Thursday, February 14, 2008

Making the Miles Fly

This week for .Take It and Run Thursday, the topic is music and podcasts. I generally listen to music while I'm running and have been known to completely rock out to my Power Song, which is "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers. I am not ashamed to admit that when I was training for my first marathon last year, I had a vivid mental image of myself racing to the finish line with cheering crowds on either side of me that synched up perfectly with that song.

But for long runs, the absolute best bang for my buck is downloads of This American Life from iTunes.

Each episode is about an hour long and costs 99 cents. That is a freaking bargain. And the stories are funny. Or sad. Or poignant. And the next thing you know, an hour has passed and it's time to listen to another one.

I know there are places where you can download a playlist with songs of a certain number of beats per minute designed to optimize your stride and make you run faster. But, um, I am not fast enough for that to matter. The dulcent tones of Ira Glass are enough to keep me going.

6 comments:

Nat said...

That is a really good tip. I am going to check that podcast out. You might enjoy CBC's the Vinyl Cafe, funny touching stories about life.)

Patrick said...

If you go to the Podcast area on I-Tunes, This American Life is a free download every week. But it's public Radio, so you still should throw them a couple of bucks now and then...

Ovens2Betsy said...

You definitely can get them for free! But as Patrick says, it's good karma to give them a few bucks.

Nibbles said...

I LOVE that song by The Killers!

Jess said...

I always run with that mental image and a certain song blasting away in the background. Of course, I also seem to think that my life is like a movie that everyone wants to watch, so...

bill carter said...

Hi Betsy

Thanks for the great tip. I always have my headphones on when I go out for those long runs. I'm going to check out This American Life today.

Thanks again.