In my defense, my own thoughts are pretty entertaining. I can easy fill three hours of running with thoughts like "I can't believe I can run so far. I'll totally run an ultra one day," "I wonder if Kim Kardashian's butt is real?" and "holy crap this is the worst feeling ever I'm never running again". For years people have been telling me to shut up and I could never understand - I'm incredibly interesting. But one day I just...got sick of myself. I know, it seems impossible. But it happened.
So I got some headphones and busted out my iPod to listen to some music. I ran my first race with music last November (Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon) and I have never looked back since.
Last week I hopped on the treadmill for a run and realized the iPod was dead. I figured I could tough it out for a few miles without music. Result? 6 miles at a 9:09 pace. (AKA Speedy McSpeederson for me.)
Fine, maybe that's a fluke. But then today I ran without music again and ran 7 miles at a 9:17 pace. It got me thinking... am I running faster because I DON'T have music?
For reference I think it important for you to see my view while running. When I say no entertainment, I mean a wire poking out of the wall. Thrilling stuff:
|My view. Can you top that?|
We planned to put up a little television right there in front of the treadmill for entertainment, (hence the wires and plugs) but....the leprechaun hasn't shown up with my pot o' gold yet. Maybe Saturday?
I genuinely think that the boredom that sets in while watching a square foot of wall encourages me to run faster. I kind of like it.
Do you listen to music when you run? Outside and inside?
I almost never listen to music when I run outside (safety reasons) but in a race with no traffic then I will. On the treadmill I'm in the habit of always listening to music now.
Anyone have some awesome recommendations for headphones that won't fall out every 3.2 seconds?
I have a pair that Tim got me that go around the back of your neck and fit into your ears....I realize now how inadequate that description is so here is a picture of the pair I have: