Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Starting Speedwork & Podcasts I'm Loving Right Now

Last night I set out to start a round of Yasso 800's while the Puff was at church. I haven't done the Yasso's in forever. 

I did not get pulled over for speeding. I tried hard though. 
I should probably figure out how to set up intervals on my RunKeeper but I'm too dumb lazy busy. Instead I ran a 1/2 mile down the block and tried to maintain a fast (for me) pace of about 10:00+/mi  and then I stopped the clock while I slow-jogged a couple of minutes before starting the next 800. 
My "fast" was so slow last night I dare not look up my activity history to see what speed I used to run these 800 intervals when I was lighter (& younger).

I really needed my music to help get me pumped for the speed. The thing is that when I'm really pushing myself and I'm out of breath and trying not to die, I don't hear any of it. Snoop, Dre, and anybody dropping F bombs will really get me going. I know. No judgement. 

For my long runs though, I love a good podcast to help me push through the monotony. I like to think I'm killing two birds with one stone, because these podcasts are all what I'd like to listen to anyway so I may as well do it while I'm out on the trail. 

Here are some of my current favorite podcasts (in order of preference) that I'm listening to now: 
The Moth I freaking love this story telling podcast. Usually there are about 3 stories of random topics told in each podcast. The story tellers are what draws you in, usually regardless of the topic. The practice of story telling predates history so I absolutely 100% believe that I'm viscerally drawn to this podcast, literally like a moth to a flame, because it's coded into my genetic DNA. 

The Washington Post is going to do a weekly podcast of each U.S. president in order from now until the November elections. I was hooked as soon as they started George Washington's hour promising to go beyond the hero myth and give equal time to his notorious flaws (i.e. slavery). I'm a week or so behind, but I'll have lots of time to catch up as my long runs get longer. 

bon appetit These podcasts aren't usually very long so I"ll listen to this one during my cool down, usually before heading out for my post-run meal. It whets my appetite for sure, but I also get to hear all about the newest food trends. I love food trends...even geoduck

Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me I'm often hearing this radio show air live in my car anyway, but I'm a current events junkie so I'll tune in to the podcast if I miss the week's show. I think the quiz-show format is especially fun and helps to keep me on my toes! 



  1. LOL, I never have and never will get pulled over for speeding in my running shoes, as hard as I try. So I totally relate! I also understand never getting the right music at the right moment. It works with traffic lights, too. If I have good momentum, I get lots of red lights. When I am zonked, I get all green lights! The universe is funny that way, LOL.

  2. Runners Connect, Happier and Serial are my go-to podcasts right now. Oh, and TED Radio Hour. For long runs I like to throw on an audiobook most of the time. I do a decent number of runs without any music/podcasts though.

    1. I've started Runners Connect from your last recommendation! I think I like it so far!

  3. I like the new design of your blog! Very cool!

    Way to go on pushing yourself!!

    I have an old MP3 player with tons of songs, but I find that Frank Sinatra and Enrique Bunbury keep me moving on long runs. I also love listening to audiobooks on the treadmill, keeps my mind off the treadmill. I recently loved listening to Tina Fey's book.

    Wait Wait don't tell me is hilarious! The podcast you have sound very interesting, I'm going to make a note to check them out! Thanks!

    I love listening to Invisibilia, and Ted Radio Hour too.

    1. Thank you! I'm not fully decided yet on when it'll be "done". I've never heard of Invisibilia, but I love checking out new podcasts!

  4. I need to start doing spadework more consistently, but I need to get back into just regularly doing yoga first so that I'm not excruciatingly sore for 3 days after class every single time.

    Because I need to be aware of cars, moose, and bears on my runs here, I don't listen to anything when I'm running outside. I usually watch things on Netflix when I'm running on the 'mill.

  5. I've listened to a couple of podcasts while running but it's been quite a long while! You've got a great list of options - I need to check out the Washington Post and Bon Appetit!