The local Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon is Saturday, Nov. 10. I’m running the half marathon. Every day this week, I’ll devote a blog post to a race-related topic. Today’s discussion: music. Is it essential to your race-day performance, or do you consider it a distraction?
I got serious about running a few years ago, but completed my first headphone-accompanied race in January 2012. That was a half marathon, and I've listened to my tunes during almost every subsequent race.
My initial lack of music wasn't so much a conscious avoidance, but rather a lack of modern technology. Hey, it happens.
The Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon has allowed headphones in years past, and I assume Saturday will be no different. But I know plenty of runners will refuse to listen to music. Why? For starters, it's a large race and observing the sights and sounds is enough to avoid boredom. Also, music will be played along the course, according to the event's official website.
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In addition to the safety concerns that come with being unable to hear, music can make for some logistical problems during a race. For example, I've yet to find an armband that fits properly, so I have to hold my iPhone/iPod during the race. It's no big deal during a 5K, but it gets a little annoying during longer distances.
The upside, of course, is motivation. Most runners have "That Song" -- a melody with potential to miraculously lift you through the most agonizing aches and pains.
Weigh in, runners: Where do you stand in the music debate? While you ponder that question, I'll leave you with one of my favorite motivational tunes. Go ahead and judge.