So my life has been a whole lotta running these past few months (and a decent amount of horsey-ness.) Which is a pretty good way of things, although I could quite frankly go for no running and more horse-ing every day but that isn’t my current situation…alas. I had decided pretty early on to get a coach for this marathon because I didn’t think I could knowledgably manage my hip pain and training. I like that my plan would be created weekly based on how I preformed and there was someone to respond to me when I had questions or pains and could alter what I should be doing based on my experience- but still be moving to get me across the finish line in Manhattan.
It’s not been what I was anticipating, but I have to say my hip pain has been pretty minimal. I think I’ve missed about 5 runs since June. Basically it’s all based alone aerobic endurance (lotta slooooooow runs) and much more weekly mileage. 5 days of running a week, and either 1 day of cross training or 2 days off…that’s not really a day off because that’s the day I work and ride at the stable. Because of the sloooooooow pace, I don’t really have anyone to run with. Evening running groups go at a faster pace (and my coach is very adamant about being sticking to this slow pace), most of my friends would rather go for a shorter distance, but faster, and it seems to physically pain E to run this slow- which I get. So a lot of slow solo runs… which means, I need to amuse myself. SO…. without further ado….my fave way of amusement on these long, slow, distances is Podcasts!
Serial Season 2
I was late to the Serial game…and kind of late to the full appreciation of NPR game as well. I didn’t get into Season 1 until after Making a Murderer and The Jinx. But I loved it! I cleaned more and cooked better with it on. So I waited to start Season 2 for training runs and I have to admit, with no murder, I thought it wasn’t going to hold my attention. But I stuck with it and I actually really enjoyed it.
This is from the Cincinnati Inquirer and explores an unsolved murder in 1978. I wasn’t a fan of the narrator/journalist in the beginning, but I came to really appreciate her and feel she really is just a kind woman, trying to do her best, with minimum offense. Although I have to say, listening to this, alone in the woods probably wasn’t the best idea.
Bill Simmons, previously from Grantland, now has The Ringer…and they have a podcast network (and articles), and one of their podcasts is called Channel 33 – which is described as “a collections of shows covering pop culture, sports, and tech.” And you get a variety of shows downloaded to your phone from them…. some I delete right away (The Masked Man – which would be super if I cared about wrestling), others I keep if I have a long car trip with E (There’s one on college football and one on soccer I believe) that I know interest him, but I enjoy the hosts so everybody wins. The series I love are: Jam Session, Bachelor Party, and The Writers Room. They also have one off podcasts like a special about the new Iphone the day before it premiered, and one interview with the longest running editor of Sports Illustrated.
This American Life
I have a love-hate relationship with TAL. Another one from NPR. Almost always extremely interesting (I think there’s been one that didn’t hook me in within the first 5 minutes), but almost always leaves me in tears. Do you know how hard it is to cry and run? Pretty damn hard. I mean…I’m also a stressed out emotional mess right now with a bunch of my life crumbing around me but…I think I’d get at least a little misty eyed regardless. But it’s just so damn good. And then I get home to tell E about the story…and I start crying all over again. God, I love This American Life.
A couple podcasts I have yet to dive into but that I am super excited to start:
Undisclosed Season 2
The conviction under examination at present belongs to Joey Watkins, a Georgia man sentenced to life in prison in July 2001 for aggravated assault, a weapons violation, misdemeanor stalking, and the felony murder of Isaac Dawkins in January 2000. Joey’s case was brought to the team by the Georgia Innocence Project.
Join the Undisclosed team every Monday at 6 p.m. EST as they dive into the details of Joey’s case — and try to unravel the events leading up to his troubling conviction. And then check out the Undisclosed Addenda–a discussion show about the case featuring Emmy award-winner and host Jon Cryer–every Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.
99% Invisible (recommended to me by a friend)
“Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” For example: McMansion Hell: the Devil is in the Details, The Trend Forecast, Longbox, The Blazer Experiment.
“Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell (author of the Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, etc) and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.” For example:
Food Fight – Bowdoin College in Maine and Vassar College in upstate New York are roughly the same size. They compete for the same students. Both have long traditions of academic excellence. But one of those schools is trying hard to close the gap between rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price for its effort. The other is making that problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result.
(It) is about opening up college to poor kids, focuses on a seemingly unlikely target: how the food each school serves in its cafeteria can improve or distort the educational system.
The Big Man Can’t shoot – The basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain had only one flaw: He couldn’t shoot free throws. In 1962, Chamberlain switched to making his foul shots underhanded—and fixed his only weakness.
But then he switched back.
(It) is a meditation on the puzzle of why smart people do dumb things—why excellence is such a difficult and elusive goal, even for the best-intentioned.