I’ve been getting really into my running over the last few weeks, going two or three times a week. I’ve found it’s great exercise for clearing my mind when things are busy at work, and was the missing cardiovascular work out my previous routine was lacking.
What I found difficult was the monotony of running. Endlessly listening to my own flat feet hitting the floor was boring (and distracting as I thought about how terrible my own biomechanics are!)
At first I thought I needed some music to distract me, but it actually worked too well. My brain picked up the tempo of the music, and it totally warped my gait cycle. Fast songs had me totally out of breath at an unsustainable pace, and slow songs had me meandering about, getting nowhere fast.
I needed the quiet to find my own pace, but something to take my busy brain from going to bizarre places. The solution I found was listening to podcasts. The subject matter can anything from science and technologies, all the way through to book and film reviews – or even audio books!
Here are my top 3 subscribed podcasts to listen to when running;
- Dr Death from Wondery Media
My colleague Hans first told me about the 6-part investigative series, Dr Death. The real life story of how the medical legal system in America is blown wide open in 2015 when Dr Christopher Duntsch is arrested and tried as the first doctor in a criminal court for injuring or killing 33 patients in various hospitals around Dallas. The series investigates how such an injustice was allowed to take place, and the changes in the medical culture that need to occur to prevent it happening again.
- Unf*ck Your Brain
Kara Loewentheil uses “psychology, feminism and coaching to rewire your brain and get what you want in life.” Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. This woman is so smart. She encourages listeners to take autonomy over their thoughts and feelings, and to take what they want in life with both hands. A 20-minute podcast can give you the pizzazz to get a sprint distance run done super quick, as well as making you feel like you can kick butt in the rest of your life! It’s a 101 in how to manage stress and anxiety, so if you’re running for mental health, this is a good one.
- Deliciously Ella: The Podcast
As if Ella Mills wasn’t talented enough already, she brings her agenda of minimising food waste, sustainable eating and healthy lifestyles to her new podcast. New to my listening platform, I’ve only got through one or two of these yet, but I can already tell it’s going to be a regular on my running playlists. Ella invites forward thinking guests and industry experts to embellish her podcast, meaning every episode offers interesting content.