My rant of the day:
USATF has banned all headphones or like electronic devices from races citing that runners need to be more aware of their surroundings while running to be safe. This ban went into effect last year, but it seems that more and more races are actually enforcing the ban this year, including disqualification or removal of the headphones at the start line. Unfortunately, the Indy Mini is apparently trying to enforce the rule for the race this weekend. I am so mad about this (steaming mad). I do wear headphones on all my runs and throughout training, so not wearing one on race day really throws me off! Plus, I am paying to run, as such I should be allowed to wear whatever I want when I run. How about banning the crowd from smoking along the race route?!? In my opinion, that would be more safe for the runners than banning headphones. Gee, headphones or second hand smoke. If we are talking about safety in general, I pick headphones. Not too mention the route is blocked from traffic and well marked, so it would be next to impossible to be unsafe wearing headphones! The Indy Mini is trying to impress upon runners that there will be plenty of entertainment and bands on the way. Well, I don't always like the music those bands play and I hate hearing the sound of myself breathing that the music drowns out. Not too mention I need a U2 song or two to get me through the final stretch. Oh yeah, did I say I was paying to run and should get to wear my headphones if I want!?! Ugh!!
(I thought posting about this and getting it out would make me feel better about the situation, but I am still steaming mad.)