Sunday, December 20, 2009

Running music

Music is a big part of my life, and running is no different. For me, running is when I allow myself to indulge in my guilty pleasure music: Pink, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and so on. Good running music has the same qualities as good dancing music-- it's upbeat and catchy.

My Nike+ allows me to program a "power song" that I can access by holding down the center button on my iPod. I use it whenever I feel close close to giving up. More than once, it's given me a boost in energy that's allowed me to finish a run. My power song is currently "Just Like a Pill" (props to Shamoni for introducing me to Pink, the queen of angry borderline psychotic pop music). It took me a few weeks to realize that the chorus was perfect for running:

"I think I'll get outta here, where I can run
Just as fast as I can
To the middle of nowhere
To the middle of my frustrated fears"

Until now, my running mix has had about 25 songs in it. Today I finally invested the time in copying over a bunch of music from my old PC so that I could add a little variety. I'm excited to go for a run and give it a try.

1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking about writing about this recently too. My iPod broke and I never bothered to replace it. I also discovered that my triathlon has rules against listening to music, so I've been trying to get used to going long, boring distances without anything to pump me up.