A Silent Run

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First of all, are you reading Hyperbole and a Half?  If not, you really should.  It’s the most gut-wrenchingly hysterical cartoon blog. Ever.


The newest Hyperbole and a Half is about Allie’s “simple dog” and “helper dog,” but I’m pretty sure it’s secretly about Maggie and James (as reader Julia pointed out to me).  Not only do her dogs look like mine, but they behave pretty much the same exact way.  Read it here.


See the similarities?




I am home! Yay! So relieved.  It was nice to come home and be greeted by the pups (Husband is at work).


I ran some errands, unpacked, did some work, and had a snack:


After digestion, I ran 3.0 miles.  It was HARD.  I haven’t been running much since the marathon and can definitely feel my endurance tanking.  I really need to get into it again (as long as my ankle + IT band cooperate, I suppose).


Also, I think it was harder than usual because I had no music! My iPod died within the first two minutes.  I am so accustomed to running with music that it’s difficult to concentrate without!


PS – It is extremely hard to take a flattering photograph of your ear buds while they are in your ear. 


And then I had a lovely salad:


With toasty hummus:


And lots of veg:


Anyone else a music addict during exercise?  Or do you prefer silence?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 18, 2010, 3:01 pm

    I have a lot of trouble running without music, but there have been several times when my ipod dies just a few minutes into my run and its definitely a lot harder to finish without music. Those are never the runs I find myself running farther than I’ve set out to run…

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life November 18, 2010, 3:01 pm

    When I started running I wouldn’t use music. I found that it made me run too fast and I really needed to learn to pace. I also was running on a kind of desolate trail except for speedy bikers, so I wanted to hear what was going on. Now that I am better at pacing and run somewhere else, I’m addicted to music. But sometimes on long runs I’ll start the first 1/2 without music, and reward myself with it after 5 miles to pump me up.

  • JenATX November 18, 2010, 3:02 pm

    both! but music def helps me “get in the zone” and makes me want to run harder

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 18, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I’m still a relatively new runner (about a year and a half) and for the first year I almost always ran with my friend and we would chat – so no music. On the rare instances I ran on my own I pretty much always ran with no music – and races I like running without music to enjoy the crowds. Now that my friend is unavailable for a few more months (she’s out of the country) I’ve picked up the ipod – it’s definitely a nice change of pace, but I’d like to still keep in practice running without music so I can comfortably do my races that way.

  • Emily November 18, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Nothing’s worse than not having music when I workout. I forgot my iPod on Moan-day and I literally felt like it was the longest workout of my life.
    Also in gyms, earbuds help keep people from talking to you – with no purpose.

  • Rachel November 18, 2010, 3:08 pm

    It is toasty hummus or hummusy toast? The jury is out.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 18, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I read that Hyperbole and a Half last night and thought it was about our dogs too. I’m terrified when we move 🙂

    I can’t workout without music or noise. Otherwise my mind wanders and I don’t focus on the workout.

  • Veggies, Cake and Cocktails November 18, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I have to have music to workout. It’s pretty much a fact that I will have a bad workout if I don’t have music.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 18, 2010, 3:12 pm

    While a brand new play list helps motivate me, I usually run unplugged.

    I like the serenity of running with just my thoughts and my environment.

  • Brittany November 18, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I have done both, but prefer to run without. I never listen to music when running outside, always listen when I’m on a treadmill, and listen during races less than 25% of the time. You miss out on so much of the race when you’re in your own little world with your iPod! I used it during my most recent marathon in October, and I actually felt sad after the race (despite the 13 minute PR!) because I never felt like “part” of the event.

  • Christie November 18, 2010, 3:13 pm

    i LOVE hyperbole and a half! i was laughing out loud at my desk this morning.

    i hate it when my ipod dies- i NEED my music. HATE listening to myself pant for breath when i run 😉

  • Kelly November 18, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Haha I was dying last night reading the latest one. Definite music addict while working out.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 18, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I laughed hard when reading that this morning. And it does fit the pups.

