Most people that I know who run insist they need their iPod to run. I can understand why too, I use to be on of the people who said that. I now run without music and I think it has helped me improve as a "serious" runner. I am not saying that you can't be a serious runner if you listen to music, but I feel that when I run without music I am more in sync with my body, and I can focus in more on my running. In this post I felt like figuring out the pros and cons of running with and without music. I think I will write it in a paragraph form to go more in depth with my reasoning, but then I will just do a bullet point pro/con list for you skim readers ;)
First I will start with running to music. I use to always, always run with music. If my iPod was dead, I wasn't going to run until it charged. It was very inspirational to run with upbeat songs that sung about perseverance , and I will admit that it helped keep me going when I would want to quit. Another example is some running routes are boring. Mind numbing boring. The music would help me keep the focus of the path and on the songs. The only problem is, I would be a slave to the beat. I would run at whatever tempo the song was because my body would sync to it and I wouldn't even notice. I would end up spending more energy running a mile than I meant to because a really fast tempo song came on or the complete opposite would happen and I would run a slower pace than intended. Now on to my list!
- Distracts from running boring routes.
- Pumps up.
- Beat dictates pace.
- Takes away from paying attention to run.
- Distracting (cords, iPod itself)
This is the way I have been training lately. No strings(or wires) attached. While it is a little harder to run without music on those long grueling runs, I find it to be refreshing to go out, just me and my legs. I find it a lot easier to focus on a certain pace and I am able to push myself without having to split my focus. I can just go. The downside is that when it gets really tough and I want to slow down/walk I have to encourage myself to keep going. We all know the hardest person to motivate is ourselves sometimes. I can easily rationalize why I should slow down, but with music I can just focus more on it and keep going. But that's why I think that it helps me become a more serious runner, because I become accountable for my running and getting across that finish line. To the list!
- Focus on running.
- Run at pace set by runner.
- Become more disciplined.
- Less motivating.
- Easier to quit(in my opinion).
- Having to be accountable for self(can be really hard some days)
Now that I compare and contrasted the two, I can go into a little more depth on what I do. While I no longer run with music, I do listen to music that gets me pumped up right before I run. That way I can get hyped up to go do a good workout, yet I can focus more on my running than my music. Now I would like to hear from y'all!
- Do you run with or without music? For training? For races?
- Have anything else to add to my list?
- Do you agree or disagree with me? Why?
Well my race is tomorrow, so I am going to go get some sleep :)