Welcome to Music Mondays

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

by Eminem

So here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not.┬áThis 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.

What songs are absolute must-haves on your playlists?


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