Friday, 7 March 2014

In a change to the scheduled broadcast...

The Connemarathon is just 4 weeks away! Where the hell has that time gone? I'd been planning this week's long run for first thing this morning, but one thing lead to another and next thing I found myself drinking tea and hiding from a 2 year old in a Wendy House and it was after 11am.

All work and no play makes Dan a dull boy...

I nipped home and got changed. But just before I headed out the door for my scheduled Long Run of 24km, I decided to do something I have never done before. I went on iTunes to see if I could find something else to listen to instead of my usual Britney/Girls Aloud/Lady Gaga-fest I normally run to. I made the executive decision to try running to a Podcast. I wanted to go with something educational, something inspirational and something for some light hearted relief.

For that reason I went with the following:
  • "Finding Time for the Creative Exploration process within Software Delivery"
  • "Do objects or experiences make us happier?"
  • "Fascinated: Meet Your Heroes"
I started my run with some music just to get me warmed up. Two of my new favourite songs right now are:



So once they were over, I moved on to the educational podcast on Software Delivery. I don't know how many of ye know what I do for a living but I'm a software developer. I figured hey, why not run and listen to something which will have my undivided attention. Ah, no. I stopped this podcast after 15 minutes as it was completely unconducive with running.

From there I moved on to a 'Stuff You Should Know' podcast on 'Do objects or experiences make us happier?'. I loved it. I found myself nodding along It felt like I was part of someone elses conversation and before I knew it, I had over 12K clocked up while enjoying a refreshing healthy debate. The conclusion of their findings was that experiences make us happier, but on the flip side have the potential to be recalled as more horrific if it was a bad experience. Moral of their story: Objects make us happy but only for a 6 to 12 week window, then we get bored and move on to the next desired object.

After that I moved on to Gearoid Farrelly's Fascinated Podcast which I've been meaning to give a go. I actually found myself laughing along to his brilliant podcast. This episode was about meeting your childhood heroes and featured the Oscar nominated Granny O'Grimm writers story about meeting George Clooney followed by Gearoid's phone conversation with Gillian Blakeney about scarves. 

Fascinated Podcast

Before I knew it I was on the home stretch, I barely had time to get through to the album version of Girls Aloud's Untouchable when I hit 25K. Delighted with myself and I think my new found love for a Podcast, I think I could have found a new way to spend my time while running either by educating myself or having a laugh. It made for a really enjoyable change to my usual broadcast. 

Anyone have any recommended podcasts / audio books I could listen to? 


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