This thread is a pointless exercise as there are too many issues that cause disagreement
1. Music for entertainment - matter of opinion so no consensus will be reached
2. Music being dangerous -
a) assumes that all runners/cyclists/pedestrians have the same awareness around them to start with. Clearly some people are not capable of running safely without music (by being careless) and other people are perfectly capable of running safely with music on.
b) it clearly depends on the location - running on a path where you'll be the only person for miles you're unlikely to cause an accident and muggers etc. tend to focus on areas where they'll find people. If you're running in a built up area, busy cycle path or a road with no pavement then clearly it's more important to have full awareness
3. Music being rude at races - if someone is able to maximise their performance using music then surely it would be unfair to prevent them from using it - how about banning pace measurement devices, only allowing one type of shoes etc?!
Just my opinions: Personally I've just started using music as an aid for marathon training after a 15 mile run without left me focussing on how tired I was and how close I was to the end for the last 5 miles or so... First impressions are that it seems to help even on shorter runs!
I've got the 305 after deliberation over getting something cheaper and the reception's great and I actually use quite a lot of the features that I thought seemed like a gimmick at the beginning! Highly reccommend 305.
Interesting subject - I've just done my first half marathon on a pretty warm day (previous max distance 10 miles) and noticed about 5/10 mins after the finish my face started to stiffen up from the salt solidifying on my face (hence reading this)! I generally prepare my own food from raw ingredients and don't even have salt in the house so I think this could be a problem for my diet - there seems to be a lot of uncertainty and debate on this point so anyone got any thoughts/advice?
Thanks for all your suggestions. I've managed to make a significant improvement after the initial problems, through stretching lots, before runs, after runs, in the middle of runs (less so now) and randomly throughout the day...
I've also got some new shoes and this seems to have helped, though not as much as the obsessive stretching. I've now gone from short runs of 30 mins up to longer ones (longest 10 miles). However, I still have a problem in that my calves always feel tight over the first couple of miles (particularly annoying/embarassing when running to catch a bus etc. when I can't take more than a few paces at a time...). This is ok when doing long runs, but in speedwork eg. 8x400 it can be uncomfortable for quite a while.
Any further advice would be gratefully received, though with my new forerunner 305 I'm enjoying myself which is the most important part of running.