When I was training for the Shamrock Marathon, I was very lucky to be paired with my fellow Team in Training teammate, Jen – we ran a similar pace so long runs were never lonely; sometimes, we even had Zach with us (who was training for this weekend’s Country Music Marathon) or one of our coaches, Liz or Sarah. I never imagined how much I would look forward to those group runs – from the uplifting mood (we’d push each other through those miles!) to the fun conversations and camaraderie, I felt right at home each Saturday when we would meet.
This was a HUGE change from my training for Richmond…I ran all runs (short, long, 20 miles) alone. I did not mind this at all – I brought along my iPod (music down really low) and was good to go….well, except when I was busy doing things like falling into a mudslide…
Now – training alone again, I’ve realized that I respect both scenarios – running can be a great solitary and head-clearing experience…and it also can be a social, fun event.
But let’s face it – anything over 15 to 16 miles – is LONG.
Tomorrow, I am facing 18 miles. The weather should be cool, my legs are fresh and ready, but I would love to have a running partner – in the form of a podcast. I have personally never done that, but it seems like something that would be kind of enjoyable over the almost 3 hours I will be pounding the pavement.
I’ve already issued a call on twitter and Facebook for recommendations, but if you didn’t see that, please leave a comment! I plan on sharing these findings in a subsequent blog post – as well as sharing my thoughts on listening to them after I try it out 🙂
Any podcasts you’d recommend? Do you prefer running alone or with others?