Your legs feel like jelly, your breath is short, your lungs are burning: suddenly, your run is no longer fun and you might as well just stop and walk (rolling or crawling home is usually a good option at this point). This is an all too familiar scenario to me. I can see it playing out in my head right now as I write this – accompanied by my bright red tomato face. This feeling of defeat is what ends up discouraging me and sometimes preventing me from going out for my run.
The only weapon I can use against this is a dope and pumped up playlist. Seriously, I am not one of those people who can run without music or even with a buddy. I get distracted by my head movies. There are a million things running through my head: “what should I eat for dinner?” “what am I going to wear tomorrow?” “How long did it take for Colby Rasmus’ corn rows to get done?” “What the heck is a first down?” “I wonder what Rod Stewart ate for breakfast today?”
Moving along, the only thing that keeps those musings at bay is a playlist that makes me want to dance but also motivates me to keep going. There are definitely certain things that I associate with the different songs that I listen to – like any Beyonce song, I just think if she can practice all of that choreography in heels; then this girl can run for 5 more minutes without dying. Plus, I get pumped up when I hear these songs and it gives me that extra bit of energy to keep going through the entire length of a song.
So here are some of my faves: (I can already predict that most readers will be laughing as they read my choices)
- “Domino” – Jessie J: did you see her in that car at the Olympics closing ceremony? Girl has got some balance and a steady stomach.
- “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson: seriously, I just picture myself in Center Stage
- “Stronger” – Kanye West: nothing keeps me going like this song
- “Still Not a Player” – Big Pun ft. Joe *no comment*
- “Dancehall Queen” – Robyn: if you know me, you know I have to have Robyn.
- “Love On Top” – Beyonce: all hail Queen Bey
- “In for the Kill” – Laroux (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix”: I like this one because it starts slow and builds up, so I can keep a slow pace and get raring to go when it’s time, a good pace setter.
- “Let Me Think About It” – Fedde Le Grand vs. Ida Corr: weird Euro dance music really does get the job done.
- “Flashing Lights” – Kanye West: good for setting a slower pace
- “Say You’ll Be There” – Spice Girls: there is still an 8 year old girl in me.
Music can keep you upbeat and motivated. If you’re really hardcore, you can match your desired bpm to your song choices and invent a strategy for your playlist – be careful not to go overboard though. I like to choose songs that make me feel empowered and I’m still a running rookie. Dance songs are great for keeping me going. This is just a sample playlist. Let me know what some of your favourite running songs are in the comments?
I love to make a playlist for when I’m stretching after my workout as well. I will be posting that up soon!
Happy running! Peace. xx.