Wet Tunes

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I really enjoy swimming, but there’s one thing that I’ve been missing: music!  When I run, I always listen to music when running solo.  In fact, if my iPod is dead, I’ll delay my run until it’s charged!

 

That’s why I was so excited to try out a MP3 player during my swim.  Everything was totally waterproof – neat, huh?

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Swimming with music was very motivating.  Swimming can be a little monotonous, and music made the 1,200 yards go by so much faster.

 

DadHTP gave me the Nu Dolphin MP3 player for my birthday.  It came with waterproof headphones, too.

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The idea is that you run your goggles through the orange straps and wear the device close to your head.  I thought this was a little weird, though.  And I’d have to take my goggle straps completely off on one side and put them back on… I opted to tuck the device into the top of my bathing suit instead.   The device also came with little clips to attach the ear bud wires to my goggle straps, which you can see in the first picture.

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At first, swimming with ear buds were a little awkward, but I adjusted.  The sound was MUCH clearer than I thought it would be.

 

I can’t wait to use the MP3 player on days I need that extra little motivation – like today.  I probably won’t swim with music every time because I definitely cannot swim with music during my triathlon – it would be too unsafe!  Other swimmers would swim over me; I’d never hear them coming.  Plus, I don’t want to use music as a crutch during swimming.  I want to be strong on my own.

 

When it comes to running with music, people always love to debate whether it’s “right” or “wrong.” Old school runners believe it gives you an unfair advantage.  Music lovers say it’s a fun distraction and makes training more enjoyable.

 

And since race directors have to pay for extra insurance if they explicitly allow ear buds, most will officially say “no music” and look the other way (plus, it’s virtually impossible to enforce such a rule).  Some races take the rule more seriously, actually disqualifying everyday runners who have ear buds in – not just elites!

 

Check out this great Runner’s World article on the pros and cons of exercising with music.  Two fun facts from the article:

 

  • Studies find that music reduces your perception of how hard you are running by about 10 percent… which can be good, but it can also create unsafe situations.
  • The benefits from music tend to occur at low to moderate intensities because music can accidentally cause you to overwork during hard days, like when you’re doing speedwork to really fast music.

 

Do you listen to music during workouts?  Are you in the “no music” camp?

{ 93 comments }

 

  • Christine April 27, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I have to listen to music when I run- I’ve turned the car around once or twice when I’ve realized I’ve forgotten my iPod. I think whatever you need (as long as it’s legal) is okay as long as you’re not at the Olympic Trials!

    I’m considering listening to an audiobook while I run, since I’m stuck in a serious rut right now. We’ll see.

    • Katie April 29, 2011, 10:04 am

      I’ve actually played favorite movies while running. If I know them well enough that I don’t need to focus. But it is a goal of mine to get comfortable running without headphones.

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars April 27, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I do listen to music while running (and certainly while spinning/indoor biking/whatevre) but sometimes I can’t take it during a run. It becomes too distracting sometimes! So I’m definitely an either/or girl.

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 27, 2011, 9:13 pm

    I absolutely have to have music. My ipod has died a few times while working out and I get really crabby and my workout suffers. But if I am running or biking outside I only use one earbud (on the ear away from the street).

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 27, 2011, 9:13 pm

    I love to listen to music when I run — it keeps me going and gives me a good beat to run to. But I almost always run without music on race days — that way I can hear what is going on and I can hear the fans cheering!

  • VeggieGirl April 27, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I absolutely HAVE to have music when I work out – especially at dance practice.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Wow – I never even thought of music being a problem while swimming- because I need music while I work out. The beat keeps me going and keeps me pumped up – especially when I am doing long periods of cardio. I find it more difficult to keep my MP3 attached to me when I am lifting tho – the cords to my head phones always seem to get in the way.
    Great find on the waterproof MP3!

  • Jen April 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Music is a must for me.

  • JennsAdventures April 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

    I am SO JEALOUS!! That is EXACTLY what I need!!

  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. April 27, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I never swim with music. I swim on a swim team and it would be akward to wear it while swimming a workout with people. When I run solo I will wear my iPod but never in races.

