Hi, just started adding music to my runs and really enjoy it, but keep the volume down enough so that I can listen for the traffic around me. One thing I have noticed is that when the beat quickens with some of the artists I listen to that my pace will also quicken, particularly with some classic rock tunes. It adds an element of fun to it and gives the mind something to think about instead of the day's "To Do" list. It is really a good addition for long training runs of 3 or more hours.
Some of the artists I've collected over time have songs that reference running and this adds an additional element of appreciation for the music while pounding pavement. CCR's "Up around the bend", Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run", and Jackson Brown's "Running on empty" are a few of my choices with references to running. There's probably a good long list of songs with "Run" in them.
I too enjoy some classic rock- the beat being the important motivator- not the song subject. I recently attended my weekly worked class where the instructor played the Rocky Theme serveral times- really motivating- I plan to add it to my iPod.
Thank you very much for your music suggestions. I have added them to my playlist. Now I have so many good songs that I will really be motivated to extend my running time just to listen to the great music,
Hi, I forgot to add another of my favorite songs with "running" in the lyrics: Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain". It has a great beat and is a neat--typical guy--story. You might like it as well. Happy running.
I can't believe I've been on this forum for this long and haven't noticed this section! Geez - I love that you know and apparently love the music from 'my' era! I love old style r&r. I've found Bob Seger has some great music to run to, as well as Queen, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd - the list goes on and on. Makes my run almost fun!
Kristy in NC
3/12/11 - St. Patricks Day 5K - First 5K - 43 min
7/4/11 - Peachtree Road Race - 1hr 30 min
9/2/11 - BB&T Sunset 5K - 40:48
10/22/11 - Rocktoberfest 5K - 38:53
11/5/11 - CommYOUnity 5K - 37:22
11/24/11 - Butterball 5K - 37:03
3/25/12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K - 34:21
Thank you so much to everyone who gave their suggestions for music to run by. I am checking out all of them.
Since I last posted, I have found Lady Gaga's music..Her music and I have been jogging together almost every other day and 3 or 5 miles goes by fairly quickly. I think she is sick of running with me so I am going to load up all of your suggestions.
Thank you again.
You are going to possibly think that I am insane, but you mentioned Gaga. I've been running and listening to the genre of "club electronica" (yes, I'm 50+ and a rock&roll fan, but...). This genre has a great steady beat to run to and you can find songs with great melody's. It's basically electronic music, almost "new agey" with a nice beat and rising and falling crescendos. Some examples, "Face to Face" - Armin VanBuuren, "Come Home" - Alpha 9, "Can't Sleep" - Above & Beyond. I find that it drives me during my run, yet calms me down and lets the miles literally run by. On top of that, it's really different! Pandora (Internet radio - its free) is a great source for this. If you have an iPhone or Android it'll work great for you. I just thought that I would share....
I've got a great mix of genre's on my iPod... Outkast, Van Halen (the Sammy years), Pink, Billy Idol, Beyonce... I only use it on the treadmill now though, I found that I enjoy hearing nature and/or keeping an ear on traffic when I run outside.
New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13
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