Let me start out that I’m a big fan of music. I always have been, and I always will be.
My dad use to be a disc jockey for the local radio station in one of the small mining towns I grew up in. I also use to play viola. Therefore my music tastes range from classical like Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart to 80’s rock like Touch by Noiseworks.
So it was a given that when it came to running that I would need music to get me through the distances.
However over time, I learned to appreciate my runs without music, and I soon began to realise the importance of running without music.
Here are my pros and cons of running with music
The Pro’s of why you Should Run with Music
Music is powerful, and can instantly affect your mood.
Did you know in some sports music is banned as it can give the athlete an unfair advantage?
If you’ve ever run using the Nike app, you have the option to select a “Power Song”. We all have a power song, you know it’s the song that can get you pumping, makes you try harder, push yourself further, and makes you super happy at the same time that you just want to pump it out.
It helps pass the time
If you’ve ever had to train for a long period of time you know how boring it can be if you are doing it on your own. Music, Audiobooks, or even podcasts help to pass the time.
It may only be for 60mins or it could be for 3 hours, but when you are on your own, sometimes you just need the distraction, and music definitely helps pass the time.
It helps you enjoy the run
When you’ve got a good playlist going, you feel like you can conquer anything, which in turn makes you enjoy your hard work.
The Con’s of why you Should Not Run with Music
It makes you concentrate on your body
When you run with no music you can listen to exactly what your body is doing. You can hear how your feet are landing, you can listen to your breathing. It helps you concentrate on your form and can make you a more efficient runner.
It makes you more aware of your surroundings
It’s a safety aspect because listening to music inhibits the ability to hear what is happening around you.
We’ve all heard stories of preventable injuries and deaths of runners. Take this story for example Beach Jogger Killed by Plane.
It helps you enjoy the run
Take notice of where you run, and enjoy the view. You will notice little things, like a bird or a flower.
Running without music makes you appreciate where you live.
Whether you decide to run with music or not is up to you.
But try not to rely on music for all your runs.
When I’m out running in the Grampians, it’s a welcome change to listen to the sounds of the bush.
Do you run with or without music, and why?
What’s your favourite song right now?