Josh and I went on a road trip this weekend to see my beautiful cousin get married! And I used to really look forward to road trips with Josh because we would rock out to some music! I would burn cd’s…yeah back before ipods were everywhere…and we would sing along together and it was awesome.
But as time has gone on, my tastes in music have evolved. Now our road trips look more like this:
I’m the happy one in case you were wondering…Now days, the only music we can both agree on is Blue October and Texas country.
I just love all kinds of music. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I have everything from Enya to Eminem to Hank Williams in my ipod and I listen to it all. Just depends on my mood which is heavily affected by music. And it is a major aspect of my running. But it takes a lot of time and effort to keep refreshing the playlists and planning according to what I am doing (intervals, flat/easy, hills).
And lately, I haven’t had the time…err…more like I haven’t had the energy to deal with it. And really, there are just only so many pop songs I can download before they kinda start to sound the same. Which is a problem for me. I look for music that at least sounds kind of artistic or has lyrics that I can get pumped up to.
So I thought it might be time to try something new. I had read on other blogs of people who run to classical or instrumental songs. I figured it was worth a try. So I picked out a few songs that I thought would work for me (like 2 Steps From Hell) and tried it out on a short 3 mile run.
I was expecting this huge epiphany. I was already planning a blog in which I described a spiritual experience of reigniting my love for running and everything just clicked again.
But that’s not actually how it went…
I mean, I didn’t hate it…but I didn’t love it either. I’m thinking it might be something I have to try a few more times and play with the type of songs. I haven’t given up but I’m not sold either.
Then we went to see the movie The Heat that night and I was loving the soundtrack! So I went home and got a bunch of new music. My next run was awesome!
And there it was…The runner’s high. It had been a few months since I’d had one and I was honestly starting to believe that the luster was just gone for me.
But that’s how it works. Just when you think you’re over it, you have an amazing run and you realize that yup…you’re still addicted.
You can see all my running/workout songs on my playlist page but a few of my faves right now are below (warning! some of these songs are explicit)
212, Azealiza Banks
Blkkk Skkkn Head, Kanye West
Big Spender, Theophilus London
“Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.”-Allan Bloom
I’ve mentioned before that I am always scouring for fresh music for my workouts. While doing this last week I came across an awesome band! Anyone heard of Awolnation? At the time, I thought I had discovered some obscure band (which is what I prefer to listen to when I’m not running). But apparently their song Sail has made it on to the radio and is pretty popular.
I just love finding new music. It’s kind of like young love as weird as that sounds. Once you’ve listened to the song or album too many times, it seems you can never get back that feeling you had when you first started listening to it. I usually have to listen to songs several times before they grow on me. I rarely come across songs that I instantly love but Sail was one of those.
Here are a few more that I really like. They aren’t really songs I run to but they are fun for all the driving I’ve been doing lately.
My husband likes Awolnation but he tells me these other songs are awful…I don’t know…agree to disagree!!
“Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.” -Allan Bloom
When I first started getting into working out (years ago), I would just listen to whatever my favorite songs were at the time. I could go from Jewel to Muse to Cake in one workout. When I started getting serious about running last year, I found that I was craving a different kind of music. Now I can only listen to upbeat rap and pop while I am running. Once I put a song on my running playlist, I stop listening to it anywhere else. If it comes on in the car I turn the station. This way, it helps my mind view these songs as “running songs”. It has helped a lot with motivation. Occasionally, I will hear one of my running songs in a restaurant or club or something and I get this overwhelming urge to just take off running!
However, it can be time consuming scouring itunes and the weekly charts for new music all the time but I think the motivation and distraction a good song can provide are definitely worth the trouble. Some people don’t believe in listening to music while they run. Maybe one day I can get there but today is not that day.
I always appreciate finding people who share their playlists online so I decided to share mine today. (If you are not a big pop or rap person, you will hate my playlist)
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” -E.Y. Harburg