Audio Books

I have been having some problems recently both with starting to quickly, and gremlins telling my I can't go on!!!! I have started listening to an Audio Book whilst running and it is really helping me keep my pace steady & I have stopped listening to my gremlins. The funny thing is my times have improved.

Does anyone else listen to books whilst running and if so any suggestions of good books to run to.

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  • I've never tried with audiobooks but have listened to podcasts, varying from marathon talk ones, that can be motivating, to dharma talks ( very personal choice obviously. And ... Very good for slow runs ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • Never really considered it, but I can see how it might be a good thing. I find that I run better when I'm disassociated from what I'm doing, so I'd imagine concentrating on a narrative would be good for that.

    Not sure how I'd manage without a beat, though. Might try it one day :)

  • Oh I do love a run with a good audiobook. Terry Pratchett is my favourite. For some reason I can't stand to read his Discworld books but I just adore listening to them. :)

  • Oh how odd I'm the complete opposite with those ones. Loved reading them but can't cope listening to them. Same with the Ian Rankin Rebus books.

  • I listen to audio books loads. My faves right now are by Christopher Brookmyre & are his Jack Parlabane series. However they can be a bit gruesome/ graphic which certainly takes your mind off of the running but doesn't help when someone comes anywhere near you!!!

  • Interesting idea. I'm surprised how many people do this or have done this, actually. I haven't even really considered listening to my favourite music when I run (but then it often has awkward rhythms, so would probably be terrible for that, anyway). At the moment I think of music as a kind of metronome, more than anything. I've downloaded some stuff I wouldn't normally listen to that runs at 200 beats per minute, so I can one day run out of time with that, and be gradually drawn toward that cadence. If I ever started to run for longer that the unforgiving half hour, I'd probably have to develop a taste for Goa Trance, or something like that.

  • I listen to audiobooks on my runs and like you I find it helps me keep my pace steady and those gremlins at bay. My other half is always telling me to get some music on but I know I'd end up going faster.

    I enjoy listening to light hearted girly books when running so I don't need to really concentrate on them (if you know what I mean!) and often think I look silly running along giggling to myself at some of the funnier bits :-)

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