Duncan Larkin November 05, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 12

Unmotivated to Run? Read This. - Page 5

You Used to Listen to Music on Your Runs. Now What?

According to the American Ornithologists’ Union, there are 914 species of wild birds in North America. How many of these species can you identify by call? How many can you identify by sight? Ever heard the crickets during a long run on a warm summer’s night? How about the creaking sound that birch trees make when a strong wind blows through them—ever heard that? Did you know the stream along your run route makes different noises in the winter and the spring?

Get my point?

Removing those silly earphones opens up the real world around you. There is plenty of natural music out there. And if getting you to commune with nature isn’t convincing, how about the safety concerns with music blaring in your ears while out running? In the past, runners have been killed or injured because they didn’t hear cars, falling trees, or even trains.

We are so overstimulated these days. We crave things flashing in front of our faces and blasting in our ears constantly. We need music and get bored without it, because we have been conditioned that way.

Silence seems to have lost its virtue.
Think differently.
The next time you run without your music and there are no birds to hear—no stream, no creaking trees—just listen to your feet hitting the ground. That rhythmic pounding should be music to your ears, because it’s the sound of progress. It’s your source of great strength.


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