There was some bad news today for marathon runners who can only get through the pain by listening to their thrash metal playlist – the IAAF is considering banning iPods from the 26-mile events.
Why? Apparently, they're too 'distracting'. In fact, the US has already introduced a no-iPod ban, and the IAAF will apparently debate a global ruling at its Rio meet in September. Now, I may only run 26 miles a month, but MP3 players aren't the only things that could trouble you at marathons. Let's consider some of the other distractions you'll have to contend with if you're running the London lung-buster in two weeks:
– having to run 26 miles– getting run over by a man dressed as a fire engine– pouring Lucozade over your head after mistaking it for the water stand– 'debris' from elite runners who ate too much Kendal Mint CakeStill, if the ban does come in, there'll are several techie ways to soften the blow. You could run it in a Doc Brown costume in iShoes or Powerizers. Or, if that fails, just get on the tube like the infamous Rosie Ruiz.
via The Guardian