    I don’t HAVE to have music but I do think it helps me, so I tend to workout in an environment where I have something to listen to.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence November 18, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I can’t workout without music- it keeps me going!

  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 18, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I used to only be able to workout with music. One day my ipod died, and I ran 5 miles without it. I was able to think and it was a great stress reliever! For about a year now, I run without anything but my garmin. I found it freeing!! I ran my half without it and was able to enjoy the scenery and the crowd.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 18, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I have to have noise of some sort, music, a book…something!

  • Catherine @ Life 2.0 November 18, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Must have music! The silence kills me! I have been known to turn around and leave the gym if I discover my iPod isn’t charged!

  • Liz November 18, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I just about died laughing when I read that post. I love hyperbole and a half…check out the reality vs. expectations post if you haven’t seen it already.

    I ran my first 10k without an iPod (I assumed it would be antisocial – how naive I was) and I didn’t struggle too much. But for the most part, without music, the workout seems harder.

  • kelly November 18, 2010, 3:17 pm

    haha, I read that Hyperbole & a Half last night and I think my stomach still hurts from laughing! Allie is brilliant 🙂

    I NEED music while I run. It is sooo boring without!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 18, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I much prefer not having music. I’ve tried to listen to music, but I just end up turning my iPod off. It’s probably because I’ve spent so many years going without music that I am used to it now. I love the silence of my morning runs!

    • Jennifer November 18, 2010, 3:25 pm

      I am the same way. I tried to listen to music and books, but it is too distracting–I concentrate a lot on my running and how it feels. I need to be able to hear what is going on, and it is very loud in my head without anything extra!

  • Lauri November 18, 2010, 3:18 pm

    music addict right here!! Cannot run without music. And don’t even ask me to step onto the elliptical without my Ipod!!

  • Sarah November 18, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I used to think that I couldn’t run without music, but then I went on a long run (training for a half marathon) and there was rain in the forecast so I left my iPod at home – it was an AWESOME run! I thought it was a fluke, so I tried my next long run without my iPod (but knew I was swinging by my car halfway through the run and could grab it if I needed it). Again – awesome run. Strangest thing ever. But I don’t ask questions. 🙂

    Half marathon is a week from today – I’m running sans music!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 18, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I used to be a TV addict but now I love just listening to music. I couldn’t do it silent, though. I think I’d drop dead in the middle of the road from boredom.

  • Lisa November 18, 2010, 3:19 pm

    There have been a few times I decided on an impromptu run and didn’t have my music. It was actually pretty nice! I was alone with my thoughts, I listened to nature, it was good.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 18, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Music is a MUST ! If I’m on any kind of cario machine and my ipod dies… I step off ;P

  • Janae jacobs November 18, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I need my tunes during my runs! I love that blog and that picture is flattering!

  • Amber K November 18, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I am totally a music addict. Even if my mind is completely elsewhere I can’t focus without music in the background.

    I totally read hyperbole and a half, HILARIOUS!!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 18, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I prefer silence during exercise. That’s my time to think through things, and the music distracts me.

  • Shelly November 18, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I prefer either running and chatting with friends or running with music. So if I think I’m going to have company, I leave my ipod at home. Of course, last weekend- it completely backfired on me. I was planning to do 14 miles (my longest run ever) with a friend, but she ended up having to leave around mile 7. I didn’t *need* to do 14 miles (I’m only doing half marathons at this point- but I want to increase my long runs as a personal challenge) but I also didn’t want to go home and tell the people I told I was running 14 that it didn’t happen. So I ran 7 miles in silence by myself!
    It was actually a lot better than I thought it would be and I was really proud of myself. However, I think it would have been much easier with music!

  • Julie November 18, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I LOVE hyperbole and a half.

  • Erin @ Bishella November 18, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Oh man, I was literally laughing till I cried last night over the new H&AH post. Then my dog looked at me like she knew something was up and I said “yes pup, I’m laughing at this cartoon that reminds me of you!”

