"run in the family" = to have something in common

"Running marathons runs in our family. My father does it, and so do I."

"run late" = do something late

"The meeting is going to run late this afternoon, so I won't be able to go running with you then. Let's try it tomorrow."

Running Shoes

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are the potential physical and psychological health benefits of walking and running, no matter what the pace might be?

HELPFUL TIP : Getting the right running shoes is critical to good form and long-term health. A good running shoe store should be able to check your biomechanics to select the right shoe for you.
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2. Listening Exercises [ Top ]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the audio button and answer the questions.
1. What problem does the man have at the beginning of the conversation?
A. The man is suffering from a foot injury.
B. The man forgot his girlfriend's birthday.
C. The man lied about his running ability.

2. What does the man want at the store?
A. some running shoes
B. a pair of running socks
C. a running hydration pack

3. How can you best describe the man's running ability?
A. He is an elite runner.
B. He is more of a couch potato.
C. He runs a number of 10k races.

4. The woman has run ______ under _____ hours.
A. 20, three hours
B. 25, three hours and 30 minutes
C. 30, four hours

5. The sales associate suggests that the man ___________.
A. break up with the woman
B. tell the woman the truth
C. start working at the shoe store


1. The man lied about his running ability.2. some running shoes3. He is more of a couch potato.4. 20, three hours5. tell the woman the truth


Sales Associate: Okay, what type of running are you doing? I mean are you preparing for a road race or do you need some trail shoes? We have them all.

Customer: I need some street shoes, and I need them to make me run fast, I mean real, real fast.

Sales Associate: Well, sir, how fast you run depends on many things and . . .Customer: But, you don't understand. You see, I've been dating this woman, and well, I kind of told her that I'm a pretty good runner, and uh . . .

Sales Associate: Well, how much, how much DO you run? 10Ksmarathons? What exactly are you doing?

Customer: Well, I don't really run. I mean I run out to get the newspaper in the morning. Listen, I twisted the truth a little.

Sales Associate:Um, yeah, I's say.Well, how much does she run?

Customer: Uh, she's completed, I think, about 20 marathons, all under three hours.

Sales Associate: Ah, man, you're toast. You're in some serious hot water. The only good new shoes will do for you is to kick yourself for not having been honest with her. Just fess up with her.

Customer: Ah, ah, I think I have a leg cramp coming on. Believable?

Sales Associate: Forget it. She won't buy that story. Just be frank with her and apologize. She may or may not accept your apology, but at least you can look at yourself in the mirror and recognize that you told the truth. That way, you can live with yourself another day.

Customer: Yeah. I realize that now.

Sales Associate: Hey, here's one idea. Tell her the truth and she what she says. If she forgives you and you really want to start running, then I suggest signing up for the 5K race we are sponsoring next month. This can get you started on a new path to fitness and a positive relationship.

Customer: And if she doesn't forgive me?

Sales Associate: Well, that's just the consequence of not telling the truth.

3. Post-Listening Exercises

How does long-distance running compare to other athletic activities playing tennis, swimming, and yoga in terms of (1) conditioning, (2) endurance, (3) nutritional needs, and (4) equipment?

4. Online Investigations

Road running on streets and running on dirt trails and rock in the mountains require different types of running shoes. Use the Internet to (1) find the difference between these two types of running surfaces (2) and recommendations on one pair of shoes for each type. What is the maker of the shoe? What specific features make it a good shoe? How much does it cost? Write a summary of your findings.

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