Running... with ipod or not? yes or no?

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    Jul 01, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    ive been running for a while.. i used my ipod for the first time in a LONG time... and i had no motivation... was totally not in the "mood"...

    what are peoples input?


    Id say im NOT one to use an ipod
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    Jul 01, 2009 10:20 PM GMT

    YES! I find I can run faster and longer with my favorite rock chick spitting hate into my ear. My only problem is I like to crank it up because that motivates you more, but I've had to monitor that. Don't crank it up and you should be fine. Die hard running enthusiast will think you are scum though. icon_redface.gif



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    Jul 01, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    interesting
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    Jul 01, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    I find it to be the perfect runing accessory. With the right tunes I can do a long run (18 miles) just as easily as a 5k.

    I like running to house music club mixes but that is just my preference. Found a few good long podcast on itunes. Most are just alittle more than an hour long.
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    Jul 01, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    Is this really a prob for some people? Here are a few songs that might motivate you!

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    Jul 01, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    wait I have more....
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    So if these don't motivate you maybe you should take the more scenic route!
    Ps I run religiously, gets my thought process in check but you have to remember to look both ways! lol
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    Jul 01, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    I cant work out as well without my music. If I dont have anything in my ears, I cant jog even half as long. Im sure its mental but it gets me totally amped out. Definitely audio speed for me. I think people that are musically inclined/play instruments are much more affected by music in that sense. Some stuff raises my heart rate so much I gotta change the song.
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    I don't like to run with music. It's kind of distracting.. The beats throw off my running/breathing rhythm.

    And it's kind of dangerous. I like to hear cars, cyclists, other runners, dogs, and zombies if they're coming up behind me.

    If you're bored, I'd recommend finding a running buddy. Or join a local running group.

    Oh wait.. Are we talking about running on a treadmill here? Or actual running? icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 04, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    When I run with a buddy NO ipod.


    When I run by myself, ipod.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 04, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    Oh wow ....
    Take away my music during a work out and I lose all my strength and ambition
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  • SFNavigator

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    Jul 04, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    As an avid cyclist, you guys who use ipods when running are dangerous to people on bikes. Cyclists always say when they are coming up on you,
    'On your left" or ring a bell just to let you know we are in the process of passing you. I can't count the times joggers with those in their ears have been hit by me. When your going around someone on the path you just move out without even looking to see if a cyclist is there, and you can't hear them saying they are, and most are totally unaware they are all over the path.
    I would love to wear an ipod when I bike, but its not legal in CA, but even if it were, I wouldn't. For everyones safety you need to be aware of your surroundings and who is comin at you and behind you. Give it some thoughts guys, we all need to be safe when out doing our thing.
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    Jul 04, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    That's why I've been so lazy lately? I just need to buy an iPod? SWEET!
  • HorrorHound

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    Jul 04, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    My MP3 is my can o' Spinach icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 04, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    Bike and Bollywood...perfect together!icon_redface.gif
  • JockChefJim

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    Jul 04, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    SFNavigator saidAs an avid cyclist, you guys who use ipods when running are dangerous to people on bikes. Cyclists always say when they are coming up on you,
    'On your left" or ring a bell just to let you know we are in the process of passing you. I can't count the times joggers with those in their ears have been hit by me. When your going around someone on the path you just move out without even looking to see if a cyclist is there, and you can't hear them saying they are, and most are totally unaware they are all over the path.
    I would love to wear an ipod when I bike, but its not legal in CA, but even if it were, I wouldn't. For everyones safety you need to be aware of your surroundings and who is comin at you and behind you. Give it some thoughts guys, we all need to be safe when out doing our thing.


    I was going to say something to the same extent. I ride around Town Lake here a lot and I am pretty good at letting people know when I am passing them.......but people with headsets on rarely hear me and almost always get hit. I've gotten good at looking at people's heads to see if they have a headset on and if they do I adjust. But I suggest if you do where one....you don't have to have the volume cranked all the way up.
  • Akula

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    Jul 04, 2009 2:33 PM GMT
    I hate running to music or anything else for that matter I feel if you always need some kind of external stimulas to workout or run then something is up, maybe its because in kickboxing you'd get your ass handed to you if you had an MP3 player on, LOL
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    while jogging I generally jog better without it, but only if its outside.. otherwise I'm my ipod on blocking the sounds out
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 04, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    I use to enjoy taking my mp3 with me. But nowaday I prefer to run without them. I always run in the morning (5 am). The weather is cool, the world start to wake up, kids going to school, factory worker waiting for bus to go to work. The moon and star are above me. Why bother with music with all this interesting scenery around me.
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    JockChefJim said