  • Nikki November 18, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I can’t do anything without music. Cleaning, packing, cooking, walking, riding the subway…I always have music playing. Do you ever hear a song and think “This song would be on the soundtrack to my life?” Is that just me?

  • julia November 18, 2010, 3:30 pm

    oh man, I can’t run with music anymore. I don’t like the ear plugs, I dont like the cords swinging back and forth, any sort of armband or clip attachment. I find it so calming, relaxing, and invigorating to forego these distractions and really focus on the run, and take in the sights and sounds of my surrounding. However, on the treadmill…. MUST have ipod. 🙂
    Have a good one!

    • Lili November 18, 2010, 11:07 pm

      I am with you, lady!

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 18, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Good call on Hyperbole and a Half!

    She is the funniest thing on the internet. I laugh out loud all the time reading her stuff!

  • A Life Without Ice Cream November 18, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Ah ha ha, I read that Hyperbole and a Half today as well and had a really hard time not laughing out loud at my desk! Would have given away that I was taking a little break 😉

    Good for you for running sans-music that’s something I can never do… it always ends up cutting down my intervals and sometimes my run as a whole.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Ugh that has almost happened to me on a few occasions and I think I would have gone mental if my iPod died! I usually keep my iPod and iPod touch in my gym bag in case one runs out during one of the spin classes I teach, so having a backup on hand definitely helps.
    I love the H&AH posts too – and I agree they really do look like your dogs!! 🙂

  • Marci November 18, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Did you read the article in this month’s Runner’s World about running with music pros and cons? It was interesting. I like having music to distract me from the monotony of running and running. I also wrote for a local publication about dangers of distractions. http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-15-10-dangers-of-not-paying-attention/

  • Amy November 18, 2010, 3:33 pm

    My headphones died during a run and I kept putting off buying a replacement pair. I thought I would make-do without music for a while until I had time to get to the store. But several runs later, lo and behold, I started to enjoy the silence and never did buy a new set. Now I let my mind wander off while I run, and I find my runs to be more therapeutic- a true escape from the constant noise of everyday life. Also, it’s less stuff to carry and worry about charging!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 18, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I definitely need music…for pretty much everything. I have my iPod with me almost all the time.

  • Kiran November 18, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Never own an iPod! Pretty much used to working minus music. I bet it’s interesting to try sometime 😉

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 18, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I can run with or without music. I got into the habit of going without because for the longest time I was just too cheap to buy an ipod. 🙂 Its good though, because I run in the evening, and since its dark so early these days, Im not comfortable listening to anything when Im running. If some creeper is behind me, I want to hear them!!

  • Karen November 18, 2010, 3:38 pm

    My friend shared that cartoon with my and I laughed out loud. My dog is a rescue and has bad anxiety so I can totally relate.

    I tried running with tunes when I first started but back then I would get bad diaphram cramps if I didn’t keep my breathing steady. The music made that hard for me to do so I stopped running with tunes and haven’t looked back.

  • Heather November 18, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Sometimes a silent run is nice, but most of the time I need my music. Maybe not so much need, but I sure do like it! Sometimes I start dancing on the running path. 🙂

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 18, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I go back and forth, depending on my mood. Sometimes I love having energetic music, other times I love the peacefulness of our woodsy roads.

    Is that a corn relish on your salad? Looks good!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe November 18, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I love Hyperbole and a Half! I’ve always run without music until just recently, and now I know what I’ve been missing! It really does help me to concentrate on running and not on the teeny itch on my ankle, or the way my shoelaces brush against my inner leg, or how loudly I’m breathing….you know, everything other than running.

  • Julie November 18, 2010, 3:40 pm

    It depends… definitely on a longer run, I want music. I’ve done races with and without them and found no true difference in my time. I think music just makes it a little less mentally challenging.

    I love my gym because they play music over the speakers. This way, I can work out to music without having those buds in my ear. This means no control over the songs, but fortunately they mostly play hip-hop, which I like, and even songs I normally wouldn’t listen to on my iPod sound good blasted that loud!

