As a self-professed music junkie, I live my life according to an imaginary soundtrack.
I find music indelibly linked to specific moments in my life, so it may come as no surprise that I love a good sweat session with great tunes to keep me motivated during my training.
(Side note: I must admit I am adamantly against headphones on race day! Partially because I’m a geeky rule follower – most races don’t allow headphones. But mostly because I’m a racing purist who wants to soak up the full race experience.) But I digress…
A soundtrack can have an amazing effect on your running. Good music courses through your veins and powers your muscles. It saves you from boredom and drowns out the pain. It makes you feel alive and inspires great performances.
I find that music pushes me through track workouts with more oomph, and keeps my leg turnover quick and in strong cadence during tempo runs. When I am heading out for longer distances, music helps me hit my stride giving me a solid rhythm to withstand hours upon hours.
Runner’s World lists some interesting playlists from all-stars in the running community. And this site not only lists some additional playlist ideas, it includes interesting info on how music’s beats per minute affect your running.
From Fleetwood Mac to Flogging Molly, my running iPod has been judged by some as an eclectic mess. In no particular order, here are some highlights of my own running soundtrack:
Power song: BoB – Outkast
Most random: This is Your Life – Fight Club Soundtrack
Most sentimental: Chariots of Fire theme
Newest addition: I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Guaranteed to pick up the pace: Stronger - Kanye & Burning Down the House – DMB cover
Pre-race: Under Pressure – Queen & Such Great Heights – Postal Service
Best warm up: Burning in the Sun – Blue Merle
Best cool down: Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills Nash and Young
Favorites for speed workouts and tempo runs:
Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, old Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory.
Favorites for long runs:
Guster, Better Than Ezra, Yonder Mtn String Band, Dire Straits, Drive By Truckers, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band (especially Live at Piedmont Park), Widespread Panic, Indigo Girls, Led Zeppelin, Railroad Earth, Modest Mouse, A Tribe Called Quest.
There are many more I could name, but the best thing about music and motivation is learning from others. What music moves you?