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Running Revelation: I'm OK Without Music

Running Revelation: I'm OK Without Music

In our RunningSugar community group, FitSugar member nancita had a surprising realization while running over the holidays.

I have always been one of those people who has to run with music. I even own an iPod Shuffle expressly for this purpose, since the jostling is bad for my big, hard drive-based iPod. But on a recent trip to visit my mom, I forgot my iPod Shuffle at her house. At first, I was going to use this as an excuse not to run and just go to the gym until I could get it back.

But over the long New Year's weekend, I was too antsy for a workout, so I set out on a music-free run. I can't remember the last time I did this — probably when my iPod died halfway through a run. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Since then, I've done several music-free runs, and it's so liberating. Especially first thing in the morning, I get so lost in my thoughts, I don't even miss the music.

Do you consider music a must have when you run? If so, I suggest giving a tunes-free jog a try.

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