Monday, August 5, 2013

16 miles without headphones

Last week I ran 58 miles. Not bad!  Honestly, if I add 5 miles to one run and 5 to the other, I’ll be right where I want to be for NYCM training. Of course, lest I get too high and mighty, I celebrated my “back to basics” week by sleeping through this morning’s run.  Oops.

Now that I am back into the moderate mileage (yes, 58 is only moderate in my screwed up world) I’ve found myself pooping a lot more listening to a lot more podcasts.  Nothing gets a runner’s booty shorts up in a wad like talking about headphones.  Opinions go from people saying that they HAVE to run with headphones or else running sucks to people who hope people who wear headphones get hit by a car.  All that I have to say is that: “I’m here, with headphones in my ears, GET USED TO IT”.

Most of my podcast use is because I run alone almost all the time.  As much as I love listening to heavy petting breathing, my mind does better if I have someone else talking into my skull vs my own hyperventilating to keep me occupied. The only exception is when I run with others.  Generally speaking, the main purpose of running with others is to to others.  As such, during my 16 mile run this weekend I ditched the headphones to run with a running buddy, Ryan.

Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but this weekend I had to run 4 miles before and 3 miles after meeting up with him.  Since I didn’t want to carry around my iphone while running w/him I decided to run ALL SIXTEEN MILES with nothing around me but the sounds of nature (cars driving by, people yelling in an alley, etc).  I have to admit that it wasn’t THAT bad. It was a bit harder than it should have been at the beginning, but once I got warmed up after a few miles I totally fell into a groove and started to work through the cure for cancer (or whatever people think about when occupying their own mind).  My last 3 miles were alone and the fastest, so maybe there is something to be said about a run or two a week with nothing in my ears but drops of sweat and my own internal monolog?

Of course, during my 16 miles of headphone free music?  I about pooped my pants at mile 7.  Maybe the podcasts are a distraction that I need to take my energy away from my colon?


Pat said...

My ipod shuffle got soaked in sweat last week, so I am running without music now. Not to self: don't clip your new ipod shuffle to your collar.

On a good note, I have a really cool heavy duty paperclip now.

p.s. does anyone have an ipod shuffle they want to sell me cheap?

Gracie said...

I kind of got away from running with music when my ipod nearly died. It's still on the brink of dying, so - still no music.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Shall we pop the champagne in celebration? Wahahahaa!

Johann said...

I never run with music and prefer that. Especially on the trails I love to hear nature.

Kayla Moothart said...

I don't know how I got used to running without music - but I did it one day and haven't gone back. It was a weird transition.

Jamoosh said...

I tried running with music for awhile - it didn't work out. And although I have ranted in the past about wearing headphones, it really doesn't bother me. It's kind of like wearing or not wearing a bike helmet - do what you want, you are not affecting me.