Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Running with Music?

Recently I read a Runner's World Article about running with music. It was in essence a debate between two different people with similar backgrounds. They discussed the pros and cons of several different aspects of running with music.

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After reading through the article I can appreciate arguments for both sides. I agree that running without music is probably a little safer, since you can be more aware of your surroundings, but I am also one of those runners that benefits from the "distraction" that music provides.

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I have run sans music a handful of times...and I have to tell you, when I don't have music to distract me...all I can think about how bored I am...how tired my legs are...and every minute or so  I think to myself...is this over yet? Yes...I love running...but what I love most about it is the escape it allows me. I love being able to get outside and run out any stress from the day and just relax. However, I can't do this while having to listen to myself breathing like a dying buffalo.


This article also got me thinking about how people listened to music before iPods. Did people run with walkmans? Discmans? Boomboxes? What did they do? My mom ran a lot when I was younger, but she always ran with a friend and they talked the whole time (how in the world do people do that?!?) Luckily for me, I was never faced with this dilemma! Thank you, Steve Jobs!

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When I first started running I ran with an iPod touch (so I could use the Nike + app an the sensor in my shoes) and after a year or so of that I started using my iPhone and the RunKeeper app. Back in December I finally got a Garmin watch and that is when  I decided to get a smaller iPod (iPod Shuffle). I already have a million other things to carry with me (especially on long runs) the last thing I wanted to worry about was an arm band and a giant iPod! 

I have to say my system has been working out really well for me...except for the fact that I rarely update my playlist. I found myself skipping through songs left and right during last week's long run, and that is when I knew my Ipod needed an update! Luckily for me, while I was going through the junk drawer on Monday, I found an iTunes gift card that I had received from a student last year. That was all it took to get me to sit down and get to updating!


First, I pulled out all my old CD's (do people still buy these?) I don't remember the last time I bought a CD...but, I do have to say my collection is pretty brilliant and very outdated ;)


After going through my cd's and adding some oldies (but goodies) I decided it was time to spend some money!! I ended up spending $20 ($10 of the gift card and $10 of my own) and now I have a whole new playlist!! 

Here are the songs I bought today to add to my playlist.


Thanks to all of the suggestions on Instagram I now have some great new songs that I haven't heard of or listened to before. I mean...am I the only person who has no clue who Betty Who is? If you don't know her either...I suggest you look it up...I guarantee you will LOVE her...well, as long as 80's pop is your thing you will! ;)
I also stuck with some of my tried and true songs that were already on my iPod (Push It- Salt N' Pepa, the entire Foster the People album, etc) and I added some of the long lost songs from my CD's (Nelly, Michael Jackson, etc) and I even added a few 311 songs that I had purchased on iTunes 2 years ago when AJ and I first started dating and I was still trying to impress him by learning some of the songs by his favorite band ;)


Do you listen to music while you run?
What are some of your favorite songs to run or workout to?

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17 comments:

  1. Some of my current faves are on your playlist. I used to run with music before I started running with my MRTT group. Now we just talk the whole time-way better distraction. I use my music for my cross training and weights workouts. #wowlinkup Confessions of A Mother Runner

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  2. I run to music.. and when I don't.. I feel like I'm not moving fast enough.. even though I am... I never have it turned up so I can't hear cars coming up behind me or what not... But, I see both sides as well.. I just prefer to live DANGEROUSLY! hahaha

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  3. I love love love music! All kinds, it really sets my mood! <3 #wowolinkup

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  4. I jump back and forth between running with music or running without music (when I am lazy and don't feel like untangling my earbuds). I enjoy both. #wowlinkup

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  5. Love finding new music all the time, which is why I have Spotify. So many pre made workout playlists out there! Thanks for sharing this :) #wowlinkup

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    1. I love Spotify, but I try not to run with my phone anymore (there was an unfortunate incident with a crack in the sidewalk once...and my phone barely made it out unharmed) so I play it safe and I use my iPod instead :)

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  6. I find that walking (I don't run) with music is a distraction for me if my playlist hasn't been updated in a while. But if I have music that I enjoy it's great to listen to while I am walking. #wowlinkup

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  7. i pictured someone running with a boom box when you talked about that... haha!
    i TOTALLY agree with you on the music thing. i have to have my tunes or running is SO much harder. the distraction is necessary for me.

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    1. Adding a boombox on your shoulders or around your neck would really add a whole new challenge to running :)

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  8. I love running and learned to run through my dad and then cross country so I didn't start with music. I actually find my runs to be the place where I get my greatest thoughts (although sometimes these thoughts aren't so great when I filter them through others...). However, when I have to run on a treadmill it's a whole different story! I actually used to try to use a discman on treadmill runs-it would last maybe 2 songs haha. Thanks for the great post and new playlist!

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    1. When I run on the treadmill, even music isn't enough to make it enjoyable. I take my iPad mini and watch TV shows while running...I find that it distracts me enough to make me sort of forget I am running in place!

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  9. Okay back in the olden days LOL, I didn't run with music but when the Walkman came on the scene I did run holding one and so did everyone else. Running or walking for fun or exercise, having your ears not available to noise around you has always been hazardous. #wowlinkup

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  10. I run with music but I don't always hear it. I seldom remember which songs were playing while running. I have run without music and I'm like you - my mind takes over and that's not always a good thing. Lessong learned - must run with music. #wowlinkup

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    1. I never remember what songs I listened to...it's in one ear and out the other kind of thing when I am running!

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  11. I cannot survive a run without my tunes:) Half the time you will see me running down the street singing along #wowlinkup

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  12. I recently ran a 10k sans music and it was quite refreshing! Also as for gear, you NEED a flipbelt. Google & buy! You'll thank me later!

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