I am not afraid to admit that I always wear headphones when running. When I wear them during races, I am respectful about it and aware of my surroundings. The volume is on low and I can hear people talking, important announcements, and I know where people are around me.
There are a number of reasons I wear headphones when running and racing. Sometimes I find myself stuck in my own head too much and need the noise, especially in races where the distance is long and the spectators are sparse. I can’t handle the sound of my own breathing. I have asthma and hearing myself breathe drives me crazy. I’m one of those people that always has music on everywhere I am. I work from home and often have music on in the background while I work. For me, music helps me focus on the task at hand. I train by myself in a small town, so music keeps me company.
In a recent #SaltyChat on Twitter, we discussed running with headphones, and many people encouraged me to try a race without them. The timing was a little too perfect, as I had an upcoming race where it was against the race rules to wear them.
Here is what I discovered. Read more >>