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Runners start the marathon in the 2015 Baltimore Running Festival.
Runners start the marathon in the 2015 Baltimore Running Festival. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

Despite the comradery so evident at events like Oct. 19′s Baltimore Running Festival, running, at its heart, is a solo sport. It’s you versus the hill. You versus the younger you and that now seemingly unreachable PR you set four years ago. You versus the temptation to hit the snooze button.

To win these battles, it’s nice to know that Beyonce, or Drake, or Bruce Springsteen has your back. Headphones, for many, are as important as shoes.

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