  • Kate November 18, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I love hyperbole and a half! Her dogs are hilarious.

    I have to have music when I workout, it gets me in the “zone.”

  • amanda (life in bloom) November 18, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Running without music is pretty much impossible for me!!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 18, 2010, 3:48 pm

    Gotta have tunes when I work out….especially with running. With most non-class based cardio workouts, I get bored really easily. The music helps keep me entertained and pumped up so that I actually finish the entire workout vs. wimping out early.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 18, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I’m definitely a music addict. Broken ipod? NO RUN FOR ME!

  • Katie November 18, 2010, 3:51 pm

    When I run outside, I just like to listen to the sounds of nature. I feel like a get a more calming experience that way.

  • Annette November 18, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I am a music addict- and I totally am okay with that!

  • Beth @ Will Run for Books November 18, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I like to have music, but I’ve done 10 miles without and it wasn’t THAT bad…

  • Katheryn November 18, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I definitely prefer podcasts.

  • Amy November 18, 2010, 4:03 pm

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned audiobooks! I just started listening to audiobooks at the gym and I LOVE it.

    I generally don’t listen to music (or anything) when I run outside, though – I’m afraid of not paying attention and getting hurt somehow.

  • Rachel November 18, 2010, 4:04 pm

    I cannot run without music. No question.

    Any suggestions for horrible IT band syndrome? Nothing I’ve tried works for me, and I can’t run more than 3 miles since a half marathon a few weeks ago. Bah.

    • caitlin November 18, 2010, 5:20 pm

      Did you try foam rolling? You might need to cardio rest completely.

      • Rachel November 18, 2010, 5:56 pm

        I haven’t, thanks for the suggestion!

        I’m really hoping I won’t have to stop completely, because it takes me so long to get into running shape and I lose it so quickly. I’m really not at all built to run.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 18, 2010, 4:06 pm

    oh yes, I am addicted to running with music!! I do find it kind of like meditation running without it though – clearing the mind.
    Heidi xo

  • Kacy November 18, 2010, 4:06 pm

    Hyperbole and a Half is the best blog ever. Everytime she posts I squeal with delight and enjoy the day more because of the humor. Yeah, I’m obsessed.

  • Leanne (Simplicitlee) November 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

    That cartoon was ridiculous as they come, but I laughed insanely hard….

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 18, 2010, 4:20 pm

    It depends on my mood! Sometimes I need to have tunes to stay motivated (or distracted perhaps!) . Other times I am happy to run without!

  • Brittney November 18, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Yup, I loved that last Hyperbole post. HILARIOUS!
    I am a running with music addict too. It’s way more labored and unfun without music.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers November 18, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I’m usually a music person- I love the chance to rock out & zone out. But every once in awhile, a nice quiet run is just what I need.

  • Jen November 18, 2010, 4:33 pm

    So I want a dog :(. Is it expensive to keep an animal? I need to keep expenses as minimal as possible but a kitten or puppy would be good company, although a dog would be a lot of responsibility.

    • caitlin November 18, 2010, 4:48 pm

      A dog or cat is expensive, but here are some tips:

      1) Smaller dogs cost a lot less because they eat less food.
      2) Shelter dogs are awesome and less expensive than pet shop dogs.
      3) Pay for pet insurance… $10 a month or so. It will save you a LOT of money because I guarantee there will be at least one $250 vet bill a year + a $1000+ emergency one at some point.
      4) Think about the cost of pet boarding if you don’t have a relative to keep one.

      I would estimate M + J cost $1000 – $1500 a year.

    • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 18, 2010, 4:57 pm

      I have a cat. I bought her from a shelter when she was an adult. I go to a low cost vet (research these- mine has been awesome some are less so). So far no emergencies but I would say its about $100 a year with shots + any random stuff she needs. Litter is around $10 every two weeks or so and food is about the same. I feed my cat Newmans food because it is way healthier than other dry food. She was on wet food for a while and it was costing a little over a day to feed her. I also had to look for an apartment that allows cats when I moved. Not sure its an added expense but it definitely restricted my choices.

