As much as I hate to give Steve Jobs his due, podcasts REALLY helped on my 20 hour drive this weekend. I had around 15 hours of podcasts saved up and alternated between them and a fully loaded iPod that a friend of mine let me borrow. I found that, even though the music was awesome, the podcasts really helped pass the time.
Before I was catapulted into the 21st century and discovered Podcasts, I would listen to talk radio. (Insert comment here about how I am an old man) NPR or sports talk radio would usually help pass the hours and hours of long runs on Sunday morning. However, over the last year or so, I've collected a number of solid podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis. I normally listen to them while running my long run, but sometimes I'll listen to them on the plane or while I am less busy at work.
Here is a list of the podcasts (in alphabetical order to be completely fair) that I listen to on a regular basis. I've linked to each of the associated blogs but ironically I don't read any of the them. I'm not sure why I don't read them, but then again, why would I do that when I could just plug in and have someone READ it to me!? Itunes does all of the heavy lifting for me! Now, if I could just get someone to read RunnersWorld for me.....
One important thing to note, subscribing to podcasts via Itunes doesn't require an Ipod. In fact, I only recently bought my little Ipod shuffle but have been listening to some of these since they started.
Does anyone else out there listen to podcasts to help their long runs go by? I'm always in search of new or exciting podcasts to add to my list.
Brandon's Marathon: Brandon is an opra singer in NYC who recently completed his first marathon and is training for his first ironman (IM WI). The thing I really like about this podcast is that it is a very well organized / produced podcast. Also, to be honest, since he uses his voice to bring home the bacon, he has a radio type voice that is easy to listen to :) *in my best radio voice* Heyyyy, you're listening to Q102, all the best music.... all the time!
Live Music Podcast: This podcast is from a high school buddy of mine who LOVES music. A great one if you like the same type of music he does and love to listen to live recordings.
NPR Science Friday: I'm a science dork and I love me some NPR. How could I not subscribe to this one?
NPR Car Talk: See also previous, except replace "science" with "car". Besides, these guys are a RIOT.
Runner Lounge: This podcast provides a lot of 'solid' running advice.
The Runners Round Table: The format of this podcast is interesting. It is a live chatroom where anyone can join and speak their mind. The logistics are sometimes a bit difficult (stuipd interweb), however it is very interesting and usually worth the VAST differences in volume of some of the speakers. Of course, that does mean that I blow out my eardrums every so often.
Running in the Center of the Universe: This is one of my favorite podcasts because the author takes his recorder on the run! I usually listen to it while running so it is almost like having someone running with you. Very cool idea.