To run with music or without? Join the debate
Liverbird - what is RBL in relation to fat girls?? I am intrigued........
There are clearly some passionate responses on this blog. I responded many pages ago and am a great believer in choice and taking responsibility for oneself whilst running. I seem to pant like a rabid dog when I run and so hate listening to myself. I have my MP3 on but can not tell you what I am listening to as I do not actually listen to the music but use it more to focus. I ran a very tiring 12 miler yesterday and did acknowledge the Rocky music which was well timed for my last 1/4 mile and brought a smile to my very tired and red face.
Live and let live - Simon.
*had to read back*
I said RFL - Race For Life. You don't have to be fat to run it!
I have nothing against it either (it's how I began running and I was a fat bird then!!) but my objection is simply that women enter it with NO INTENTION of running even a metre, and because they know they can walk if they want to, they get in a line and link arms and treat it as a jolly. It is called RACE for life, and I think they're missing a trick by not putting in a bit of training and at least giving it a proper go. Who knows, it might improve their fitness and start them off on this mad world of running......!
Just a personal opinion, though you understand. I know RFL raises bucketloadds of dosh for Cancer Research and I hope it continues to do so!
With the volume turned down you might be able to hear a car, you won't hear a bike.
shenders, that is ridiculous - no one overtaking should risk running into anyone: of course the onus lies on the overtaker. However, if the runner they are overtaking is weaving all over the place because they are not aware of the runners queuing up to overtake them then that is their fault, and they are to blame if they get hurt becausee they are being inconsiderate.
I don't think (many) people were complaining that in a race they shout and overtake (in fact, who would do that? Surely if the person being overtaken knew you were trying to overtake them they'd speed up?!). Most people were referring to marshalls shouting. A deaf runner would probably be extra-cautious in, for example, crossing a road during a race. People with MP3s are not used to such additional caution in their everyday lives. The only instance may be where there was, for example, an ambulance coming along the course behind the runners and the marshalls asking runners to move aside to let it through. If a deaf runner could see that a marshall was clearly trying to say something they would probably respond to the actions of the people around them, or, if it wasn't clear, stop so that they could lip-read. If this werent the case, in this instance you would hope that someone would grab them and pull them into the side. I wouldn't expect to have to do this to someone wearing a headset.
Race For Life - it is an occapational hazard of those particular events. If you are planning to run it you need to get a long way up the field. If you are planning to run it at any sort of speed you need to be on the first or second line. If you don't do that then you can't really complain because that's what it is - a run/walk mass-participation event. If it annoys you that much go and run a 5km somewhere else and get sponsored to raise money for cancer research uk.
Anyway, in the interests of open-mindedness I took my zen on an easy run around the field where the rest of my group were doing a track session last Tuesday (I raced Wednesday). I did:
1km warm-up alone
3km with one earpiece in with someone
3km with both earpieces in, tempo, alone
1km warm down without music with people.
* the music did detract from it being a very boring run
* the music only did anything to set/improve pace or cadence when both earpieces were in
* the music was very distracting to pace - for example, songs that started or finished slowly caused loss of rhythm/tempo. This is what is difficult in race - people suddenly and inadvertantly slowing.
* my balance was affected
* people were much better company than music (and I am someone who isn't very good at talking and running at the same time).
In conclusion, fine for an easy run in a safe location like I was in. However, would never consider wearing them anywhere else or for a session or race which required concentration or consistency. I also wouldn't wear them anywhere with an uneven surface.
I support a race ban wholeheartedly.
DiS - How was your balance affected? That's a really interesting finding.
As for RFL, not been involved in years now. The distance isn't a challenge and I'll leave it to those who want to be involved. I think the "get on the first / second row" is good advice in most races if you don't want people walking after 200 yards in front of you!
8iron - how did you get hit by a car on a pavement? Shouldn't you be on my stupid injury thread?
Nature provides a splendid soundtrack for my runs.
And I have to shout at the dog every now and again (run with our 2 year old black lab).
Shenders - I see your points, but the point still remains that deaf people have no choice in the matter, whereas MP3 wearers decide to make them selves partially deaf.
Hy - you were on a training run, right? I have never said that people should not be able to use them whilst training - thats silly! But when you enter a race, you are bound by the rules - and I would hope that you would respect them and not use an MP3 if asked not to.
I personally just hope a blanket ban comes in...then people will find out if they can run properly or not without their crutch in both ears.
crutch in both ears....that sounds painful
sorry Simon, I tried resist....truly I did.
<continues to sit back and watch amused as the debate rotate into another circle>
If you've got a crutch in both ears, people will have to run further to get round you.....
There! We've sorted that problem out!
God I wish I wasn't so immature.....
Don't forget that a lot of it depends on your running style, some "go inwards" and tune out exterior noise/distraction, others "go outwards" and are much more aware of their surroundings.
I can't listen to music while at home - can't listen to it if reading (book/paper etc) as I'm too aware of it, yet I need it when I run. I take my MP3 player, wear earpieces and have the volume at a level where I can hear traffic/pedestrians so I'm safe and so are those around me.
As soon as I start out, I tune out the outside world - it's just the type of person/runner I am. That said, I have had problems with pedestrians when coming up to them, calling out "excuse me" etc , they are so engrossed in their conversations that they haven't heard/noticed me.
I also ran a race a few weeks ago where people were running alongside each other, talking. By chatting and running abreast like that, they were just as much of a nuisance and actually made it more difficult to pass them as the choice was either through the middle, (practically impossible, not to mention bad manners!!) or around to one side - again, difficult to negotiate and then breaks stride patterns etc.
I use my MP3 player and am proud to say I do!
I'm not an expert but I do know that hearing and balance are related.
Recently - fell off a horse onto my back and literally saw green - both hearing and the feeling of being able to balance (sitting, standing and walking) were affected for about 2 hours.
Also when I had chronic fatigue, I noticed that when I was very fatigued, I could either listen or could stand - I couldn't do both stimultanously.
Sorry, did Simon say he wanted a blanket ban, I thought this thread was about banning music, not blankets.....................
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