MP3 players in races

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04/01/2013 at 11:39

Damn. My comment has gone on to page 3 so fat buddha wont see it...

Tommygun2    pirate
04/01/2013 at 11:43
carterusm wrote (see)

I think it should be compulsory for everyone to have to wear an MP3 player, a cap on back to front, watches that signal every 50 yards have passed and take a dog on an extendable lead.......

You left out "whilst wearing a fancy dress costume"

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 11:43
04/01/2013 at 11:53
Gareth Edwards 21 wrote (see)
RicF wrote (see)

Thankfully I manage to run fast enough in races to escape the inattentions of Ipod warriors, Dj's, eaters and drinkers, HR broadcasters and those 'joined at the hips' types having a 'shared experience'.

You sound like one of these really hospitable types.

People running with each other for a bit of company and support. How very dare they?

No problem with people running together, but please could they run in single file for the first mile of a race so I don't hit a wall of 4 slow runners a few hundred metres into a race. Or if they could all start near the back of the field, that would be great!

04/01/2013 at 12:27

But what about deaf runners?

04/01/2013 at 12:42

I wear my MP3 player so that I can listen to some banging tunez as I run through the countryside on my long runs.  It helps to keep me motivated you see.  Then after the run there is nothing I like better than to unwind in front of the TV watching Countryfile,  and listening to my MP3 playing Tranquility albums of relaxing sounds of nature.

04/01/2013 at 13:02
Cake wrote (see)

 New year same threads.

Stevie G . wrote (see)

Cake,

MP3 for cyclists is stupidly dangerous and you take your life in your own hands.

Using them in races is also something I find odd, and selfish.

But runners wearing headfones on the street? Where's the problem in that?

Way more dangerous is those "all the gear no idea" types who go out running at night, kitted up in all black trendy gear.

same as for a bike mate you can't hear whats going around you properly There could be car's pulling out of driveways or a mum shouting watch out as her rugrat tries to rugby tackle you. If your off the pavement and on open fields/paths thats different and even i do that sometimes. But like I said was just me Daily Mail esh rant.

It's not even an argument that cyclists wearing headfones is more dangerous than a runner on a pavement.

Think of the higher speeds involved, split second decisions to make. Get it slightly wrong, or be distracted, and you're history.

Headfones become pretty essential when you're racking up higher mileage, unless you're some machine of a runner.

 

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 13:06
04/01/2013 at 13:07
RicF wrote (see)

Thankfully I manage to run fast enough in races to escape the inattentions of Ipod warriors, Dj's, eaters and drinkers, HR broadcasters and those 'joined at the hips' types having a 'shared experience'.

Ric, I had a proud record of never losing to someone wearing headfones, until that strange chap from your club beat me in an XC last year.

Strolling past on a tough offroader wearing headfones!

Still..put that right at the Metros race!

cougie    pirate
04/01/2013 at 13:16
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Headfones become pretty essential when you're racking up higher mileage, unless you're some machine of a runner. 

 

Erm so how did runners cope in the Dave Bedford era - when somehow they managed to rack up 100s of miles a week ?

04/01/2013 at 13:34
carterusm wrote (see)

Damn. My comment has gone on to page 3 so fat buddha wont see it...

you ain't seen me.  right??

04/01/2013 at 13:40
cougie wrote (see)
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Headfones become pretty essential when you're racking up higher mileage, unless you're some machine of a runner. 

 

Erm so how did runners cope in the Dave Bedford era - when somehow they managed to rack up 100s of miles a week ?

A different age completely, and they comes under the "machine of a runner" part.

How many non elites do you notice doing 100miles a week these days?

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 13:45
seren nos    pirate
04/01/2013 at 13:44
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Cake wrote (see)

 New year same threads.

Stevie G . wrote (see)

Cake,

MP3 for cyclists is stupidly dangerous and you take your life in your own hands.

Using them in races is also something I find odd, and selfish.

But runners wearing headfones on the street? Where's the problem in that?

Way more dangerous is those "all the gear no idea" types who go out running at night, kitted up in all black trendy gear.

same as for a bike mate you can't hear whats going around you properly There could be car's pulling out of driveways or a mum shouting watch out as her rugrat tries to rugby tackle you. If your off the pavement and on open fields/paths thats different and even i do that sometimes. But like I said was just me Daily Mail esh rant.

It's not even an argument that cyclists wearing headfones is more dangerous than a runner on a pavement.

Think of the higher speeds involved, split second decisions to make. Get it slightly wrong, or be distracted, and you're history.

Headfones become pretty essential when you're racking up higher mileage, unless you're some machine of a runner.

 

stevie G called me a machine of a runner....best compliment i have ever had

04/01/2013 at 13:46

what's your mileage Seren...do you qualify as "High mileage" first of all...

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 13:46
04/01/2013 at 14:00

Totally down to personal preference.  Obviously I'm a machine of a runner anyway  but I just don't like the idea of running with things in/on my ears.  Probably some combination of sweat/bouncing around/carrying things/being aware of surroundings, etc., I dunno, but it's certainly not a function of how long I'm running for.  And yet I'm an avid MP3 listener when I'm walking.  When I'm running, the internal jukebox is constantly on.

seren nos    pirate
04/01/2013 at 15:46

I do runs of 20, 30, 40 or 50 miles without the aid of a music machine..............are those runs high mileage enough for you............

how many runs a year do you do over 25 miles stevie 

04/01/2013 at 15:50

I'm a contraption of a runner.

mcs
04/01/2013 at 15:51

 Of course you are Seren!!! keep at it.

04/01/2013 at 16:03
fat buddha wrote (see)
carterusm wrote (see)

Damn. My comment has gone on to page 3 so fat buddha wont see it...

you ain't seen me.  right??

Who said that ? (predictable I'm afraid)

04/01/2013 at 16:03

Each to their own. Clearly, many of the races that ban the use of MP3 players do it for the reason that some will always choose to have the volume turned up to 11 while listening to Death Metal or the strangled cat-esque tones of Justin Bieber or, say, Coldplay.  

It is down to personal preference and so long as it does not  comprimise safety, I do not see what the argument is. There do seem to be some "Running Facists" in this thread. I say it's good to have a plurality of views but not where it is expressed as a "this is right and that is wrong/get out of my way slow pathetic people" etc - that kind of attitude is as dangerous as what they suggest are the dangers of wearing an MP3 player in my view. 

I wear an MP3 player pretty much all the time while running. I find it sometimes comforting and at others inspiring; I tend to listen to podcasts on longer runs for company and music on shorter runs. I don't have it on very loud and can hear what's going on around me. If that's being unsafe and irresponsible, then apologies for my indiscretion...but my Sansa Clip will still be with me at Parkrun in the morning and on my long run on Sunday.

04/01/2013 at 16:07
carterusm wrote (see)

I think it should be compulsory for everyone to have to wear an MP3 player, a cap on back to front, watches that signal every 50 yards have passed and take a dog on an extendable lead.......

I think they should also be required to spit constantly to the side, with bonus points for hitting anyone with the temerity to try to overtake.

seren nos    pirate
04/01/2013 at 16:09

I agree with training its totally up to the individual................in a race then its up to teh race organisers...........if they say no then respect it...it they say your choice then thats your choice and everyone should respect each others choices.i did try and tell someone on an ultra once that they were going the wrong way ...but they had earphones on and failed to hear my somewhat loud bellow............never mind...........i'm sure they enjoyed the extra miles

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