Let’s talk music for a few minutes. I’m talking about the great music vs. no music while running debate.
Ok so it’s not really a debate but more of a personal preference. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
Yesterday I had 4 miles on my half marathon training schedule. Upon arriving to my go-to running location, the menacing clouds immediately began raising concerns.
(photo from last summer)
Now let me just tell you…I have zero luck when it comes to my iPhone. I’ve lost 2 iPhones and dropped one into a full tea cup (it was surprisingly fine!). So of course, with the threat of rain, paranoia sneaked into my head. God forbid I ruin another iPhone!
That’s when I decided to do something I’ve done only once before…I ran without music! And I loved it. There wasn’t a single second when I missed the blaring noises that I assumed I was so reliant on.
I didn’t fumble with my headphones. I didn’t feel the need to constantly skip songs. I wasn’t concerned about my iPhone falling to the ground, because it was safely sitting in my car. I just…was.
And it.was.glorious. Liberating. Peaceful.
There are many benefits to running without music. Safety is obviously the #1 concern – you are significantly more aware of your surroundings without the distraction of music. Running nakkie also keeps you in tune with your body, allowing for clear judgement with every step. Finally, without the background noise it’s just you and your thoughts – the ultimate “me time.”
There are plenty of other reasons to run without music, but it truly is a personal preference. There is no “right” and “wrong” side to this debate.
In many ways I just wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t a slave to my playlist. I wanted to see if I was capable of running a “long” distance sans music. I got the answer I was hoping for, but I also discovered an entirely new pleasure to running that I never before experienced.
Looks like I picked up a great new habit!
Do you ever run/exercise without music? Do you find it benefits you or makes the workout more difficult?