  • McKayla (green groats) April 27, 2011, 9:26 pm

    I go through spurts when I feel like I need to have music on my run (just so I can get through it), then I’ll go for weeks when I don’t like to listen to music. Surprisingly, I find I can focus on running better when I don’t have music. Sometimes with music, I find that I get too caught up in the song, and I revert back to a snai’s pace (even if the song is upbeat). Weird, I know.

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:51 am

      I can understand! I sometimes get too into the song and don’t try as hard as I could.

      • Cindy Robinson April 28, 2011, 8:56 am

        I’m an off/on music-er too. Sometimes an upbeat song comes on, and I cannot get my rhythm together it distracts me.

  • Lee April 27, 2011, 9:26 pm

    I’m definitely pro-listening to music.

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 27, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I love how much these those music players for the pool have improved! I tried one about 8 years ago when I was on a swim team in middle school, and the connection did not work under water! Kinda defeated the entire purpose of the player 🙂
    I love listening to music when I run, it’s a motivational for sure! Lately I have also been listening to books on tape, it makes the run go by quite fast

  • Kristina April 27, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I’m a bit jealous of the music while swimming option! That said…
    I’m partly in the no music camp because I run on a variety of terrains and often go from sidewalk, to the street (because of lack of sidewalk), to trails – all in one run! I find it VERY unsafe and quite irresponsible for people to be running in heavily trafficked areas with earphones/buds. I don’t mean to be critical of all people who listen to music while they run, but I’ve almost been hit several times, and if I hadn’t paying attention to everything around me, then I think that I would have been. Also on the issue of safety, I’m often on a multi-use trail, so I need to hear horses, cyclists and other runners. One FINAL safety issue – I run alone, and I’m not necessarily an alarmist, but I do want to hear what’s going on (in case someone decides to attack me….).
    And don’t get me started with cycling! Same thing but magnified because I’m often IN traffic and fighting to hold my lane. Maybe better cyclists can listen to music and relax, but I find that I need my focus.
    I do know that a lot depends on WHERE people are running/exercising. If someone is on a bike/run trail on the beach, why not? But when there is a lot happening on the route, then I find it pretty irresponsible.

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:52 am

      Yup – you are totally right. There are some good times for music and others are not!

  • Kate@fittingintothewindycity.com April 27, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I’m too paranoid to run with music. I’m always looking over my shoulder as it is when I’m running around Chicago!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 27, 2011, 9:41 pm

    No I do not listen to music when I exercise, i.e. run, b/c I am outdoors and I have been the victim of violent crime and for my own peace of mind, need ALL my senses operating at 100% (no earphones in my ears) while I am outdoors.

    Yoga, no. I like it quiet. I am traditional in that sense. Usually. Sometimes I do practice with light music though.

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries April 27, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Unless I am running on the beach wanting to be with my own thoughts and doing a relaxing run, then I MUST have music on! It puts me in this happy, positive, and motivated mood to run to my favorite music. It’s the time where I really enjoy music the most actually 🙂

  • Maddie April 27, 2011, 9:44 pm

    No music for me! Since I’m novice I need to really tune into my breath because I time it to my steps or I start breathing too quickly 🙂 Also, I am much too much of a busy-body and I want to know what’s going on around me! Even if I wanted to run with ear buds I couldn’t – my ears are funny shaped. Maybe over the head headphones someday!

  • Michelle @ The Cooking Life April 27, 2011, 9:54 pm

    That’s pretty cool – waterproof mp3/earphones! I usually do not listen to music when I’m training. I find that it helps me be more in tune with my body – every pain, every ache, even my breathing. It helps me focus! But on long races, I listen to music (helps the time/miles go by faster). Not sure if I’ll listen to music on my upcoming 10k, though!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal April 27, 2011, 9:55 pm

    How cool!! My friend Kim is really getting into swimming. I’d bet she’d love this! Let us know what you think of them a couple weeks from now, please 😀

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:52 am

      I will definitely do another update!

  • Rebecca April 27, 2011, 9:55 pm

    No working out for me just yet (though I’ll probably bike to classes next year!), but I know that my dad uses music if he’s in the gym, on the treadmill at least. If he’s running or biking outside, I don’t think he does, just because of the noise factor. His hearing already sucks, and he leaves his hearing aids at home (or in his gym bag) when he runs, I think, so music would make it harder for him to focus on traffic and stuff. He likes to be aware of his surroundings…

  • Brianna April 27, 2011, 9:57 pm

    At my first 5K they wouldn’t let us wear headphones and me and my mom freaked out because we had trained with music. I found i ran a lot faster without music and like it much better. Generally for training runs, I wear headphones, but never for races.

