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loop ear headphonesHaving your favourite tunes coursing through your head whilst hammering out your run in a perfect rhythm can be one of the joys of running. A typical neighbourhood run can suddenly come alive with music as it provides a perfect soundtrack for everything happening around you or a run through beautiful mountain scenery can be all that more magical for the music that accompanies it.

I load my iPhone up with a lot of music and let the thing go on random. It really is amazing how much random music magically suits the mood of the run but of course it could well be the music dictating the mood! I love it when a song I have not heard for a long time pops up or when songs that I have never heard come on, I love listening to new tracks on a run!

Some people prefer a playlist and if you really time it well you can set up certain music to play at certain parts of a run, with motivational power music on the uphills and steady music to help you plod along the flats.

Of course having music with you on your run has some issues and you need to think about these before closing yourself into the world of music and exposing yourself to certain dangers.

Obviously music can block out much of the real world around you. You may not hear a car coming or someone telling you to jump when a piano is falling out of the top floor of a building! Having a shiny MP3 player or Smartphone on display obviously makes you a target for theft and of course the weather may also cause harm to your expensive technology.

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Tips for running safely whilst listening to music

A bit of common sense can make sure it’s a safe run and you can still have music to help you through the run. Here are some tips:

  • Always make sure you keep your music at a volume where you can still hear cars and louder voices.
  • Make sure that you take your earphones out when running in a busy area or near heavy traffic.
  • Keep your technology out of sight as much as possible, in a pocket of some sort is best. Personally I think running armbands are a bad idea!
  • If there is even a 0.5% chance of rain try and protect your device. A ziplock bag usually works pretty well. Most earphones can stand a little rain but be prepared that a heavy downpour could kill them!
  • Consider buying a very cheap MP3 player just for running if you are worried about it breaking or you are running in high theft areas.
  • Try and make sure you have a clip to keep the headphone cord out of the way of your arms. I have had it flapping in the past, caught the cord with my hand and then nearly smashed my phone as it’s ripped out of it’s pocket!
  • Invest in some headphones (not too expensive) that don’t fall out of your ears.

So what tips do you have to add to this list? I’d also love to know what music you listen to when running and if you use a playlist or go on random like I usually do.

Thanks for reading and happy running.

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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

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