Do I want to run my next half marathon with or without music? I usually have music in while I run. I know I know you shouldn't run with music it is dangerous. I only run with one ear bud in so I can hear what is happening around me. I have ran without music a few times and I like it, but I like listening to music too. I sometimes like the fact that I can tune into the song and not think about how much I want to be at the finish line. :) But on the same note, sometimes I spend more time trying to keep my ear bud in my ear...or I can't hear the music because I have so much sweat pouring down my head that I think it has short circuited the headphones.
Runner's World wrote an article about the pros and cons of running with music.
Studies find that music reduces your perception of how hard you are running by about 10 percent. An external stimulus such as music can actually block some of the internal stimuli trying to reach the brain—such as fatigue-related messages from muscles and organs. When these messages are blocked, this reduces a runner's perception of effort, so you feel like you can run farther, faster.
Great if I go music less I will feel like I am pulling two trucks instead of the normal one truck. I might have to rethink my running sans music. I think I may try a few more runs without music to see if I want to attempt the Heritage Half without music.
Do you run with our without music? How far have you ran without music?