Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Running to Storytelling

I ran 3.68 miles today in 40 minutes! The longest I've run so far.

How, might you ask...

My new (well, refurbished) Ipod came today. I have an RCA MP3 player, but it doesn't play audiobooks, so it was time for an upgrade.

I got the idea to run to audiobooks after reading this blog post, and this one too. I found out that music alone is not enough to distract me from counting the seconds on the treadmill clock (or my watch), but watching television does. So, I figured that audiobooks might help me zone out when I run outside.

I signed up for audible.com (First month free, and a free book download each month), and downloaded "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything."

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible

Well, I didn't run outside today because Snowmaggedon part 2 reared its ugly head here in CT. But, as a result of the snowfall, my gym had no childcare and then closed early. So I ran on the old, dusty treadmills at my apartment complex. Yes, the ones that click and buzz and feel dangerous to even walk on.

CNN glared loudly on the TV -- the TV with no buttons and a missing remote control -- but it couldn't hold my attention, so I ran the first 21 minutes with just my thoughts. Then, I remembered, try the audiobook!

That's how my 30-minute run turned into a 40-minute run. And I probably could have gone farther, but it was after 9 pm and unknown male neighbors started showing up to work out. I can't wait to run again and hear what happens next!

Net Carbs: 15 grams (saving my carbs for tomorrow -- hubby's 30th bday)
Workout: Running
Days 'Til 5K: 31


  1. 21 min running w/just your thoughts is impressive!
    That's good mental training for the 5k for sure. And I love using music too, but I've been working on just focusing my thoughts on my form, breathing, etc...and I think it's helping

  2. What a great idea! I do a lot of TM running in the Winter. I thinkI will try an audiobook.

  3. congrats on your new distance/time pr! :)

    you could also try 'podcasts' if you find any on topics you are interested in. i know a couple people who listen to podcasts while they run.

  4. Way to hit a new distance! Keep working it. Treadmill running is so mentally challenging, hope you are able to get outside soon.