Monday, February 28, 2011

Running at 800 Feet

I've been listening to an audiobook while I run/ walk around the track. Music would be an easier way to get into a rhythm, but, honestly, when you're only running for two minutes at a time, rhythm isn't too much of a concern. Music (or silence) would also be an easier way to "clear" my head, which, from what real runners tell me, is one reason why some people run. I am not a real runner. I clear my head in the shower.

So I've been listening to a book. It has it's benefits. As a non-runner running, I like to distract my mind from what my body is doing. Also, I've opted for Into Thin Air (by Jon Krakauer about his ill-fated summit of Mount Everest) as my first running book. It's a great book to run to because, as uncomfortable as I am running, I often think, "At least I'm not at 27,000 feet. At least I don't need an oxygen mask... yet." This is not an ideal way to "read" a book -- I much prefer to be curled up on the sofa where I can re-read sections I like (or sections I spaced out during) -- but as I'm getting to the really gripping parts of the book, I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next. I only listen to the book while I'm on the track. Ha-HA! I've tricked myself into looking forward to running!


maureencracknell said...

Hi! I'm here from the etsy team. My husband is a marathon runner and would never want to listen to anything while running. I am trying to get into it myself, but I definitely need my music to keep me going. Good for you!


Orangies Attic said...

Have you tried the Couch to 5K program? I despise running, but it actually got me in the groove..

Rhena said...

Maureen, Thanks for the encouragement. I turn to my marathoner brother for advice, but when I'm struggling to run for five minutes at a time, I can't even think about marathons existing much less doing one!

Orangies, The program I'm doing is similar to Couch to 5K, but put together by Women's Health. So far, so good! I hope yours is going well!

Karina Wetzel said...

Lovely Post! I need some incouregment for running :)

Dita Maulani said...

I don't run. Lol. Well, I don't do sport so often. I much prefer to take a walk or ride a bike but my brother, he runs so often.