I've listened to music while I run for a long time. It can help push my pace, distract me from aches, or make me laugh. It's not strictly necessary, and I choose to unplug occasionally for the change of it, but not having the option to have music has been weird for the last few weeks.
So this morning I borrowed J's ipod, with his permission. I set it to shuffle and was on my way. All of the music was different, and without a running playlist there were some things I skipped over. But it felt like a small discovery, running to Woodie Guthrie and old school Green Day that I own too, but haven't listened to in forever. Luckily J is fine with my continuing to use his ipod for a while, since replacing either of mine feels like a frivolous expense at the moment. I think I'm going to like having new songs in my ears.