To run with music or without? Join the debate
Those last few posts made me laugh and did raise a bit of a point, sarcasm maybe the lowest form of wit but it is still funny..........
Whilst on holiday in Cornwall I went on one coastal run, Ipod as usual. As my volume is sensible, I said hello to all the others walking on the path, thanks the ones who made way for me on the narrow bits, joked with others about nearly being there blah blah. When I got a to a road at the bottom of the path I had to virtually stop behind a party of folk, loudly chattering and who had spread themselves out to the extent that I could not get past without "battering" into them. I slowed right down to a deep breath, I could not be cross they were as entitle to use the path as I was, then one of them looked round, made a roadrunner "meep meep" noise, encouraged the rest to let me through, I thanked profusely and went past.
So on my way back 10 minutes later, they were all still in the road, but seeing me approaching they all moved out the way and encouragement and laughter, with a clear passage, I went through no problem and continued on my merry way.
So this proves sound or the lack of it is not the problem its visibility that makes you react.......
Which is why all emergency vehicles use flashing lights before noisy siren systems.
So I postulate now, quick runners should be fitted with a flashing light, and that will help them get past anyone MP3 geared up or not................
Staggered start though seriously is a good idea, for those of us not keen to run without music can still put in our bests and I reckon 5 minutes wont be quite enough for all, but as we all talk here about the right to choice, it provides one, which has to be a good thing,
I run in the US and the majority of Races attempt to ban headphones, but rather enter into a conversation about why, most of the organisers state its an insurance requirement. so does this mean that Deaf people are banned from racing?. if people want to run with headphones then let them. cant we all just run along and enjoy it our way?
I have only been running since April and have been using my ipod on most of my training runs and three of the four 10k races I have done.
While using the ipod is motivating I find it very fidly with even supposedly running specifc addidas ear pieces falling out in the smallest amount of wind. I tried my last race without the ipod and ran a PB - 42 09 so I will continue to run with the Ipod when training but without when racing.
This particular thread is now just over 3 years old, and the subject has been done over in countless other threads without anything new being said.
I am looking forward to the dabate that will inevitabkly start when people take to wearing these.
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