I get asked a LOT of running questions:
From arches to shins to hips to shoulders, and all the body parts in between.
From treadmills to tracks to trails, and any surface in between.
From blisters to chafing to PMS, and all the “personal” running issues in between.
From GPS to pedometers to heart rate monitors, and the many tech gadgets in between.
The truth is, I have a lot of answers. It’s kind of my job to have a lot of answers.
But then, sometimes, I don’t. Or my answers don’t work.
*enter the coolest part*
And then – AND THEN – I have something much more powerful than myself.
I have an entire running blogosphere of smart, helpful folks.
Lately, I’ve been stumped by a few questions. So, that’s where you all come in:
IT’S TIME TO CROWD-SOURCE!
Question #1: I have a client who works long hours and is often on-call. She lives in the northeast, and right now, it gets dark ridiculously early. She lives in a city where she’s not comfortable running at night – and her schedule precludes her from joining many of the local groups. So in the winter, she does most of her running on the treadmill. But unfortunately, despite the TV, the towel-cover-the-time trick, and pace/elevation games….she still finds the treadmill incredibly boring. So what am I missing? How can she liven up her treadmill time?
Question #2: A friend just got gorgeous new headphones for Christmas, and wants to try listening to some podcasts during her runs. I used to (like, 4 years ago) listen to podcasts regularly while running. But even then, my tastes took a turn toward the science-y. And nowadays, I listen to audiobooks or learn my indoor cycling music/choreography while running. So for those of you who podcast, what are your favorite podcasts – especially those with a running focus?
Question #3: As you’ve all probably heard (and are tired of) by now: Run With Holly just entered the Twitter world (@Coach_Holly). I’m just dipping my toe in right now, seeing how this new-to-me piece of social media works. Some folks have already generously offered some “Getting Started” tips for me (huge shout out to Happy Running Mama!). But now I want to know: If someone told you that you could keep just THREE Twitter feeds, what would they be? Who are your “must-follow” folks?
That should be quite enough for today. As all of these are, well, questions – I don’t think I need to close with any additional questions today. Thanks in advance for your advice – I’ll be compiling answers back into another post, once everyone has weighed in. So please, speak up!!