UPDATED – Progress
Now then, here’s the thing I’ve been wondering about. I love my iPod and love my music, but not sure if it’s helping me or hindering me at this stage of my running training. I can happily listen to it on my walk to and from work, and on the occasions I find myself in the gym (which are way too far and in-between at the minute!) But I don’t really know if listening to music whilst running as a beginner is a good thing.
Last Saturday I listened to my iPod for the first time whilst attempting to run home (less talk about that, the better) and I set off at too quick of a pace, so had to stop and get picked up. I’ve got a feeling that the pace I set was in time to the music I was listening to (The Almighty – Heavy Rock music) and so couldn’t properly judge my pace.
The day after, I attempted the run home again, this time without music and got a lot further. In fact, through a mixture of running and walking I got the whole way home. Is that because I could judge my pace easier without music, or is it because I was deliberately going slowly because of the day before disaster? Not sure.
On the Monday I went for a run with Ironman Tony and did my furthest yet, 2.2 miles, at a pace of 9:45 minutes a mile. No music.
The next run I went on was yesterday, Saturday, and was alone. I put on some Alice Cooper (Hey Stoopid – Brilliant Album) and ran 2 miles at a pace of 9:08 a mile. That’s quite a bit quicker than my best pace! Is it because of the music spurring me on, or is it because of the music that I can’t judge pace properly? I’m sure that when I get more experience as a runner, I’ll be able to pace myself no problems, music or not. But I’m not sure that it’s the best thing for my training at this stage.
1 – You can get lost in the music and so the distance and time flies by.
2 – Favourite songs are a great pick-me-up when you’re at a low.
3 – You don’t hear kids shouting abuse (Look at him trying to run! LOL!) Or similar.
4 – You can push yourself to keep running to the end of a song, or the end of the next song, or the next.
Cons: (For me, in reverse order…)
4 – Can’t hear traffic if you’re running on the road.
3 – When the battery dies halfway out, it’s a proper downer.
2 – Hard to keep my own pace, until I practice some more.
But the number one reason, the reason that in part made me think of writing all of this is the following….
1 – …………..I’m an air-drummer.
Let me explain: I listen to a lot of rock music, Quireboys, Alice Cooper, Dog’s D’amour, Guns N Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, The Almighty, Gun, Love/Hate, Bon Jovi, the list goes on and on. What do all of this bands have in common? Guitar riffs and drum beats. Now, I’ve never been into playing air-guitar, but give me a set of air drums and i’m away. I can be walking home with my iPod in and if there’s a decent (or even half decent) drum beat or drum solo, my arms are away.
Worryingly, this seems to be the case whilst running too. When I was out yesterday, I caught myself air-drumming along to a few Alice Cooper songs before realising what I was doing, and more so, realising what the hell I would look like to passer by’s and the cars driving past. I must’ve looked like someone who only has control over two of his limbs at a time, or maybe they thought a wasp had gotten inside my T-Shirt.
I think I probably looked like Phoebe in that episode of Friends where her and Rachel go out running and she waves her arms about like a nutter.
As well as my running training this week, I need to practice pacing when out listening to music, and also to practice keeping my arms where they should be. I think I’ll have the pacing sorted long before the air drumming!