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