By Joe Nuss
Whether intentional or not, Steve Jobs revolutionized fitness with a simple, sturdy and sexy device he called an iPod. Small enough to fit in your pocket and light enough for an armband, the iPod bridged the gap between technology and the human experience of running. Headphones immediately became a style icon and people who had given up on running, as well as those who had never considered running a day in their life, were suddenly inspired to run because of a simple device. Not since Steve Prefontaine had running been so cool.
With the passing of Steve Jobs this October, Endurance Magazine took a moment to find out the impact he had on the lives of our readers.
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“I’m 46 with 11-year-old twins and I look forward to running with music for a stress reliever. If I don’t have music, my mind wanders to my kids, husband, housework, and chores ... time to go home, I have too much to do. If listening to music helps keep me motivated [to run], by golly that’s what I’m going to do!”
-- Katie Ward
“The iPod changed my life! I love to run because I can listen to music [and] sing along with my favorites without anyone hearing me (hopefully)!” -- Vickie Leff
“The iPod changed my life! I love to run because I can listen to music [and] sing along with my favorites without anyone hearing me (hopefully)!”
-- Vickie Leff