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my dad is the Race Day Director for a local race here in FL and they don't allow headphones due to insurance reasons... I guess it costs them more probably for the safety issues.
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I'm running a Half where they aren't banned, just strongly discouraged. Unless I'm running with friends, I always use my music. It helps me keep my pace and distracts me from negative thoughts.
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Like many others here, I train with music mostly because I run alone. During a race, I find it to be no trouble to not have the music. I talk to other runners and to the spectators. Time goes by quickly either way. Have fun:)
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i train with music about 70% of the time but never race with them. i understand why they are banned and that is for your safety along with the safety of other runners. learn to appreciate the nature an your surroundings during training but races it is nice to talk to other racers while you enjoy the event
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That's really sad. I've ran both with and without music and it depends on what I'm feeling any particular day. When I run in town I usually use the headphones but run with just one earbud in so I can hear. When I run out on nature trails I run without for safety and to just enjoy the peace and quiet. Maybe start working with not using them now to get the feel for it by either not using them for the first part of your run or the last part and build up to being able to run without them. There have been races when the distraction of my music really helped me make it through a difficult time and know I would be upset not to have the option. But rules are rules and so if you want to do the race I know you can work up to doing it without the phones. Good luck.
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I have never run in a race that banned earbuds, but I did run in one that banned it for the last half mile. I just focused on that one annoying person I could *never* pass and kept up their pace, and that got me through. A lot of races have music playing, around where I live there is this same guy at every race that plays his sax and moves along the route to keep runners going. Don't get discouraged, you will do great!
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I had to learn to run without music for Hood to Coast and it did not make me happy. That said, you could also look into music players with speakers. I have one made by Zen. It goes in my armband and is remarkably powerful.
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When I first started running 6 years ago, the majority of the races I participated in would NOT let anyone wear headphones...more for a safety reason then anything else...especially if you have to run on the roads. It took me 5 hours 13 minutes to run Chicago (and we were allowed to wear them there, I elected not to) and I did just fine. I found myself talking to other runners and enjoying the event.
That being said, now most races have lifted the ban and it is more uncommon to find races that DON'T allow them than do.
Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 2/12/2012 (22:28)
I guess rules are rules, and if the organizers want no head phones, that's how it has to be. It saddens me though. I'm a very slow runner. A half-marathon takes me three hours and it's HARD. I don't have a running buddy so the music, or pod-cast, or whatever is what keeps me going. I don't have it loud, so I can hear the announcements. During training, if the path is busy, I will run with one ear-bud only so that I can hear who else is out there.
Once again, the few spoiled things for the many. But good luck to you. Perhaps you can use your music for some of the training and practice a little without it. Then, on race day, soak up as much as you can of the atmospher. Look for every little distraction.
Thank you Coach Nancy. I am going to try and start training without the music to see how I do on longer distances. It is just the one thing that really helps mee keep my pace and stay out of my head. The music keeps me on track and focused, just not sure I'd I can do it, but I am sure gonna try my best!
You may be amazed how well you will do without your music. I train with music and have only recently started running races with it again, but for the better part of 3 years I did not race with it and I did not miss it. I even ran the Chicago Marathon without it and did just fine.
I will say, you would hate to get disqualified for not following the rules. I have even read where the race directors went back and looked at photos of the runners on the course and found out who disobeyed the rules and disqualified them for subsequent races.
I wish you well! You'll do great!!!
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I signed up for my first half marathon that I've been training for and it is the first week of May. Just got notice that the runners club that sponsors this and all the races around here that I just joined this year have banned all use of headphones. I am VERY discouraged to say the least as I have been running with my music and it keeps me going. I don't know what to do or how I am going to do it. They said that you will be disqualified and your time removed if caught with one. I started running last year and have never ran without music. Any advice on what I should do--I am soo disheartened & discouraged. :-)