Confession: I cringe when I look at all the music I’ve purchased on Itunes. But I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Some people run while listening to Pandora Radio and I don’t understand how they do it! I need to be in control of what is coming through my headphones. If I were still illegally downloading music I would probably have to pay more in computer repairs, not to mention what would happen if I was one of those people who was caught and brought to court, compared to what I’ve spent on music. So I can (kind of) justify it.
I make a new playlist for every race, as well as random training playlists as I go. Its something that has to be done. Race playlists are usually made a day or two in advance, although I started this one a full week early. I have a few rules when it comes to playlists.
#1 Slow songs are needed! Especially during a race slow songs are very important. I have my playlist stacked with slow songs to listen to on the ride to the course, once I’m lined up I’ll set the playlist on shuffle, but I don’t want to get to any of my pump up songs while I’m trying to stay calm. During the race I still listen to the slow songs and use that as a time to check in with my body and relax my limbs (especially my neck and arms).
#2. Throwbacks push the pace! I don’t take an old playlist and just add a few new songs to it. I need to put older songs that I haven’t listen to in a while to help keep me interested. When a throwback song comes on, I get a pep in my step and either get back to the pace I should be, or push the pace just a touch faster.
#3. Variety is key! I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, 90s, Pop, Rap, Country. And it all needs to be mixed in. This helps me from getting bored. The opposite of this rule is…if a song is important and I know I want to hear it, I’ll put it into my playlist 2 or 3 times to increase the chance that I’ll hear it.
And with that…here’s a few of the songs that I sought out to run Grandma’s Marathon to.
- Strut (feat. Busta Rhymes) I.C. Green
- I Can Nas
- Raise Up Petey Pablo
- Pump It Up Joe Budden
- Pimpin’ All Over the World Ludacris & Bobby Valentino
- Here’s to Never Growing Up Avril Lavigne
- Play It Again Becky G
- I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding) Calvin Harris
- The Other Side Jason Derulo
- There You Go P!nk
- I Feel a Sin Comin’ On Pistol Annies
- Best Day of Your Life Katie Herzig
- Honey, Let Me Sing You a Song Matt Hires
- Something Good This Way Comes Jakob Dylan
- Nadia’s Theme “the Young and the Restless”
What music are you adding to your running playlist?