music (noun) an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color
Music has always been important to me. Growing up, I was surrounded by it all the time. Life without music seems unimaginable. One day years ago, I started taking the iPod you see pictured above with me on my runs. I have a vivid memory of the album I was listening to (FYI, it was David Crowder: Sunsets & Sushi) and even recall how muggy and hot it was on that summer morning. Something I realized was that I actually enjoyed this thing called running, with music pounding in my ears. I knew that running offered me the freedom to listen to music while with most any other sports it wasn’t possible. Talk about an added bonus of running that made this music loving girl quite happy!
There have been times where I enjoy running without music, but those are actually far outnumbered by the runs where I listen to music. My husband finds this slightly odd and we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because he ran cross country in high school and they weren’t allowed to listen to music. Now, unless we are running together, you will see me frantically searching for my earphones before heading out for a run. (Side note: I won’t listen to music during a short race, a triathlon, or if I’m pushing the stroller.)
It’s not that I absolutely need the music to be able to run but it certainly helps and is a good running buddy substitute. Music makes those long, solo runs seem to go by faster. Music helps me keep a more consistent pace. Music encourages me keep putting one foot in front of the other, mile after mile, day after day, year after year.