So remember how I ran a half marathon back in June? And remember how I scoffingly said meh I'm pretty much halfway there, may as well keep running? Well I did. I kept running; and running; and running. I ran so much I had to buy new shoes, and new shorts, yes I even got a new running top (or four). I also got a visor which may or may not be the most fashionable clothing purchase I've ever made but gracious I love that thing, especially in the rain.
I ran so much these past 16 weeks that I am days away from running my first marathon. Yes, I am officially one of those crazy masochist people who will be voluntarily putting my body through a ridiculous amount of strain (it's actually not so bad when you take it on gradually), all for the glory of a free t-shirt and a knick knack of a medal (where do I put/do with them?) I guess it's not really official until I finish, I will finish.
During my training, I have missed the conversation I had with my running partner before she moved away. I couldn't go back to listening to music, especially for my longer runs. I needed the real time of a voice, of conversation, something that engaged me mentally and intellectually. So I started listening to audio books and podcasts, many of which (surprise!) dealt with food. I now realize just how obsessed I am.
Here are a few of my favorites..
The Sporkful - I just recently started listening to this podcast and love the banter, insight and humor of it all. Start with the toast series, it's a winner.
Spilled Milk - I have always loved Molly Wizenberg, and her musings with Matthew Amster-Burton make for an enjoyable food experience, even if there's no food involved for the one listening. I love this podcast because it's completely casual, kind of random and a little innuendous, which I am all over. If you know what I mean.
Edible Radio - All you need to know about what is happening in the edible communities around you and the stories of the people behind them, the best of local food news. Someday I hope to hear a story from Utah, I love Utah's food culture.
LDS General Conference - I love listening to conference talks over and over again. Even if I've listened to a talk numerous times, I always gain new insight on how to be a little better, a little kinder, a little more selfless; plus my faith and perspective gets a much needed boost. It's the best way to start my day.
The Help; The Botany of Desire; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a year of food life - I highly suggest listening to books you don't have time to sit down and read, it's almost better than sitting down to read them.
Do you listen to podcasts/books on cd? Do you have a favorite?