  • Jen November 18, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I like running without music. I don’t have an iPod or MP3 player, so I’ve never run with musical accompaniment. I’m an outdoor runner (I loathe treadmills and tracks) and I really enjoy being able to pay attention to my environment. I listen to birds, look up at the leaves, admire my neighbors’ gardens, talk to dogs that bark at me… haha my runs aren’t musical, but there are plenty of things to keep my interest.

  • Maren November 18, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I HAVE to have music too. I die without it!!

  • Teri November 18, 2010, 4:38 pm

    I used to rely on my ipod an felt like I could only run with music, but about two years ago we moved to a town with a huge running community. Socializing while running was a great way to meet people and to transition away from the ipod. Now I never use my ipod even on my long, lonely runs. Although I will admit to watching tv or reading a book while on the treadmill 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 18, 2010, 4:44 pm

    When I am alone, I link music. When I run with someone, I like to talk to them. Nothing annoys me more than running with someone who is listening to music rather than talking to me.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now November 18, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I prefer running without music, but I like doing ST, other workouts WITH.

  • Sally November 18, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Ugh, there is nothing more I hate than a silet workout! Seriously, I have gotten to the gym to find out that I forgot my iPod and decided to just scrap my workout 🙁

  • Nikki M. November 18, 2010, 4:52 pm


  • Juli D. November 18, 2010, 4:53 pm

    Dude, I already posted on my FB that Hyperbole link because they also describe and resemble my dogs! Although my helper dog makes the high pitched noise whereas my simple dog doesn’t do much besides look confused, bored or excited.

  • Kristina @ spabettie November 18, 2010, 4:55 pm

    I LOVE Allie & Hyperbole… (and she just moved to Bend, Oregon – WOO !!) 🙂

    I actually thought of you (Maggie…) when reading this last night! Seriously.

  • Casey November 18, 2010, 4:56 pm

    I can go either way. I usually run with music, but its not the end of the world if I don’t have it. If I’m running in the woods sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the quiet! During my first 5K (last month), I actually opted not to listen to music. There were so many people running around me that I was afraid I would trip or run in to someone without even realizing it. If I run another race I would probably take my iPOD along. There are definitely some songs that make me run faster!!

    At the race, there was someone running with her phone that was playing music…no earphones. I thought that was kinda werid.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 18, 2010, 5:00 pm

    I cannot run without music. My running buddy, however, never listens to music and prefers to play it in her head.

  • Lauren November 18, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I love running with my music and love making new running playlists. I get bored with the same music over and over again, but my ipod just died, so I’m borrowing my boyfriend’s with all new music to me! But, I would rather not have music while running on trails – I like taking in everything and all the nature sounds.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 18, 2010, 5:13 pm

    I envy people that can run without music! It seems so much more…in tune with your body. But the only time I’ve ever run without it was a 5k with a friend to talk to the whole time!

    FYI as I was singing up for a turkey trot today, a woman told me her daughter just completed Girls On The Run. She raved about the wonderful organization – so as if you didn’t already know, you work with a great group!

  • Jo November 18, 2010, 5:31 pm

    When I’m running or on the elliptical, I HAVE to have music playing. But when I’m lifting weights or doing strength training, it’s not as important. Weird, huh?

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) November 18, 2010, 5:33 pm

    I had my Ipod die within the first two minutes of a race once. I thought I was doomed but I ran with such clarity, it was great. I love Hyperbole-and-Half… so funny, she really inspires me to keep working on my cartooning skills.

  • Laura (Starloz) November 18, 2010, 5:38 pm

    i work out with a trainer so an ipod isnt an option

  • Food & Other Things November 18, 2010, 5:41 pm

    Hyperbole and a Half is so funny! I’m definetly a music addict, I can’t really excercise without it.

