Let the Music Play.

"USA Track & Field, the national governing body for running, this year banned the use of headphones and portable audio players like iPods at its official races. The new rule was created to ensure safety and to prevent runners from having a competitive edge."
What!!! Unbelievable! I haven't blogged much about running. It is a part of my life I am trying to get back to, since having children. I have run six marathons, and countless numbers of half marathons, 10k's and 5k's. Every single race I have ever run, I took my tunes with me, every single one! I can't believe this ban is going on...I just couldn't disagree with this more. Running and music go hand in hand for me. The New York Marathon, which is roughly 38,000 runners is threatening not to enforce the ban. To that the USA Track & Field org. says they will not endorse any race that doesn't enforce banning music.
It is not anyone else's place to tell me how I should experience my marathon! I have seen runners who juggle the entire marathon ban them, is that safer than my ipod? I think not! What about runners in costume? How about barefoot marathoners? Where does it end??? I will tell you this USA Track & Field...come Hell or high water, I will qualify for The Boston Marathon! When I do, I will have a music chip embedded in my brain if I have to! You will not come between me, my music, and my Boston Marathon!!! You can pry my music from my cold dead hands (or brain)!!!!!


  1. I saw this on the news this morning. Outrageous!


  2. I'm not a runner (just wish I was), but this sounds absolutely ridiculous to me.

  3. Warden,

    My sister is a marathoner. After seeing this post I will get her opinion.

    Can't believe this. Music has always helped me to run.

    Amazing. They ban the music but don't have a plan to handle performance enchaning drugs. Go figure.

    Good Luck making Boston.

  4. Bossy can't run to the end of her driveway without her tunes, or better yet - Spanish Language Tapes. They work one side of her brain and distract her from the inevitable exhaustion. Did she mention she only jogs three miles?

    Speaking of running, Bossy just found out she’s a finalist for Weblog’s Best Humor blog award - so run on over and throw her a vote. Headphones allowed.

  5. I don't run, nor do I even own an audio player, but I don't think a governing body of any sport should ban something so obviously ingrained with it. Makes no sense.

  6. I choose alot of my tunes based on the kind of run I want to do. (Or not do.)

    SO yes, I think that's just a crazy ban as well.

    When you qualify for the Boston Marathon, you're going to let us know right? You WILL blog about the marathon, yes?

  7. I am not a runner - but - when I am exercising at all I need to music to keep me going. When I heard this on the news I thought it was crazy.

  8. I will blog about it every step of the way!

  9. If I didn't have music, I'd never set foot on an elliptical. That's a ridiculous ban!

  10. Are you serious? I can't imagine any kind of exercise (especially running for 3 hours) without music.


  11. I've never run a race but I've done some jogging. I could not do it without music. It would just kill me. Only that ipod gets me through it.


  12. I can not do anything without my tunes. Are they crazy? This is really sad. Music helps you get in the zone. Music rocks and they just plain suck if they think otherwise. :)


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