Monday, July 1, 2013

podcasts vesus tunes: which one motivates you?

i have always relied on music to get me through solo workouts and through 95% of all of my runs. but i only refresh my music once every three months or so which means a playlist gets pretty stale by the time three months comes along.

i have heard of a lot of folks using podcasts to "fuel" their workouts or runs but i'm not sure that i'm sold on it. i hate listening to npr and i imagine listening to a podcast is very similar. plus, how motivating can a person blabbering in your ear be? 

so i've been skeptical to the podcast idea but also open to it since it seems to work for so many. 

i want to throw the question out to you all:
  • what do you use on your workouts?
  • are you loyal to music?
  • a podcast fan?
  • and if you're using podcasts, which ones are the best to start with?


  1. I listen to podcasts for a couple of reasons. First off, the talking isn't as distracting as music, so I can still hear the ambient noise around me. It's a safety thing. I vary as to what I listen to. Currently, I've been geeking out to Slice of SciFi and also WDWRadio and Zen and the Art of Triathlon. But there are so many podcasts out there to choose from. Find a subject you're interested and do a search!

  2. That is a good point about being able to better hear ambient noise around you. I hadn't thought of that. I also hadn't thought of listening to something other than workout/fitness related stuff. Now I'm thinking of it almost like books on tape... thanks for sharing your perspective - its changing the way I think about this!

  3. I use music- but I also have stopped using my headphones as well. I stick my phone in the arm holder and go. I figure everyone else is focused on their run and they won't care ;)

  4. Exactly! It's like listening to books on tape! That's a great way to describe it.

  5. Amy @ Long Drive JourneyJuly 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Okay I used to LIVE by listening to podcasts while I ran. I basically did it because it was more distracting and I started running to silence the thoughts in my head, not to have music to make them louder. Apologize in advance for this long answer.

    I love NPR, so we differ on that. I DON'T love NPR's news shows though. I like to listen to This American Life and Radio Lab mainly. Some of those episodes are really good so if you have listened to boring NPR and haven't listen to any of those shows, I'd say give them a chance. If you have listened to them and just hate them, keep reading :)

    Now that I've built up a base and I'm trying to pace myself and not just working to finish all of my runs, I've had to switch back to music. It helps me to pace better. That being said, if you can pace fine and you don't need the tunes to help you, I'd say try a podcast. I used to really love listening to them while I ran!

  6. That's a good idea - that way you can be aware of your surroundings. I once ran with a portable speaker attached to my wrist - I will NEVER do that again. What a hassle!


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