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MLAN613 SparkPoints: (213,489)
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3/3/13 8:03 A

When I run, on the road, track, or treadmill, I prefer upbeat music but lately, I've been going without music in most cases. If I am using the other machines, I usually read. I am trying to take sit easy on my ears since I sell hearing aids. :)

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 3/3/2013 (08:03)
JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
3/3/13 1:40 A

I run on a treadmill and prefer to have music with a strong beat to help keep my pace. I tend to lag when I listen to audio books while exercising, although I do enjoy them while ironing. :)

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/2/13 10:38 P

I have no desire to listen to audiobooks while running or ever for that matter. I do like to listen to some up-tempo music. When I run with a partner I'll usually still listen to music quietly in my headphones while conversing with them.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,317
3/2/13 6:44 P

I run my best to hard rock - Metallica, ACDC, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, etc. I've tried other stuff (I have very eclectic tastes), but this works best for me. I just can ride the music, so to speak, and can change the song to help with intervals, etc.

Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 3/2/2013 (18:46)
3/2/13 12:03 P

If you are paying attention to the audiobook you are not paying attention to your run meaning you will slow down, use poor running mechanics and not get the full benefit of the time spent exercising. Steady state cardio is not the best form of cardio, interval cardio is and you can not do that without full concentration on the work you are doing.

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NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (75,472)
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3/2/13 11:38 A

I either listen to Zombies, Run! or nothing.

KEMEISEL Posts: 32
3/2/13 9:48 A

Naw - some up-tempo music if inside or if my run requires I hit a certain turnover rate. Otherwise nothing...

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3/2/13 8:27 A

I prefer some fast paced music for my run. It gets me pumped and keeps me going. BTW, I run on the treadmill most of the time.


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ANGUSSANDY Posts: 9,386
3/2/13 7:37 A

For me, yes, although music is great too. I think, because I get into some books, that I exercise MORE---that is the only time I listen to the books, and so I am motivated to get back out there to hear more of the story.

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3/2/13 2:58 A

Music for me, definitely! I've tried audiobooks, but I found I was slowing down to listen. Plus, I have all of my music sorted by beats per minute, so I use that as the pace setter for my workouts.

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3/2/13 2:18 A

I have to agree with WAYCAT. I run very early in the morning. No way i would feel safe with music on.

WAYCAT Posts: 991
3/2/13 1:09 A

I run outside and wouldn't dare put headphones on, mainly because I like to hear what's going on around me and be aware of my surroundings.

I much prefer to hear the birds singing and the wind in the trees - just a shame that there is always that ever-present hum of road traffic in the background!

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3/1/13 7:56 P

I listen to Buddhist Mantras and Sutras Chanting

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3/1/13 7:55 P

I alternate between nothing (when I'm working on cadence) or music with my 5k training app, Zombies, Run! 5k training. I have done audiobooks, though.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/1/2013 (19:55)
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3/1/13 7:18 P

I prefer the sound of my own thoughts. I stopped listening to music while running 3 years ago (except on the treadmill; it is too boring) and it's great.

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3/1/13 6:31 P

Do you prefer music, audiobooks, or something else when you run?

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