31 Jul '15, 3pm

For your next long run, leave your headphones at home. Here's why:

Before the Big Sur International Marathon in April, I was on a seminar and one of the runners in the crowd asked whether she was allowed to wear headphones the next day. I responded by saying that I wasn't sure, but that regardless of what the rules said, she would be cheating herself out of an amazing experience if she chose to run with headphones. (I later looked it up and found that the race discouraged their use but didn't ban them outright.) We were about to run down an unbelievably beautiful stretch of the California coastline on a highway closed to traffic. It was going to be an epic experience that could only be fully appreciated by using all of the senses. To block off the sounds of the environment would be limiting her immersion into that incredible experience. As I'm not someone who runs with music often, what she said next surprised me: “But I ran with music in...

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