In about three weeks I will run my second full marathon (Shamrock in Virginia Beach). I’ve been going back and forth on if I was going to run with music. I haven’t been running with music on my long runs this cycle and even on most of my shorter runs I’ve been sans tunes. Essentially, I’ve run with music on the treadmill and that’s about it. I used to be extremely beholden to running long with music — if you would have told me five months ago that I’d run for hours with no music I would’ve called you crazy. However, I’ve learned to listen to my surroundings, my feet on the pavement and my breath. I’ve discovered that you can miss so much when you can’t hear what’s happening around you.
So when thinking about the marathon, I was thinking about if I was going to use music and I’ve decided that I’m not going to run with music. I will bring my iphone and if things get really really bad, I’ll have it as a backup, but I’m not planning on using it. If my 21 mile run last Saturday taught me anything, it’s that I’m mentally strong enough to do this without music.
Do you run with music? Why or why not?