To run with music or without? Join the debate
I always run with music, unless I'm either running a race or at night (although it depends where at night).
All my training's done at 5:30am when all I can hear is my own heart beating, I find music is a huge motivator, I've tried it without and I just can't get into my stride without it.
I don't with music. I have no doubt, though, that a suitable selection of favourite motivational choons can help greatly with motivation and all the rest of it, particularly on longer runs.
But for me there is a serious downside too. Firstly, the loss of "engagement" with the world around you - be this shunning the sheer pleasure and peace of immersing yourself in a beatiful place while running, or choosing to shut yourself out of the atmosphere and camaraderie of a race or event in favour of music. Secondly, and probably most importantly, I just think it's potentially compromising your safety and, occasionally, the safety of others.
For me it's safety over entertainment any time
great point well put Sheila
Well put Edward! "For my money all those people who bang on about health and safety are symptomatic of today's risk-averse, nannying society, which I personally find increasingly regrettable" A point I also made on page 5ish. Why not run with helmets, knee pads (in case we graze our iccul knees) and padding to avoid bruising from those ladies water bottles, energy bars and other paraphernalia?
As far as a race being a social occasion "I was sorely disappointed at the lack of social connection which, to my mind, makes these events much more enjoyable." for some runners it is a time to focus on breaking a PB, for others we conserve our energy and are physically unable to have a nice chat.
Live and let live. The day a runner wearing an MP3 player/iPod serious causes maiming or God forbid kills someone is the day I'll stop running with one.
Life is a social occassion, music players in company are a sympton of the erossion of our comunities.
Live and let live I say too, just an observation.
I always run with my iPod, for the following reasons:
1. The right playlist can help you to keep your pace where you want it to be.
2. Great music dispels the boredom of really long runs.
3. Headphones stop me from hearing people screaming 'Keep Going" during races, and from hearing the local scallies shouting 'run, Forest, run' and other witticisms when I'm training: both of which raise my heartrate far too high.
Long live the iPod!
BTW, best running song ever? Edge of Seventeen: Stevie Nicks. Try it, it works.
People on races I-Pod etc, should be cut off at the knees and boiled in oil!!!
They have no regard for others and are a bloody menace.
I would welcome a ban on all I-Plods and MP3 at all races.
Why is there a debate about this? If you enjoy music while you run then good for you! If you don't then leave the mp3 player at home and lets all leave each other alone to do our own thing.
Surely the real question should be long vs short socks?
or t shirts vs string vests or lycra shorts v skimpy split running shorts?
Some of my running buds and I were discussing this - the horrified looks from some purists who couldnt imagine piped music as they trotted round a course was highly entertaining. I have always run with music when Im alone and when I race. I actually choose and modify playlists to improve my performance. Killer hill coming up? Gimme some AC/DC! And running is my excuse for the dodgy dance tunes on my MP3 player. Put your hands up, anyone??? When I run with my club or my friends I leave the music at home, companionship and encouragement to hammer out one more mile is as motivational as "Gonna Fly Now". Lol. So, the moral of the story? What ever works for ya baby. As long as it aint ilegal or causes any one else problems, anything goes! As for the health and safety aspect? Just be a bit more aware of your surroundings! I was gobsmacked to hear NY (and others apparently) are now banning personal music players! Good grief. If anyone wants me I'llbe at a experimental government facility having a micro-MP5 player emplanted in my head.
I think it's all been said already... but the thing is, when I put those sorts of things in my ears, it makes a sort of unpleasant tingling in the middle of my neck (or somewhere, it's difficult to tell) and I just can't bear the ticklishness of it.
Also, I'm lucky enough to run along fairly deserted country roads and I don't think I'd be here to tell the tale if I couldn't hear traffic. A shame too not to listen to my inner self, my breathing, my swearing/encouraging/just alking to myself out loud.
I took up running as my way to honour the memory of my recently-deceased father. I 'took him with me' and he 'talked' me through those first runs/months. Would this kind of 'communion' have been possible with an ipod or other such gadget in my ears? I think not. However, 'each to their own' seems like a good adage and I don't think anyone will really change their habits as a result of this debate/challenge. Interesting though, as always, to read other people's opinions.
Good evening too all.
I would have talked to you! Shame you weren't at the Milton Keynes Half! Congratulations on your Edinburgh Marathon Debut - if you're at the Great North look out for me - I'll be the one without the ipod/mp3 player!!!
If y'all weezed like me you'd all wear mp3's
I love my music and there's nothing like a little Tina Turner PRE and POST Ike to help you kick it into gear when you are running alone. Who doesn't like Proud Mary or Simply the Best???
But like someone has said already, when I am with a group or running a race, I leave it at home. I like chatting it up with my buds and meeting new people on runs.
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