On race day there are a lot of elements that help you to achieve your goal:
- cheering supporters/volunteers;
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.
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
Fun?: Hmmm…not sure yet. It was a long day at work.