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Ran my first run this evening whilst using the iPod function on my iPhone. Not only did I enjoy it but I made my longest distance yet!
How do tthe others feel about running with music - does it enhance your run or put you off?
I always run to music, can't run without it. It helps my pace, when I'm feeling a little sluggish and something powerful comes on I up my pace.
There have been numerous forums on here regarding this and a lot of people saying you shouldn't run with music as it's dangerous, you can't concentrate blah de blah, and my argument on that is if it was so dangerous why do runners world and marathon organisers (for example) have topics on "what is your favourite music to run to".
Then there are the other side who love it. I Love running with music, I have one headphone on only so I can still hear around me.
You run with music if it helps, I would never have got as far as I did previously if I hadn't had music to run to.
I've stopped running with music in races, for safety and pacing sake
In the gym I'll wear my Ipod,
Doing LSRs or club night with the club, I won't, espcially as you can chat to other runner's while on the go.
I do not run with music. I find it a distraction. As Betty Bee says, normally I wouldn't notice it or be able to tell you what's been played.
Some songs do up the pace, others therefore by implication down the pace.
I started to find running with music was more of an annoyance than anything else.
I like to count my pace in my head all the time.
I listen to music when I'm running to and from work each day, it's the same route every day and it gets a bit boring, so music does help pass the time.
Fast paced rock songs mostly for me. I love classical music, but it just doesn't seem to work to run to.
I don't use the ipod during races, for all the usual reasons mentioned (safety etc.) and also on longer races (half/full marathon) it's nice to chat to other runners.
At one half last year there was a girl who'd wired her ipod up to speakers - set to a nice volume.
I can't say if it's safer or not wearing earphones on my work runs. I follow a major route into Leeds, so there's a lot of traffic noise to begin with, there are few junctions on my side of the road and i have so far made damn sure i check for traffic in all directions before crossing(qualifer put in so you can all say "I told you so" when i get flatted tomorrow!). In fact the only incident i've had so far was when i slipped and nearly fell in front of a car - i was coming to a stop at the curb while waiting for the traffic to clear when my foot went out from under me - i don't think wearing headphones had anything to do with it.
The Ipod police again..... Would you advise someone who was deaf not to run then?
Actually... when I first took up running (umm, 2007) I always had music on. I enjoyed it, but I got to the point where I couldn't run without it. I was dependent on it to get me round, I can remember being in a panic before a plod, because I hadn't charged my iPod. Went without and hated it - it was a real struggle.
I took a 6 month injury break last year, and decided to start again without music - and it's SO much better without. I notice my running more, how I feel and what I'm doing, I notice the world around me more, and I feel much more rested and refreshed when I get back, I get more headspace to think. Surprising (not least to myself!) but now I think I'd struggle to run WITH music, it would be too distracting!
It would be really interesting to put this 'running with music is dangerous' thing to bed once and for all. How many people out running have actually died because they didn't hear the car that ran them over?
My bet is 'none at all, not one, not ever' but I'm willing to be proved wrong.
Sometimes I run with music, it gives me a lift and an opportunity to listen to the heavy, nasty stuff that Squish isn't so keen on. It's also an opportunity to catch up with music I want to listen to at the same time as training (who says men can't multitask?) Sometimes, I really enjoy listening to natural sounds and being at one with the world.
In races, 'you won't be able to hear marshals' safety instructions' is nonsense too; marshals generally shout and point, it's quite clear what they mean. You definitely can't hear cars which approach quietly; I once pulled out of Stratford marathon and got brought back to the start in a jag; runners with headphones in definitely didn't know we were there. Generally speaking, however, it's the ones that approach fast and noisily that are likely to run you over...
I'm a big boy and it's my life and I'll make my own decisions. We're obsessed with relatively minor risks. About 360 people a year die in falls down stairs and noone is proposing to ban the humble staircase...
...but she was uninjured, yes Wubya? Near misses don't count I reckon there are also plenty of near misses with people unencumbered by IPods too. The cycling leg of triathlons is far more dangerous than running (I cite the experiences of our respective spouses, both knocked off by idiot motorists when in races...)
I'm not claiming that it's completely safe to run with music, just that grown-ups should be entitled to decide for themselves whether the small risk is worth it or not...but of course, it's their own fault if they get hurt through their inattention....
At the moment, I'm running the public footpaths; no traffic to worry about, but I'm still careful through fields of cows
You want to be careful with cows. Recent studies have shown that they can become enraged and violent when hearing heavy rock music.
That may be a lie....
The actual risk to runners, during a race anyway, is pretty much irrelevant. It's the authorising bodies perceived risk that's the important factor. If the Police, Highways Authority, local Council, Insurers etc etc raise it as an issue during the permit application process then the race organiser is stuffed - he's either got to put a ban in MP3s or cancel the race.
How often that has happened is anyone's guess, but I can't imagine that a race organiser would put a ban in place just for his own amusemant.
I'd be glad to see runners yanked out of no-ipod races when wearing them.
I used to be from the ipod camp, but I've changed sides after running without music, realising how firstly it was affecting my apce, and I coudln't hear stuff going on around.