The music in my head

When I started running, I always listened to music. I started off with a cool little Walkman, then a CD player, then a RIO MP3 player until we got our iPods. My college roommates and I ran to the “old school dirty south” mix from our dancing days.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that yes, we listened to 2 Live Crew (Shake a Little Something, Table Dance, and Hootchie Mama) and Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock (It Takes Two).  [No, I’m not linking to them here.  It’s really too much and not family friendly.]

After I graduated to MP3 devices, my favorite was this cool teal blue iPod that got me though my first half marathon. I was devastated when I dropped her (yes, the iPod had her own personality!) after a run. Some of those songs are engrained in my muscle memory. I always feeling like sprinting for the finish when I hear the Black Eye Peas (Let’s Get it Started), Justin Timberlake (Sexy Back), and The Killers (Mr Bright Sides).

For my second and third half marathons, I trained with First Marathon. We had big group runs and I had my trusty Garmin to help me log Miles and split times. I also carried my camera and phone on my trusty tool belt. I carried at lot of things on my run, but I was cool with it. Songs like Pink’s Get This Party Started  and KT Tunstall’s Blackhorse and Cherry Tree motivated me through the dodging at the start and carried me to the finish line.

After I had Anakin, I left my earphones at home.  I was running alone on busy streets and I wanted to be aware of my surroundings. Most importantly, now that I was using an iphone, I didn’t want to drain my phone batteries in case something happened on my run.

I trained and ran the 2010 women’s half without music. It’s actually not bad. My training and race time is time MY TIME. There’s usually music in my head anyways, so it’s not so quiet.  This time around, I’m even more in my head and it’s actually surprising that the run goes by so quickly.  During certain parts of the run, a song will creep into my head.

When I see the sandpipers playing in the canal, I sing this song from the kid’s Music Together’s classes (Sand Piper, Flute Collection):

A few times, the last songs I heard on the radio enroute to the long run:

Train, Drive By: (@ 47s)  “Oh I swear to you, I’ll be there for you.  This is not a drive by!”

Philip Phillips, Gone, Gone, Gone: Especially @ 50s “I will do it for you.  For you.  Baby I’m not moving on, I’ll love you long after your gone.” and  @ 2m12s “You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed.  Like a drum, baby don’t stop beating.  x3  Like a drum, my heart never stops beating for you.  For you.”

Justin Timberlake, Sexy Back:  I always sing “Take it to the bridge” and kick it up a notch when there’s a bridge on the horizon.

REM “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine!”  (Especially motivating at mile 10.5!)

Modern English, Melt With You:  “I stop the world and melt with you, I’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time.”  I sing this when I’m feeling really low and need a little motivation.

Kelly Clarkson, Stronger:  This is my mile 11-12 mantra:   “Stronger!   What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I’m not lonely when I’m alone.”

For my final stretch to bring me to the finish!

KT Tunstall, Black Horse and a Cherry Tree:  I’ve been known to sing this song (especially the “whoo-hoo’s) to my finish line.

Here’s a little playlist of some of the songs playing in my head during the long runs:

There are more songs in my head, it just takes some time to catch them all.

2 thoughts on “The music in my head

  1. I’m still impressed you can run without listening to anything. I think my brain is my worst enemy when I’m trying to run so unless I can distract myself with music, a podcast or an audio book, it tends to turn against me with negative messaging.

    Good luck with your race this week!

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