Monday, November 16, 2015
What's on your running playlist?
Before we get into what we're listening to, I just want to put it out there that running with headphones isn't the safest thing to do. Always be aware of your surroundings, keep your volume low, or only have one earphone in so you can "listen" with your other ear. If you are going to have headphones in while you run, make sure your running route has minimal traffic (pedestrians, cars, bikes, etc) and you can hear it if someone or something approaches you.
As I was getting this post together, I realized there are eleventy billion songs I love to listen to while I'm running. If I posted every single one, this post would be 15 pages long. At least. So here are the top 10 songs that are doing it for me right now, in no particular order.
Man, this is a good song. You'd never know this was a sad song based on the music (the title kind of gives it away). For some reason though, I just love to run to it.
David Guetta/Sia - Titanium
I mean, really. This song was written for a runner. From the line, "I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose," to "You shoot me down but I won't fall. I am titanium," you just can't help but feel a little invincible when you run to this song.
Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
I first heard this song when I was training for my first 50-miler and it just kind of resonated with me, especially the line, "I can move mountains; I can work a miracle, work a miracle." Ok, maybe that's the only line that resonated with me but it's a catchy tune that's fun to run to :)
While this one may not be the most motivational, it certainly makes me pick up the pace. And want to scream a little. In a good way, of course.
Journey - Don't Stop Believing
This one has sentimental value. One of my very first childhood crushes was a Journey fan and this band will always hold a special place in my heart. But as a runner, this one will always be on my playlist. We can never stop believing that we can do what we set out to do!
Muse - Uprising
This is another one that makes me want to run through the streets screaming my face off. Again, it's not the most inspirational song, but it can certainly motivate me to keep fighting through a tough run or race.
This one kind of speaks for itself. I equate the "another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust" to miles, and another mile has bitten the dust. And while they're not part of this list's 10 songs, Queen's We are the Champions and We Will Rock You are honorable mentions.
Young The Giant - My Body
I really like running to this song a lot. "My body tells me no but I won't quit," pretty much sums up why it's a good running song. Granted, it's now in a ton of commercials and it's lost a little bit of its luster but I still enjoy it.
Ricky Martin - Allez! (from the 1998 World Cup)
Yes, I know. This is a crazy one. Don't judge me. I'm telling you, running to this song will make you feel like you can run forever. Just add it to your playlist and thank me later when you've had the best run of your life.
This song has helped get me out of a bad run so many times. It helped me finish marathons. In fact, it's one of maybe 3 songs I'll play over and over again to get through an especially bad patch. It just reminds me that this could be my last opportunity to run and do I really want to go out like this? The answer is always no.
Some others I'm enjoying right now include The Walker from Fitz and the Tantrums, Wild Ones from Flo Rida and Uptown Funk from Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars.
In addition to my own personal playlist, I'll listen to iTunes Radio station a lot (I love the Mixtape station). I also do Pandora and Spotify, though not as much anymore. There's also Rock My Run which has pre-made mixes categorized by type of music, length of mix (which you can use based on how long you plan to run) and even beats per minute to match your running cadence.
Lastly, I've just recently started listening to podcasts while running. I do this when I'm running outside and want to listen to something but still stay aware of my surroundings as much as possible. I started with Serial, which described the real-life murder conviction of Adnan Syed back in 1999/2000. And it blew my mind. I then started Undisclosed, which gets into the nitty gritty of the case and where it stands today. When I want something a little lighter, I listen to The Lapse, which is also real-life stories but really, really interesting stories. They're not always light but always interesting. I recently started listening to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me from NPR. I know, old people like that one. But it's so funny. I have actually had to stop during a run because I was laughing so hard and couldn't breathe. I'm sure I was a sight to see for the people driving by. Some weird laughing runner. Also from NPR is the Pop Culture Happy Hour which has some interesting discussions about what's going on in current movies, books, TV shows, etc.
What do you listen to while you run? Any songs that will always have a place on your playlist?
This week I'm linking up with the Tuesdays on the Run blog link up. The Tuesdays on the Run blog link up is with My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. Now that you're done reading here, go check them out!