i’ve heard people debate the pros and cons of listening to music while running for a while now. i can understand both sides of the subject i suppose…
Some people feel that by listening to music, you’re missing the point of running. that you would miss the sounds and experiences of everything that surrounds you on your run. and then there is always the safety factor too… what if you are jamming out to Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” and you don’t hear another runner (or even a biker or a car) coming up behind you? it’s a valid point that you could really run the risk of getting hurt if you’re not paying attention…this is often why races will say that you can’t have headphones/ipods/etc. (though from what i’m able to tell most people kind of ignore that little rule and it’s not truly enforced anyway…)
Some people (myself included) find that running with music is better- it can be energizing, motivating, and can help to pass the time and set smaller goals on those long runs. how many of us haven’t said ‘i’ll keep running through the end of this song’ only to find that you have the energy to keep going after that song is over? or even if you don’t, at least you were able to make it that much further before taking a little break… In the end, i guess it just comes down to personal preference.
So for those who are interested in music on the run, i have an amazing Web site that you may or may not be aware of. i discovered this little gem this past fall when i was training for the Annapolis Half Marathon (really fun race btw). RockMyRun.com
it’s a fairly new site- recently out of the beta phase, but in a nutshell, it provides running mixes, designed by popular, professional DJs. gone are the days of having to make a mix tape (dating myself here…) or even a mix on your ipod. Rock My Run allows you to search for and download mixes that have music you love, in a variety of lengths, genres, beats per minute, and (eventually) paces. Plus, all of the mixes have a listing of the songs that are in the mix so you can see what you’re getting and even take a quick listen if you’re not familiar with the name of the song. (for people like me that’s great because I never know the name of a song…) they have a blog on here too- definitely worth following http://blog.rockmyrun.com/
looking for a fun 80s mix to help get you through a 45 minute run? go to rockmyrun.com. in the market for a hip hop or rock mix to last the length of your long run without having to go through the same songs over and over again? rockmyrun.com. Technically, you could use the mixes for a spin class or any other kind of exercise too- doesn’t have to be limited to running! check it out- aside from the occasional Web site plug thrown into the mix, which can actually be kind of humorous at times, i’ve yet to be disappointed. you won’t be either.
*the Rock My Run logo is a registered service mark of Rock My World, Inc.