Why Listening to Music on a Treadmill is Dangerous For Me

The temperature here in Ohio is dropping lower with each passing day and for me that means more of my runs are taking place at the gym on a nice, warm treadmill. I must admit that it’s taken me awhile to warm up to the idea of running inside because so much of what I like about running involves fresh air, sunshine, and wildlife but I’m getting there. Running in the gym has some perks as well; restroom facilities are always close, I can watch Netflix (I especially enjoy watching The Flash when I’m running), and I’ve even managed to listen to a podcast or two.

But I do have an interesting problem.

I love listening to music when I run. When I run on my local path, I keep the jams coming. The faster the jam, the faster my pace. In fact, I can take a significant amount of time off my pace simply by listening to faster music. If I’m being honest, running to the pace of the music is mostly involuntary for me. I’m a drummer so it is just natural for me to match my steps with the pace of the music. And because I’m not necessarily a good drummer, I prefer my right foot to land with the down beat of the music I’m running to. This is easily accomplished when running on a path, but on a treadmill, it becomes rather difficult. Twice now I’ve nearly bought the farm when listening to music on the treadmill as my feet involuntarily tried to adjust to the tempo of the music.

It makes me wonder if anyone else has ever had this problem. I’m going to have to work to gain some kind of independence from the tempo of the music before I run out of episodes of The Flash!

In the meantime, here was my running jam for this morning. A guy can like Superchick … right?

 

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