I don’t run with music nearly as much as I used to. Now that I have Neighbor Nick as a training partner 4 times per week, the iPod is simply an accessory to keep my complete history through Nike+. The other 3 days of the week, I still throw on the headphones, but the playlists are much shorter.
Music was a huge reason I started and continued running. I have a large, diverse selection of running music and am always on the lookout for new additions. From 9-5 I’m a talk radio junkie. My car stereo rarely moves from the AM band. When I’m out on my own running, it’s a whole different story. My wife, friends and family aren’t sure what to think when I force them to listen to some of my music on the drive to races.
I hope to make Music Mondays a regular feature here. I’ll throw in some of my favorites and some of the new stuff I’ve thrown in recently just to mix things up. Music can be a great motivator during training and on race day. If you choose to run with headphones on race day, please be respectful and keep the volume low. I know I’ve been in plenty of situations where I’m glad I could hear instructions around me. From runners needing assistance to a wheelchair participant coming from behind, it’s important.
Without further adieu, let’s start with five songs that seem to always end up on any playlist I create:
#5 – Heart of a Champion
by Nelly (featuring the Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble)
If hard work pays off then easy work is worthless.
#4 – Lose Yourself
So here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not. This may be the only opportunity that I got.
#3 – Stronger
by Kanye West
Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.
#2 – Remember the Name
by Fort Minor
Nobody really knows how or why he works so hard. It seems like he’s never got time.
#1 – Numb/Encore
by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Every step that I take, is another mistake to you.
I can’t necessarily call these my absolute favorites but, after looking long and hard at all my playlists, these showed up most often. Out of habit, all my runs begin with Numb/Encore. Something doesn’t feel right if that’s not the first tune I hear.