Sounds kind of funny doesn't it, that your local library could help you on your next run, but it can. If you don't know, when I fill in the time between weddings, I can be found working a few hours here and there at my local library. It wasn't until I worked there that I realized how many awesome resources there are available.
I'm going to let you in on some information that you may not realize is FREE and available to you.
MUSIC, did you know that most libraries have digital libraries that allow you to use your library card to not just checkout music. But actually legally download for FREE to keep for life?
Mine for instance allows me to download and keep up to 5 different songs a week. It's a program called FREEGAL. You use your library card number and information to log in.
The music is actually top hits, and popular stuff that is on the market today as well as lots of music from the past.
(I use this all the time, it is awesome to help build your running playlist!)
Not to mention, all the money you save on buying tunes you can put towards race fee's and gear!
OTHER MUSIC, say you want entire albums or hard to get songs. There are programs like for instance HOOPLA that if your library is signed up for it. You get to use and checkout these items FREE, and generally they checkout for 1-3 weeks. Then the item automatically returns themselves at the end. Want it again, just check it out again. Or if you are sick of it, just let it return and try a different album.
My library allows up to 10 album downloads a month. It's pretty cool, and we are talking brand new releases from popular artists!
WORKOUT DVD'S, want to mix a little cross training into your schedule? Yoga, Dance, Jillian Michael's, etc. Most libraries carry almost any workout dvd you could possibly want, and many you haven't even heard of. You could even go back in time and go Sweat'n to the Oldies with Richard Simmons, LOL.
Don't see the DVD you want, just ask your librarian if they participate in inner library loans, and you can have it sent to you from another library that does have it!
How awesome is that! How often have you bought a workout DVD only to get bored of it after a few weeks or a month and it just sits in your collection now? Imagine if you didn't have to waste your own money anymore, and you could use a different workout DVD every week/month etc...
AUDIO BOOKS, want to loose your mind on your next long run to a great book? Or try something new and learn a new language while you run?
Download these onto your phone or Ipod for FREE and remove them when your done.
Most libraries have several versions available, I personally enjoy using OVERDRIVE and find that one to be the easiest, but you can also use HOOPLA or any other your library uses.
BOOKS, no matter if you want to try the popular Whole 30 diet, or any other great healthy cookbooks, Galloway, or healthy living, exercise, diet etc... Your library likely has them all, if they don't have the one you want, ask them to order it in. Or have them do a library loan, and get it from a different library that does carry it. Yes, all of this is FREE for you to use.
Libraries have all these awesome FREE resources for you. I haven't seen very many items other bloggers talk about not available at my own library for free, minus the popular P90x, Beachbody (At least mine doesn't carry that one.)
Most things come in both hard copy or digital, so you don't even have to go to the library to get them. You can download them from you phone, tablet or home computer.
I will admit, there are some cities with some very small libraries, and they may not have everything you could want. However, even small libraries generally participate in library loans with other libraries. You won't know if you don't ask!
(TIP, if you don't have access to libraries in your area. Next time your near a larger big city see how much they charge for an out of area pass. Depending on the yearly fee, if you use it, it might cost less than buying workout DVD's or Music on your own, and then you'd have unlimited resources with their online services!)
So next time you want to try something new, why not try it for FREE at get it from your library. That way you can try things out and make sure you really want it before you buy them, or just use them while you need them, return them to the library and then move onto the next thing.
Do you take advantage of your local library to help you with your workouts?
Do you download the libraries free legal music to add to your playlists?
Did you know all these resources are easily available for your FREE use?