Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Bad News for American Runners

USA Track and Field has recently banned racers from wearing headphones at any of their sanctioned events.

Rule 144.3b, sure to dramatically decrease participation in American casual running events, reads as follows,

"The visible possession or use by athletes of video or audio cassette recorders or players, TV's, CD or DVD players, radio transmitters or receivers, mobile phones, computers, or any similar devices in the competition area shall not be permitted"
I've never run a marathon and it's definitely on my to-do list one day and at one point I entertained the idea of making the New York marathon my first - not any more.

I just can't imagine running for 4 hours, fighting a body that doesn't really want to be doing what it's doing, and not have the benefit of a playlist.

They state it's for safety reasons - I'd love to see the stats as to the injuries due to running with headphones on a course where there's no vehicular traffic.

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1 comment:

  1. You know, this is really crap. I can't run without my tunes!

    I am training for the Disneyland half-marathon in September. Now I have to make sure iPods are allowed. That sucketh.

    By the way, I love your blog. I started caring about my health about a year and a half ago. I'm religious about exercise: 30 minutes on the elliptical and an hour of strength training three days a week, running 7 miles a day three days a week, and yoga twice a week. Yet, all of that wouldn't matter much if I didn't learn how to eat to live.

    I had always thought there was some magic to losing weight, that weight loss was nearly impossible for some people and super easy for others. And then I learned the simple truth: If you eat fewer calories than your body needs to maintain your current weight, you lose weight. Nearly 70 pounds later, I am still amazed that the equation was so simple.

    Learning that simple truth lead me to learning other truths about eating, like that what those calories are made of makes the difference in how you feel and how your body works -- short term and long term.

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