No deep philosophy today. At least, none that I am aware of!
I usually run with music played from my phone via Bluetooth to a headset. I am a big fan of Audiofuel, because they produce music that is set at specific beats and tempos with guided instruction for particular sorts of runs (long, intervals etc.). However, I sometimes find the use of the same tracks over and over does get a bit monotonous. Music like that is excellent for setting a pace, but I want more from music: I want motivation and ‘umph’ to push me along. For that I use variety of playlists. I am also a fan of Spotify and that provides other tracks for just this purpose. I have the usual store of rock classics that can be exactly what is needed as you are reaching the low-energy point (about two thirds of the way through any run for me), but my real ‘go-to’ music for running is EDM. I find this fascinating because a friend of mine recently pointed me to an interesting (and infinitely entertaining) map of all music varieties: Every Noise at Once; what I discovered is that my running music preferences are in the top right, electro-pop and EDM (structured, open, simple textures), whereas the rest of time I mainly listen to classical music, especially of the avant-garde variety at the bottom left (organic, complex close textures). So I was wondering if this reflected something about my use of running as a way to ‘tune out’ from normal life and escape from my usual tasks and environment, and whether my choices had been an unconscious attempt to find something furthest away from my accustomed sound environment.
I do sometimes run without music at all, especially when I am in the countryside (which I often am, living as I do on the edge of the West Pennine Moors). This is a different experience altogether: I run at a slightly slower pace, but with a much greater awareness of my body and environment. I tend not to push too hard and take more walk breaks on longer runs. Maybe this is better. Or just different. No choices are necessary.