Sound vs Silence

To run with music or without? Join the debate

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04/06/2008 at 10:29

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???

04/06/2008 at 10:30

We wear earpieces to enable ourselves to talk on the phone in a car!!!!!

Legally !

04/06/2008 at 10:49

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?

Edited: 04/06/2008 at 10:54
04/06/2008 at 10:54
Not quite sure what relevance the comparison to short skirts and bras has, but I'm willing to listen ...
04/06/2008 at 11:03

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???? 

04/06/2008 at 11:06

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

04/06/2008 at 11:09


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.

04/06/2008 at 11:16

If Paul wears her i-pod at the Olympics do you think it would take her mind off her hip pain?

04/06/2008 at 11:17
Paul = Paula
04/06/2008 at 11:17

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.

04/06/2008 at 11:31
On my long runs I listen to music and on the shorter ones I don't simple as that really.
04/06/2008 at 11:36
the funny thing is that the same people who moan about ipods and taking the sport seriously are quite happy for fun runners to run around dressed as a giant  apples rhinos etc.. I think you would have more problem talking to them, and they'd bump into you, and are they really taking our sport seriously? They walk most of the time.
04/06/2008 at 11:42
I don't moan about how others dress or run or listen to music, it's up to them. I just think it's a sad commentary on our commercialised noisy world that people can't or choose not to enjoy the activity just as it is. To me it's the same as having a mobile on all day no matter where you are - I choose not to allow people to call me when I'm sitting on the loo, if someone really needs to reach me they will call again when I'm out of there and have my phone on, but there are others who seem quite happy to chat in their cubicle. Personal choice.
04/06/2008 at 11:44
I think you may find yourself pretty mistaken there, mattyf
04/06/2008 at 11:50

why imski?

04/06/2008 at 11:53

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!

04/06/2008 at 12:22

"Taking calls onthe toilet  though, thats just wrong!"

Unless you have a pay-as-you-go mobile, of course.

04/06/2008 at 12:22

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!

04/06/2008 at 12:28
LOL Muttley!
Edited: 04/06/2008 at 12:28
04/06/2008 at 12:29
i love my mp3 player.. keeps me going when i get tired running.. i could manage without it but wouldn't be as much fun.. and i love music so i get to do two things i love at once.. its the only downtime i have to listen to some good tunes!
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