My recent love affair with the podcast as a genre is showing no signs of stopping, and I have a new addition to the family- Running On Om.
Running On Om is produced and hosted by Julia Hanlon, a yogi, runner and all-round wonderful woman. She hosts long-form interviews with “wellness pioneers from running, yoga, spiritual and healthy backgrounds” on a mission to “explore the mind-body-spirit connection”. To be honest, this all sounded a bit zen to me, and it took me a while to get a grips on it; however as soon as I listened to Julia’s monthly Ask Lauren Fleshman interviews with my favourite pro-runner, I became hooked.
When these two women get together they inspire really great conversation and reflection on life, running and everything in between. I find the podcasts really soothing to listen to before I go to bed, when my mind is prone to being over-active and anxious. One of my all-time favourite episodes is titled: Lauren Fleshman and Dr Melody Moore on Changing Eating Disorder Culture in Running. This is a subject close to my heart, having suffered with disordered eating myself over the past two years- but to be honest, I don’t love a lot of the literature I read on it- it often falls foul of being too wishy washy. But not this one- the three ladies have a really objective, informed discussion on what can actually be done on a practical level to stop eating disorders from developing in team environments, as well as how to resolve them should they arise.
Other highlights from Running On Om include On Being a Beginner and On Finding Your Role Models and Overcoming Mental Barriers. If you’re in need of a dose of inspiration, reassurance or motivation, I highly recommend giving any of these episodes a listen. This podcast has gotten me out of many a slump, as well as helping me to understand myself better as an athlete.
Do you have a podcast recommendation for me?
Lots of love,