Against running with headphones

“If I don’t leave my headphones behind when I run, I wouldn’t spend a single minute of my waking life free from input." Peter Sagal #books #amazon #running

The host of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! wrote about the delights of running in our overconnected age and it looks fantastic. 

“If I don’t leave my headphones behind when I run, I wouldn’t spend a single minute of my waking life free from input.

I have a friend who wears headphones on long solo runs because, he says, “I can’t spend that much time alone in my head.” I disagree. He can, and he should. Spending that much time inside one’s head, along with the voices and the bats hanging from the various dendrites and neurons, is one of the best things about running, or at least one of the most therapeutic. Your brain is like a duvet cover: Every once in a while, it needs to be aired out.”

Peter Sagal, The Incomplete Book of Running
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