To run with music or without? Join the debate
Now that's funny guys.
I always listen to music while training. Listening to my favourite tunes while running is great.
I ran my 1st half marathon last year in Glasgow and my 1st full marathon in Edinburgh this year. I found that during a race I did not want to listen.
So its music while training and silence while racing.
Good running everyone.
Colin in Dundee.
I am with Colin
racing is different
Ive never read back thru all the posts so sorry if someone has said this before:
I prefere to run without any music in my ears.If im going to get taken out by any mode of transport i'd much rather give myself the chance of getting out the way before being flattened.
Im probably lucky in the sense that I live on the coast and do a lot of training along the seafront,so cutting out the inner city runs.There's always something happening to take your mind of the hard slog of a run.
I blame Steve Jobs.....
In t'old days you could run for miles without hearing a sound except for the rattle of the shuttles in t'mills and t'sound of pit widows being separated from their kids.
In the 1930's who would have run for a hobby or pastime or sport? Not many as life was different then.
These days we have endless opportunities for free time and the use of such time. My grandad might have said that I was a dilettante and a slacker for just having the time to run at all - whats that about?
If someone wants to run with an Ipod I won't gainsay them, particularly given that 95% of us (possibly) run for fun/recreation and have no prospect of ever winning a race.
I respect the right of race organisers to apply rules to the races they organise, but as they say, rules are for the guidance of the wise and for the adherence of fools - or something like that. Look at F1 for instance (wonders if lewis H listens to Ipods or car stereo when he drives and if so whether this is grounds for disqualification.)
johnny blaze, hello!
well lewis doesnt use ipod, those white earphones are for communication to the pit!!!
my hubby is an avid F1, knows everything about the engines etc, watches the races twice!!! I know, a bit like me and running, proper nerds arent we
nice weather today
I'm also a F1 fan and I think LH's earphones are from his iPod as the comms headset is built into his helmet along with a mic which is absent from his white headset.
Most of he drivers are not listening to music though but to their mental coaches, NLP practitioners and motivational gurus etc.
Even as a spectator at F1 you can't hear yourself speak!!!
The noise of the cars can be heard from a distance as you drive towards the race track, chuck in a few copters (lots) and you wear ear protectors not ipods!
Ipods and running.
Firstly, let me declare an interest. I’ve run with Ipods when they were called ‘Sony Walkman’ and before the advent of personal music players, if I’d been strong enough to carry an 8 track around 26.2 miles I’d have ran with that! I love music and I really do feel that music can motivate you through those sticky patches during a long run.
These days I don’t run with music for a number of reasons, mainly to do with a gradual decline towards deafness and I find that using any type of headphones aggravates a tinnitus condition I’ve developed. I’ve no doubt whatsoever that my much reduced sense of hearing has more to do with a) playing live rock/blues music in a band and b) gunfire from my military service, than any music coming from my Walkman in the 1980s; in fact, the hearing specialist has confirmed that I suffer a pattern of partial deafness as a result of trauma, rather than it being cumulative. However, I’m convinced that running with an Ipod in a race is an exercise in personal selfishness.
‘Personal selfishness?’ That’s a serious charge – what do I mean by that?
Well, the human body has evolved to interpret and act upon external stimuli in order to survive. The majority of us have five senses that gather this information and the system works pretty efficiently. I’m convinced by voluntarily restricting the effectiveness of one of our more important senses (hearing) we are relying upon the actions of others who’ve not restricted theirs to make allowances for us and to, in effect, tacitly cover our backs.
Now, at this point there will be no doubt many of you up in arms declaring that you only have your volume low and are perfectly aware of the runner coming behind you or the shouts of the official warning you that there is an escaped alligator waiting to pounce at mile 16. I’m quite certain that some of you have the volume turned down and will be almost as aware of your surroundings as someone not listening to music – and that’s the rub… you are almost as aware of your surroundings as the person who is not wearing the Ipod.
I am still undecided about wearing ipods when runnning. When I am on a treadmill in the gym I need to have music otherwise I would quickly get bored. However when i un outside I do so without music and enjoy the experience and views.
Recently I have been increasing my distance to half marathons and started wearing an ipod and found it helped I think with the distance. I do not have the music loud and to be honest a lot of the times I am not aware it is there so I wonder if i should just go without, but at times I do enjoy the occasional song
I know this is a debate that goes around and around and as a new runner it will be interesting to see where it goes.
While reading Corinthian's thesis something outside caught my eye. I looked up and watched a man cross the road right in front of a cyclist who swerved to avoid him. Neither were wearing ipods which goes to show you don't need an ipod to be a moron.
This argument about the dangers of running with iPods is without any substance. When you catch a ball you don't have to hear it coming because you can calculate your position in space relative to the ball and make hundreds of complex calculations per second to make sure your hands are in the right place at the right time to catch the ball (even children can do it).
Now if you can't put one foot in front of the other, listen to music and look out for potential hazards then for everyone else's safety please take up an indoor sport like snooker and let the rest of us get on with our multitasking lives .
xxx the league against busy bodies in sport xxx (just made that name up - good eh?)
Now if you can't put one foot in front of the other, listen to music and look out for potential hazards then for everyone else's safety please take up an indoor sport like snooker and let the rest of us get on with our multitasking lives...
With that thought in mind... my next marathon will be completed wearing a blindfold whilst juggling blazing tomahawks
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