it’s about that time in training when people are starting to put together their race day playlist. i never used to run with music but now it’s kind of a crutch for me. of course, often times i have it so low i can hardly hear it but it’s still my security blanket during races.
i tend to get stressed if i hear my feet or my breath. this brings up a whole other issue though- blog post later on the pro’s and con’s to running with music… there are lots of varying opinions on this topic.
anyway, i’m often asked what i run to. whatcha listenin to? well, i’ll tell ya. i usually always have a blog post for each new race with my race day playlist. i like to train to the same playlist i’m going to run to. that way i know what songs are coming when, how i should feel (or shouldn’t feel) when certain songs come on, which songs were my milestones during training, etc. yes, I KNOW, this is my type A personality talking. wouldn’t it be nice to just hit “shuffle” and run along? for me, not usually!
anyway, i always like to post a little disclaimer when posting the music on my ipod 🙂 don’t hold any of the songs against me. also, we always like for you to share too!
here’s my (work in progress) current playlist and my “why’s” for my next race:
*i never told you- colbie callait- i like to start to a fairly slow song so i don’t start too fast
*electric feel- mgmt- think it has a groovy beat
*love is a battlefield- pat benatar- because i loooove her
*‘till i collapse- eminem- great words- “sometimes you feel weak…but you gotta find that inner strength…”
*let’s go- trick daddy- perfect rhythm for me
*fallin’- alicia keys- can really zone out in this song
*always be my baby- david cook- love that someone can make me like a mariah carey song- thought that was an impossible feat
*blue jeans- jessie james- fun song; just makes me want to throw on my cowboy boots
*elevator- flo rida- the best beat when i need a small boost
*in color- jamey johnson- this song came on while alone on the trails and i was having a really great run; great memory for me
*she’s country- jason aldean- can’t help it- just love it
*chop me up- justin timberlake / timbaland / three six mafia- 3 of my favorites all in one song
*love lockdown- kanye west- makes me think of climbing hills when i taught spinning- gives me strength
*beast of burden- lee dewyze- loove this song and love lee
*outta your mind- lil jon / LMFAO; need a pick-me-up? this is your song (you’ve been warned though!)
*all around me- flyleaf- may need to slow down a little after that last song
*fireflies- faith hill- still remember this was the song that came on during one of my first lone runs in 30 degrees, full wind, and i just focused on the music and ran through my desire to stop
*get low- flo rida- fun memories
*reflex- duran duran- takes me back to 5th grade
*by your side- sade- mine and keith’s first dance at our wedding; “our song”
*swing- soulja boy- love the rhythm
*stay- sugarland- don’t mind me if i’m singing this as the top of my lungs when it comes on
*live like you were dying- tim mcgraw- best race finish memory ever; painful finish and was considering walking with 1/2 mile to go and this song came on and carried me to the finish
*carry out- timbaland/ justin timberlake- clever
*georgia brown- g love and special sauce- my favorite little girl and my favorite band (other than led zep!)
*i still haven’t found what i’m looking for- u2- who doesn’t just love it when this song comes on
*love removal machine- the cult- because the cult are badass
*break the ice- britney spears- because britney is badass 😉
*southern cross- crosby, stills and nash- have loved it since i was a little girl
*hot summer night- grace potter and the nocturnals- love her voice
*not afraid- eminem- really, just a big eminem fan
*remember the name- ft. minor- “10% luck; 20% skill; 15% concentrated power of will; 5% pain; 50% pleasure….”
*numb- linkin park/ jay z- love the collaboration
*edge of seventeen- stevie nicks- because it’s stevie nicks; why else
*highway 20 ride (live)- zac brown band- awesome live band
*black dog- led zeppelin- my all time favorite band
*kandi- one eskimo- like it
*it’s me bitches- swizz beatz- play it when i’m needing a boost to pass someone
ok, ok, i know this was long! it’s my current work in progress- about 3 hours but planning to get up to 5.5 hours.
so, WHATCHA LISTENIN TO?!