When I started training for my first half marathon, the mental challenge was at least as difficult as the physical challenge. I can’t entertain myself with music for an hour plus long run. Audio books, though, work well for me.
My favorite non-running audio books are ones that distract, entertain, and engage my brain on the long runs.
A few of my favorites:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris of Good Morning America fame.
Bossypants by Tina Fey.
If you’re running alone and find yourself laughing while listening to these books, it’s completely normal! Any runner listening to an audio book will understand and won’t assume you’re crazy.
And if you have something that makes you laugh while you’re slogging through the long run, let me know!