“Music can change lives. Whether you are having a good day or a bad day, the power of music can change one’s mood.” – Jess Bown (drummer, The Summer Set)
There are days when I head out on a training run and all I want to hear are my own feet hitting the ground. There are other days when I need the bass of a good beat to help me get moving and keep moving. I wouldn’t say my music taste is very eclectic. I like country music (yes, I ‘aint too shy to admit it!), contemporary Christian music and the regular top 40 pop hits. The latter is what seems to be on my running playlists however, occasionally there is a country song added to the mix that does not include a truck, a women scored or about whiskey. There are country songs about things other than that!
I like a song that makes me forget I am running and I can sing along in my head. I don’t like the songs that are redone by a DJ to pick up the beat. The remixed version of a song annoys me because it isn’t the way it is played on the radio so I download only the originals for my playlists. I have no desire to listen to heavy rock or hip-hop but I know people like my husband can’t run with a pop mixes like I have on my ipod shuffle.
I also have to admit that as a mom of three young kids, I am not in the loop of current hits unless they are on “Kids Bop” so please excuse the “old school” feel of some of these songs.
Here is my current running playlist:
- “All About the Bass” by Meghan Trainor
- “Problem” by Ariana Grande
- “Timber” by Kesha
- “Happy” by Pharell
- “Back in Time” by Pitbull
- “Wagon Wheel” By Darius Rucker
- “Boom Boom Pow” By The Black Eyed Peas
- “Let’s Get it Started” By the Black Eyed Peas
- “Groovy Little Summer Song” By James Otto
- “Do Something” by Britney Spears
- “SexyBack” By Justin Timberlake
- “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
- “Outside My Window” By Sarah Buxton
- “Shake It Off” By Taylor Swift
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” By Journey
- “Breakeven” By The Script
- “Keep Your Head Up” By Andy Grammer
- “Don’t Believe Me, Just Watch” By Mark Ronson
And a staple for every playlist for a training run or a race even before I knew anything about This Is My Brave:
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
To each their own when it comes to what, if any music, you like to listen to when you are running. If it helps you get through a run, then go for it. I have to finish with an important safety comment: always remember to be safe and smart about wearing headphones. Here are 3 tips when it comes to runner safety and wearing headphones.
See you next week - 60-degree temps are in the forecast, believe it or not!
*** Exciting race fundraiser update!!! ***
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