Fueling the Running Fire : An Awesome Mix
A few weeks ago I stepped out on to my front stoop and turned around to lock the front door, stuffed the key inside a built-in pocket in my running pants, and absent-mindedly attached the velcro on my iPod armband, ready to take on the trails. I started walking crisply as I scrolled through to my summer run mix and heard the beginning strains to Eminem’s Rabbit Run in one ear. OMG one ear was not working. Holy Pete, how the hell could I go for a run with music coming out of only one earbud? I couldn’t, that’s how.
Music is so incredibly important to the tempo of my runs that I kind of hate to go on them without it. I turned around and went in the house and dealt with the entirely-too-perky Denise Austin instead.
I’ve since bought a new pair of earbuds (and incidentally, it took me forever to find ones that didn’t come loose and fall out of my ears as I ran, these ones are pretty perfect for fit although they don’t let in a ton of ambient sound.)
Today I went out at lunch with those perfect fitting earbuds and a new run mix timed for exactly thirty minutes and created with the tend to motivate the holy hell out of me the entire time. I had my dog in my right hand, he was trotting just a little bit in front of me. The fog snaked through trees and settled in the moss and tiny ice slivers floated in the silent cove in the marina near my house. I was soaring on good running shoes attuned so sharply to living and pushing in the moment that seriously, I kind of felt like crying for a minute. Does that sound wack? It happens to me once every so often.
Anyway, I have to credit the euphoric run for a seriously wicked mix on the iPod. I know music is completely subjective and usually I’m a fan of obscure, morose indie music but when it comes to running stuff — anything goes, as long as it gets me going. Alice Cooper was on my mix for a long time. Black Eyed Peas make kicking workout music, even if I would never, ever listen to them on the radio.
And if an artist or collection of artists get me singing by myself while sprinting up a mountain with my belligerent dog, as it did today – then perfect.
Here is my perfect mix of the moment:
1. Eminem – Rabbit Run
2. Numb – Jay Z and Linkin Park
3. Love and Memories -O.A.R
4. My Happiness – Powderfinger
5. Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three (I am totally serious)
6. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
7. Sexy Back – JT.
8. Red Heart – Hey, Rosetta (obscure Canadian band, but I think you’ll fall in love)
OK, what is your best ever ultimate half-hour mix? The Interwebs help create the best mixes.