Friends! I apologize for falling off the face of the earth for a couple of months. Without going into too much detail that no one cares about, I bought a house that is being renovated almost top-to-bottom so to say I’ve been busy is an understatement.

I also just got back from running my second marathon, in Chicago. I’m sad to say I didn’t make my goal time (4:45) despite busting my butt doing track repeats and tempo runs and blah blah blah. I’m disappointed, but this race felt 10x better than the last. And in my defence, my Garmin said I finished in 4:55, but I forgot that I’d paused that bad boy for 10 minutes while I waited in a port-a-potty line.

On the plus side, I discovered some really amazing ways to pass the time during the last couple months of marathon training. I’ve always been a huge music-lover, especially when I work out. I didn’t train as much with my running buddy this year, though, which meant waaaay more alone time with just my ipod. I have a select few songs I can listen to ad nauseam, but beyond those I have a really short attention span and get sick of songs really quickly. Sometime back in August, I discovered some really great fitness/health podcasts and I’ve been loving listening to them on my runs. I actually alternated about 1/2 hour of music with a podcast for the entire 5 hours of my marathon on Sunday.

1. Evil Sugar Radio

This is really great health podcast based on dispelling the myths and dogmas that plague the weight-loss/fitness/health/wellness world today. If you’re trying to lose weight, have lost weight, or are just wanting to get fit, you’ve probably contemplated going low carb/gluten-free/vegan/paleo at some point in your journey, and it’s worth giving these guys a listen before making any choices regarding your health/fitness. I struggle with implementing some of their philosophies in my own life, but that just makes me want to keep listening and learn more.

2. Impruvism Radio

If you’re a research junkie like me, you’ll love this podcast. The founder, Armi Legge, runs a website called Impruvism, which is designed to help “obsessive and highly motivated people simplify their health, fitness, and productivity.” I love to run and I love to learn – particularly about health and fitness – so to be able to kill two birds with one stone is fantastic!

3. Full Disclosure Fitness Podcast

When I first listened to this podcast, I was a bit put off; something jut didn’t click like with some other podcasts, but I persevered. I’m not a huge fan of the episodes of this show where the host talks for the full hour(ish), but I do really enjoy his interviews with fitness professionals and I’ve discovered some really interesting people this way.

4. Good Life Project

If you feel a bit uninspired by the daily grind and need some inspiration to make a change (or just change your perspective), you will love this show. A few years ago, I read a book called Career Renegade, by Jonathan Fields. I really enjoyed his story and writing style, so I was pumped to find out he’d started a new project interviewing people who have made amazing careers doing what they love. I started out watching the videos (and I still do when I get the change) of these interviews, but have recently made the switch to podcasts so I can listen while I walk to work, or while I’m working on something a bit more mindless during the day. Who doesn’t need some inspiration now and then?

Enjoy! I’d love to hear about any wonderful podcasts I’ve missed :)

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