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The Chili Peppers have a lot of great stuff to run too. I'd like to put another vote in for U2's "It's a beautiful day." Also, I bought Matt Nathanson's new album that came out on Tuesday and it's got some great tunes as well.
While I agree that ipods can be a problem when used to loud they also have brought people out to running, walking, etc that otherwise might not have gotten involved. I love my shuffle - the beats, lyrics, emotions the music brings have helped keep me going longer or faster several times. That said - I always keep my volume where I can hear what is going on around me, hear other runners approaching, and of course keep my eyes alert. Would I rather listen to the waves on the beach while I run - of course. Unfortunately, we don't all have beaches to run along.
Having small children at home being able to run and listen to my music without interuptions is a double dose of personal time that makes me look forward to my runs all that much more.
So - what do I listen to? A mix of several different things. Bon Jovi, Poison, U2, VanHalen, Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder, Soundtrack songs, worship songs, 80's songs, an instrumental guitar songs my husband has recorded. I like a mix so it's set to shuffle - most are high energy, fast beat songs but some are motivational based on the images they create for instance the Chariots of Fire theme.
I realized recently that I wasn't running as well when I listen to music. In fact, I just decided to take a break from music for a while. I have such specific tastes, that the music I listened to was pretty limited and I was hearing the same things over and over again. I switched to podcasts and audiobooks, and found that my running is more consistent. The music seemed to make me run faster than my body was ready for and I would tire out too quickly. I still like to have something to listen to; I am a real history buff and always like to improve my mind as well as my body; I have found some terrific podcasts from the BBC and NPR. They are great running companions.
I only listen to my iPod when road running or treadmill training. I like to hear what is going on around me when trail and beach running.
My top Fav Songs, some are almost embarrasing:
Fat Boy Slim- The Rockafeller Skank and Wonderful Night
I See You Baby(Fat Boy Slim Remix) Groove Armada----Great song to keep you pushing on!!!
Nelly Fertado- Maneater
David Bowie-Rebel Rebel
Kayne West-Gold Digger and Stronger
Young MC- Bust a Move
Before running I like only instrumental music. I prefer theme music from movies like;
The Last of The Mohicans theme
various scores from The Lord of The Rings
I find listening to music with words before distracting during a race as those lyrics stick in my head and cause my mind to wander. Listening to music while I run is a pet peeve of mine.
Wow everyone has such a mix of tastes. For me if I'm running with my dog I don't like to have music on (she keeps me running enough without it). Running alone I have different play lists, I agree if the music is too upbeat I push myself too hard; but I have a reserve playlist for when I can't get motivated...it has all 80's and pop songs that just keep me going.
Thanks for some good suggestions...