Why I Love Running

In this free advanced American English clip, a young man explains why he loves running and jogging.

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Dictation

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Transcript

So I love to run and jog.

I used to do cross country in high school and I really haven't stopped running since.

I usually run in the morning and at night. It's too hot to run during the day. It's just the humidity, it's not worth it.

I don't like to run on like a track, or like pavement. I prefer to run in like the woods, or on grass, or in like a field, or on a trail. I've just always had a better experience doing that.

I don't like to run with anybody, or with anything. I don't need music. The less that I have with me, the better. So I can focus on my pace and my breathing. I'm really minimalistic with my running, and I just have a better time when I'm out there by myself.

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Questions

  • What's his favorite sport?
  • When did he first become interested in running?
  • When does he usually run?
  • Why doesn't he run during the day?
  • What surfaces does he not like to run on?
  • Where does he prefer to run?
  • Does he run with anyone?
  • Does he run with anything?
  • Why doesn't he run with anything?

Answers

He loves to run and jog.

He used to do cross country (running) when he was in high school, and he's enjoyed running ever since.

He usually runs in the morning or at night.

It's too humid.

He doesn't like running on a track or on the pavement (concrete).

He likes to run in the woods, or on grass, or in a field, or on a trail.

No, he prefers to run by himself.

No, he doesn't like running with extra equipment, such as an mp3 player.

It allows him to focus on his pace and breathing.