I've been working out now for over 2 years consistently and one thing I really struggle with is working out with no music. UGH! Talk about no motivation or energy to make it through a tough workout.
Well, the other day I had an epiphany while running my 3.1 miles. I was so excited and calm during this run I was able to make it almost the whole way without stopping and walking! Woohoo! Making progress! Anyways I digress, my right ear started bothering me due to my head phones. They are very snug in the ear, so I took it out. I still had one left in my other ear.
Well as I was running, I love saying that by the way I never thought I'd ever say those words. Anyway, I started listening to my breathing and all the squishy sounds from the snow under my feet. I found it to be a very energizing listening to the sounds of nature and hearing the noises I am making. That probably sounds weird, but you have to understand I love my loud music, but this time without it blaring in both ears I kind of liked it.
I can't say I'll run without my music, but I now know I can do it and actually enjoy it. One thing running does is it puts you in a trance. When you start to get better and the longer you can run, the more calm I get and happier. I totally recommend it if you haven't tried it yet. The key is not to over train so you don't get hurt. Thankfully my husband is an ultra marathoner so I have a great coach, he's been through it all!
What about you? Do you prefer music or no music when you workout?