I've stopped running with headphones

Chip Oglesby bio photo By Chip Oglesby

For the past month I’ve been running without music. It had become a crutch for me. I depended on it when I didn’t feel like running. One day I realized you won’t have music during a race, so it’s better to train without it.

Now I work on my mental toughness. I listen to my body, my knees and my heart. I’m much more aware of what’s going on. I can tell when I’m over doing it, not running fast enough and can get in the ‘zone’ much quicker.

There’s a zen like moment for me during the middle of my run now where everything is in perfect harmony. Pure bliss.

What do you think? Can you make it through a run without music? If so, what gets you through your run?