What’s on my Playlist? – RRP131 (Matt Long)
When I first started running I never used to listen to anything. Initially there were a few reasons for this. First off all when I started my breathing was so loud I would have been lucky to hear anything. Also I hated things in my ears and when my breathing wasn’t louder than Darth Vader with bronchitis I liked to hear everything that was going on around.
I still do around half of my runs with just the sound of the environment around me but during the past few months as I have begun to increase mileage for my Ultra I have started to listen to things. I finally found some headphones that don’t drive me crazy and enable me to hear enough of the environment to be safe. I listen to mainly audio books and podcasts as I find running with voices as a soundtrack enjoyable but with enough external input for safety. Anyway this will be the first of I hope a series of posts about what I’ve been listening to while running and at home maybe it might inspire you to listen to something different? Or maybe you have a suggestion for me? As always comments and suggestions are welcome.
So anyway Tuesday’s run was a bit grim and I knew it was going to be the freezing rain and sleet were going to make it uncomfortable. I decided that listening to a Rich Roll Podcast could be the plan. Rich Roll has an interesting variety of people from fitness/athletes to business people. What I like about his interviews is that they are not 5 minute Vox pops but 90 minute plus discussions where the interviewee can go into depth about things. Yes I don’t always like the guests (don’t get me started on the food babe) but the majority are interesting.
So anyway for yesterday’s run I cued up an interview with Matt Long. For those of you that don’t know Matt Long is a New York City Fireman who while cycling was hit by a bus. The Doctors gave him a 1% chance of survival well 3 years later he ran the New York City Marathon. This was the sort of thing I needed to hear on a day like yesterday it puts things in perspective. One quote I loved from him ‘I’m not a Challenged athlete, I’m an athlete with challenges…… There’s a big difference’. I’ve not read his book ‘The Long Run’ but it most definitely is on my reading list now.
A link to the Podcast HERE
N.B. As for my home listening you ask. Well I’m going through my Simon and Garfunkel phase at present.