Thursday, June 26, 2008

Music while running?

Nick recently mentioned to me how he doesn’t listen to any music while he is running. Just the sound of his footsteps hitting the ground and himself breathing to pass the time. I, on the other hand, do listen to music. Well, actually I listen to talk radio. Usually NPR during the spring/summer and sports talk radio during the football season. Nick’s reasoning was that he didn’t want to get reliant on the music as most sanctioned races ban any headphones while running.

I am a bit torn on this. On the one hand, I think that the running is much more enjoyable when I am using headphones. It passes the time, I am always up on current events, and I have something else other than my steps to listen to. On the other hand, humans are creatures of habit. During the race it may totally throw me off of my game to not have Michele Norris telling me about the latest labor strike in Germany.

So, I suppose for now I will keep them on. Ultimately I think that the 4 months of running will be much more enjoyable than running 5 or 10 minutes slower because I am a bit off because I don’t have music. Besides, I am sure that I could just sing all of my favorite songs to pass the time. I’d bet that I would make tons of friends that way!