Thursday, October 21, 2010


One day, I sent my dad a picture from my phone of me waving. This kind of picture sending was a common occurrence when I was living in London, since I couldn't actually wave to people from home in person. His response: "are your headphones surgically attached to your head?"

I listen to music whenever I can. Even if I'm just walking around the corner, I typically have my headphones in. I may even dance a little. I definitely dance a little. Without my music, I feel lost.

Today, I ran without music.

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The Rockville 5k, which I'm running in just over 2 weeks, has a no-headphone policy (apparently this is an increasingly common rule). I decided that if I want to get a good feel for how running will be at the race, I should probably go for runs without my music. So today, I laced up and headed out the door while my iPod shuffle silently cried in my room because it missed me. The verdict? It actually wasn't so bad. I found that just watching the cars pass me and looking around at my surroundings kept me pretty occupied. That and the music playing in my head did a pretty good job of keeping me going. I think I'm going to continue running without music until race day to see how I do. Today I didn't do much actual running (just over 15 of the 52 minutes I was out) since it was my first run in 2 weeks, so we'll see what happens when I increase the actual running time.

Also, be on the lookout for a picture of my Nike+ watch on the sides of your milk cartons. Not only did I not have music, but I actually had to manually keep track of my distance. WTF, mate? Here's hoping the thing turns up in my stuff. Somewhere, some way, somehow.


  1. Good job! Even the thought of this scares me. I hope it's not a trend around here. Of course, I'm not sure any ny'r would respect a rule like that anyway. We're pretty much an "as long as I don't get arrested, it's every man for himself" bunch of jerks. HAHA!

    I'm curious to hear how you progress with this and if you stick with it.

  2. I'll definitely keep you posted! Seriously, I was shocked at how much I didn't hate my run today without my ipod. I've heard of a lot of people who wear their headphones anyway, but I'm paranoid about breaking rules lol.