What’s on Your Playlist?

Sorry for the delay posting this week, been out of commission with a cold. FYI – next week will be a post-marathon wrap-up, I’m running Akron marathon this Saturday (9/25 – with a broken toe to boot!).

Seems like just about everyone I see out on the road is using an MP3 player/iPod of some sort. I do [iPod Nano, 16Gb, Orange, 4th Gen]. The question is – what do you put on it? Lots of ways to go on this, and frankly it boils down to personal choice. The real issue I’ve encountered in talking to people is this – ‘I’m sick of my CD collection, now what?’ – below are various ideas I’d like you to consider:

  • iTunes – ok, this is extremely obvious but still needed to be said. If you’re not familiar with iTunes, well, then you must be holed up in Tora Bora. Buy music, one song at a time. Rejuvenate your playlist incremental. Add in some things to go with your standards.
  • Podcasts – there are a multitude of FREE podcasts you can download. This is actually the bulk of what I listen to. I just find it makes the time pass much quicker, keeps your focus on something other than the running and can be fun or educational (depending on what you listen to). Here is a list of what I always have on my iPod (that 10 most recent podcasts at any given time):
    • The Accidental Creative
    • The Adam Carolla Show
    • Bill Moyers Journal  – it’s all old stuff, but still a lot of good content
    • The Moth
    • On The Media
    • NPR: Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me
    • This American Life
    • The Diane Rehm Show
    • Radiolab
  • Library – this should also be obvious (generally speaking, if you’re not utilizing your local, public library – get busy and get in there). The library just might surprise you with the selections on hand. Below are some of the things you can find there:
    • Books on CD – requires ripping them to MP3 format or dumping into iTunes, but not that difficult. Heck, you might still have an old SONY Walkman CD player lying around . . . I do.
    • MP3 Players pre-loaded with an audio book – These are becoming popular. They are small MP3 players that come loaded with a book. You typically need to supply the battery(s). A very simple way to get something new to listen to. Don’t need to muck up your iPod either.
    • Music, music, music – I am constantly amazed at how many people don’t realize their local library has a huge cadre of CD’s just waiting to be checked out. New stuff too, not just 80s and earlier.

Other Considerations – here are some more things to think about, may seem odd but the point is they may help pass the time, help you reach that ideal zen state of running.

  • Nature sounds
  • Soft, mellow classical music
  • White noise
  • Beats
  • Oration by the great minds of the 20th Century

Good luck, keep running and get those feet on the road!

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About Feet on the Road
Avid runner, looking to share what I've learned from trial and error.

2 Responses to What’s on Your Playlist?

  1. the dawn says:

    good luck at your marathon! i too love to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. i got so excited when i discovered NPR’s podcasts. cause usually i only listen in my car, which means i always miss the beginnings/ends of shows. wait…wait is my current favorite!

    • Thanks! Podcasts definitely opened up my running options when music got stale. Wait, Wait is fairly consistent on my playlist, it is great for lunch time runs, fits right into the time slot!

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