27 Days: Motivation Mondays – the Voices that keep me moving.

February 8th, 2010 · Lisa · product review, Review, Wellness · Comments
On race day there are a lot of elements that help you to achieve your goal:
    • water/fuel stations;
  • cheering supporters/volunteers;
  • mile markers;
  • port-a-potties; and
  • adrenaline.
The real challenge is keeping yourself motivated for the 16 weeks leading up to race day so that you cross the finish line feeling elated rather than exhausted.

(This is me running my first half marathon).

I would love to have a great group of running friends to train beside me everyday. But that is not my reality. I only have one friend who is a committed runner and he runs twice as fast and twice as long as I do. So training with him is out of the question.

One of the reasons I have stuck with running regularly is because of the flexibility it allows me. I love that I can go for a run anytime or anywhere (within reason) that is convenient to me. If my schedule changes I don’t have to miss my run like I would if it occurred at a scheduled time like my yoga or dance classes. When I visit my Mom or my friends I just run in their neighbourhood without any disruption to my training plan. The challenge this presents for training with others is the struggle to find times that are convenient for more than one person. Since I haven’t found a running partner with a similar pace or schedule, I have settled for the next best thing to live conversation: podcasts!

I find running to a podcast far more enjoyable than listening to music. I’m more distracted by the conversation and committed to running until the end (usually 30 or 60 mins) and the content keeps me current on vegan issues and political events. It is a great way to multitask. I’m often motivated to head out for a long run because I’m looking forward to listening to the next episode of a favourite show or curious about an engaging topic the hosts plans to discuss. Here are some of my personal favourite podcasts that help to pass the miles (or kilometres).

1. Vegetarian Food for Thought
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the author of The Joy of Vegan Baking and The Vegan Table. She also produces one of the most informative and well-researched podcasts on vegan issues. I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person and the warmth and passion she exudes is apparent both in the flesh and across the airways.

2. Run Vegan Run
Meghan is a long-distance runner who shares stories of her training, her races, being vegan and raising a vegan family.

3. Running to Disney
Gordon hosts a great podcast for distance runners full of tips and reviews. He shares his personal training journey and his drive to achieve running and weight-loss goals. And he loves hummus-which makes me smile. This podcast has been a great resource as I prep for a race at WDW.

This podcast is hosted by some of my favourite people in Toronto-and I occasionally make an appearance as well. It is a casual podcast that discusses the vegan happenings in Toronto and beyond.

5. VegCast
Vance’s usual format includes an interview with a vegan personality, a report on a piece of research related to veganism and musical clips from vegan musicians.

A fantastic podcast with well-known contributors like David Sedaris. Each episode includes divergent perspectives on a central theme. The different segments offer humourous, touching and extremely engaging perspectives.
North Hampton vegans (Derek, Scott and Megan) discuss current issues in veganism, interview authors and activists and have whole lot of fun.
A show that delves into tough issues and critically examines ethical dilemmas, hosted by vegan professor extraordinaire Lauren Corman.
Two favourites with great archives but that haven’t updated recently:
A vegan baking show that intersperses fantastic music with kitchen adventures with the musicians.
If you enjoy a good cuss session this might be for you. Bob and Jenna don’t mince words but they certainly keep my mind off of running. I really love this show and miss the regular updates.
So, that’s my list. What about you? What keeps you motivated during a long workout? Do you multi-task with reading materials while you exercise? Are there podcasts you would recommend I check out?
Walking: 1 hour
Run: 6 km
Pace: 4:45/km
Fun?: Hmmm…not sure yet. It was a long day at work.


  1. Posted February 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Great list! I'm going to check some of them out. I also like the iRun podcasts. Colleen's podcasts are fantastic but I have to keep the sadder ones for the treadmill so I'm not running on the road with tears streaming down my face.

  2. Posted February 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Tracy,
    I hope you find something you enjoy. I have definitely found myself in tears during a run listening to Colleen – her episode on pigs was a really tough one for me.

    I got to interview her on the Toronto Vegetarian Podcast in December and it was a very upbeat episode. I promise it will not induce tears.

  3. Posted February 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I have never listen to podcast for long runs, interesting:) I usually just have a good playlist on my ipod that helps keep me going and doing long runs with friends!
    Pure2Raw Twins

  4. Posted February 9, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I'd like to suggest you check out
    Tami Simon's podcasts – Insights at the Edge. Don't know if you are familiar with the Sounds True website and label for wisdom teachings. You can find teachings for every flavor of spiritual inclination. Tami does a great job in these interviews with Sounds True authors. She listens well, has a keen mind, asks insightful questions, and really gives the interviewee a chance to respond in depth. A few podcasts I found particularly inspiring were with yogini Seane Corn, author Terry Tempest Williams, and author Geneen Roth. Check it out, and good luck on your run. I'll be following your progress and sending positive vibes. I really enjoy your blog posts.

  5. Posted February 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for the podcast suggestion – it sounds like a very inspiring show.

    Pure2Raw Twins,
    You two are lucky to have eachother to run with. I love listening to podcasts but they are still second to live conversation for both engagement and enjoyment.

  6. Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    This is a great list of podcasts. I agree completely, I find myself much more lost in a good discussion than in music. My current favorite is podcasts of Jillian Michael's radio shows. She has great insights on health, motivation, and metabolism. Much more than just weight loss.

    –The Barrister

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