Operation Skinny Jeans: Marathon Monday- Listening Edition

Monday, June 9, 2014

Marathon Monday- Listening Edition

Ok so I have realized something weird. When I am distracted, I can run further. Like listening to music doesn't do it, but if I am looking at my phone that helps. But looking at your phone while running isn't really safe...


But I am wondering if audio books or podcasts would work? Something to distract my mind other than music?

Also did you know podcasts were a thing?? I was looking last night, after determining I am too broke for audio books right now, and holy crap! There are tons of podcasts! I never jumped on the podcast wagon I guess...

So yeah. I am living in the 20th century.

How do you keep yourself going? I feel like I get bored and then I start to slack off because I am just done, mentally and physically. What is the key to running longer distances? How can I tap into that and help my mind keep going?

I need tips!

Also do you prefer running alone or with a partner? I love running with my girls, but we mostly descend into conversation and walk more than we run. Which would be fine if I scheduled another run to make up for it. Thoughts?

So lend me your ears! Or at least tell me what you put in your ears to make this easier. Please and thank you :D

Did you know about podcasts?? Where have I been??

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21 comments :

  1. When I walk I totally listen to podcasts! This American Life, The Moth, Dave Ramsey. Ask me another, TED radio hour, Lifechurch.tv. I seriously live on podcasts at work too! :)

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  2. I find I need to have really upbeat dance music (like EDM) to sustain my runs. I got through 9 miles yesterday with my playlist of dance music, and it really kept me from getting bored! I just know a podcast or audio book wouldn't do it for me, but I suggest you go out and do a run while listening to a podcast to see if it works for you! Maybe you'll get absorbed in the dialogue and settle into a running "zone." It's all trial and error until we find what makes us want to keep chugging :) I am definitely someone who likes to run alone, so if you like the conversation with a partner then perhaps listening to podcasts would be right up your alley!

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  3. I love walking with my girls but if I want to push myself I have realized I have to do it alone!

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  4. Podcasts are such a thing! I love them and will be starting my own podcast very soon. My personal favorites (that I think you might enjoy) are Stuff Mom Never Told You, One Bad Mother, and The Jillian Michaels Podcast.

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  5. Podcasts are ther best! I love them so much I will be starting my own soon. They are so helpful at work to put on when you are trying to get a lot of work done. A few of my faves are, Stuff Mom Never Told You, One Bad Mother, and The Jillian Michaels Pocast.

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  6. Last year, when I did a lot of training on the treadmill, I would listen to books on tape. Paying attention to the story would keep me distracted from staring at the display the entire time. I would just check them out from the library and then import them onto iTunes. They definitely helped the miles fly by!

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  7. If you are into completely inappropriate humor and don't mind a little (okay, A LOT) of profanity I would suggest American Zero Podcast. I'm a little biased because I know the guys that put it on each week but they are really funny (again, totally inappropriate most of the time though) and I use their podcast to distract me at work once a week, so surely they could help with a run too. I have actually listened to them while running and it doesn't work for me because I need the beat of my music to keep me going but if that doesn't effect you - give them a try. You can find them on iTunes and Stitcher.

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  8. I actually downloaded a bunch of military cadence songs and that helps me more than anything.

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  9. I haven't tried anything except just listening to music with a good fast beat. I just don't want to hear myself breathing, lol. I'm afraid I would in the middle of listening to a podcast. I ran one race without music and it was awful. I sounded like I was not going to make it one block. Lately I've been reading some articles on running and working on those tips while I run. That can be a little distracting because I have the music going but I'm also really concentrating on my form. Then I spend another mile afterwards trying to decide if the mile before felt any different, lol

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  10. I am totally hooked on audio books during my daily walks! I get so caught up in the storylines that l forget that I am hot and or tired. Easier to add on additional miles without realizing it :)

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  11. I listen to Dave Ramsey's podcast while I run. It sounds dorky, but that's what works for me. I don't think about my distance/pace as much because I'm focusing on the callers' and their issues. I occasionally switch back to music, but I definitely prefer podcasts at the moment!

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  12. Check at your local library - I know mine has e-audio books. I bet that would help me too - I bet it would increase mileage to listen to a book you are into.

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  13. I usually run with a group and listen to the Zombies, Run app.

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  14. I love audiobooks but it has to be something I'm really into! But, they are expensive. I will check out podcasts!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE podcasts while I run. Audiobooks are also a good option. I almost never run to music any more. If I do, it's actually some old Army marching cadences. They pump me up and I imagine a bunch of handsome soldiers running in their uniforms and it motivates me.

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  16. I have recently started listening to audio books and they are so helpful! I find a really good book on CD and order it from the library, free of charge!

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  17. Ok I too am not in the 20th century... I don't even know how to go about pod casts... although I have heard about them and gave them a passing thought. I always think about the data they might use.... Do they use data? I have no clue do you pay for them? All I am sure silly questions but I may be interested if I had more information about them. Although I am NOT a runner. I walk or bike.

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  18. Books on CD at the library or start an exchange group!!

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  19. I LOVE listening to podcasts. They make the runs go by SO much faster! Health and fitness ones tend to keep me motivated, but I bet humorous ones would do the trick, too :)

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  20. Music doesn't do it for me either. Running buddies are the best! Usually it is just me and my thoughts. Love podcasts, though! I listen to them at work all the time.

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  21. Jillian Michael's podcast is amazing for keeping you distracted, or try Podrunner for motivating music!

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