To run with music or without? Join the debate
Good way to end the thread. Training - if you want to - Racing - NO!
END OF THREAD....(I wish )
My mother used to end every argument by saying "You have to have the last word don't you...".
(Thereby getting the last word).
I run both with and without music playing in my ears. I used to run on a treadmill but when I ventured out doors it seemed strange without music so my trusty MP3 was bought.
When I joined my running club I suddenly found running without music and chatting with fellow runners was a wonderful experience. When I go out on my own I use my MP3 but when I attend the running club I don't.
I think its down to personal preference and wether your running alone or with a group.
Well - I nearly did it. You always have to get the last word
I usually do my long run on a Sunday morning, so I listen to the Archers Omnibus on my walkman as I can get the radio on it, not sure it imporves my time but it helps to pass it!!!!
It's hard not to fall into the tempo of your music, and that can spoil a training run pretty easily. It's easy to get too tired from running too fast, underworked if from running too slow.... and tangled cables from always trying to find the right 'Toon'.
Also, you can't hear someone say, "Hey mate! Watch out for the ....!".
JJ - do you take an entire hi-fi system with you??
No, just a wee Sony thing....turned up to maximum volume. Hardcore electronica is a dish best served loud.
I nearly always run with my iPod when alone as the music motivates me and I find if I can run in time with the beat it helps. I've never had a problem hearing traffic noise as my iPod is never on at eardrum splitting level and I ALWAYS look both ways - I learned the Green X Code when I was little!
I feel naked without music and I don't like to hear myself breathing on a run. I think that's where where my dependence on music stems from originally - I started off on a treadmill and I didn't like hearing the machines and other people panting away so I used to plug in and listen to whatever music the gym had on.
I had my iPod with me during the London Marathon this year but I hardly turned it on at all - I was so in awe of the whole day and listened to everyone shouting out and the music on the route etc. But running alone on a dreary snowy Sunday morning I need my music to get me through. I belong to a running club but I would never use my iPod, it's nice to chat to the others and the time goes quicker.
When i started running i didn't have an mp3 so got used to running without listening to music. I run early in the morning when there isn't much traffic around which is lovely and quiet except for the sounds of birds and trees and nature!
Don't get me wrong tho; I'm totally a party animal and really enjoy dancing, so I imagined that i would really enjoy running with music but to my shock-horror, i actually found it distracted me from the running - i felt as though i couldn't connect with myself because the music was causing interference.... Not only that but it took ages to find 'the right kind of tunes'. Songs that i thought would be great to run to (probably cos they're good to dance to) turned out to be rubbish and others that i thought would be unsuitable really push me along nicely.
These days i can take it or leave it, depends on the mood i'm in when i get up. My default is silence. If i need extra motivation i'll reach for the ipod - fatboy slim and black eyed peas are favourites. Could be good for fartlek i suppose?!
There are many reasons why you may have found running with music distracting.
Most people run with their favorite playlists of popular music. The problem here is that most of that music is composed at Beats per minute of 80 - 120bpm. Just a casual stroll will see you taking 120 steps per minute.
When we listen to music and dance we allow the music sounds and rhythms to comsume our minds and our bodies. That is why when we dance we move 'in time' with the music. Our body movements equal the musical rhythms. It is easy and comfortable and makes us feel good.
And so it should be when running with music. If you run to the rhythm of the music you will be amased at how great it feels.
Unfortunately the greatest part of discussions about running with music centres around peoples favorite playlists - invariably always out of sync.
I have strong views on this subject that may evoke a response (or two). Brace yourselves!
I'm a trail runner and ultra junkie. I don't run in silence because I am fortunate in still having my hearing. I run with the sound of the countryside, my breathing and my footfall caressing my ears, not to mention the conversation I may be enjoying with fellow runners. Anything else would be an intrusion. Why venture outside then shut yourself off in your own world with music? You are effectively removing one of your senses - the ability to hear what's going on around you. To do it could even be dangerous because you become unaware of impending danger (marauding people or cars while road running), or of someone who may wish to overtake while running narrow trails. Also, while running technical trails you need all your attention on avoiding trips and falls; music would be a distraction from the 'job in hand', therefore dangerous to your personal safety. Music deserves more attention than as a foreground noise squawking out of tinny earpieces while running. Music while running is only safe while running a safe and repetitive (dare I say boring?) run, like 24 hours round a track, for example. If some people are so bored by running that they need music to take their minds off it, I'm surprised they go out running in the first place.
The rightful place for music is from a decent Hi-Fi system, without distraction, eyes closed.
It kinda isn't just the playlist... Like BritNick i like to hear my footsteps, my breathing and be aware of what's going on around me. Call me selfish if you like but sometimes i just want to be with me. All i'm thinking about is how i feel so when i'm in the zone it's pure, just me. (Before i started running i didn't know you could feel like this. I'd heard about the 'runners high' but thought it was an myth until training for my first 10k.)
However... when the desire takes me and i'm out with ipod, i also get the same feeling that i get when dancing - of being in the moment with the rhythm of the music, which is superb of course.
I really don't believe that you have to choose - its like forcing a choice between water and wine, isn't it? I couldn't live without the one but life would be pretty dull without the other.
Britnik....in your opinion
....for some, listening to music whilst running is thoroughly enjoyable and I think that should be accepted in the same way that others prefer to run with the sounds of the countryside etc. even if neither can understand the mentality of the other.
I run mostly with music but it has an off button if I'm crossing a busy road or wishing to say good morning to a fellow runner I'm passing or if I reach an area where I like to listen to the birds singing.
Why does there HAVE to be a right or a wrong when we're talking about something we all enjoy as individuals.
Hi Fat Fyes (and anyone else). It was just my opinion, and I admit I am probably in the minority.
Perhaps in my efforts to provoke a response I made my point a little too forcefully a couple of times and it came across as critical of others' choices. I do not mean to criticise others for their choices or opinions. I know everyone has their own, which I respect.
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