  • Kristen April 27, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I would lOVE to try music when I swim, you are lucky!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans April 27, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Music is crucial for me. I never run without it. I love that it pumps me up and keeps my mind off the running enough to get me through, especially on the tougher days.

  • Baking 'n' Books April 27, 2011, 10:00 pm

    That’s such a neat gift!

  • Michelle April 27, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve ever run without music… I know I should try it, but it just helps me so much!

  • Amy April 27, 2011, 10:01 pm

    What an awesome gift!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 27, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I always listen to music when I work out. Some times I get in a zone and don’t notice, but when I run I definitely need that distraction.

  • Christy April 27, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I am definitely a music runner. But this weekend I’m running my race without music. I thought it would be good socializing time. 🙂

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life April 27, 2011, 10:19 pm

    I like running with music, but it’s not an absolute for me. Sometimes I like to listen to the sounds of other people and stuff going on around me. What can I say? I’m nosy!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:53 am

      Hahah I am also nosy like that, especially at airports.

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy April 27, 2011, 10:21 pm

    I MUST listen to music while I workout! It helps me stay positive. I’m also a daydreamer, and especially while I’m running it’s impossible for me to do that without music. Sometimes during a half marathon (and i did this for a bit during my full marathon), I listened to an audiobook!

    I gotta have music. lol.

  • Mindy April 27, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I’m definitely in the pro music camp – but, then again, I have music going pretty much as often as I can!

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign April 27, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Wow, that is so cool! I’ve never heard of that mp3 player before!

  • Alexa April 27, 2011, 10:41 pm

    I love listening to music when I workout! When I’m running outside I prefer not to though. Mostly just to be safe, but also to enjoy the sounds going on around me.

    Cool gift by the way! 🙂

  • Lisa April 27, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I’m staunchly in the pro-music camp! Like you, I will delay my run if my iPod is dead. I get bored and tired so quickly without music…I did a 5K once without it and thought I was going to die. And also, I’m a professional musician, so that may be one additional reason why it’s so crucial for me to have it.

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes April 27, 2011, 10:47 pm

    That is so cool that there are headphones/music for swimming!!!!! I want it.

  • Mrs. Muffins April 27, 2011, 10:50 pm

    Since I am married to a Marine, I’d love to point out the fact that there is indeed a reason Marines (and other services) sing cadence when they run. Not only does it help keep your pace but if your “singing” along, it helps with your breathing. I know I’m guilty of holding my breath! I vote yay for music! 🙂

  • Lu @ The Orange Spice Kitchen April 27, 2011, 10:51 pm

    I’ve recently taken up running. I debated the running with music thing quite intensely and came to the conclusion that I was going music free. Reasons? 1) music was making me push myself unsafely, 2) I just wasn’t feeling the mixes I made and, 3) cars!!. I actually like the sound of my feet hitting the pavement. It’s much better than the sound of me hitting the pavement when I don’t hear a car coming.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 27, 2011, 10:55 pm

    I like running with music, BUT, I find that my runs go much better without it. I don’t get caught up in the pace of the music and can hit my zone a lot easier without.

  • Katheryn April 27, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I really dislike listening to music during a run, but I always listen to podcasts.

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic April 27, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I love running with and without music, it totally depends on my mood. Sometimes I run to clear my mind, so no music. And sometimes I run to pump my self up, so I’m definitely rocking out to some tunes! But I can definitely say, long marathon training runs definitely make me happy that ipods exist!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 27, 2011, 11:34 pm

    I guess I’m old-school in the fact that I have never gotten into running with music. I’ve tried but end up missing the peacefulness of the morning, the birds chirping, and just “listening” to my thoughts.

  • Lindsey April 27, 2011, 11:47 pm

    I don’t think I could run over 10km without music!I need it to keep me motivated and moving 🙂 But when I am running by myself I do make sure to keep the volume low and usually only keep in one ear bud too – both for safety reasons.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 28, 2011, 12:01 am

    Whoa, that’s pretty cool! My ipod died last year, but sometimes my sister lets me use hers on runs. I listen to it really quietly so I don’t get hit by a car or attacked. When my brother was in high school, one of his friends was jogging and listening to headphones and died after she was hit by a car- so I’m always very, very careful!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:54 am

      🙁 That’s sad about your brother’s friend. I’m sorry.

