Reading as you run

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16/10/2012 at 12:46

i'm steeling myself for an attempted LSR this afternoon. for company i'm taking a few chapters of the Moby Dick audio book on my ipod.

does anyone else read as they run?

when i was ultra training i went through the complete works of dickens

16/10/2012 at 12:57

If you are listening to an audio book I would suggest that you have to concentrate on that so you know whats happening in the book. Obviously, this could take your attention away from whats happening around you and lead to an accident ? With music, which I do sometimes lsiten to whilst running, it's just on and in the background.

Did you have any accidents when listening to Dickens ? Do you want some more

16/10/2012 at 13:01

i listen to podcasts all the time when running, it's not caused an accident so far,although it's not so loud that i can't hear what's going on around me, and I have my eyes open when i'm running too

16/10/2012 at 13:36

I just know that I couldn't do it.  I would have an accident. Probably run into the river.

Or find that I forgot to "turn right" four miles back.

16/10/2012 at 13:38

just don't listen to one of those hypnotise yourself to stop smoking or lose weight books, and you should be fine.

16/10/2012 at 13:46

I've used podcasts in the past but I've recently downloaded some audiobooks for over winter. I never found that I had any problems, apart from laughing at random things on the podcasts.

Music always tends to make me go faster and I didn't want that on my LSRs...

gingerfurball    pirate
16/10/2012 at 14:03

When I started running I used to listen to audiobooks (murder mysteries) and I found it really filled in the time on the long miles...I did find it a bit hard to concentrate on who was who (different voices and such) but I did enjoy it.

16/10/2012 at 14:44

like nykie i use them on my LSR's to give my mind something to focus on. I don't like music. i'm going so slowly the chances of an accident are small

for short runs I just do without.

i love reading and being able to take in a novel while getting my run in makes me feel I am multi-tasking.

16/10/2012 at 14:53

like agent ginger I also run with my eyes open, which is crucial.

16/10/2012 at 14:55

Dude - Oh, I'm disappointed now. I thought you really meant reading as you run, not listening to an audio book! I like reading as I walk and that's dangerous enough, but reading as you run would be insane and, I imagine, almost impossible due to the book moving too much for you to focus on. BTW Which is your favourite Dickens' book? I usually read one every year and have a few more years to go before I run out.

16/10/2012 at 15:02

Gul the thought has occurred to me! often if i've been listening to a bit i particularly enjoy, i'll go home and read it to get the full benefit.

i'm actually rather fond of the old curiosity shop. not the best story but it's the detail is fantastic. so colourful.


gingerfurball    pirate
16/10/2012 at 15:04

I read Great Expectations for the first ever time this year...I loved it

16/10/2012 at 15:07

i might try murder mysteries furball

i used to do them as an actor! fun!

16/10/2012 at 15:13

Dude - The Old Curiosity Shop is one I haven't read yet; thanks for the recommendation.
Great Expectations is one of my favourite books, Furball. When I finish the list, it will be one of the first I re-read!

16/10/2012 at 15:17

if you like dickens you might enjoy Wilkie Collins. they were contemporaries and pals. his are more plot-driven than Dickens but still excellent. 'moonstone' and 'woman in white' in particular.

16/10/2012 at 15:23

I've tried listening to talking books while I run, but I don't like talking books per se, so it doesn't work. I just wear an MP3 player hung round my neck and listen to music and/or the occasional podcast as I run.

I also like to carry a dictaphone in my pocket when I'm out running (and to wear something that has a pocket, to keep it in, preferably zipped up). Things occur to me when my mind is in running mode that  get lost and forgotten if I don't have the means to make a record of them there and then.

Edited: 16/10/2012 at 15:29
16/10/2012 at 15:28

that's a nice idea colin.

i wouldnt say anything particularly noteworthy ever occurs to me other than 'this hurts' or 'OMG THIS IS AWESOME' but it would be nice to document how I felt.

16/10/2012 at 16:26

Technically you're listening rather than reading? Much less awkward

Me, I like R4 Friday night comedy podcasts. Give me the giggles, and no more dangerous  than listening to the radio while driving..

16/10/2012 at 16:29


my work involves visually-impaired people and we often use audio books. they use the words 'read' and 'watch' when they talk about audio described movies or telly, so I tend to use those.

i'll have a look at the podcasts. i like readig/listening to the classics but they can be a bit heavy. thanks!

16/10/2012 at 17:03

Ah, thanks for the insight.

Just be prepared for strange looks from peeps if you're having a giggle!


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