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Music or No Music

Hi everyone, happy 4/4. Two of my good friends turn 27 today! Happy bday to those guys! Wahoo to my schedule slowing down a little bit and having a little more time for week night activities. Starting to see the other side of┬ámy busy time. Bring on PTO and summer vacations. Do you have any trips you are looking forward to? I told you guys about my 2017 Race Goals, but I’m also excited for vacations! This summer there are a lot of wedding related trips, weekends in the midwest, and a trip to Banff, Canada!

Speaking of summer time, is anyone else getting excited to run outside in warm weather? While I can usually find decent running weather in Denver, I’m excited for warmer days and more daylight. A few weeks ago, a friend gave me an idea to post about running with or without music.

What works for me.

I usually run without my headphones, and I let myself space out and enjoy the scenery. Usually I run in the mornings, and I’m planning out my day and my week to come. Sometimes I will pray or sing church hymns while on the run, it gives me time to work on my relationship with the Lord. Whenever I’m running, I try to be grateful for the fact that I am running and that I am able to run.

When I became a serious runner, I had dreams of Boston Marathon. Let’s be honest, I still do have dreams of a BQ and running that race. To qualify for Boston, you are not supposed to race with headphones and I think thats why I started running without music. It makes running a bit more of a mental game which I really enjoy.

Reasons to run with music

Motivation- On days that I’m dreading my run mentally, or when the weather is bad, I will put on a cardio playlist (hello spotify) and rock out. Tunes will help me get out the door to start my run.

Speed- Listening to an upbeat song can help you increase your speed. Running to a fast beat will motivate you to go faster and keep up. All of a sudden, you may be half way through your run without noticing.

Do you run with music or no music? I suggest you take some time this month and go on a run in a pretty part of town, or on a trail run if possible. I promise that some sunshine and being one with nature will improve your mood.



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