My 3 Rules: Running and Books



It's (Better Than) OK to Run at an Easy Effort Until You're Warmed Up

Today I ran 8 miles with 4 easy, 2 at a harder effort and 2 easy miles once again. Six of the miles were run at a 12 something pace. The two harder miles were run at 9:55 and then 8:59/mile pace. It must have been the music I listened to that got my legs moving.

Singing While Running is OK 

On those days when you don't think you can get out there and run because it will be hard, watch X Ambassadors' video of Renegades and then listen to it when you run. When you're running alone, I bet you can't keep from singing along - even if you are running hard!

New Book Rule (Reinstated): It's OK Not to Finish Bad Books

During the easy miles today, I listened to a book. I've had to put 3 to rest recently. I don't like to not finish books, but even worse is reading a book I don't like. I recently restarted the classic Moby Dick on Kindle. This time, I'm going to dig a little deeper into the meaning with a little help like this Guide for First-time Readers of Moby Dick.

Photo: (north of Houston, Texas) That's a creek that I run by all of the time, but I have to peek through the trees to see it. It's a little swamp-like lately and quite a contrast from the pretty, bluish lakes in the rest of the park that I see all of the time when I'm at the park where I run, ride and walk my dog.

Want to share a favorite song or book you're reading? Or something you see on your running route?

Comments

  1. I have come to the same conclusion -- there are too many good books out there to waste time on one that you don't like. I alternate between listening to more serious novels (Moby Dick -- I'm impressed!) and more light ones. I just finished listening to two humorous ones by comedian Jim Gaffigan -- Dad is Fat, and Food: A Love Story. They were about all my brain could handle as I was approaching the marathon. ;)

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    1. Just checked and saw that I can borrow one of his audio books from the library - might be fun to listen to when I run. Thanks!

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  2. I haven't listened to much of anything on my runs lately. I used to listen to podcasts and liked marathontalk.com .. I haven't been seeing too many animals lately on my runs either, but saw a cougar this summer on one of the logging roads. That made my hair stand up!

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    1. A cougar - scary! I listen to podcasts while I'm cooking or strength training, but I haven't listened to that one yet. Bookmarked to check out later. Thanks!

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  3. Don't waste your time with a book you don't like. There are so many good books out there! Sometimes I'm thinking 'So many great books and so little time'.:)

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  4. I should start running at different paces. I am always just consistent and run. I need to incorporate more easy and hard miles into my run. I always find myself singing to whatever music I have on. It gets me thru so why not. Recently I have been downloading podcasts for my longer runs. I should try some books out too.

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    1. Lately, there are many days when I feel like I'll never be able to speed up, but then it happens anyway. It's fun to be surprised like that!

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  5. I've never listened to a book on a run, but have downloaded some podcasts, enjoy those. Should do the book thing though. Sounds like a great idea. We did some singing on our run this weekend, but it was mostly to alert hunters of our presence. Great workout Tina.

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    1. I've called out to warn bears and deer, but never hunters before. Stay safe and keep up the singing!

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  6. I don't like leaving books unfinished. I have a couple that I have been "reading" for years. My spot is book marked and every once in while I will pick it up and read a chapter. Then spend the next few months reading nothing but good books. I really should just instate your rule.

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    1. I keep a list of unfinished books with a note of how far I made it through some of the books in case I change my mind about them. My favorite reason to quit reading a bad book is that I have so many books that I do want to read.

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  7. Ha! I talk out loud to myself on rough runs, so why not sing :)
    I like that easier paced running, sometimes I worry I could go faster, but what does it matter, right.
    I stop so many books just a few chapters... something needs to peak my interest quickly lol

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    1. The reason that I keep reading a book that doesn't start well is that I keep thinking that it will get better. Often, it only gets worse. Fortunately, there are plenty of other books to read!

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  8. I have never listened to a book while running. But, I think I'd like to try. I don't seem to have time to read anymore, but when doing long runs -- it's a perfect fit. Lots of time. I sang while pool running this weekend! It just adds to my crazy lady in the pool persona.

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    1. Long runs and audio books are a perfect fit. For long runs, I make sure it's a good book before the run and then I'm set.

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  9. These are great rules! I had to take a semester of Melville in college, and if I never read another of his works, I will be perfectly happy. :)

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    1. Probably not the most exciting class! There's a movie coming out based on the book - thought I'd try to read the book now in case I end up seeing the movie.

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  10. I like to finish what I start, but sometimes I have to remind myself it's okay to put down a bad book or a book I'm just not into/not enjoying. That's not the case with my current book! I've been reading The Extra Mile: One Woman's Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed. It's excellent and I highly recommend it. I can't directly relate to a lot of the content, but it's very interesting and motivational to read about.

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    1. She has done some amazing things in running like winning the Badwater Ultra twice!

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  11. I never listen to music but often sing while I'm running, or sometimes whistle (much to the annoyance of my partner!). I got some funny looks the other day when singing during a treadmill session in the gym! If nothing else it helps control my pace.

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    1. I have a whistling running neighbor. I'm always happy to hear him whistling melodies to himself at the park where we run and surprised at how well he can whistle even on the run.

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  12. I love your 3 rules! I've never actually tried listening to a book while running. Walking, yes. But running, no. Definitely going to give it a try.
    Take care.

    My Running Shortz

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