The beauty of running sans headphones is that you get to finally be alone with your thoughts. This is also the horror of running without headphones: what if you don’t want to be alone with your thoughts?
Running without music may not be as bad as it seems. Look at it as your one chance to unplug during the day, if the rest of the time you’re always glued to a screen or some kind of digital input.
On the other hand, if you’ve been reveling in the sounds of nature or city life every single time you go running, maybe you’d get a boost from a little pump-up music?
I need music when I’m on the treadmill or if I’m running intervals; running hard hurts, more mentally than physically, and music helps to keep me in the groove when I’d otherwise start talking myself into quitting. On the other hand, if I’m running easy in a place with great scenery, it’s nice to soak it in without any phone-based distractions.
When do you run with, or without, music?
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