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Academic English

“Trail Running”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult running and exercise man 03:51
Randall Davis - Trail Running

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the psychological and physical benefits of exercise and running? In the picture above, why do you think Michael and Shirley are holding up ribbons, and Randall only has his sock and a rock?


“run like the wind” = to run very fast
Jacob ran like the wind when school ended.”

“run out of gas” = to lose energy
Ashley did very well during the first part of the race, but she then ran out of gas during the last mile of the event.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are two things you like to do to stay active and fit? What do you like most about these activities? Share your ideas.

Online Investigation

Read and watch the videos of my race reports. What are your impressions about such events? Why do you think that people participate in such races? Would you ever give it a try? Why or why not?

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