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Leave It: Music

One thing Joan always leaves at home are her earbuds. Running without music may seem unfathomable to many, but Joan says she never listens to music when running. While music can be key when it comes to motivation, taking a break can better allow you to focus on the sound of your breath and foot strike. It also keeps you more aware of your surroundings, whether that be oncoming cars, runners, or cyclists. If you usually run with music, challenge yourself to do the occasional workout without a playlist, and instead of the songs, let the run energize you.

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