To run with music or without? Join the debate
mattyf, good point,
I dont know anyone that runs with someone else and listens to music, I run with some social runners 3 times a week, as additional mileage for me, and I dont listen to music, we chat, and it's good to be able to do my hard sessions with music, and recovery runs, and some extra slower runs with friends, I get the best of all worlds,
I am not sure why some people are so narrow minded with this it's a bit like discussing the fact that women should run in skirts not shorts! its a matter of choice, and I am sure their are people out there that would say it is dangerous to run in a skirt! and on this matter why is it in charity races people can run around a city wearing next to nothing, If I walked into a city centre wearing a g string and v small bra, I am sure to be arrested, isnt this dangerous???
We wear earpieces to enable ourselves to talk on the phone in a car!!!!!
Husky, why don't you listen to your music when out running with friends ............................... is it because you wouldn't be able to hear them clearly?
pizza man, why do you need to listen to nobody clearly when your on your own?? I dont regularly partake in conversation in races, if so I am not racing am I, I would be a fun runner if I can talk in races, push yourself a bit harder maybe!!
Look I am not on hear for an argument, I just dont understand why it needs to be so black and white, if you were deaf, would you not be allowed to run in races????
Nothing is black and white, totaly agree.
I just feel that listening to music in races could cause problems
Enjoy your running however you choose to do it
I have only dipped into this thread and can't believe how angry some people seem. Surely the whole point of this is that it is a personal choice. If you choose to run without an ipod, then fine, if you choose to run with one (I do, and quite frankly I LOVE IT!) then fine again.
Surely we are all grown up's (though I doubt it reading some of these threads) and as long as we are considerate to other runners, then there really shouldn't be a problem.
If I know I am going to train with others, then I don't wear mine (my choice) as we like to chat, but if I am running by myself, I do.
I really don't see the problem.
If Paul wears her i-pod at the Olympics do you think it would take her mind off her hip pain?
Personally, I don't run with an MP3 player for a couple of reasons ( all already stated above - just getting my two penneth in ) - I run alone and often in remote locations and would feel too vunerable without clearly hearing what is going on around me. I find it too difficult to find tunes that fit in with the natural cadence of my running and I can't settle into a rhythm if I've got music on. I mainly run off road and through the countryside and enjoy the sight and sounds of nature. I find running in silence clears my head and allows me to think problems and issues through - during the day I'm bombared with noise and its so calming and refreshing just to hear birds singing or water flowing ( I know that sound a bit New Age and all that, but its true ). So even on a long, dark, cold boring mid-winter slog around the streets when all the trails are out of bounds, I still find something to look at, listen to or to think about.
However, I can appreciate why people like exercising to music - I was spinning the other day and I'd forgotten how motivating and uplifting the music can be - really helps you to go up a gear. But the context is completely different and on balance, I'd definitely remain a music free runner.
Ultra- Ironwolf, music has been around for a long time - primitive man made music and it has been part of human culture ever since - its in our nature and not a recent invention that has come about as a result of commercialisation of the world. Enjoyment can be found from more than one source at the same time. May not be your cup of tea but its hardly sad.
Taking calls onthe toilet though, thats just wrong!
"Taking calls onthe toilet though, thats just wrong!"
Unless you have a pay-as-you-go mobile, of course.
Surely the only reason that it's become more common for people to run with MP3 players over the last few years is that so many people were sidelined from running in the 70s and early 80s, not through shin splints and the like, but from neck, shoulder and back pain caused by trying to run with a ghetto blaster or an eight track on their shoulder?!?!!?!
Vive la difference!
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