Call Your Girlfriend & Virgie Tovar

I may be a little late to the party on this one, but today I discovered the wonderful podcast Call Your Girlfriend,  by  Gina DelvacAnn Friedman and Aminatou Sow. Who loves a feminist podcast to get them through their commute? Me!


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Running isn’t just torture


Running is something I have done regularly since I was 16. Whether it be in the gym, around the country side or in the city, I’ve always gone for runs (more or less) regularly.

So…. How can I like something that most people see as a) an awful torture that they would never participate in or b) something that they are forced to do when they want to lose weight?

I recently read Haruki Marukami’s book, What I talk about when I talk about running, and I think he pretty much nails it when explaining a lot of the reasons that people run for.

Here are my three main reasons for loving running, along with some quotes from the wonderful Haruki too:

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Today at lunch…

I skipped a particularly bulbous and unexpected queue.


I hopped out and when I hopped back in again, I was quite a few places ahead of where I’d started.

There were so many people, and all I wanted was a coke – no hot food or complicated coffees for me.

Hmmm, I did feel guilty for a while and struggled to look the man behind me in the eye.

Though the guilt soon slipped away as a walked away with my newly popped fizz, knowing that I’d cut my waiting time by about eighty percent.