Kristen Lodge: Walk, Bike, Run To Music
June 3, 2011
– “Live by the Word and keep walking.” Alice Walker, writer, poet, activist.
If you have lived in Granby long enough you have seen Jill Miles and her dog Java, walking around town. I like seeing Jill walk around town, enjoying a walk with her dog and getting exercise. I would see her all times of year regardless of weather. I recently learned that she is commuting to work, her business Grand River Coffee on Agate, and that her dog is “in charge of shop security.” I also learned she is listening to books on her MP3 player as she commutes. “I live only about 6 blocks from work, so it isn’t worth starting up the car for that. Even in winter, it would take longer to warm up the car than it takes to walk.” All this time she wasn’t listening to the birds as she walked, “I am usually listening to an audio book on the way to work, and can continue listening while setting up for the day. During the slow time in the afternoons, I can usually sneak in a little knitting, so that’s also a good time to do some ‘reading.'”
From a safety perspective, is Jill able to hear people coming up behind her? Is she aware while walking around town? “I only have one earphone in.”
I started reading about the headphone debate and talked to Chief Bill Housley of the Granby Police about road biking with headphones. He says it’s unwise to wear headphone while biking on the roadway and it increases the degree of risk. “It’s not prohibited by statute, but if you wear headphones you can’t hear vehicles approaching from the rear and you can’t hear warning devices.”
Mary Bonville has lived and mountain biked in Grand County for longer than 10 years. Her opinion on mountain biking with music: “When I ride alone, I listen to music but use headphones that don’t obstruct my ears, and I keep the music at a reasonable volume. I get the benefits of the motivation of music and still have awareness of my surroundings. I never use headphones in traffic.”
Mary rides harder while listening to music. “I read people exercise 15 percent harder with music, I knew I needed that motivation. It’s good mental and physical therapy for me; it helps me forget how bad my quads hurt.” She doesn’t listen to music when biking with friends on the trails at SolVista or in the Fraser Experimental Forest. “The motivation from peer pressure far exceeds the motivation from the music.”
I listen to music while road running and walking my dogs. Listening to music is a motivator and can inspire walkers, runners, and mountain bikers to exercise harder, and longer. This week on a long run, I lost sound in my left earphone. I thought of Jill listening to ebooks with one earphone and maybe I’ll try it for awhile. I need music to stay motivated like Mary, and I’m always amazed at the power of words and music to keep me moving forward – in life and sport. This week I’ve been listening to one song over and over while running and walking the dogs. The words inspire me to keep running and walking, to keep moving forward. Plus, it has a great beat that makes me run faster. Bleed Red by Ronnie Dunn.
We all bleed red, all taste rain, all fall down, lose our way, We all say words we regret, we all cry tears we all bleed red, Sometimes we’re strong, sometimes we’re weak; sometimes we’re hurt It cuts deep; we live this life breath to breath; we’re all the same We all bleed red.
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