Tried my first run without music this morning.
Decided to listen to 'Ageing', a Woman's Hour podcast (ironic really, as I'd like to think I'm still think too young for Woman's Hour ).
Thud, thud, thud, thud ... my steps resonating loudly through my headphones weren't masked by the chat in the same way as they are by music. Concentrated on zoning out the thud and focussing on the conversation.
They started with the youngest contributor - in her forties - who described her generation as splitting in to two distinct halves: those who continued to rave, to take drugs and to drink; and those who took up running! She proudly and happily announced she liked running, and the host enthusiastically agreed that she did too. That made me chuckle and Woman's hour definitely helped distract me from the first toxic ten. A decade late perhaps, but it seems I made the right choice in the end
Thirty minutes out and the podcast ended, silence reigned ... thud, thud, thud ... What's that all about? a thirty minute Woman's hour? eh?
I did think the run felt more relaxed, the pace was entirely steady - just one second between the times for each 1km split - and I was aware of a nice smooth rhythm, albeit pretty slow (in, 2 ,3, 4, out, 2, 3, 4, ....)
I will try spoken word again but not sure I'm quite ready for Woman's hour. Need to do some more research on what to listen to in future - any suggestions anyone?