I usually run with my iPod in my ears. I don’t listen to music, but I am addicted to all types of podcasts. They keep my company for the many miles I log each week.
This past Sunday, I had a virus scare on my computer, which prompted me to pull my iPod out of its charging socket without properly ejecting it. The next morning, it was not working very well, so I left it home and went out on my run.
That iPod has gotten me through some really mentally and physically tough workouts. It gives me a companion to run with when I don’t have anyone else. I don’t focus on the hard hill ahead or the soreness in my legs when Matt, Rich or Tina are sharing some piece of their world with me.
I also enjoy that I don’t have to talk back. I can heavy breathe and they keep right on talking as if I’m a normal person. I’ve learned so much from these podcast episodes throughout the years. Endurance Planet taught me how to structure a running week, why it’s important to run slowly and build a base and most recently, why I should get my blood and hormones tested. Marathon Training Academy showed me that I do have what it takes to run a marathon and change my life (how right they were!).
I credit Our Hen House with turning and keeping me vegan. Meeting the cohost Jasmin was one of the main reasons I joined my Strong Hearts Vegan Power team (don’t tell them that) and now I have a huge vegan family.
Podcasts have done all that, but also they have given me a crutch to take the sometimes unpleasantries of running away. I don’t have to be on top of my mental game. I can zone out and get 12 miles in when it’s dark because there is some form of entertainment to guide me. Leaving the iPod at home is daunting, but not impossible.
The Buffalo Marathon was the first time I had run without my iPod in…ever. Unless I am with my running partners, I am with my podcast friends. I realized that it actually wasn’t too bad to go technology free. I was able to focus on my pace, keeping my breathing steady and pain management. I stopped being afraid to go podcast free.
Granted, since the marathon, I have run either with someone or with my iPod each time, so Monday was the first day I tried it out. It was a chilly morning, windy and gray. I had an 11 miler on tap. I went out there and got it done. I thought about more things. I sang songs in my head. I tried to remember what I had to do that day. I talked to God, thanking Him that I got my computer fixed.
It also kind of sucked when I wished I could be with someone. I missed a voice, a comfort that something was there. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to fix my iPod and would miss it. I don’t only listen to it while running, I also use it doing other things simply because I enjoy the content.
Ultimately, I will fix it, but this training cycle (TBD) will feature a lot more runs without technology, a lot less runs on the treadmill and more of my quest to get both mentally and physically tough.Do you run solo or with an iPod? Is it helping or a crutch? #runchat #runnerbliss @runningblogs Click To Tweet
Do you have a running crutch?
What do you do to get out of a habit?