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January 28, 2011


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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.


I must have startled about half a dozen women over the years as I passed them on a trail or on the road as they ran alone while listening to music on a headphone, iPod, etc. Each time I worried what could happen to such women runners who are dangerously out of touch with their surroundings, and therefore vulnerable to someone coming up behind them. Safety aside, my run is the only music I need out there.

Steve Ottone

Call me a crotchety old-time runner but I don't see the need for music while I run. To me, the music is the wind in the trees, the birds singing, the crunching of my footfalls, the crashing of the waves... Add to that the inherent dangers of disconnecting from one's surroundings and I just think that music players for outdoor running are a mistake. Can't tell you the number of people tuned into music players who've been very startled as I passed them; wondering how someone could get so close to them without their hearing.

I realize this is a vast minority feeling but, after over 40 years on the roads without an incident, I feel like there's some merit to what I say.

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