The more I run, the more I hate running with headphones.
Why? I’m not entirely sure. Well, no. That’s not true. But I can’t put my finger on any one specific reason.
Running without music – without buds in my ears – is oddly liberating.
When running, the wind picks up and noise sort of… disappears. Not forcing music into my ears means that I’m running almost in silence. My heart beat being the only constant sound. The sound of my feet hitting the ground grabs my attention when the patterns change.
Running without music has taught me a lot about how I run.
Now, I can pay attention to what I’m doing. My posture. My breathing. My pacing. How I feel as I push myself harder. Identifying when I need to slow down, or go easy on a hill.
Running with music is peaceful.
There’s no pressure to keep up with the beat. To force your mindset to fit with the songs in the playlist.
Bonus points for:
- No headphones slapping against your neck, or getting caught in your pony tail!
- No pinching arm-band holding up your phone/MP3 player.
- You can hear cars when they’re pulling up behind you (survival bonus, ding-ding-ding!)
Running without music has taught me my limits.
Have you tried running without music? Did it gel for you?
Or are you a fan of having your music with you, and it keeps you amped as you run?