"What is dinner without a little music?"
For me it's what is running without a little music. I've always loved running with music, and I have plenty of playlists to keep things fun. I have a standard running playlist that I change up, but I have other themes. I've got a Christmas list, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Patriotic, an all women-playlist, Disney, movie soundtracks, the instrumental soundtracks, '80s, you name it.
Music's always been important to me, and I love playing around and figuring out which songs are best to run to. I use my phone as my iPod so I have both music and phone, in case I need the phone. When they were separate, I felt weighted down because I was carrying extra stuff.
I have run without music, but I prefer not to. The trick is to be responsible. I do keep the volume down, especially when I'm outside, so I can be
aware of my surroundings, but I get bored if I don't have my iPod with
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.