Sound vs Silence

To run with music or without? Join the debate

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05/06/2008 at 15:52
Earlier this year I entered and ran the MK Half Marathon having not participated in any such group event for some time.  I was, however, extremely disappointed when trying to engage with others along the way only to find the majority 'plugged' into their music and unwilling to interact.  Whilst I understand the benefit of running to music (say on a treadmill) I was sorely disappointed at the lack of social connection which, to my mind, makes these events much more enjoyable.  In my line of work I see how lack of human interaction plays a part in mental health.  What a shame that some of us are willing to increase our physical wellbeing yet I believe could gain so much more if we only gave our mental wellbeing the same attention...
05/06/2008 at 15:55

great point well put Sheila

05/06/2008 at 16:14

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.

05/06/2008 at 16:18

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.

05/06/2008 at 17:43

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.

Edited: 05/06/2008 at 17:44
05/06/2008 at 17:59
i used to run with no music, but then bought an ipod a few years ago and i've not looked back.  best tracks for running to; hardcore banging rave music.  not that i'd normally listen to that, just at 180bpm you can match your pace to the bass drum and gives you that extra pull...  my 1/2 marathon pace is 20% faster as a result...
05/06/2008 at 18:44

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. 

05/06/2008 at 18:50

 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?  

05/06/2008 at 18:58

or t shirts vs string vests or lycra shorts v skimpy split running shorts?

05/06/2008 at 19:03
I never had a problem with running to music and I often do.However, I have just run my first marathon in Edinburgh. My running partner couldnt run due to injury so I was on my own. No problem, I thought, someone will talk to me to keep me going. No joy. Nearly every runner there had their ipod/mp3 on and were not interested in chatting. The last few miles were grim and I would have been delighted if someone had just spared a quick word. Is it always like this in events now?
05/06/2008 at 19:07

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. 

05/06/2008 at 20:59

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.

05/06/2008 at 21:00
Good evening to all, actually!!!
05/06/2008 at 21:33


 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!!!

05/06/2008 at 21:43

If y'all weezed like me you'd all wear mp3's 

05/06/2008 at 21:58


 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.

05/06/2008 at 22:06

Right then. Great topic. I have been working from home for the past 3 months, which means more time in the gym and being fitter the Bear Gryhls camera man! First couple of weeks I was fairly happy with my shuffle mix, mainly harder Chemical Brothers stuff. As I am spending more time on longer runs and cross training sessions, I have been mixing things up a bit. If its an hour on the cross trainer, steady like, then a Russel Brand podcast keeps you entertained for a good stretch. If its a sprint session, then back to the Brothers!

As your training should shift, so should your tunes. I run with a mate on the weekend so we chew the fat as we pretend to each other that its not hurting. And on a bright morning, I leave the shuffle at home and enjoy the footfall. Change is good.

05/06/2008 at 22:23


05/06/2008 at 22:35

are they indeed. So hard to prove either way as there are so many variables and only anecdotal evidence.

If you take a cold hard stare at it,

  • your hearing is impaired so it is possible you are more likely to have an incident than if you weren't wearing them.

But having said that, everyone is differnent and some people who wear Iopds are less likely to have an incident because they are a "more aware" kind of person than someone else who is not earing an Ipod.

If you were organising an event looking at the health and saftey aspect or an insurer of an event what would you say?

05/06/2008 at 22:37
Ban the people who wear them or ban the iPods?
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