If you like listening to music when you run, and you run solo, do you really need to wear headphones? If you are driving with your music playing and you roll down the windows, do you quickly put your headphones on so no one will hear?
On my easy runs I carry my phone with me. No headphones. Just my phone. With the music on, I can hear a car coming, I can hear someone coming up behind me, and I can pay attention to my breathing and my cadence.
Sometimes it makes sense to wear headphones. On a group run, during a race, or on a day where everyone is out running on the trail. But when you are alone, running on the road or trail and there are not many people around, give it a try. Toss aside your headphones and run to the music.
(Be considerate! Turn it down if you’re running past a playground listening to T.I. or M.I.A. )
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