What’s your taste in music? Do you have music that you never really listen to unless you’re running or songs that are completely random but they’re your absolute favorite songs to run to? Or do you have that favorite band that you listen to no matter what you’re doing- chilling out, running, driving…whatever?
I’m kind of all over the board. I like a lot of different music. I’m not musical myself but i grew up in a house full of music. When i first started running, i didn’t run with music. That was before all the fancy little ipods so i pretty much would’ve had to pull a “Say Anything” and run with my jambox. It wasn’t until i started running alone that i really got into running with music. Sometimes i really notice what’s playing and sometimes i’ll even take my earbuds out for minutes at a time because i just want to take in the scenery.
Of course there are plenty of people who don’t run with music at all. Sometimes i envy you people. I like having my ipod in races, although i have found that at least 50% of the time i don’t even have it turned up loud enough to hear it. Maybe it’s kind of like a security blanket for me. I feel sorry for Keith who can’t ever have an ipod in his triathlons (it’s illegal in all USAT races and, yes, they are very strict about it!). I seem to think i wouldn’t know how to run if i didn’t have my specific race day playlist.
I love making playlists for upcoming races. If i have a big race coming up, at the beginning of training season i will make my playlist and start running to it. That way i feel like i’ll kind of know, on race day, where i am based on the songs that are playing- like whether or not i should be feeling tired already, the hard parts of the route, and so forth. Plus, if i have a bad training run, i always seem to remember the song where it all fell apart- so anytime i get past that song, i have my own little celebration in my head. I even go as far as strategically placing songs wherever in the playlist that i think i might be needing a boost on the route or even a reeling in on the route. For the marathon, i knew about how long each mile should take me and i knew that i didn’t want to start too fast so that meant i really needed to save some of my more fun stuff for later in the run.
Would i ever just hit ‘shuffle’ on my ipod and run? Well, maybe but that’s awfully risky for me 😉 So, a few weeks ago i let mary allison borrow my ipod for a long run and as i handed it over, keith said “you realize what kind of music you have on there? you have no idea what kind of stuff she’s used to listening to” as he laughed. Uh oh! It hit me right then that not everyone listens to the same stuff as me. Maybe Swizz Beatz and Lil Jon are not universally liked. Have i always just assumed we’re all listening to the same playlist? No, not really but i guess i’ve never really thought about it. My playlist is jam packed with everything from inside jokes (Hero- enrique iglesias), to mine and keith’s song (By Your Side- Sade), to good running memories (Live Like You Were Dying- Tim McGraw- came on my ipod as i crossed the finish line in my first ‘alone’ half marathon, injured and after the rain- epic), to my favorite bands (Led Zeppelin, G.Love), to country because i can really run well to lots of country songs for whatever reason (She’s Country- Jason Aldean), (to just plain ole fun get your ass moving songs (Outta Your Mind- Lil Jon and It’s Me Bitches- Swizz Beatz) to about a hundred more.
So, as Mary Allison took off we just laughed about what she was going to think about my playlist. Turns out she thought is was fun not knowing what song was coming next or what kind of pace it was about to help you run. Rather than knowing exactly what song is coming on at each and every turn, it can sometimes be more fun to change it up a little bit.
This brought up a fun idea- what would it be like to show up and trade ipods for a day? It makes you wonder what other people are listening to. What does it take to get certain people moving? What motivates people? Maybe it’s not Lil Jon. So, what is it?