Running on Tilt

Prologue: Running and Boredom

A brother's perspective on running; thoughts on the run

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My big brother’s number one problem with running is that it is boring. My wife recoils at the thought of a night out with runners, all comparing times and talking about their workouts and upcoming races. Discussing running is like discussing fantasy baseball or watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. You either can’t get enough, or you are bored stiff.

When I was in high school, my winter track coach, at the start of a practice, asked us to jot down what we thought about when we ran. He then collected the responses and read them back to us. Several had written that when they ran, they thought about running. He said for God’s sakes don’t think about running, think about something else, something more fun than that.

Twenty years later, I still lapse from time to time during a run into thinking about running, and as I imagine prior and upcoming races, I start to run faster, which isn’t such a bad thing.

This podcast series will provide a glimpse of marathon training in New York City — local races, personalities, chance interactions on training runs, and the like. In other podcasts about running, narrators dictate while running, so the commentary is delivered with a lot of huffing and puffing. I’ll spare you that approach, spirited as it may be. It’s my ultimate hope that the episodes will be entertaining enough for runners to want more, and for non-runners not to be bored stiff.