  • Kris @ tryingtotri April 28, 2011, 12:02 am

    I hate running without music if I’m running alone – if I have hubby with me, we chat instead. It’s funny, when I’m swimming, I use the time to count laps, and think…

    I’d never use it cycling outside, too unsafe for me! Inside, I watch DVDs when on my trainer. 🙂

    Very cool gift though – I may have to look for one!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 28, 2011, 12:11 am

    What’s even cooler are the underwater speakers that the synchronized swimmers use. Because then everybody can hear your routine music. Over. And. Over. All season.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 28, 2011, 12:25 am

    I Am ALL over music during workouts. And nice and loud too! Studies also show that you can run faster, further, and better with music. I totally agree in my case 🙂

    Nice gift!!

  • Vaala ◪ April 28, 2011, 12:48 am

    I’ve never listened to music when running or cycling/mtbing. I guess for my main sport (orienteering) you definitely can’t listen to music whilst competing so it feels unnatural. It’s my quiet time when there is nothing else but me so I guess I really like having no music. Also I do a lot of off road running and mountain biking and you need all the concentration you can get when you’re so isolated and running/biking technical terrain.

    But I can totally see how it would help swimming in a pool or road running.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 28, 2011, 1:30 am

    I love running with music. I typically can’t run very far without it before feeling bored. I also enjoy a good “zen run” which I actually wrote about here: http://everydaydolce.com/2011/03/27/zen-run/

    Glad you are enjoying swimming so much, I commend you 🙂

  • Sue @ Sue In Training April 28, 2011, 1:53 am

    I only listen to music when I workout indoors. Treadmills and ellipticals are just too boring without some nice tunes. But whenever I run or bike outdoors, it’s no music at all. I need to know what’s going on around me, if a car is approaching from behind, etc.
    Plus, I’ve found that music messes with my steps and breathing, as I automatically try to sync them to the beat.

  • Khushboo April 28, 2011, 3:27 am

    Music is a must for me during workouts, especially runs! Just a change in beat can motivate me to amp up the speed! I might have to look into a waterproof mp3 player, I bet it would enocurage me to swim a lot more than I currently do!

  • Eliza April 28, 2011, 5:14 am

    I also delay a run til my Ipod is a little bit charged- thought I was the only one..

  • Katie April 28, 2011, 6:20 am

    Sorry, I’m one of those jerks in the “no music” camp. I will listen to my iPod on easy runs in my own neighborhood or if I’m on the treadmill, but that’s about it. More than once in races I have had collisions with runners who were listening to their headphones and not paying attention to where they were going. A large local race near me is now disqualifying EVERYONE wearing headphones because they have had more than one case of people wearing headphones zoning out and causing accidents with other runners. I did wear headphones for my first marathon, and that was a huge mistake–it totally detracted from the experience. I’ve since learned to soak up the experience of the sounds around me, be it bands playing music and crowds cheering in a race, or simply the relaxing sound of my own footsteps while out on an early morning run.

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:56 am

      Hahah you aren’t a jerk!

  • R Chandra April 28, 2011, 6:37 am

    i always, always listen to music when i run or walk (the only type of exercise i really do). if i’m outside, i keep the volume low-ish so i can still hear things. i couldn’t fathom running without my ipod! i’ve done a 10miler and a half marathon and had music with both. i’m pretty obsessed with finding good songs to run to, in fact i’d say that exercising is my favorite way to listen to almost ANY music, often i find myself wanting to exercise just so i can listen to my music 🙂 haha

  • alison April 28, 2011, 6:50 am

    I wear generally use my ipod, but if the run is long, by the end, I usually get annoyed and turn the music off. As far as racing goes, I often prefer to run without music. I ran the National Half with my ipod, but turned it off around mile 10, because the music started to annoy me.

  • Beth @ 990 Square April 28, 2011, 7:27 am

    I’ve started listening to audiobooks during my long runs (HM in 2 weeks!) 9 miles in the rain last weekend was a lot more enjoyable while I was listening to a book!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off April 28, 2011, 7:42 am

    I find I need music to keep me going… but I never listen to it so loud that I can’t hear a car coming up behind me.

