Monday, September 7, 2009

Rhythm of the beat

There is a debate in the running community over music – ipod or not to ipod. My brother is firmly in the not to ipod camp. He has been running since he was 8, maybe younger. He started to run pre-ipod, pre-mp3, pre-discman, pre-walkman….sorry bro, not meaning to make you look old, technology has just progressed quite a bit. When I first started to run, Travis encouraged me to train without music. His number one argument – you begin to depend on it. Kicking the dirt. It’s a valid point. Wait a second. Here’s mine – I’m running for multiple hours! I’ve earned the right to rock-a-beat.

For those of you who stand with me on the pro-tunes side of the running trail, you understand that a good playlist is essential. I hate wasting $1 (well now, $1.29) on songs that I ultimately skip every run. After a year of running with the same playlist, I’ve recently divided my lists up to fit the mood, length or speed of my run. My brother just cringed. Not only do I have music, but I've custom fit it to my runs.

My taste in music is all over the place, so try and keep up!

Easy Run: This is typically used for my recovery run, or an early morning, girl-needs-to-clear-her-head run. Slow, easy, mellow. These are all tunes that put me in a happy place.

  • Go Ahead – Alicia Keyes
  • I Need You – Alicia Keyes
  • No One – Alicia Keyes
  • You Picked Me – A Fine Frenzy
  • Come On, Come Out – A Fine Frenzy
  • Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  • Lifesize – A Fine Frenzy
  • Past in Present – Fesit
  • 1234 – Feist
  • Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Heads Carolina, Tails California* – Jo Dee Messina *yes, it’s random with these others, but holds significant personal meaning!
  • Everybody’s Free (to feel good) – The Hit Crew
  • Beautiful Day – U2

Pick up the Pace: This is my most used playlist. It’s happy and light, yet motivating. I use it to start out a long run, or to do my mid-week mileage.

  • Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  • For the Actor – Mates of State
  • Dream Vacation – The Maybellines
  • Bad Education – Tilly and the Wall
  • On Top – The Killers
  • Change Your Mind – The Killers
  • Over My Head – The Fray
  • Inside Out – Eve 6
  • Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers
  • How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
  • Just the Girl – The Click Five
  • I Just Wanna Live – Good Charlotte
  • Human – The Killers
  • Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • Stay With You – The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  • Beautiful Day – U2
* a good portion of this mix is the work of DJ Master Mix of Indie Rock Lauren Gibson

Kick It: I go to this playlist when I need some extra motivation on an afternoon or evening run, or if I have to move my run indoors to a treadmill.

  • Family Affair – Mary J Blige
  • I Just Wanna Live – Good Charlotte
  • Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  • Who Knew – P!nk
  • Hollywood – Collective Soul
  • Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
  • American Boy – Estelle
  • Shake It – Metro Station
  • Y Yo Sigo Aqui - Paulina Rubio
  • One Step At a Time – Jordin Sparks – don’t judge me.
  • Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne -ibid.
  • Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
  • Don’t Funk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas

Highlights from my Marathon Mix: some of my favorites from my Marathon Mix that aren’t listed above

  • Pony (It’s Ok) – Erin McCarley this was a free download of the week and I LOVE it!
  • Dirty Living – Brendan James
  • The One I’m Waiting For – Relient K
  • Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been – Relient K
  • Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
  • Open Skies – David Crowder Band

Purchase pending my next itunes gift card:

  • Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  • I Gotta Feelin – Black Eyed Peas
  • Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Please Don’t Leave Me – P!nk
  • Don’t Stop Believin – Journey
  • Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
  • Super Massive Black Hole – Muse
  • Love Story – Taylor Swift *I know. I just can’t help it.

If I am in a store, driving my car, wherever and I hear any of these songs, I feel compelled to run. What music moves you? What's on your playlist?

- thanks to Richelle for asking what was on my playlist!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, this is perfect!!! I can't wait to buy them. I need some iTunes gift cards asap! Thanks for taking the time to do the post. So very helpful. When I lose my last 10 lbs I'll send you a huge shout out! (I'm looking for a local 5K to run next month. I need some motivation. The last thing I ran was a 1/2 marathon and I'm not in shape for that...yet!)