There’s an ongoing debate over the use of music during a runner’s training. Some say you miss out on the experience of the outdoor calm and some say music helps shut out all that doesn’t add to your calm. There’s are “pros” and “cons” to every situation known to man, here are a few aimed at the good and bad of running to the sound of your own drum, or someone else’s.
The BPMs (Beats per minute) of the perfect energetic song can help with pacing and your foot to pavement rate.
Unless the same song is on repeat, the turn of the song can throw off a rhythm. Foot to pavement rate can change and so can your breathing pattern.
Music helps relax the outside world and take your mind off of the everyday happenings.
Blocking out the sounds of the world can hinder the oncoming warning sounds of another runner, car or streetcar (if you’re in New Orleans).
Running in races with music can help maintain focus and assist with the perceived length of the race.
Talking and running is a great indication to the shape you’re in. Running with music blocks any chance of conversation. Many running relationships are built from conversations had over a run or within a race.
Knowing the best regiment for your running lifestyle is the best way to identify if music fits in. The sound of your drum may not be enough and that’s perfectly fine, but the sound of a loud drum can be a determent to your world.