Running With (or Without) Music

For the past few years, I’ve always needed to listen to music for any run over 4 miles. I loved my playlist and refreshed it whenever I felt the need. New songs would get me amped up and old favorites would reignite positive memories from previous runs and races.

Then, the strangest thing happened about 8 weeks ago. I went out for a training run and had no desire to listen to music. None. Instead I put on my Garmin and ran my miles. And I liked it. I did it again the next day, and the day after that. Then I went out for my 12 mile long run that week with no music, and I liked that too. Since that week I went cold turkey with my running music and haven’t looked back yet!

My hope is that this will continue and I’ll be able to run the Chicago Marathon sans music. Since I just went on an 18 mile run this past weekend without it, I think I have a pretty solid shot. There are still two distinct groups of runners, those that listen to music and those that do not.

Do you like to run with or without music? How come? Have you ever switched sides?

Marathon Playlist

If your iPhone needed a playlist refresh, I think we just became best friends. Remember that time I ran a marathon? Well, I had some great music pushing me all 26.2 miles and I’m so in love with this crazy playlist that I have to share it with you! My choice in music is very… comprehensive. Some of these have been on my running playlist forever, we’re talking years, and some are newer. I love them all, but I did *star* a few that I’m seriously crushing on at the moment. I hope you’re able to browse and find some fresh music to kick up your run or workout routine! Feel free to share some of your personal favorite tunes in the comments below!
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Battling Running Boredom

I typically run 4-6 days each week, totaling 25-40+ miles. One of the most common questions I get about running so often and so far is, “don’t you get bored?” It’s surprisingly rare that I do, but if I spend the entire time thinking about how far I have to go until I’m done and how I don’t want to be running, then boredom is sure to set in immediately. And that happens sometimes too, always on shorter runs which for some reason I think should only take me 5 minutes and I’m always letdown when they don’t. Long runs are different. On long runs there’s plenty of time to let your mind wander. You’d be surprised with what you can come up with. Think about the fun plans you have later that night, the scenery around you, your pace, passing the person in front of you, or start doing math with your distance and time, that’s always fun.
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