  • Amanda November 18, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I absolutely have to have music to run with or work out with in general

  • Nicole November 18, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I prefer music but recently ran the Army 10 miler without music bc I was told they were very strict about having MP3 players. I thought it was going to be torturous but it honestly wasn’t all that bad…but I think the people and the energy around me helped. If it had been a normal run, I would have died.

  • andrea November 18, 2010, 6:12 pm

    i could NEVER run without music!!

  • Aby November 18, 2010, 6:33 pm

    It’s not silent just because you don’t have your ipod! What about the wind, the birds, people, the city, streams and rivers…?

    And on the rare occasions it really is quiet, I just embrace the rare opportunity to get some peace, to disconnect from everything. It’s very meditative.

  • Mary November 18, 2010, 6:37 pm

    I havent run with music when I’m not on the dreadmill in over a year… I’m too afraid to because one time I got followed home by someone when I was in college on the same route that I ran for a year. Since then actually… I’m even afraid to go out alone and run anymore… haha!

  • Camille November 18, 2010, 6:39 pm

    I definitely prefer running with music but every now and then I just need the silence. During my first marathon I took out my earbuds after about 3 1/2 hours because I was totally burned out of music and it was giving me a headache. During my second, though, the music only lasted about an hour and a half before I couldn’t stand it anymore! It was very weird!

  • Melissa November 18, 2010, 6:41 pm

    When running outside, I am less likely to listen to music. I am totally enthralled with the way running involves my senses. Of course I feel the rhythm of my steps, but there’s so much more. I smell flowers. I smell what folks are cooking as I pass by their homes. I see wildlife – squirrels, rabbits, birds, deer. In the fall, I see the beautiful colors. Sometimes I see fireflies, the moon and stars. I hear a loon call as it flies overhead. It seems for me, that listening to music diminishes this experience. Sometimes, though, I do enjoy the way music gets me to pick up the pace.

    On the other hand, when I’m running at the indoor track, I vastly prefer to listen to music, otherwise it is so boring!

  • Jenny November 18, 2010, 6:49 pm

    I thought I was a total music addict, but recently I ran sans iPod…and it was really nice! I could actually think 🙂

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon November 18, 2010, 7:08 pm

    I LOVE Hyperbole and a Half! It always gives me a good hard laugh–did you see her recent post on eating the cake when she was little? I was near tears 🙂

  • Maria (RealFitMama) November 18, 2010, 7:42 pm

    MUST HAVE MUSIC!!! Absolutely no exceptions…

  • Ali November 18, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I love the pictures of Maggie and James. I went from running without music in high school to being obsessed with running with music now.

  • Fallon November 18, 2010, 7:55 pm

    I love music during exercise, I always seem to work out harder and get a better sweat.

  • Kris November 18, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I die. Hyperbole and a Half is so funny. I am also the sometimes proud, often frustrated mom of a simple dog who looks exactly like the cartoon version. Right now she continues the pacing she has engaged in for three days since her dad went on a business trip. The horror of being alone w/ her mother who undoubtedly is going to torture the simple dog for the fun of it. Sleep can be hard to come by when the simple dog needs to whine, pace, bark, lick, etc. all night. I’m tired.

    • Caitlin November 18, 2010, 7:58 pm

      Have you tried the Kong toy??

      • Kris November 19, 2010, 9:29 am

        My sweetie is a rescue who was abused. When we got her she was one yo, and she didn’t know what toys were! She really never got into them other than stuffies for cuddling. She’s now almost 16, deaf w/ kidney failure with no interest in toys, but she sure can pace.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 18, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I have become a music addict while I run, especially on the long runs. I have certain songs that I call my “tempo songs” that I play at certain times during my run to make sure I’m going at a strong pace (usually at the beginning and then every 2.5-3 miles).:)

  • Courtney (greeneyedrunner) November 18, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I love music for the first two miles or so (okay, I NEED music for the first two miles) and then I start to numb out and I find that on long runs, I don’t even hear it! It definitely helps to have it on challenging parts though, especially hills! Kevin Rudolph’s “Let it Rock” kept me going today.

