Clear and Present Danger – Outdoor Running With Headphones

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(Not the film starring Harrison Ford as CIA agent Jack Ryan)

Safety

Headphones 2Running with headphones leads to a lowered consciousness of your bodily environment. If you might be treadmill working, hit the playlist. When outside, being lower than completely aware of your bodily environment compromises your private security. Like it or not – all runners (particularly girls) should run defensively at occasions. Headphone wearers vary from being much less attentive to completely oblivious of different folks, automobiles and canine – all of that are potential attackers that pose actual risk to a runner’s bodily security.

Last month, Runners World on-line posted a narrative a couple of headphone carrying teenager who was struck by a automobile and was severely injured. He was working an evening time 10Okay and took a fallacious flip, straying off target and on to an open street. He didn’t hear the runner behind him shouting a warning.

A bit nearer to house – final 12 months, my teenage daughter and I received into an argument about carrying headphones whereas working. She insisted that she may hear what was occurring round her, with or with out headphones. I waited till she left the home for a run. I placed on my running shoes and took off after her. I ran up behind her. She was absorbed in her music, unaware of my sudden presence. I tapped her on the shoulder, startling her. She’s fortunate; Dad’s a protected man.

What’s My Body Telling Me?

When you might be in tune with the tunes, you are not in tune together with your physique. When we run, our our bodies present us with precious suggestions. We study what a sure tempo looks like, how our respiratory, coronary heart charge and muscle tissue all reply, particularly when pushing the tempo. We repeatedly combine this knowledge, making acceptable bodily and psychological changes in response whereas working. When we race and obtain the identical alerts we skilled throughout coaching, we are able to keep calm and in management as a result of we all know we have beforehand skilled the discomfort introduced on by faster running and we have dealt with it. Headphone wearers can simply miss their our bodies’ delicate cues and the race day classes to be derived from them. It’s powerful to take heed to music and your physique concurrently.

Am I Missing A Beautiful Experience?

Last May, my spouse and I volunteered as course marshals on the Toronto Women’s Half-Marathon. The off-street course ran by way of a piece of Toronto’s scenic park system. An aged lady was strolling previous me. She stopped and astutely noticed: “Those women (referring to some of the headphone wearing race participants) are running through beautiful nature but won’t enjoy the chirping of the birds or the smell of the flowers”. Yes, she was right on her first level….and doubtless on her second level too.

“I run for the feel of the textures of the earth underneath my feet. I know of no time when I am more fully alive or intimately at one with the physical world.” Roger Robinson, working columnist and writer.

The sounds and scents of outside working in a pure setting, one in all working’s nice joys, aren’t any competitors for iPods.

Hopefully, some readers will suppose twice earlier than reaching for his or her headphones when heading exterior for his or her subsequent run.

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