  • Christine @ Burning It Off April 28, 2011, 7:43 am

    I need to listen to music to keep me going… but I never listen to it so loud that I can’t hear a car come up behind me.

  • Jen April 28, 2011, 7:48 am

    I’m in the no music camp! I tend to think when I run, work through essay topics/whatever I’m working on for school.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 28, 2011, 8:02 am

    When I’m running, I actually prefer to go without music. I like to just zone out and see where my legs and my thoughts take me. At the gym though I NEED music! Doing the same motion on an elliptical for 30 minutes is torture without some entertainment :).

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 28, 2011, 8:19 am

    Swimming AND listening to music? I need to experience this. And I love to listen to music while running-it can amp me up and carry me through on my looong runs.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 28, 2011, 8:31 am

    What a great gift from your dad! 😀

    I tried running outdoors without music once and it was actually pretty enjoyable, but my run was a lot shorter than when I go with music. Having something to listen to keeps me entertained and motivated!

  • Rebecca April 28, 2011, 8:33 am

    YES to music! Yes yes yes! Yesterday my player went dead on my run and it was so much harder to finish. Music definitely keeps me motivated. A lot of times I will tell myself to not quit till a song is over and the beat keeps me moving. Music distracts me too from my discomfort. I hate hearing myself breathe — Yuck! That being said, however, I only run with a bud in one ear so I can still be aware of whats going on around me.

  • Cindy Robinson April 28, 2011, 8:57 am

    I cannot believe there is a MP3 player that you can listen to while swimming, soooo cool! Enjoy 🙂

  • June April 28, 2011, 9:09 am

    for years i was in the no music camp! and i still enjoy it from time to time, plus i know its safer. after chicago 2010 though, thats when i started running w music and i absolutely love it now! and yes it makes me faster! 🙂

  • Justine April 28, 2011, 9:28 am

    I swam competitively for a few years and never used head phones for music, never needed it. I think it was different because I was on a team and that was motivation enough. I’ve been trying to get back into swimming now again and yeah, it can be a mental battle when I’m by myself. I’ve started using swimming with the H2Ofriendly mp3, which is an ipod shuffle that’s metal so it’s waterproof and it’s great, although it does confuse my body at times since I’m not used to hearing music.

    For swimming, I would never consider music during a race because it’s such extreme focused intensity such that my best races are ones that I don’t even remember. Remember that the fastest even (50 yards/meters) is about 24 seconds and the longer one, 500yd is under 5 minutes. Perhaps the mile…but that’s only about 20 minutes for elites. Music would only distract me…

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit April 28, 2011, 9:36 am

    I’ve tried running without music – at a race too, and it just wansn’t for me. the lack of music made the run feel really long and drawn out and really just not fun. when i run to music, i seem to use that as my ‘fun’ ‘escape the world’ time. it makes me relax and get into the zone. 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 28, 2011, 9:37 am

    omg I need music to work out. If I start getting into a mental war with myself and a good song comes on I can really push forward and rock it out. It’s so motivating. I basically don’t work out if I forget my ipod!

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant April 28, 2011, 10:03 am

    I only sometimes listen to music while I’m running – but never EVER cycling (on a real bike I mean…). I’ve never thought about trying it for swimming though! Granted it’s all I can do to stay focused on my stroke and not suck water, but maybe someday I’ll give it a shot once I’m more confident that my stroke feels more natural. For running I only listen to music if I’m running on a trail and it’s the daytime – I think it’s too unsafe to risk being distracted by the music when crossing streets, or in the dark since you’re already more vulnerable. Basically I end up listening to music 1 run a week!

  • Amber K April 28, 2011, 10:36 am

    I have to listen to music or I can’t workout. I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing and my mind starts chattering. “I’m bored, how long has it been, only a minute? Geez, can I be done yet? What’s that over there, man, the guy next to me really smells.” With music I can zone out and chill.

  • McKella April 28, 2011, 10:41 am

    I don’t listen to music when I run outside so I cam listen for dogs and cars and ax murderers and stuff like that. It’s hard sometimes, but I’m usedmto it.

