Re: The iPod conflict brews in racing - The Real Deal
Ok... here is the real deal on this subject. I just ran the A1A Half Marathon and I did NOT use my iPod. I thought I would try and see what the issues were as a "purist" with iPod Runners being distracted, etc. This is what happened:
Three iPod wearers made some erratic turns and cut me off. In fact one was so bad, I ended up bumping into another runner. However, three runners NOT wearing iPods did the same thing and worse. The first "non-iPodder" tangled feet with me when she cut across to get to another runner. She didn't even look back to see what she did to me. I didn't fall but sorry would have been nice. The second "non iPodder" got two cups of water or G/ade; I was passing on the right. He drank one and threw the other one and hit me with it splashing the water all over me. I was happy for the wet down but if I were wearing an uncovered he would have damaged it. The third "non-iPodder" in the last mile or so was in front of me and I had to pass. She stopped dead in her tracks with no regard for people behind, no water stop, nothing. Well, trying to not bowl her over I bounced her pretty hard. That really upset me... no hazard lights... nothing. The race rules were clear... no iPods. Lots of people wore them, cd players and radio headphones. I will never leave mine behind again. There is no difference between the runners with and without in my view. My memory is clear. This was today. ALL HAIL THE MOTIVATIONAL BENEFITS OF THE IPOD! Anyway, it was a training run and I did 1:58 for the half marathon.