Confession: my running playlist needs an update. Not that I don’t love every freaking minute of it – but the same playlist has now gotten me through three marathons and just about every training run in between. I must have listened to every song on there about a thousand times. The mix itself is a work of art put together by my younger sister (who spends a lot of time commuting in her car and as a result has far better taste in music than I do) and consists of almost all of WGCI’s finest (for those of you who aren’t local, this is Chicago’s hip hop/R&B station).
For some reason, I can only seem to run (or workout for that matter) to rap music. This makes for an interesting dichotomy at the start line of races, listening to Wiz Khalifa singing “so what we get drunk…” all the while surrounded by runners and fitness enthusiasts. More than once I’ve started snickering at the start line, fully aware of the irony of the whole thing. The lyrics are often the antithesis for everything I do as an athlete so the whole thing makes no sense – I know. I’ve tried to break this habit and attempted to run to from music from other genres but it just isn’t the same. *Sigh.*
Right now my playlist includes the following:
The Motto (Drake)
Where Ya At (Future, fet. Drake)
Otis (Kanye and Jay-Z)
Feel This Moment (Pitbull)
Mama Proud (Tito Lopez)
Soul Surviver (Young Jeezy & Akon)
Pound the Alarm (Nicki Minaj)
Knockout (Lil Wayne)
Drop the World (Lil Wayne)
Power Trip (J. Cole)
The Monster (Eminem, fet. Rihanna)
Jump Man (Drake & Future)
All I Do Is Win (D.J. Khaled)
As far as transporting the music, I stated using an iPod shuffle a few years ago (about the same time my playlist originated) and I have never looked back. The shuffle is the perfect size (it clips right on my waist belt with no annoying arm band) and stores more than enough music for my training and racing purposes. I thought that it would annoy me not being able to select the songs visually but this has proven to be rather inconsequential (let’s be honest, many of my runs I just hit the back button to play the same song over and over again). I will still bring my phone with me on long runs (in a coat pocket if it’s cold or a Spibelt if it’s warm) but I have had far too many issues having it exposed to the elements. My arms have always been too small for an arm band to fit appropriately (no muscle here) so when I did use my phone I ended up carrying it in my hand. Far more trouble than it was worth (but still not as bad as the Discman that I would carry around in high school)!
Any suggestions? What type music do you listen to on the run? What song pumps you up the most? Do you use an iPod, your phone, or some other device?