Are there certain songs that immediately transport you back in time? Suddenly you are no longer in present day, but thrown back to your first date, a year of school, your wedding… Music has amazing power to remind you of previous times, to lift your mood, to push you harder. So today on Tuesdays on the Run we want to know: do you harness that power? Do you choose a motivational song for a goal race?
I love music. My mind becomes a slideshow of pictures when I hear different songs. But I very seldom use music to enhance my running. I know that it has helped on occasion (and hurt my runs a few times – Air Supply’s Lost in Love is NOT the song you want to hear at mile 16 of a 20 mile run LOL). Yes, my playlist is decidedly old school.
So, one would think I’d harness that and choose a powerful soundtrack to help me through the long training runs and races. Nope.
As much as I love music, I don’t run with it, even when I’m on the treadmill. I’ve even carried my iPod through an entire marathon and not bothered to put the earphones in my ears. At this point, I don’t even have music on my phone. I know. I’m weird.
But if I had to choose a song right now that I’m digging and always puts me in the mood to run…
Tell me about your use of music on the run. I’m sure your playlist is more modern than mine…
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17 thoughts on “Let the Music Move You”
Ha ha- my tunes are old school too. Not quite Air Supply old school, but… old nonetheless.
Oh I’ve got some old school tunes too. BeeGees anyone?
I admire the fact that you can get into your running groove without music! I’ve done that during a few races but only if I was running with someone else!
I enjoy having music on while running, I only run without music when I’m running with other people. I guess I enjoy the distraction! Lately I’ve been listening to music from the early 2000’s…my teen years, lol!
AIR SUPPLY! <3 lol I have some oldies-but-goodies on my list, too!:)
That song was on my playlist for Tink, and I love running to it. I used to only use upbeat songs, but I don’t mind more mellow songs, but they can’t be a drag. There still has to be a good beat or good lyrics.
I can’t imagine the treadmill without music! Ive done pieces of races without music if I was with someone or if there was lots of course entertainment. I can’t stand listening to my own breathing for long.
I hardly listen to music anymore. I prefer podcasts if I ever bother to stick headphones in my ears!
I listen to old music.. like Frank Sinatra old. Luck be a Lady has special super powers for me!
Love, love, love “Shut up and dance”.
But I don’t run with music, either.
I’m grateful for Pandora because I’ve been grooming a running station for years so it has most of my favorite songs. It helps on tough days when I need a pick-me-up.
One of my favorite all time stand bys is Dreamer by Livin’ Joy – way old school LOL but it gets me the zone every time 🙂
I definitely use different songs at different times to help get me through a run or race. How do you get through a treadmill run without tunes?!
any any ANY OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP gets me moving.
and honestly? I love the child is now at the age where she begs me to STOP MOVING 🙂
My playlist has a lot of music/songs from the 90’s… 🙂
Yup I’m the same way. I find music super motivating but never train with it. Well sometimes on the bike trainer. But earbuds make me crazy insane and don’t even get me started on the cords from an ipod or phone while I’m running. I can’t deal with it. Nope.
But music on a course? Love it. even if I don’t actually love the music. That I find very helpful.
I never used to run with music, but times have changed and I do now. I have a playlist that has a wide variety on it that are upbeat tunes ranging from Aerosmith, to Elvis, to Green Day, to Madonna to Pitbull… I like variety 🙂