Music is great. It can keep you motivated on a run, or help you maintain a certain speed. Plus having music can help the time go by quickly. But please, please, please, be aware of your surroundings. If you’re running outside, stick to the sidewalks in well-lit areas, or leave the headphones home. This story is really sad, and while yes, most people don’t run on train tracks, it’s just as dangerous running on the side of the road with music blaring.
The news is a few days old, but I thought about it on my run today; I try to stick to sidewalks, but all the snow and ice has led me to run along the road more often than usual. In a few spots, it’s tight, because the sidewalk isn’t cleared and the piles of snow on the side of the road have encroached on the shoulder as well. Since we’re due for still more bad weather before this winter is out, it’s a good reminder of safety rules: Always run into traffic so you can see the cars coming, wear bright and reflective clothing, and either skip the headphones or leave one bud out so you can hear what’s going on around you!
I mentioned this a few months ago with a different unfortunate story, and the poll results showed a majority of readers run with headphones. So please, please be safe, and stay off train tracks!