    I was going to say something to the same extent. I ride around Town Lake here a lot and I am pretty good at letting people know when I am passing them.......but people with headsets on rarely hear me and almost always get hit. I've gotten good at looking at people's heads to see if they have a headset on and if they do I adjust. But I suggest if you do where one....you don't have to have the volume cranked all the way up.


    I run at Town Lake and I don't wear an iPod and you are in the 5% of cyclists who announces that they are passing. By far most do not. In my experience this is not isolated to Austin. Cyclists are just as likely as runners to lack any kind of courtesy.


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    Jul 04, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    If I don't have my Ipod I get extremely bored when running. It helps to keep me pumped.
  • dionysus

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    Jul 04, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    i cant find the motivation TO run without my ipod :-/
  • Russlush3

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    Jul 04, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't like to run with music. It's kind of distracting.. The beats throw off my running/breathing rhythm.
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    music is almost essential to get me through my long runs (i.e. >15 miles)

    Actually, if you guys are in any way attracted to electronic music, a style called drum n' bass actually has the perfect beat rate (160-180bpm) that coincides with a perfect running cadence, i.e. your feet should strike the ground 2-3 times every second. If I ever get tired at the end of a long run, I just force my legs to keep up with the bpm.

    Some popular artist with good albums to get you started:

    Pendulum (kind of fusion rock band, I like "Hold Your Colour" the best)
    High Contrast (Jazzy "Liquid" syle)
    Chase & Status
    Danny Byrd
    Logistics
    Shy FX (Ragga style)
    and too too many to list...or just listen to Fabio & Grooverider on BBC Radio1. message if you want some more suggestions

    There are so many flavors, on the Jazzy end of the spectrum:



    And the more in-your-face grimy end of the spectrum (posting partly cuz I think this is Fing hilarious):

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    Jul 04, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't like to run with music. It's kind of distracting.. The beats throw off my running/breathing rhythm.

    And it's kind of dangerous. I like to hear cars, cyclists, other runners, dogs, and zombies if they're coming up behind me.

    If you're bored, I'd recommend finding a running buddy. Or join a local running group.

    Oh wait.. Are we talking about running on a treadmill here? Or actual running? icon_confused.gif


    I agree with xrichx on this on. I don't use an iPod for 2 reasons. The first it is VERY dangerous to run outdoors and not know what is going on around you (ie. other runners, bikes, cars and even being able to detect a dangerous situation).

    The second is that I use my running as an escape from every day life. When I come home from work, I throw on the shoes and head out the door to commune with nature (I have been plugged in and in doors all day). It also gives me time alone with my thoughts and issues (and, we all have them) to sort/figure things out. My running brings me peace and keeps the stress at a minimum. Running is meditation. With an iPod on it no longer is an escape for me, but a distraction from my escape.

    To each their own and happy running!!!!!!

  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 04, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    it all depends what your motivation is? your passion?

    if you truly enjoy what your doing, one shouldn't need the extra stimulation.

    'maybe' on an easy run or ride, would be for me the only time i would use one. otherwise i have a workout to get done and focus on the task at hand.

    like some have mentioned, they take in their surroundings and actually get zen/edorphin high. that to me is WAY better than any music. the music of nature is awesome!

    AND PLEASE put only one ear bud in, so you can hear someone talking to you, if you are in populated area!!! yeah.. that 'COMMON SENSE" USE IT!!!!!
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    Jul 04, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    MonkeyPuck said...you are in the 5% of cyclists who announces that they are passing. By far most do not. In my experience this is not isolated to Austin. Cyclists are just as likely as runners to lack any kind of courtesy.


    Exactly. A majority of cyclists do not announce they are passing.

    I ride and used to run so I can see both sides of the issue. I always listened to my ipod when running, but always soft enough that I could hear if passers say anything.

    I have a bell on my bike that I use to notify people that I am passing. Its loud enough that even those with headphones can hear it. I'll admit its so loud that it occasionally scares some runners, but its better than them getting hit.