Before I started running a few months ago I was definitely one of those people who thought running was REALLY BORING.
I honestly couldn’t imagine what people do, or think about while just out there running along…well now I know! Ok, well I don’t know what other people do, but I can tell you what I listen to!
While I understand that running outdoors with headphones is a controversial topic due to safety concerns, I have to admit that I do always run with my headphones on. That being said, I’m always conscious of the volume and make sure that I can hear “outside” noises over whatever I am listening to.
Here’s what I may be listening to on a run:
On most of my shorter runs (anything under 5 miles) I usually just listen to music. I have a few playlist on my iPhone, but I tend to use Pandora on my runs because I love that I can listen to ANY type of music depending on my mood (Country, 80’s, Dance Cardio…) and I never know what’s coming next!
If you’ve never listened to a podcast on a run you should try it! I had actually never even listened to podcasts before I started running but I’ve found they are actually one of my favorite things to have on, especially on a long run. I find that with music I still think about the fact that I am running (how long has it been? how far have I run? my feet kind of hurt…), but with a podcast I’m more focused on listening and I tend to just get in a rhythm and run and not think about it as much.
Ok, I know some people think this one is weird, but yes…sometimes I listen to audio books while I’m running. I’ve only listened to one or two books, and honestly I thought I would like this more than I did. I find that when I have on an audio book I tend to zone out and find that I’m not actually listening and then I have to keep backtracking to follow what is going on. Maybe I just need to try it with a different book…I may actually try this again on my long run this weekend.
A couple of weeks ago I was out on a long run and my phone battery was getting REALLY low (this was when I was using it for my RunKeeper & music before I got my Garmin), so I had a decision to make – turn off the music or turn off RunKeeper. Since I had a general idea of how much longer I needed to run I seriously considered turing off RunKeeper because I couldn’t imagine running without music or something to listen to, but I figured it was more important to track my mileage and have my training data, so I ran my first “silent” miles…
Surprise, surprise I actually enjoyed it! It was sort of peaceful and meditative – I mean how often do we have time with our own thoughts?
For my long runs I like to plan out what I’m going to listen to so I don’t have to think about it or mess with my iPhone while I’m running. So far for my 20+ mile run this weekend (over 3 hours 30 minutes of time to fill!) I have three 30 minute podcasts and I’ll probably split the rest of the time with music and some “quiet” time.
Any podcast suggestions or other good listening ideas are always appreciated!