me, which took me a while to fathom, is their use of a weird temperature scale which, for some reason, goes from something like 32 to 212. It is called Farenheit and may confuse you if you hear on a podcast that someone was cold on a run because the temperature was down to 20 which would be a nice Summer day on a scale of nought to a hundred. Another thing that you will have to get used to in some, but not all, American podcasts is that some people, usually younger females for some reason, raise their voices up at the end of a statement as if they are asking a question. If you can ignore these differences though and they don’t grate on you, the information you can gain is invaluable.
Marathon Training Academy
This is the first podcast that I started listening to and is the one that I mentioned above that I listen to as soon as episodes arrive. Run and hosted by Angie and Trevor, the podcast comes over as a laid back chat with a mom and dad of three kids who are desperate to learn and to pass on what they have learned to you the listener. Angie is the more advanced runner and also coaches for a fee but does not ram the advert that she coaches down your throat as she limits herself to around 35 coaching clients and usually has that many and needs no more. My knowledge has increased at the same rate as Angie’s as I listen to these podcasts. Trevor has only been running for four years and is therefore the student to Angie’s coaching which works well in the podcast. I would highly recommend this podcast as a good starting point as I find it well edited, to the point and usually gives different points of view for each item discussed. It was through this podcast that I started zone 2 running which changed my life.
Vinnie Tortorich – The Angriest Trainer
I think this was probably my second podcast subscription and I believe I first heard Vinnie on the Marathon Training Academy podcast. It is completely different to the above podcast and thrives on the fact that it is unedited, random, has occasional swearing and it is a sort of chat between Vinnie and his co-host Anna Vocino. Vinnie trains people in California, film stars, producers etc and has been advocating NSNG for some time through the podcast and through his book Fitness Confidential. Although he runs Vinnie is more of an ultra cyclist. At first I loved this podcast and have grown with it over time. Unfortunately, my impression is that the adverts (random chat adverts) that can go on for some time, have become more and more of the programme, especially the adverts for Vinnie’s own product The Pure Vitamin Club, which sounds a great product, only availably in the USA, but pushed too hard. We all know that podcasts have to be funded and this is often by product placement, adverts and sponsorship but this podcast seems to me to have more of that than any other podcast that I listen to. You also have to pay a monthly fee to be able to download past episodes, something I have not come across on any other podcast.
The Running Lifestyle Show with Keri Gormley
I discussed above some podcasts where, usually younger females, go up at the end of a sentence as if a statement is a question. This grates on some Europeans but, if you can ignore it, there is good info coming out of this podcast. Keri appears to be quite new to running compared with other podcasters so would be a good one to follow if you are newish to running and runners diets also. There is a lot of diet info also which is NSNG or as sometimes mentioned as LCHF (low carbo high fat) and this is given by a registered dietician who appears on almost every podcast. Unfortunately, like a lot of youngsters throughout the world, this dietician tries to get as many of the words “like” into a sentence as possible, sometimes achieving four or five. You like know like the type like of thing I like mean i’m like sure. Again this may grate but if you can ignore it there is some good info and, although the podcast is mainly geared to young females, and is often a bit flowery (giggling, vision boards etc) this 61 year old bloke is still subscribed.
The Livin’ La Vida Low-carb Show with Jimmy Moore.
Love this podcast, listened recently to the 900th episode so it has been around a while. Good guests and a more technical podcast than the more chatty versions. Some of the more interesting podcasts for me have been direct recordings of speakers at a low carb conference held in Australia. Download the 900th episode which is a highlights show and will give you a flavour. I should say that Jimmy doesn’t always have guests on who agree with his views, he sometimes talks to guests who completely disagree with NSNG to get a balanced view.
The Ask Prof Noakes Podcast with Brad Brown
Professor Tim Noakes has appeared on many podcasts and seems to have been around for decades. He is very knowledgeable about diet and running and has been writing books since the 80s and has seen (and even admits to prescribing) the wrong information that was around at that time. He seems to have been responsible for getting people to drink to thirst on a marathon rather than over drinking as is still often prescribed. These are very short podcasts and you will probably listen to a number at a time. Basically Brad comes on, asks a listeners question, gets the Prof to answer the question and the podcast ends.
To sum up, some people listen to these and other podcasts via iPhone, IPod or similar, as inspiration as they run. Personally, when I run outside, I listen to bird song and the environment around me. I have a job with occasional long driving runs and this is when I listen to these podcasts, gaining information rather than listening to mindless background music.