Since i have been running, i have never ran with headphones.
This has mainly started from a safety perspective as most of my training is in built up suburb areas, so i want to make sure i can hear everything around me to reduce risk of any accidents.
I have noticed both when i’m on my runs and on social media that many people do use headphones, so i posted on Social media the question of who runs with headphones and why?
The answers that came back were extremely varied.
The overriding answer was that headphones are worn to help motivate whilst running and helps them run at a certain pace.
Many answered saying they have the music on loud enough so they can’t hear themselves breathing, as hearing themselves panting, puts them off their running!
Maybe someone has already completed a full scientific review on the pros and cons of wearing headphones or not wearing headphones?
For me, i will continue to run sans headphones as i love to soak in the atmosphere and surroundings, especially on race days days. Hearing the crowds cheering you on is priceless!