music while running: ruminations
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
This started out as a comment on Cannie's page and grew too long.
i'm still thinking about the music while runniing issue. maybe because i feel guilty for enjoying myself with music on my run. for not giving myself the time to process my feelings and my thoughts during what is about the only time of the day i'm not working or spending time with my family: work, working out, meals with family, and cooking account for most of my non-sleep time (of which there also is not enough).
i do think though that i process stuff under the music when i'm running. and the thing is, i spend so much of my day exercising my brain with my work (translating and editing are basically solitary intellectual work, though editing what French researchers write in English also involves mind-reading sometimes) that i pretty much feel i need and am entitled to let my brain veg out and my body work outside. or actually, it's more that the music puts my brain in time with my body, links my brain and my body, and makes me feel i'm paying positive attention to both.
The music is also part of the reward and the endorphins. running and cooking time are the only time i listen to any music that is not husband or daughter's classical music choices. i like it and it's beautiful, but i need some rock and folk and country sometimes too.
do i sound like someone who feels guilty and inadequate for needing/wanting music to run to? yeah i guess so. and i need to get over it. we all need different things from our running or walking or working out time, besides the physical exertion and endurance and training and strengthening. Cannie wasn't saying my choice was wrong, just that it's not hers. and she's allowed to have her choice and so am I.