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Something New I’m Trying…

I’m trying something new this marathon training cycle, and so far I LOVE it!

Guess what it is?


I haven’t listened to music while working out since the beginning of June. I found that whenever I was doing a hard workout, like a long run or hill repeats, I relied on loud, fast music to get me through the workouts. I would crank up the volume and blast music in my ears as I pushed through another hill repeat or a 20-miler, and if my iPod ever ran out of battery it was pretty much the end of the world.

I decided that I no longer want to rely on music to get me through a workout or to push me to run my fastest. I want to push myself and find the motivation within myself.

I love this decision I’ve made. Honestly, I enjoy hearing the sound of my feet against the pavement or trails. I am more focused on my breathing. I find myself thinking about my running goals and life in general instead of getting sucked into the lyrics of a song.

If you’re thinking about forgoing the music while working out, I highly recommend it 🙂


4 thoughts on “Something New I’m Trying…”

  1. I came across your blog on Ning and loved this post! I wrote about the same thing a few weeks ago. Going music free again has changed my stress levels tremendously!


    1. Thank you! I’ve noticed that I can run just as well without it! Though I am running the Charlotte Marathon this coming weekend, and think I will run with it. Just for extra motivation. One day I’ll do a marathon without it! 🙂


  2. Are you still running without music? I have been doing this lately as well and feel so much more free! I also find that it helps me regulate my breathing and of course just be more tuned into my environment, body, and thoughts!


    1. Hi Alexis,
      So most of my training for the Beantown Marathon (September 10) has been with music, but this week I’ve left it behind. Forgot how much I love running without it! I have the same feelings as you – it definitely helps me focus on my breathing, steps, and body. I’m looking forward to the day when I run a marathon without music. Not sure when that will be though 🙂
      Happy running!


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