This morning, I read an article entitled:
Should You Listen to Music While Running?*
This is a true debate I have gotten into with my husband, brother-in-laws and various friends.
I enjoy listening to music. Fast paced tunes ( 150+ beats per minute – the more the merrier), distraction (specially from looooooong distances), and the spark of memories. Good reasons, right? I remember recently a 42 minute mix helped me conquer a miserable 5 miles on the treadmill. In fact, a treadmill run without music or a tv show is pure torture. Torture I tell you!
As a youth, I never ran with music. Those were the days of walkmans. Big and bulky. What were earbuds? In college… it was pretty music the same thing. I didn’t have such luxury items. And I had still had some mix tapes in my possession but CDs were my purchase of choice.
So now? I’ve been told real runners don’t use music. They run with maybe a GPS watch and a dream. That’s it. I’ve tried this. I think the longest run I did this with was an 8 miler. And it was fine. Of course this was outside on the trails on a beautiful day. Leaving the iphone at home also took away from the stress of my buds falling out and the irritation of dings from texts.
So should I listen to music? Pump up the jam on the treadmill I say.
Should I enjoy the sounds of silence? On those happy trails.
* full article available at http://www.runnersworld.com/workout-music/should-you-listen-to-music-while-running