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Running without distractions

Well, my headphones have totally packed up so tonight I ran without music..or Laura, for the first time! Initially, it was intended to be a short run to ease back in after quite a few days on the injury couch but I got into such a good, steady rhythm that at the ten minute mark I just kept going. I plodded along for fifteen more minutes- and yes, friends, this time I managed to speed up for the last minute or so. A couple of weeks back, I laughed in Laura's face when she suggested this, but tonight it happened.  I tried a different route- and I found that the lack of music really helped me to establish my own pace.  I realised that I have been subconsciously pacing myself to the music (which changes every three minutes!).  Anyway, I'm on to week 8 next time- I can almost imagine what that final run of the programme will feel like (ssshhh, don't jinx it). 

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It'll be awesome!  Best feeling ever :)

Can't imagine running with the sound of my breathing not drowned out by my music - horror!!

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I always run without music and love it!  Can hear the birds and get into a running rhythm.  Welcome to silent running LOL

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Perhaps I'll give it a try tomorrow... (maybe!)

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I like no music too, although I'm only a beginner. I like sad music, so it doesn't help.  Plus, I don't know how to get it to come on my phone. 

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Running naked is so much fun....! :)

Really gives you focus time.. on pace, style,( or in my case, no style), or just think about nothing at all except moving!

You are going well... think what you have achieved and move forward with confidence!

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Ah, I had a similar technical problem around the same time of the programme and as it's continuous running from this point on anyway all you need is a watch of some sort so you know how long you've run for.  Like you, I found a more natural pace without the music and really loved being in the real world of sound. Plus it really helps down the country lanes here if you have a car coming up behind you!  

Happy running :)

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I have the same problem using headphones hilbean, the single track roads round here mean I can't use headphones so have to just have the volume on loud so I can hear the music or Laura through my pocket! I get a bit self conscious if anyone comes along and quickly turn it down! 

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Well done you! I had a similar experience with music - those three minutes really jarred sometimes. I now listen to classical music, which works for me:

 - it is one long piece of music, albeit with emotionally engaging ups and downs

 - it is much easier to put in the background, as if there are words they are usually unintelligible (to me at least)

 - running outside, one a cold but sunny day, listening to the right piece of classical music is just sublime

 - it makes me feel all grown up and sophisticated, in stark contrast to my running style which looks like a shire horse having a fit

Try classicfm.com/discover/musi... for inspiration. I highly recommend Gorecki - Symphony No. 3.

Also, Laura had some technical difficulties on my last run (week 8 run 1) so I ended up checking my watch instead.

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Thanks! Will give it a try. 

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