Greetings from Minnesota! Cool day today with temps in the 50’s again. Perfect running weather. 🙂
Before I get to my big question (which is prominently written in the subject line), I have a photo for you. The past few days, I’m seeing all sorts of pictures on Facebook and twitter of “scary clouds” and “crazy looking sky.”
We have been having some unsettled weather lately, and even a tornado and hail in some parts of Minnesota the past few days. Luckily I don’t think there was serious damage, but it definitely can be scary.
Just because, I want to share my own “unique sky” photo.
There you have it. Now, on to my question.
Tunes or no tunes??
What I’m referring to is whether or not I should carry my iPod during the Fargo Marathon next weekend. If you’re a runner, I’m sure you may have strong feelings one way or the other on this issue.
If you’re not a runner, I’ll just say that most runners I know either feel like they “could never run without music” or “swear that music ruins the running experience.”
I’m in a camp somewhere in the middle. I listen to music or a podcast about half the time. Sometimes I like solitude, and sometimes I feel I need to focus without the added distraction of earbuds. And I always leave the iPod at home if I’m running with Calvin the dog.
I’ve done up to 15 miles without that little gadget, so I know I can run long without it. On my 20 mile, I brought it with in case I needed it. I popped in some music for 10-20 minutes when I was feeling a bit sluggish mid-race, however I finished the last 10 miles without it.
But… I also feel like music is a powerful tool. If you’ve hit a rough patch, hearing Pink belt out “Raise Your Glass” or Bruce Springsteen say you’re “Born to Run” really can perk a person up.
In an effort to organize my thoughts, I thought I would make some lists.
Bring it because:
- If music can help me through a rough patch, why not bring it?
- Even if I don’t use it, I’ll have a sense of secuirty knowing it’s there.
- I can listen to my favorite song, right when I want it or need it.
- Everybody else is doing it! (It seems like lots of people race with one.)
Leave it at home because:
- It’s better to take in the marathon experience, chat with other runners, and enjoy the crowd.
- Fargo Rocks this year (a band at every mile) so why bring the iPod?
- It’s a pain dealing with those wires, taking the earbuds in and out, or having them fall out.
- Leaving it home means I have more flexibility in clothing choice because I won’t need a pocket. (I refuse to wear an armband for 26.2)
What do you think?? Share some of your own pros and cons, or just tell me what you would do.