I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for a few weeks now. I’ve recently discovered a few new podcasts and IG accounts that I love, so I thought ‘ooh, I’ll share them on the blog’ and then last week, Charlie shared a very similar post on her blog! Darn, I thought, now I can’t post MY list…but of course I can! So check out Charlie’s list in addition to my thoughts below!
I’ve listened to Marathon Talk for years now and I always love it. They’ve started using Patreon as a way of allowing listeners to voluntarily contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast and I signed up immediately. If something gives you pleasure and information on a weekly basis for years then it’s only proper to help contribute financially if you’re able to do so. I also contribute via Patron to Real Talk Radio which has entertained many a long run and is always thought-provoking.
However I’ve picked up a few new podcasts to listen to recently.
I’ve started listening to Another Mother Runner on my runs and in the car. Whilst you don’t have to be a mother to listen, it’s definitely aimed at a sightly older crowd. Next week’s episode is on running during peri-menopause and unfortunately I think it will be sensible for me to listen. I really enjoyed a recent episode discussing alcohol. Also Sarah Bowen Shea sounds exactly like Sarah Koenig so I can basically pretend I’m listening to Serial Series 1.
Ali on the Run Show is the new kid on the podcast block and I love it. I’ve read Ali’s blog for years and have a very soft spot for her. I really like her podcast – a good mix of guests so far, lots of chat and laughter but also some great points made about running and life. It’s getting better with every episode both technically and content-wise.
She explores is another new podcast for me and I like it a lot so far. It’s all about women in the outdoors (mainly hiking and backpacking) but newer episodes are talking about activism in the new political climate. It can be a little eye-rolly at times (‘I wanted to vibrate on a higher frequency’) but the episode about being a woman alone in the outdoors was really thought-provoking for me.
Instagram remains by far my favourite social medium and I have a few new obsessions.
Megan Marie Myers is an artist based in Bend, Oregon. I LOVE her work – sweet, lovely pictures of people in the outdoors. She does adorable paintings on little panels of wood. I’m hankering to commission a family picture of me and my boys in California but she’s not taking commissions till 2018. In the meantime, I’m hoping to treat myself to a wood panel when I find the right one.
Idle Theory Bus is a lovely account of a very beautiful couple driving round the US in their orange camper van. It’s idyllic but is especially interesting because in what is usually a very visual medium, they use a lot of written words to paint pictures as well as the images themselves. I like it.
Finally Vincent Croce is a Dutch photographer who posts BEAUTIFUL atmospheric pictures of the countryside where he lives. Gorgeousness.
Salty Running has been around for a long time but I’ve started getting into it mainly because of the variety of articles they post. They also do a great Twitter chat on a Monday night which I’ve done a few times and have really enjoyed. I won a running jacket one time too! Result.
Salomon Trail Running did a wonderful 20 minute movie about running in Patagonia. Patagonia is where the cool kids seem to be going – the scenery in this film is spectacular and there is much gentleman eye-candy.
I’ve been reading loads recently, due to the rainy weekends. One book I loved was Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night, the gentle, bittersweet tale of two older people who start sleeping together (like ‘sleeping’) to ward of loneliness. It’s a lovely book.
I’m currently reading Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist which is likely to offend everyone. The general feeling is you can’t be a feminist if you love Jesus and you can’t really love Jesus if you’re a feminist…but sometimes, you simply ARE a feminist who loves Jesus. There’s not much out there to help you process those potentially conflicting, deeply held beliefs but this book is being really helpful to me and I’m valuing the writing and the thoughtfulness.
Due to our British connections, we got to watch the first episode of the new series of Broadchurch and it is excellent!
So there you go…some good stuff to waste some time with!