I can always find ways to surprise myself! Recently, I did so by discovering that I enjoyed training without music. Don’t get me wrong music I am not saying that I LOVE training/completing without music but I always thought I would die if I didn’t have music when I was being active. Surprisingly, that isn’t the case!
I wrote the post below in February but scraped it because I didn’t think it was that all that interesting. And if I don’t find it interesting will others? I didn’t think so! However, I decided to revive it because I have been spending more and more time training and competing without music and finding that I enjoy it. It amazing the different perspective you get on a run or in a race when you can hear what is going on around you.
I will continue to train and complete without music for my duathlons and triathlon (I am coming to find that some du’s will allow music but I don’t feel safe riding my bike in the road with music on) and probably every now and again when I am running. However, I do know that for my longer running races I will be listening to music otherwise I get too into my head and that isn’t good!
So here you go…
I always thought it would be impossible to run without music, imagine my surprise when I accidently forgot my headphones when I ran the Valentine’s Day TC 5K. Not only was I going to be tortured by the freezing cold (yes, I know! It was my crazy idea to run in -25 degrees wind-chill) but I was now going to have to run it without music! I really was going to die!
I was almost done with the race when I realized that I didn’t have music on! And you know what? I didn’t miss it one single bit! In fact, I think I enjoyed the race a little more. It was interesting to listen to “the sounds of the race”.
“You can do this Mom! It’s not that big of a hill!” An older son (had to be in his 40-50’s) said to his mom.
“You’re a rockstar! Thank you for volunteering on such a cold day!” Racer to volunteer. (I thanked every volunteer as I passed them, they deserved it! Running was one thing but just standing there was a whole different thing!)
“So did you hear Sara(h) is having an affair with Josh’s cousin?” A group of three women running together. This was an entertaining conversation!
Son: “I am REALLY cold!” (He had to been in the 5-7 age range). Mom: “Should we turn around?” We were only a quarter mile in at this time. Son: “Heck no! Then I can’t tell the kids at school that I finished the race if we turn around!” That one made me smile.
Not to mention, the conversation I had with myself. I am getting really good at having conversations with myself. Justin travels so much that I spend a lot of time at home with the Baylee and we all know dogs can’t talk so I spend a lot of time talking to myself or pretending she is answering me. Oh but I digress…
I also got to hear my name as I “crossed” the finish line (I wasn’t even close to crossing but I get it). I rarely catch that because I have my headphones in.
I guess it will give me more time to have conversations with myself, which is entirely entertaining in and of itself!
Do you run without music? Do you enjoy it?