The other day I did something completely new. I went for a run just me, my sneaks, and my Garmin. No phone. No music.
Gasp! Say whaaa?!
I know. Music is what usually drives me during runs. Upbeat tempos and fun lyrics keep me motivated and push me to run faster. However, when I was down in Texas, my ear buds were on the fritz. I was getting frustrated during my run with the music that kept going in and out. The next day, I decided that instead of dealing with music that only played in one ear (if at all), I would just run without it.
It has actually been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I just never got up the nerve to try running without music to propel me forward. I’ve heard it can be wonderful, and I noticed plenty of runners racing the NYC Marathon a few Sundays ago ran sans headphones. If they enjoy running 26.2 miles without music, certainly I can attempt a quiet 4 miler.
So what did I think?
I actually really enjoyed it! When I first started my run, I thought the lack of music would make the miles seem endless, but after the first quarter mile or so, I stopped thinking about the missing beats and started focusing on my breath. I heard the simple sound of my feet hitting the pavement. I heard the early morning birds chirping, and I took in all the simple sounds and sights that surrounded me. In a word, it was peaceful.
I’m not sure I could run 26.2 miles without my music (at least during races there are fans cheering and bands playing every few miles), but I certainly enjoyed the shorter run. I actually think I may turn one of my shorter runs each week into a “silent run” and just take in the world around me.
Do you ever run sans music? Do you enjoy it? If you don’t, would you ever?