How do you handle the music you listen to during your runs?
If you listen to music at all.
I have a playlist but I reserve it for special occasions like races and really tough runs (mentally and/or physically) in order to give myself a boost of inspiration when I need it.
I also like to have a list that doesn’t make me want to constantly change the song (terrible habit of mine since I was a kid).
I hold a select group of songs dear to my heart and because I refuse to let them burn out, each time I hear them, I feel the rush of energy captured in my memory from a race or from another moment in my life that made me really happy.
For routine runs, I mostly listen to Pandora which means I am exposed to a wide variety of songs – some of which I can’t stand (and then I start flipping stations and pressing the thumb button) but sometimes I get some great songs and I discover music I love to run to and on occasion, then add to my playlist.
In fact, sometimes I find that I don’t need the fast, upbeat music which you would normally associate with running. You may be surprised what the slower songs do for you mentally which plays out physically.
Over the past week, I decided to pick a song from each workout that I heard which I liked enough to tell you about.
Maybe it will be a song you want to add to your list.
35 Minute Mile High Pure Barre DVD & 6.30 Miles
Today’s favorite song: What A Feeling from the movie Flashdance
Loved that movie!
I could tell you my average pace here but it really doesn’t give you the whole story so instead I will give you my splits just so you can see that my runs can be all over the place:
- Mile 1 – 9:09
- Mile 2 – 8:47
- Mile 3 – 9:30
- Mile 4 – 9:06
- Mile 5 – 8:36
- Mile 6 – 8:35
I can’t explain how I jumped up to 9:30 but if I had to guess, I was probably busy changing Pandora stations.
7 Easy Miles
Today’s favorite song: Poison by Bel Biv Devoe
Pandora kept shutting off but in between frustrating me, I was dancing to Poison as if I were still in seventh grade and pointing my fingers with that tapping beat probably looking a bit foolish.
45 Minute Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 6.2 Miles
I had never heard this song before but a few words in, I was hooked and giggling.
At first I was crying, And then I got mad and I started buying, Feels good, swiping your visa, Louis, Gucci, flight to Ibiza….
6 miles = 1 mile warm up -> 3 miles @ 8:00 -> 1 mile @ 8:30 -> 1.2 miles easy
35 Minute Pure Barre Mile High Series & 6 Easy Miles
I was listening to the Pitbull Pandora station yet somehow I got one of my favorite songs ever:
Don’t ask me how I ended up with a classic love song but I will take it.
I changed the sheets and went to the gym.
I have a California king bed. Just getting the entire comforter off so that I can figure out how to get the sheets on in the right direction (because I never can on the first try) and making it all look nice is a workout in my book.
In the gym:
20 Minutes Elliptical ->Free Weights (biceps, triceps) – > 25 minutes back on the elliptical
Favorite song of the day:
One of my new favorites and may actually make it to my race playlist.
There’s a question mark to the miles because my phone experienced hypothermia again. I wasn’t even cold (they tell me that the real feel temperature was 8 degrees) but clearly my phone couldn’t handle it.
I was holding steady at an 8:47 pace for nine miles when the phone got too cold and shut down on me. I had an idea of what time it was so I just ran what I think was another six miles.
Other than my phone not being reliable and having too many miles of listening only to my thoughts, it was a great run.
Favorite song before the phone died:
Still one of my favorites from my favorite summer of 2013.
Pure Barre Studio Series DVD
I didn’t listen to Pandora today but here’s an honorable mention from the week:
Life tip: No one is keeping you hanging on — you are keeping yourself hanging on.
You are in charge of yourself and the situations you allow yourself to be in. You can let go whenever you feel like it.
Do you have a system with your music and playlists?
Favorite Pandora station?
Do you count changing sheets as a workout?