I love immersing myself in the act of running. The sound of nature, the feel of my feet hitting the ground, and my breathing, it's all so calming and grounding. And, of course, the thoughts that come up during a run are integral part of the experience and worth paying attention to. I don't need any external entertainment or distractions, I want to stay connected to the present moment.
For the most part, I don't use headphones on my runs and try to keep things as light as possible. But, when I do use headphones, on longer road running or track outings, I listen to podcasts. Music can be too much of a distraction for me, I get too caught up in the beat and end up pushing myself harder than I should.
These days, I tend to gravitate towards non-running podcasts or audiobooks to keep me entertained and distract me, ideally while learning something new. Lex Fridman's podcast is by far my favorite, I think it might be because I have a bit of a "geek" inside of me and I connect with his engineering mind. Or maybe it's because he has conversations with so many different people from different backgrounds and walks of life, so I'm constantly learning and discovering.
One of my recent discoveries through Lex's podcast is Chamath Palihapitiya. His name and face were familiar to me, but I had never looked into his story or what he has accomplished until I listened to Lex's episode #338. What a fascinating story and intelligent human being he is!
So, with high expectations, I've now subscribed to Chamath's All-in podcast too. Looks like I'll be hitting the road for more runs soon!