Many runners realize quickly that they need something to distract themselves from the tedium and the boredom of running, particularly those long distances. While some runners may not need to plug the earbuds in, most of us find that the miles pass more quickly with a companion.
Whether you enjoy listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts, whatever you do to pass the time and help you get it done is a good thing. I discovered that music doesn’t work while running, unless I’m doing some kind of driving speed workout. As a lifelong musician, I just can’t help stepping with the beat, no matter what that beat is. So if it’s a hard-driving rock song, and I’m supposed to keep it easy, I might overdo my workout. Or if a ballad comes up just before my Tempo mile, I may fall off pace. So no, music is out most of the time.
Audiobooks are fine, and on long runs an engaging audio book will help the miles go by quickly. All too often though, after a couple of hours, my mind has wandered and I’ve lost the story.
Which leads me to podcasts. I have quite a few podcasts on different networks, and I don’t get to all of them all the time. I don’t regularly tune into some of these either, because I try to get my favorites in first. [Read more…] about Favorite Running Podcasts…Mostly