Running with a Shuffle

Running with a Shuffle

I’ve been running about 50 miles a week for the last 6 years.  This means I spend several hours alone on the road (or the trails) each week.  I’ve got an iPod shuffle to keep me company and recently I’ve been listening to some excellent podcasts and audio books.  I thought I’d share a few of the highlights and recommendation here:


  • Stuff You Should Know – Lie detectors, Alcatraz, earthworms, the digestive system, and a whole slew of other topics that you didn’t realize could be so interesting.  Josh and Chuck get together a few times a week and discuss all sorts of fascinating stuff, answering questions I never knew I had.
  • Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me – It’s a news show.  It’s a comedy hour.  It’s a current event quiz show.  It’s always delightful and sometimes informative.
  • The Nutrition Diva – She calls quick and dirty nutrition tips.  They’re organized in 5 minute episodes and they’re usually quite interesting and helpful.
  • The Relevant Podcast – A wholesome sampling of pop culture, music and movies by a group of young men and women that are engaging and hilarious.
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness – While he sometimes seems to be a bit too self promotional, it’s hard to blame him when he’s offering a free weekly podcast that discusses health, fitness, nutrition, endurance racing and overall wellness in a way that’s informative and engaging.
  • Freakonomics Radio – Exploring the hidden side of just about everything.  Dubner and Levitt (authors of the best selling book with the same name) explore all sorts of fascinating things through the lens of economics.
  • TED Talks – They call themselves “A non-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading.”  They bring in sometimes famous and usually interesting people from all over the world to give short (less than 20 minutes) talks about all sorts of inspiring things.

Audio Books:

  • Born To Run – A surprisingly compelling exploration of barefoot (or minimalist) running.
  • The Hunger Games – I just finished this three book series and I have to say that I would often add a few extra miles to a run just to get in another chapter.
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller is an amazing story teller.  This book gets a bit meta as he talks about the processing of living (and telling) an amazing story.
  • Three Cups of Tea – I was halfway through this one when someone told me that there was some question about it’s veracity.  I ended up finishing it but I enjoyed it less once the doubt was planted in my mind.
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Passionate about Family, Health, Fitness, Nutrition and Multimedia - Teaching Video and Broadcasting and Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA

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