On Monday I was looking at the website for the half marathon I’m going to run, and I came across these words: No Headphones.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m completely freaking out about this. I have never run without music or a podcast or an audio book playing in my ears. NEVER. Music helps me get through the rough patches in my runs, gets me excited and inspired, and keeps me smiling. How will I make it through 13.1 miles without music? Liz, my former roomie and an avid runner (Hi, Liz!) told me she runs without music all the time and that it can be very refreshing to just listen to the sound of her feet hitting the ground and that it gives her the chance to think about things, so clearly it is possible to run without music. I’m just not sure I’m going to like it.
Of course, the only way to find out is to try it, so this weekend for my long run, I am going to leave my iPod at home. (How lame is it that just writing that out scares me a bit?) I am just hoping I can get through it. Naturally, I will report back after the run to let you all know how it goes.
Do you exercise with or without music? If you run without music, do you have any tips for me??
And THANK YOU for all of your support and encouragement. You guys really are the greatest!