I like reading other runners’ stories. I find them inspirational.
This one is about Betty Soller, a 48 year old woman who ran a marathon to raise funds for the American Stroke Association as part of her quest to quit smoking.
She has an interesting view to running with music:
Betty Soller runs alone, but she’s never lonely. The 48-year-old woman runs with head phones, but most of the time the music is background noise. Sometimes during her marathon training sessions, she’ll break out an air-drum solo. That’s why she wears sun glasses and a hat.
I have to admit the same happens to me sometimes. I start really focused on the music but after a while I realise I haven’t really been paying attention and I’m not sure which songs I just heard. The beat keeps me pumped, but I loose track of the actual songs.
I guess that’s part of why I haven’t been posting playlists as often as I want to. I don’t want to just post whatever I ran to if I don’t think it’s good enough to share. I’ll expand on that in another post.
Meanwhile, I recommend you read Betty Soller’s story. After she ran her first marathon she got sort of obsessed (in a good way) and has run several more marathons since. As she explains:
I’m hooked. I’m crazy, but it’s a great stress reliever. I go outside and my mind is so clear. You take it all in and just think about the run.