Views #776 | Low-Intermediate 4


Shona and Todd talk about their shared passion for running and why they love it.
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Todd: Now, Shona, you said that you jog.

Shona: Yeah, I do.

Todd: I'm a jogger too.

Shona: Oh, are you? Fantastic. How often do you do it?

Todd: Well, actually try to go every day.

Shona: Oh, OK. How long for?

Todd: Between thirty minutes and an hour, depending on the day. And you?

Shona: It depends on the day as well. Today it was only like half an hour, but I try to get out for an hour, maybe like four or five times a week, but I used to be like a lot fitter and I just realized today that I'm not as fit as I used to be, so I'm probably gonna pump it up a little bit and do a little bit more, but yeah.

Todd: So you said you're not fit. What happened? Did you stop running?

Shona: Yeah, I guess like I've not been doing as much as I used to recently cause I used to do more than just jogging. I went to the gym as well. I did yoga. You know it was like more of a varied workout, but when you just stick to like one exercise alone, like, it tends to kind of make your fitness, like, drop a little bit if you are used to doing like a lot more sports.

Todd: Right.

Shona: So I need to vary it a little more.

Todd: Well, actually, where do you run? Do you run on the river?

Shona: Yeah, I run down the river. Just along it, to the right-hand side. Just as far as, like fifteen or twenty minutes, and then back.

Todd: Actually, there's a really nice park near here that has a really nice running trail.

Shona: Oh, really.

Todd: That I highly recommend. Yeah. But you got to take the train, and it's, you know, a little... it's four stops. You have to pay a little money, but it's worth it.

Shona: Oh, wow. Cool. You'll have to tell me where it is.

Todd: Sure. I can draw you a map.

Shona: Oh, OK, cool.

Todd: How about, when you run, do you have an ipod? Do you listen to music?

Shona: Yeah. Of course, I take my MP3 players, and it's like, I could not, like, jog without music. On ocassion, I've went out the door, like to go for a jog, and I've just like, I've not been able to. Like I can't. I need music. Otherwise it's just so boring, and to be honest, you know, like it depends if it's a scenic route, like I can cope without music, like I enjoy listening to the birds or whatever, like it's beautiful or what, but if it's like, in the city, or you know, like... I need my music.

Todd: Oh, I totally agree. I don't know what I would do without my ipod. - Um, what kind of music to you listen to when you jog?

Shona: When I jog actually, it's different music than I listen to normally cause I like with a heavy beat, so I listen to dance music, or some kind of sixties music or something with lots of melody, and I tend to like longer songs as well because it keeps me going longer. If it's shorter songs then it stops. It keeps stopping. I seem to like lose my pace or something, so I like kind of steady, long beats.

Todd: Oh, cool, well I'll be sure to get that map to you. You definitely should go jogging in that park. Cool.

Shona: What music do you listen to when you go jogging?

Todd: Actually, I listen to also music I normally don't listen to. I listen to more hip-hop. I'm older, you know, I'm 37, but it definitely keeps me going when I run.

Shona: Yeah, it's to do with the beat, yeah.

Todd: Right, right. especially when I start. Like I need a couple of good songs to keep me going.

Shona: Totally, so, not yeah.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!!

pump it up


I'm not as fit as I used to be, so I'm probably gonna pump it up a little bit and do a little bit more.

In this case, 'pump it up' refers increasing the intensity of something or putting in more effort.

Notice the following:

  1. The trainer said that she wanted to pump it up and got us working a lot harder than last week.
  2. I really need to try harder with my training and start to pump it up when I go out running.

stick to


It was more of a varied workout, but when you just stick to one exercise alone, it tends to kind of make your fitness drop a little bit.

When you 'stick to' something, it means that you keep on persisting with it.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to stick to my running, as I can feel it improving my fitness.
  2. My dad says that he would like me to stick to learning the piano.

it's worth it


You have to pay a little money, but it's worth it.

When something is 'worth it,' it means that the effort that you put in will pay off in the long run. You will benefit from the effort you put in now.

Notice the following:

  1. Try not to get bored with revising, as it's worth it in the end.
  2. She said it's worth it in the end and that you just have to keep trying.

a scenic route


It depends if it's a scenic route.

A 'scenic route' is an alternate way of getting to a place that may be longer, but has beautiful things to look at along the way.

Notice the following:

1. I think we will take the scenic route as we have a lot of time today.
2. I always like to take the scenic route when I go away on holiday.

I can cope without music


I can cope without music, I enjoy listening to the birds.

'I can cope without music' means that you do not feel the need to listen to music.

Notice the following:

  1. When I am driving in the car, I can cope without music.
  2. When I am running, I can't cope without music, as I have to listen to something when I run.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pump it up • stick to • worth
scenic • cope
  1. I can't with being places without something to read.
  2. All of these classes keep me really busy, and I sometimes wonder if it's it.
  3. You will need to this diet for a few weeks before you start seeing results.
  4. At the end of the semester, you really need to with your studying.
  5. I prefer to take the route there this time of year.