  • Rebecca November 18, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I have to run with music, if I don’t, I think too much about running and how my legs hurt etc. With music it is background noise and gives me something else to concentrate on.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 18, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Okay, I have never read Hyporbole and a Half, but I think I just about died reading that because I was laughing so hard. I was picturing Maggie and James as the helper dog and the simple dog – only because your dogs are totally them.

  • Nathan November 18, 2010, 8:55 pm

    I have only ran in silence once and it was awesome. It was outside is a wooded area I could hear nature. However, if I was to run in silence on a treadmill, I would go insane. I always run with music on.

  • 'Dee November 18, 2010, 9:22 pm

    OK, so seriously, Allie Brosch is a genius. I LOVE that blog. I was in tears last night reading that most recent post. I get happy attacks when I see a new Hyperbole and a Half post in my blogroll!

    I am a music addict when I run, too. It’s kind of like wine to me: I do on-purpose “no wine” nights, just to prove that I can. I do the same with my iPod from time to time. But it doesn’t mean I like it. 🙂

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 18, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I love Hyperbole and a Half! When I need a laugh I go there. I am a music addict too most of the time. Nothing motivates me more than upbeat music. Sometimes I do feel like working out without music though so I can just think.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 18, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I went on a few runs without music over the summer and I found I really enjoyed them! Since I could hear my steps and my breathing, I found it a lot easier to pace myself.

  • Susan November 18, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I always run with music. I ran my first 10K on Sunday – and discovered right before the start that my iPod had died. Well, I finished the race, and it was fun, but probably would have been more fun w/music. Not that I wasn’t happy to finish!

    And Hyperbole and a Half is awesome. I’ve read that post over & over, and it gets better every time!

  • Kelly November 18, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Thank you for linking to that blog! Hilarious!!! I even made Anthony read it and he was LOLing. 🙂

  • Wei-Wei November 18, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I think I just don’t get running to begin with – I get SO bored after 5 minutes of any monotonous exercise! I think I’m more suited to playing sports 😀

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden November 19, 2010, 8:15 am

    I usually like to run with music but every once in a while I go for a run without. It can be nice as long as that run is outside and not on the treadmill. But I do not like it when my ipod dies after I have started running.
    Also that hyperbole and a half post is hilarious I read it a couple of nights ago while in bed and I was loling (for real) the whole time.

  • Julia @ Brides Up North November 19, 2010, 9:06 am

    that dog cartoon on the hyberbole blog is BRILLIANT – absolutely hilarious!!!!!! I just snorted juice up my nose at my desk reading it and laughing at the same time.

    Brides Up North

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots November 19, 2010, 9:30 am

    I used to be lost without music on runs, but then on day I tried it without it and it was SO NICE. I found my mind wandering and working through problems like I never could when I had music in. It was like the miles were nothing.

  • maria November 19, 2010, 10:13 am

    That was the funniest story. I have tears running down my face from laughing so hard.

  • Cindy Robinson November 19, 2010, 11:52 am

    Sometimes music, sometimes not. And sometimes just taking in my surroundings makes time go by. Happy Friday!

  • Shayla November 19, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I’m definitely a music addict – it gets from unmotivated to energetic during my workout!

    Also, I have to say, I love all the sourdough bread you eat! So many people, one of which was myself when I had disordered eating, are afraid of carbs and I would always cut out that food group. Now that I’m healthier, I know what an important and vital food group it is (hello energy and better moods!) and I absolutely love them – especially sourdough! 🙂
    You’re an inspiration to me and your blogs have helped me get healthier – I now view foods and my body as being “healthy” not good or bad or a number on the scale. Thank you 🙂

    • Caitlin November 19, 2010, 5:47 pm

      Bread rules! It’s really one of my favorite foods. 🙂 Thank you for such a sweet comment.

  • Missy Miller November 20, 2010, 7:53 pm

    LOVE hyperbole..almost as much as your blog!
    Dies when I read that post of hers.

    “Yay…we are noise making buddies…yay…”


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