4/6/18: Friday Favorites
As I get myself back into the habit of running and working out, I try to make sure I load up my phone with a supply of things to listen to while on the move. I am not super into any TV shows right now; it would be nice to be with the number of treadmill runs I’ve had to make lately. Thanks, Eternal-Winter! However, I love podcasts and audiobooks.
There are SO many options out there, though. Where do you even start? Well, there are lots of popular ones out there: Serial, This American Life, RadioLab, Invisibilia, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and the list goes on…
I tend to steer toward podcasts that are specifically focused on my specific interests and hobbies, as do many others, I’m sure.
Of course, a good running podcast will power me through a lot of runs. My favorite of all time is Another Mother Runner. They are the reason I started running again, and they’ve given me hope on lots of dark days. I highly recommend AMR, not just for the podcast but for the website, blog, training programs, and FABULOUS community. Please check them out, ladies. Even if you’re not a mama. It’s for all women.
Other favorite running podcasts include Human Race by Runner’s World (no longer in production, but definitely worth a listen to all of their past episodes), the Runner’s World podcast (similar situation as Human Race), and C Tolle Run because Carrie Tollefson obviously.
Did you know I love Disney? *looks at mouse ears and bows and polka dots up top* Yes? Oh, okay. I am constantly listening to Disney podcasts to learn about the latest news and fun going on around the parks. If that’s your jam, too, I can tell you I listen to Be Our Guest, Unlocking the Magic, and WDW Radio fairly religiously. They soothe my soul when it’s aching for a WDW trip (which is like all the time).
If you’ve been around my blog through its earlier versions, you’ll know I’m a big advocate for mental health. My favorite podcasts that address mental health and tough life situations are The Mental Illness Happy Hour, The Hilarious World of Depression, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and Mind Full (now called Chili & Mimosas).
But what if you’re looking for something a little different? Maybe you’re like me and you constantly stress about not having enough time to catch up on your multiplying TBR list. Well, why not combine your workouts and running with reading? Honestly, it may seem a little odd at first as you’re listening to a story instead of music while you’re pounding pavement. I promise you get used to it, and it is actually a fabulous way to make time fly! Or if you’re like me, you might end up laughing out loud on the trail and then looking around to see if anyone heard you. Or if you’re also like me, you might have to stop for a few minutes to wipe a few tears because you know, allergies and something just got in your eye (it’s only a coincidence that there is a really sad scene in the book you’re listening to) so move along, everybody.
Women’s Running put together a wonderful article with lists of audiobooks that are great for on the run. I’ve actually listened and/or read several of the books on that list, so make sure to check it out!
I’m a big fan of nonfiction humor writing and writing about mental health. My very favorite books often combine those things. Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened are two of my absolute favorites of all time, and I can listen to them on repeat. Same with any of Carrie Fisher’s books, but Wishful Drinking, The Princess Diarist, and Shockaholic.
As far as cost goes, I highly recommend you see if your local library has access to audiobooks for you. Many will have access to services like hoopla or OverDrive. (The library where I work has both!!) If you have access to OverDrive, make sure you’re downloading the new Libby app for it. From there, you should be able to see what digital audiobooks are available for checkout through your library. It sure cuts down on the cost compared to sites like Audible.
No matter what you “read” or what music you choose, happy listening!