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Researching the run
Methods for exploring mundane jographies
in Mundane Methods
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Why is it important to understand running experiences and how can we know them? Recent advances in mobile methods have welcomed a whole range of new methods to the researcher’s toolkit. All, in some way, aim to move with the subjects they are studying. These methods are often interested in uncovering and making strange the taken-for-granted aspects of practices and in revealing the vast importance of our everyday experiences. These are methods I have been applying in recent years to the geographical study of running – or jography. This chapter will introduce the run-along interview, mobile video-ethnography and self-tracking elicitation as some novel ways of researching mundane running experiences, as well as highlighting the fascinating insights into everyday life they permit. In short, this chapter serves as an introduction to a jographer’s toolkit.

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