Mom to 5K: Week 7 – Perfect Podcasts
I’m a bit late with this week’s running post. I was a proper slacker at the weekend. I’m blaming Mother’s Day and the fact that my other half was off carousing on a stag party. The third run of last week has spilled over into this week and sure what harm, eh? On Mother’s Day I chose drinking Sauvignon Blanc at lunchtime over running because a) I’m human and b) it was MY DAAAAYYY! I’ll catch up.
So here’s a little something I learned about myself on this running ‘journey’ of mine: I do NOT like to run to music. No matter how clever Spotify might be at matching my tempo to some obscure (slow) rock, a podcast seems to makes the time whizz by and helps me overcome the tedium much more easily.
A PODCAST FOR EVERY MOOD
For Serious Parenty Stuff
Parenting on Moncreiff (Newstalk)
Janet Lansbury – Unruffled (Respectful Parenting)
If you like her written stuff and her parenting philosophies, then there’s more of it in podcast form. She can rub people up the wrong way at times, but you know she talks sense. Definitely worth a listen especially if, like me, you’ve very little time for reading parenting-related books and articles anymore because you’re too busy trying to keep your children happy/fed/alive.
For Parenty Lolz
For Celeb Interviews
Get it On – Dawn O’Porter
For the Feminist Perspective
The Guilty Feminist
Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour
This miniseries covers a range of themes like friendhship, sexism, work and body image. Guests like Zadie Smith and Emma Stone talk about life and being modern women. Described as Girls in Podcast form, how couldn’t you get excited about this? Unless of course you hate Girls and Lena Dunham, in which case this probably isn’t for you.
For Mystery, Intrigue & True Crime
NOTE: EDITED, APRIL 10th, 2017 to include this next paragraph… (which means this is now a list of nine perfect podcasts instead of eight. You’re welcome).
About a week after publishing this post, I listened to S-Town. In a list of gripping True Crime podcasts (even though it’s not really crime, is it?) I would just be entirely remiss if I left this one out so I’ve come back to include it. From the people who brought us This American Life and Serial, S-Town chronicles the life of an eccentric resident of Shit-Town, Alabama. It might take an episode or two to lure you in but lure you and ensnare you, it will. Plus everyone’s talking about it, so you kind of have to really.
I’ve only started listening to Criminal recently and I’m loving it. Described as “stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle”, Criminal deals with a different case in each episode. The cases are more complex and clever than your usual whodunnits and at just under half an hour long each, they’re the perfect length for your 5k run.
THE RUNNING WEEK AHEAD
- The good news: This week is straightforward. We run for 25 minutes each time.
- The bad news: We run for 25 minutes each time.
The app suggests that our 25 minute run should cover 2.5 miles or 4.K so now would be a good time to use a distance tracker to see how far we are getting. Onwards we go. We’re SO near the end.
Do you have any other podcast suggestions? What do you listen to when you run? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. In fact, I get the warm and fuzzies every time a new comment comes in!
If you’re taking part in the Momto5K series, don’t forget to stop back here or visit my Facebook page during the week to let us know if you’ve battled through another three runs. You’ll find me either gloating or complaining (mostly complaining and banging on as if I’m the first woman to ever run) on Instagram Stories.
If you’re a blogger or someone with an interest or background in fitness and you’d like to contribute to the series, get in touch via email. You’ll find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss the other posts in the series? Find them here:
- Mom to 5K – This time I’m doing it!
- Mom to 5K #1 – Running Safety feat. Carrie Budds from Carrie Small Plate
- Mom t0 5K #2 – 5 Running Tips for Beginners feat. Laura Crichton from Edinburgh Life – With Kids
- Mom to 5K #3 – How to Choose the Right Running Shoes feat. Mary Jennings from ForgettheGym.ie
- Mom to 5K #4 – Easy Ways to Fuel your Run feat. Rachel Wattson from rachelwattsonfitness.com
- Mom to 5K #5 – How to Not Quit feat. Laura Fountain from Lazy Girl Running
- Mom to 5K #6 – See How they Run feat. five Irish parenting bloggers.