I am bored with my running playlist. I have reached the point where I push the skip button so much that my fingers are now getting more of a workout than my legs. So, I’ve deleted every song and decided to start anew.
I don’t know if I would be listening to music the entire time on race day. That’s 42 kilometers and that translates to about 5-6 hours of music for me.
A Runner’s World article says that the best thing to do is to NOT listen to music throughout a task but rather to do so only at specific spots along a racecourse.
Read all about the pros and cons of music as discussed by a sports psychologist/coach and sports sociologist/coach here.
As for me, when I go on 5-10K runs around my neighborhood, I usually put on some music. It does help a lot in motivating me and making my workout more enjoyable.
But when I need to do a longer run or when I’m in an unfamiliar place, I tend to forego this habit. I find that I need to really focus on my environment, my breathing and my foot strike.
I am still in the process of compiling around 100 songs. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve started anew and I’m sharing 10 of my favorites from this newly-compiled running playlist.
Some are old and some are new. They range from a variety of musical styles. Here they are in alphabetical order.
Break On Through (1967) The Doors
Here I’m imagining Jim Morrison as my personal cheerleader when I hit that wall – helping me “break on through to the other side.”
Can’t Stop (2002) Red Hot Chili Peppers
Energetic and funky served up RHCP style.
Da Da Ding (2016) Gener8ion
I discovered this song through an ad by Nike for India featuring women athletes. Girl power inspiration.
Dog Days Are Over (2009) Florence and the Machine
Just listen to her sing these lines “Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father. Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers. Leave all your love and your longing behind. You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive.”
Get Your Freak On (2001) Missy Elliott
If that six-note intro doesn’t get you into the zone, I don’t know what will.
Mutant Brain (2016) Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums
Another discovery I made based on TV commercials, this time by Kenzo. It’s frenetic. Guaranteed to make you pick up your pace.
New Thang (2016) Redfoo
When you need to slow down for a while, you’ll be in good company with this catchy song.
Sabotage (1999) Beastie Boys
And when you need to run hard, play this one.
Under Pressure (1982) Queen
Nothing like Freddie Mercury understanding what you’re going through as you run.
Uptown Funk (2014) Bruno Mars
Four minutes of electro-disco-funky fun to help lift your mood.
Do you have other suggestions for me to include in my playlist? What do you consider your “power song?” Let’s hear it!