courir en musique

Run to music:the pleasure option

Pleasure AND performance

Do we run faster and further to music? Some scientists claim we do. The reputed British university professor, Costas Karageorghis, speaks of a 15% increase in performance.  Explanation: music can mask our perception of effort and even of the pain we feel in particularly intense training sessions. A British study also revealed that cyclists consume 7% less oxygen when working on a home trainer to music.


Beware of addiction

Many runners select their playlist according to their mood or the type of session that lies ahead of them. This adds a fun, even festive, dimension to the session, but they run the risk of no longer being able to do without their favourite tracks.

Take care with the sound: 

- Never wear earpieces in group sessions. They isolate you from the other runners, even if the sound is turned down low, and make it impossible to hear or take part in conversations, which is neither polite nor friendly. 

- In competitions, it is preferable to take in the atmosphere at the venue, to hear the spectators cheering you on or to listen to the organiser's instructions, rather than to "pollute" your effort with music.


Keep an ear out on your surroundings

The most frequent criticism levelled by opponents of running to music is that it isolates runners from their immediate environment, especially when the sound is turned up loud. The music conceals or distorts traffic noise and imminent dangers. And women who run alone in lonely places should never run to music in order to keep an ear out for possible assailants.