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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The 20MR Episode 28: Podcasting 101 or "How to start your own..."


Welcome to Episode 28 of The 20MR. As always, I am honored to have you along. As I have said many times: If you were all of a sudden not listening, then this effort would truly be in vain.


We begin this run in the dark, literally, not figuratively--at least as far as I can tell. The stars and moon were beautiful on this early morning venture. But the sun eventually shines and we get into this, a ten-mile run. After a few days away--due to Hurricane Ida--we are back on the road. Listen is as I share about the dreary weather and the challenges it poses for running. While I know there are ways to run in 48 degrees F in the rain, I have never chosen to do so. Those days are few and far between--thankfully.


As we begin marathon training in about 3 weeks, I share what that interim looks likes. While I am completely rested from the half in October, I still do not want to push it, at least just yet. But that day is coming. Having trained for races before, I know you can identify.


Steven has just started his own podcast: "The Devoted Runner." It is a real privilege to share some of the first episode's audio with you. Steven has a clear angle for his show and I am looking forward to all of the episodes. That thought dovetails into a large portion of what we discuss in this episode of The 20MR: How to start your own podcast. Now, while I know everyone does not have the time...or desire...to begin their own show, maybe you have been toying with the idea. As Matt of Run Digger Run told me months ago: "We can never have too many running related podcasts." Whether you intend to start one or not, perhaps you will find the process interesting. I have had a few emails asking me to share how it is done, so I know there is interest. As I stated a few episodes ago, however, I am only an amateur. But I will always tell you what I know about any topic of interest and what my experience has been. You do not have to be a "techie" to produce a show. I wish Steven much success.


After the "Podcasting 101" discussion, we close the show by throwing out the idea that you might want to record some of your runs for posterity's sake--whether you ever make them public or not. It could be a meaningful and interesting legacy to leave to your children...or others. Think about it.


Finally, I had one of the biggest complements I have had, recently. Someone said the show was as much a diary of my life as a motivational show on running. I wholeheartedly agree and am becoming more and more convinced that that angle is what makes the show appealing to many. I also want to thank YOU for pushing the show over a substantial threshold last week. We crossed a new barrier for number of subscribers. I am honored...and humbled.


Hope your running is going great and as always,


Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,

The 20 Minute Runner



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