Great Songs for Running
Last summer, I trained for my first half marathon. I’m usually a
three-to-five mile a run gal and this was my first truly long run. One
thing I learned quickly while training: The mind is an incredibly powerful
tool that you can use to keep going when you’re ready to pack it all
up, drive home and watch Netflix for the rest of the day. Music is key for
me, when I’m working on keeping my mental state upbeat and positive
during a run. Here are some tracks that I’ve been turning to lately
to keep my mind going:
- “Modern Love” – David Bowie: The beatof this song is excellent. It’s definitely got an ‘80svibe and there’s an urgency there that makes you want to keep ongoing (or dance around in your underwear). It’s a good long one(nearly five minutes) and, of course, has a saxophone solo.
- “Close to Me” – The Cure:Here’s another golden oldie that makes a good addition to a runningplaylist. The hand claps and horns are light and fun, but fast enough tokeep your feet hitting the pavement. It’s not your usual“jock jams” hit and I was surprised when my friendJanelle, a fitness trainer, put it on during one of our cross-trainingsessions. Guideto Healthcare Schools has more information on fitness trainingand degree programs if you’re interested in turning yourinterest in fitness into a career.
- “Bohemian Like You” – The DandyWarhols: This is one of those songs that makes you just feel coollistening to it, as if you were traveling down a windy highway in abright red convertible. The “ooh ooh ooooohs” of thechorus are terribly addictive.
- “Land” – Patti Smith: The originalqueen of punk rock is an obvious place to turn for inspiration, whenyou’re trying to do something no one thinks you can do. Hervocals are fierce, and the guitar riffs have an urgency that makes youwant to run faster. Even though it is 10 minutes long, I often listen toit more than once during a run.
- “Canned Heat” – Jamiroquai: I startedtraining with a group of friends that were in one of my collegeclasses, and they introduced me to this standard of their runningtrack list. I’d heard it before, but didn’t know the nameor artist. The beat is groovy, and the song’s order to“Dance!” is easily translatable to running. Ifyou’re looking to go back to school or put together your ownrunning club, check out onlinecolleges for additional information.
- “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” – CSS: ThisBrazilian group with a female vocalist makes a truly fun running jam.This is another song that can distract you from negative thoughts backinto a groove and a natural flow. It’s hard to feel too darkwhen you’re simultaneously singing about these “restorativeproperties” of music.
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