Travelling and learning to pass the time

In preparing to settle down and write this post, I thought I’d look up how long it is since the last time I posted. I was surprised to learn it was only just over two weeks ago, which means the Poppy Half was only three weeks ago tomorrow.

The Poppy run feels like ages ago now so much so that I’ve been able to get a week into my next training programme building towards next year’s Fleet Half Marathon.

After the Poppy, I felt a bit sore from my back in the days afterwards so aside from a single run up to basketball the following Tuesday, it was about ten days before I ran again. I do feel I really benefitted from the rest though.

One thing I have been doing a lot of in the intervening time is traveling, obviously back from Eastbourne but I’ve had a couple of journeys between Reading and Jersey as well. I’ve changed how I travel a fair bit. I enjoy the experience of flying with BA and the lounge and all that, but sadly BA just aren’t very punctual flying into London which means a very late train journey and arriving into Reading around midnight.

So going forward generally I expect to be going via Southampton and when all goes well (which it has every time I’ve done this so far) I get into Reading not long after 8. Not a hard decision really.

The other change about my travelling is my choice of entertainment. I’ve tried magazines in the past but find them actually to be fairly inconvenient on cramped planes and trains and it’s meant I’ve got two copies of Runner’s World which have been backwards and forwards to Reading several times in the past couple of months.

I’ve tried watching recorded TV and find it a difficult thing to relax with. One of the first things I watched was Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father and I enjoyed the show but felt a bit “special” when laughing out loud at it so it’s just less relaxing so that didn’t last either.

One day a few weeks ago I stumbled across a motor racing podcast, focusing on sportscar racing and really enjoyed it and it’s a thing that’s grown on me and expanded. So I’ve now got a little selection of these, on various topics and rather than blathering on about my new training schedule for the next 18 weeks, I thought I’d share what podcasts are interesting me at the moment.

  • The Week In Sportscars – an engaging show for sportscar racing fans largely based around listener Q&A
  • Midweek Motorsport – a bit more journalistic and news based but also with a fairly silly tone at times which is obviously a good thing.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish – presented by the QI Elves, and in fact featuring Stephen Fry himself last week, this is odd-fact based silliness and discussion
  • The Week In Indycar – similar to the Sportscar version above with the same lead presenter, Marshall Pruett, but with less banter and more guests, not necessarily making it better
  • Running Commentary – two comedians recording a podcast during a training run as they prepare for the London Marathon (at the moment anyway as they’ve been doing this a while now).
  • Lineker & Baker: Behind Closed Doors – not sure about this one. Plainly focused on football and Gary and Danny are always good for some honest opinions. They think the ongoing Nations Cup is nonsense so that’s a positive for this.
  • The Adam Buxton Podcast – I really enjoy most things AB does and I enjoyed this listen but it was a special I think based around a largely serious interview with a guy that had been kidnapped by pirates. Going to stick with it for now though.
  • Track Side with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin – another Indycar focused talk show, but this time actually an internet radio show. As a result it fluctuates between slick and irritating, and is a bit snotty about non-US racing. Again, going to stick with it.

So that’s what I’m listening to at the moment. I’ll post more about running another time, but if it doesn’t come before Tuesday, wish me luck for a fun run/race on Tuesday up and down a familiar location, being the airport runway. Should be fun.

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