  • McKella April 28, 2011, 10:41 am

    I don’t listen to music when I run outside so I cam listen for dogs and cars and ax murderers and stuff like that. It’s hard sometimes, but I’m usedmto it.

  • Meghann @ Meghann on the Move April 28, 2011, 11:02 am

    I used to listen to podcasts to get me through my long runs, but I realized I was just using them as a distraction. I decided that I wanted to be more present and aware and really enjoy my runs for what they are. So I’m now sound-free and I love it.

  • becca (bellebottoms) April 28, 2011, 11:12 am

    I LOVE listening to music while I workout! it’s so motivating, and finding songs that fit your pace/workout type/etc are sooo helpful!

    of course, I DON’T listen to music on early morning runs outside, because of the safety factor, and also, it’s so quiet out…such a great time to connect with nature! (cue sappy background music now!) 🙂

  • Kali April 28, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Running with music is for treadmills only! I would love to listen to podcasts while I run outside, but there are too many perverts in the world who just looking for opportunities to sneak up on skinny blond girls and yank their ponytails. I also interviewed for a scholarship in high school that was in honor of a girl who died jogging with her headphones on…it isn’t a joke to be safe, but I realize that people will take the no headphone advice as seriously as they take the eat healthy advice. They need a tipping point before it applies to them!

  • Madison April 28, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Cool headphones!

    I’ve actually found that my running has significantly improved now that I STOPPED wearing headphones. No music really allows me to focus on the run itself. However, I typically listen to music whenever I run on the dreadmill!

  • Yin April 28, 2011, 12:55 pm

    I don’t listen to music when I run, and I don’t think I will when I do other outdoor activities. To be honest, I don’t listen to music a lot so it doesn’t bother me. The path I run is also shared with cyclists and I need to be able to hear so I or others don’t get injured. Besides, I’m paranoid of people attacking me out of nowhere!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In April 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Definitely in the music camp. I think I would get bored on long runs without music!! But the thought of it is peaceful, I’ll admit.

  • Leslie April 28, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I just started running without music. My first time was on a rainy afternoon. I really wanted to go for a run, and I didn’t want the rain to stop me, so I laced up and left my Iphone at home.

    Since that day I’ve been running without music at least once a week. It’s much easier when you have company, I must admit.

    I still prefer to run with music, and I would LOVE to buy your underwater MP3! I’m starting to train for my first tri in September, and some music would be wonderful during training.

    Good luck on your recovery, stay strong, you’ll be running in no time! GO CANES! (As I CANE, I just had to)

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 3:51 pm

      hahah go canes!

  • Jenny April 28, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Definitely run with music! I’ve done both my HM’s and recent 10 miler with music. I find it keeps me going and as a busy working mom it’s one of the few times in the week when I get to listen to and enjoy my music.

    I’m obsessed with music and love finding songs for running.

  • Tanya April 28, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Since I have a workout music playlist website – it’s a pretty safe bet to say I run with music all the time … when I’m at the gym. When I run outside, I take my ipod with me but play it only occasionally – I find I don’t really need it. In the pool, I typically do between 1500 – 2400 yards and I don’t use music which is pretty surprising to me. Still I’m a newbie swimmer so just trying to keep count is enough to keep my brain busy.

  • Kristen April 28, 2011, 6:34 pm

    I have been looking for something like this for awhile. My dad used to be a runner, but had to quit about 10 years ago because of bad knees. :o( He is an amazing swimmer though and this would make the perfect Father’s Day gift! I don’t think there is anything wrong with using music as a little extra motivation – I just hate to run with a bunch of cords around me!

  • Kate April 28, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I have been using a waterproof MP3 player for about a year and a half now for swimming (and running and biking) and I love it. It makes the monotony of swimming laps much more bearable. Mine was my 50th birthday present from my wonderful husband. It’s an iPod modified to be waterproof (and sweat proof,too. I am a sweater….)

  • Liz May 2, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I have to listen to music when I run. I am aware of the risks of being slightly distracted, though. I keep the ipod on the lowest possible volume setting before mute, and in doing so I can still hear my feet hitting the ground, my breathing, approaching cars, and the occasional angry dog. 🙂

    I’m dying to know – what are some of your must have songs to run to? If you’ve already posted this in the past, can you send me the link? 🙂

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