Music or Not?

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09/06/2010 at 21:22

Ran my first run this evening whilst using the iPod function on my iPhone. Not only did I enjoy it but I made my longest distance yet!

How do tthe others feel about running with music - does it enhance your run or put you off?

09/06/2010 at 21:27
I've not ran listening to music for a long time but when I did I always found that I didn't even notice anyway and couldn't really have told you any of the songs that had been on.  Usually without I'm in a world of my own anyway!
09/06/2010 at 21:34
I find Im slower with music and concerntrate less, but still carry it with me on long slow runs incase I get bored and have a long way to go!
09/06/2010 at 21:36
I do not run to music. There is time and place for everything and running for me is not it. I run to destress as well and enjoy the sounds of nature as I always run in the countryside.
09/06/2010 at 21:46
Thanks for the replies guys. Not for everyone it seems. Maybe it's the novelty factor but I'll soon find out no doubt!
10/06/2010 at 07:38

I always run to music, can't run without it. It helps my pace, when I'm feeling a little sluggish and something powerful comes on I up my pace.  

There have been numerous forums on here regarding this and a lot of people saying you shouldn't run with music as it's dangerous, you can't concentrate blah de blah, and my argument on that is if it was so dangerous why do runners world  and marathon organisers (for example) have topics on "what is your favourite music to run to".

Then there are the other side who love it. I Love running with music, I have one headphone on only so I can still hear around me.

You run with music if it helps, I would never have got as far as I did previously if I hadn't had music to run to.

10/06/2010 at 08:00

I've stopped running with music in races, for safety and pacing sake

In the gym I'll wear my Ipod,

Doing LSRs or club night with the club, I won't, espcially as you can chat to other runner's while on the go.

10/06/2010 at 10:05


Can OPEN....worms EVERYWHERE......
Edited: 10/06/2010 at 10:06
10/06/2010 at 10:05

I do not run with music. I find it a distraction. As Betty Bee says, normally I wouldn't notice it or be able to tell you what's been played.

Some songs do up the pace, others therefore by implication down the pace.

I started to find running with music was more of an annoyance than anything else.

I like to count my pace in my head all the time.

10/06/2010 at 10:07
ShleyBey, you beat me too it!
10/06/2010 at 10:13
So far it's been very restrained.....posters so far to be commended!

Just to let you know Ian, if you didn't already, there is a long-running and never resolved debate over iPods when running. Some people love them as they help to pass the time when running, increase the enjoyment, provide motivation, some people use music to help them pace. Others argue it's dangerous, as you're awareness of cars and other dangers is reduced, you're also more disconnected from running - music can affect your breathing pattern and also reduce your pace, as you concentrate more on the music than your leg speed.

They have also been banned in a few major races, prompting another argument where people will still use iPods, even though they're banned. Some people agree with the "rules is rules" side, others say "it's only an iPod what's the problem?" side.

I in no way endorse either of these view points. Please don't hurt me.
10/06/2010 at 12:54

I listen to music when I'm running to and from work each day, it's the same route every day and it gets a bit boring, so music does help pass the time.

Fast paced rock songs mostly for me. I love classical music, but it just doesn't seem to work to run to.

I don't use the ipod during races, for all the usual reasons mentioned (safety etc.) and also on longer races (half/full marathon) it's nice to chat to other runners.

At one half last year there was a girl who'd wired her ipod up to speakers - set to a nice volume.

I can't say if it's safer or not wearing earphones on my work runs. I follow a major route into Leeds, so there's a lot of traffic noise to begin with, there are few junctions on my side of the road and i have so far made damn sure i check for traffic in all directions before crossing(qualifer put in so you can all say "I told you so" when i get flatted tomorrow!). In fact the only incident i've had so far was when i slipped and nearly fell in front of a car - i was coming to a stop at the curb while waiting for the traffic to clear when my foot went out from under me - i don't think wearing headphones had anything to do with it.

10/06/2010 at 16:45
Would never listen to music myself while out running. Think it would be dangerous and the fact that my run routes takes in the beach and out in the country I am more then happy to listen to the natural sounds that I hear. Use the gym a lot and even in there I do not bother. They have music playing, but often to quiet to hear and always seem the same songs, but good enough for me.
10/06/2010 at 17:17

The Ipod police again.....    Would you advise someone who was deaf not to run then?

10/06/2010 at 17:34
I would advice a deaf person to run only when beside some one with able hearing, think that would be safest. If that not possible, think gym work would be more suitable then outdoor running.
10/06/2010 at 17:47
Running with music is sooooo 80's. Running with a book is far, far popular nowadays.
10/06/2010 at 19:43
It depends on my mood, time of the day and which route I'm taking. On a treadmill iPod is a must.
Now practising ChiRunning and couldnt imagine doing that with music.

11/06/2010 at 07:59
S.R Would you advice them not to go for walks too??
11/06/2010 at 08:22

Actually... when I first took up running (umm, 2007) I always had music on. I enjoyed it, but I got to the point where I couldn't run without it. I was dependent on it to get me round, I can remember being in a panic before a plod, because I hadn't charged my iPod. Went without and hated it - it was  a real struggle. 

I took a 6 month injury break last year, and decided to start again without music - and it's SO much better without. I notice my running more, how I feel and what I'm doing, I notice the world around me more, and I feel much more rested and refreshed when I get back, I get more headspace to think. Surprising (not least to myself!) but now I think I'd struggle to run WITH music, it would be too distracting!


11/06/2010 at 08:25
I'm laughing at SR's suggestion that people who are deaf should only run when beside someone who can hear   That is one of the stupidest comments I've ever heard on the forum.
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