For me, nothing makes a grueling run fly by like a really enthralling podcast. A good episode can make that first mile less painful, and a really good episode can make me up my pace without even noticing. I walk to work these days in under ten minutes, but I'd imagine the same goes for a long, tedious commute.
When I want to be distracted from the tiring or the dull, my go-to podcasts are always fictional thrillers. They draw me in like no other style, even though I've always been a bit of a wimp when it comes to the horror genre. Lately, I've been going for one of these three...
1. The Message -- This new show from GE Podcast Theater started off a little slow and corny for me, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. It follows a team of cryptologists that's attempting to decipher an alien message that codebreakers have struggled with for decades. Episode five -- the most recent one -- was incredible. It involves an emergency public health announcement, a confrontation about the host's falsified resume, a major resignation, and a quarantine for the team (all in ten minutes!). There are only five episodes so far, and they're all under twenty minutes. You could be all caught up in one long workout!
2. The Black Tapes -- This show has been around since May, but's new to me. I listened for the first time last week and am 100% hooked. The host of this fictional show, Alex Reagan, dives into the world of paranormal investigation and teams up with Dr. Richard Strand, a "ghost hunter" who doesn't believe they exist. His mission is to disprove every claim of paranormal activity using the scientific method, and together the two attempt to tackle "the black tapes," those cases he hasn't yet solved. This show's episodes are all around forty minutes -- the perfect length for a quick run -- and there are thirteen of them so far. I've got a ways to go before I'm caught up, and I can honestly say that I've never looked forward to a morning jog like this before.
3. Limetown -- I know, I know. I've posted multiple times about Limetown in my short three weeks on this blog. But I'm a massive fan and couldn't not mention it. If you aren't familiar, Limetown is the fictional small town in Tennessee that more than three hundred residents mysteriously disappeared from at once, never to be heard from again. Lia Haddock, a journalist and the podcast's host, attempts to uncover the truth about the disappearance and about the town's true purpose as a research facility. If you want to know more about this show, check out these posts that I've mentioned it in.
So tell me -- have you listened to any of these? What are your go-to shows for exercising? For commuting? Any that I need to check out? I'd love to hear!