The last month has been good.
Not at all in a running way. Run the Bridge 10km in Hobart and the Melbourne University 5km both smashed me. Note to self, don't try and run a 5km race whilst on camp and I've also learnt that I'm pretty run down, more on that another time.
This post today, however, is more about my podcast that I launched at the start of this month.
It's titled Tell Me Your Tales and you can read all the details about it here.
The idea to start my own podcast came to me early last year.
The idea came to me, I told a few people, bought a microphone off amazon and hit the ground running.
I've got a tendency to do that. All in, 100 miles per hour from the start.
But, then nothing happened.
Then nothing happened.
Then nothing happened.
It wasn't until this year, with having Thursday's off work did I finally start pursuing it further.
I wrote a draft letter for some guests.
I got Carley to proof read it.
She said it was fine and then nothing happened.
It sat in my drafts for another month and I maybe thought it was a silly idea and was just about to let it go.
Then I read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic.
She's probably better know for her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. I haven't read that, but have heard it's good and I guess when you sell over 10 million copies you're probably doing something right.
Big Magic focuses on creative living beyond fear. More information on it is here. I highly recommend it.
Now I'm not talking art work creative, that's Carley's job, follow her on Instagram here to see some of her amazing art.
My creative work was my podcasts.
And it made me pull the trigger on the podcast idea.
Really I had nothing to lose.
I sent the email and then I crossed my fingers for responses.
Then they rolled in, yep, yes, good idea, I'm in, happy to help out and one maybe.
The idea came to me as I found there was a massive lack of media in the Australian running on the second tier guys. Unless you're going to the Olympics there isn't a lot on you. The men and women who I can relate to who juggle jobs and life struggles are the ones that I wanted to listen to.
And, on the flip side it was the same with the Echuca/Moama community.
I want to know about people in my town and region. Other than a few little newspaper articles there wasn't much rich content I could get my hands on.
So, I created my own.
A pretty selfish thing really.
In a way, I'm creating the content I wish someone else would have. I'd love to go out for an hour run and listen to an in depth interview with Josh Harris or Shannon Fink (my first two guests).
I don't get to now as I hate the sound of my own voice, Mr Two Stroke/Jockey over here. I do get to experience it first hand though which excites me and gives me that bit of a rush, then I send it out to the world to hear if they want, if they don't that's also fine, I'm not chasing big numbers or world domination here.
Podcasts are important to me. I often listen to them. The whole concept of them is actually amazing if you unpack it.
They're free for starters and easy to access. If you have a smart phone or the internet and you're set.
Secondly, the content available is astounding. Listening to podcasts is a great way to personally develop yourself.
I listen while running or driving to work and back. When you do the maths on that, it's quite a lot of time, my commute each day is 45 minutes return and the easy jogging gives me some more time to develop myself.
I've learnt so much about running, nutrition, politics, the health and wellbeing industry and social justice issues just to name a few topics when just jogging along the streets of Echuca/Moama.
The conversations and the exposure to experts in a select field is impressive. Type in any expert into a podcast search and no doubt you'll get many results, these are people in which cost decent amounts of money to listen to speak.
Some of my favourites podcasts are:
-Wilosophy with Wil Anderson
-The Rich Roll Podcast
-Like I'm a 6 Year Old with Tom Ballard
-House of Run
-The Osher Gunsberg Podcast
You might like them, check them if you like, no stress if you don't.
I enjoy the conversational podcasts the best though.
The ones where two people are chatting away with the microphones on and it just goes anywhere and everywhere.
That's what Tell Me Your Tales is, with select elite runners/athletes I have access to and interesting, inspiring, wise and/or successful people from the Echuca/Moama region.
In this day and age where we've got our faces too stuck in our smart phones it's good to be able to sit down with someone for a coffee or even a few beers and just talk. My podcast episodes are raw and that's exactly what I want them to be like.
The early numbers have been amazing, I've got people tuning in from Germany, Belgium, Slovakia and even Norway to name a few countries.
As I said, it excites me and I'm glad I'm giving it time.
I want you to think about how you can relate.
What would you create or pursue if you had a day off a week? How would you spend that time? Is having no time your excuse, like it was mine?
Hit me up on Twitter with your responses.