18 Oct – Testing, Testing

After yesterday’s kNAFFTA award nominations, I was persuaded by some running buddies to try running commando as it’s supposed to be more comfortable. In the interests of discretion, I shan’t say any more – and I won’t be repeating that experiment.

My second test, was to see if I could run without a playlist – not naked, I’ve tried that and didn’t like listening to my rasping breath and thumping feet.

I listened to a talk radio show which intersperses music with dialogue. My issue is that I can get highly irritated by some of the rather inane conversations and sweeping generalisations made. The tendency of the programme to choose guests with ragingly opposing views to create a sense of conflict, tends to stifle the debate. Hyperbolic statements thrown from both sides create no sense of nuance. But I thought I’d give it a go, because change is good and it stops you forming habits.

I discovered I was slowing down to listen to some parts of the dialogue and in fact I stopped a couple of times, because I wanted to hear what a particular expert had to say. That was unexpected, what wasn’t was a few ‘Oh for goodness sake’ type exclamations when I was running. Thank goodness no-one saw or heard me – the nutty runner muttering to herself!

Would I do it again? – it’s a different type of run, I enjoy my playlists because I can get lost in the music, sing or hum along and although I famously have little coordination/sense of timing, there are some tracks that really help me run. Eminem’s Lose Yourself is a great example of one of those.

A general chat/music show may not be the right formula, I’ve heard about two comedians who run and do podcasts, so maybe I’ll try one of those next time.

In the meantime, today’s run, short, slow and a little testing on weary legs – but the third daily run usually is.


Distance 6.13km

Time 56:05

Average Pace 9:08 (really, really slow! – may have had something to do with stopping to listen to the radio)

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1680.77

Kms to Run 337.23





2 thoughts on “18 Oct – Testing, Testing

  • Haha…it was a bit cold for me today Jan so maybe future runs until spring will involve M&S comfies….
    At least you gave it a go?!!!
    I’ve listened to radio shows in the past but have had to revert to my music because the constant talking does my head in…and when it’s something that I disagree with I can feel myself getting worked up & irritable!!
    Those Kms still to run are coming right down now, what a woman!! 👏🏻👏🏻🏃🏼‍♀️💪🏻💪🏻 Xx


    • I think you’re right, I wanted to listen one expert and stopped running, which wasn’t the point really! And then a stupid person phoned in and I got very tetchy!! Thanks for the encouragement on the kms – hoping to break the 1700 barrier this weekend. But today I have a shitty migraine and definitely as result of red wine. one glass last night and the ice pick began, so that’s one enjoyment out of my life. Ho hum!


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