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By DAVID RAMSEY
For some, listening to music while running is a great boost. For others, its an unthinkable intrusion into the enjoyment of a pure communion with nature. Several area runners commented on the choices they make when it comes to listening to music during training:
Matt Carpenter, multiple winner of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon
I usually dont listen. In general, the real difference between the front of the pack and the middle of the pack is when it starts to hurt. The runners in the middle of the pack, they externalize. They think about the trip to Hawaii or their music. The faster runner tends to focus inside and say, OK, Im starting to feel a little cramp. What do I need to do about it? I take music for some training runs, but its more fun for getting psyched up before a run. I actually like some of that meaner rap stuff. I listen to Eminems Soldier. It helps me because sometimes in races, you have to be a little bit angry. You cant be too pacifist. Youre running to bust somebodys lungs. Thats what I love about running its you and another guy trying to bust out the others lungs.
Lisa Rainsberger, winner of the 1985 Boston Marathon
I do not listen when Im running outside. I just like the total peace and quiet of running. Theres always chatter going on in my life, and I love the peacefulness of being able to go out the door and run without any noise, except the pure form of nature. Thats what makes me happy.
At home, when Im running, I sometimes listen to Neil Young or old Fleetwood Mac.
Jeff Kunkle, three-time competitor in both the Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon
I like to listen. It just keeps your head on straight and helps you daydream and stuff. I like listening to Grateful Dead and Phish. I like the most upbeat songs that really get your feet moving.
Terry Buterbaugh, who ran in last years Pikes Peak Marathon
Sometimes, I like to listen, usually to rock. I think music can take your mind off of your pain, if you start feeling your legs and stuff.
Scott Elliott, won 2004 Pikes Peak Ascent
Absolutely no. Running for me is a very sensual activity and the last thing I want to do is block off one of my primary senses. I want to see it and hear and smell it and breathe it.
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