How do YOU do it?
Having the same dilema!
All my best runs time wise have been IPod assisted, but most people who have completed the marathon tell me I am going to miss out if I listen to music the whole way.
Really unsure what to do
I was doing my long run in Richmond Park yesterday and I really noticed all the runners going past who had music players - I was thinking to myself 'wow we are in such a beautiful place, with so many runners around to smile at and say hi to, and instead everyone seems to be trapped in their own world of music and not acknowledging everyone else'. I even saw one couple running past, where one of them had earphones in - whats the point of running together if you're not even listening to what they say?
Personally I can listen to music while I run and I do understand that it helps to pass the time when you're feeling a bit rubbish, but I definitely won't be using any mp3 players at London, I want to get everything out of the atmosphere that I can
I'm thinking of running the FLM with my mp3 player but I'll record and play large segments of silence onto my playlist, so I can be listening to the crowds and the atmosphere for the most part but every now and then, a song can come on to give me a boost.
Is this strategy likely to work?
Well, it's one way round the dilemma Ratatouille! I've only ever used my iPod in two races before, but I'm more and more reliant on it for horrid training sessions like intervals when I play it loud so I can't hear my panting... I'm doing Paris and I'll take my iPod, but won't use it until I feel the need which may be never or maybe at around 17 miles... In the half I don't know that it actually helped, but in a 15 miler I was feeling good on a rainy, cold day and when Goodbye Mr A by the Hoosiers and I don't feel like dancing by the Scissor Sisters came on it just made a good run even better. Had a photographer been aroundn at the time they might have got a pic of me smiling, not grimacing with my eyes shut as usual!
I've done two FLMs and the crowd is great - it's just that last year with the heat etc, I think it would have been nice to have something to take my mind off the heat/the brightness/the heat/my pyriformis/the heat.
Bip Bip - I'm cr*p at recognising songs from their titles but I can see that Walk This Way would do the trick ... near the end probably!
I'm going to check out some of the pacing websites...
I've never had crowd support before (did Abingdon mara and Edinburgh so support was VERY sporadic particularly as I am slow) but as it's FLM I'm definitely giving it a whirl without the IPod - will have it in pocket just in case but as I've supported there on many occasions I know I'm less likely to shout out someone's name if they've got earphones on. Maybe a good solution is one earphone in on the side furthest from the crowd - sneaky but you might get best of both worlds.
i am normally glued to my ipod but I think this is one occasion where you might just miss out...
It doesn't matter how near the back you are at the FLM there is always loads of support.
Race Tracy, you might like this It analyzes your playlist and gives you BPM * beats per minute*. I found it useful in determining the mix that works best for me. This one's good too.
* My playlist is v.cheesy and includes...
What A Wonderful World Joey Ramone
Paint It Black VNV Nation
Jump (for My Love) Pointer Sisters
Route 1 feat Jenny Frost - Crash Landing
The Future Leonard Cohen
Gwen Stefani - Tick Tock ( I know, I know...)
AH, they'll play Chariots of Fire at the Start of the Paris Marathon. See men weep...
I heard The Race by Yello this morning. That's def going on.
i run my one and only so far marathon in rome the sunday before easter and the crowd was not as good and encouraging as london -
there were parts of the race were i was running in empty roads outside town and even when we got back in the center of rome as it was quite late by then pedestrians were just strolling around not caring at all
in times like those when i tried to take my headphones off all i could hear was my own steps and panting or the rustle of a road with people shopping - it was actually taking me more out of the race mood to have the headphones off! -
i did remove them whenever i'd see crowd or individuals cheering and encouraging though as i really appreciated it and kept me going but if i hadnt had my music the race would have been a bit lonely ....my tunes surely gave a bounce on my step!
Bip Bip - hmm - that's exactly why I think I'd always go for the big events - I like a bit of attention as I went my way!
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