Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Moves Like Jagger?

Everyone has different music when it comes to what pumps them up and what really gets them going. Music is such a powerful and emotional thing. There's something about music that can make people laugh, make them cry, inspire and pump-up.

Here's my Running Playlist (I recommend everyone have a playlist of just music they like to listen to while running). My playlist is called "i LOVE to run", the title helps remind me that I like running on days when I don't :) The songs are in no particular order.Oh, and I marked my favorites with *

  1. TNT by AC/DC (Cuz  I am TNT, I'm dynamite!)
  2. *Heart of a Champion by Nelly (this may just be my favorite running song...)
  3. *Number One by Nelly (remind yourself that you ARE number one. Believe in yourself!)
  4. Remember the Name by Fort Minor
  5. Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing by SheDaisy (Okay so its not really a pump up song, but running can't be intense all the time. You have to remember to take it easy, to relax, and to have fun. Sometimes running is going to suck, but don't worry about it!)
  6. Playing With the Big Boys by Martin Short (because everyone needs a little Prince of Egypt in their running music right? Ha, this one has a story behind it for me though. I was really intimidated in high school to run with the "state champs" and my coach said to me "Kalina, you ARE a big dog. You are running with the big dogs because you belong with them. This song reminds me of that)
  7. Ready to Run by Dixie Chicks (Its a fun song about running and it helps me have fun)
  8. Rocket by Def Leppard (remind you to run like a rocket...fast!)
  9. Don't Stop Believing by Journey (self-explanatory)
  10. Push It by Rick Ross (another self-explanatory...pump up song with pump up lyrics)
  11. *Headstrong by Trapt (If I could choose, this might be my "Powersong", the one I want in the hardest of times....like a really long hill or something)
  12. *The Climb sung by Ahmir (not by Miley Cyrus) (inspires me I guess)
  13. Love Story Meets Viva la Vida by Jon Schmidt (okay so its piano music, I'm kinda lame....but there's something about it that is inspirational too I guess)
  14. Battle of the Heroes from Star Wars by John Williams (more instrumental, but its a fight song, how could it not pump you up!)
  15. Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder (Nothing's gonna break my stride! Nobody is going to slow me down!)
  16. Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson (I like a good angry song to push me)
  17. I Can Go the Distance from Hercules (um how could you NOT have this song?!)
  18. I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan (awesome lyrics.)
  19. One Thing by Finger Eleven (a great race day song, not necessarily a great training song...but I love it for pre-race)
  20. Defying Gravity from the Broadway musical Wicked (the second half of the song, once it gets going really just makes you want to fly)
So as you can see, a good running playlist isn't all about hardcore rock-out songs, but about songs that you have an emotional connection to. You definitely need the rock-out songs too, but music that you can relate to and that really gets at your emotions I think is much more powerful.

What do you listen to when you run?? Or do you prefer to run without music?

1 comment:

  1. I am in need of new songs. I will be adding these to my "Running play list" Thanks! :)


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