Posted: 04/06/2008 at 14:04
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!