Time for some tunes…

I put my hand up – I’m one of ‘those’ runners. Unless I’m out on the trails, (and, honestly, sometimes even then) I have my headphones in. I am capable of running without music, I just choose not to most of the time. There is something cathartic for me about not just getting lost in the rhythm of my running but in that being in sync with my music. And I do have an eclectic mix on there. (I also think I probably listen to music to avoid listening to how horrid I sound when I run but that’s a whole other blog post.)

So here’s what I’m listening to at the moment – some old, some new 🙂

Ed Sheeran – Castle on the hill. This is the track that got me thinking I need to revise my playlist. This one has just been released and I adore it.

Bastille – Wild World. This whole album is brilliant but this song is my favourite and I sometimes find myself trying to sing and breathe and run at the same time. I always manage to mess up one of that triad!

The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb. This is just one of the many, many songs I have from this talented bunch on my running playlist. Love it. Not a particularly fast tempo but big and powerful enough to get me moving. Their ‘Mr Brightside’ is still my favourite song of all time and I get goosebumps whenever it comes up on shuffle as I happen to be approaching a finish line – it’s just what I need to get me across the mat.

McFly – All about you. McFly are another bunch who have songs a-plenty on my running playlist but I think this is my favourite of theirs. Which is interesting – it’s not a fast tempo song at all but I just like hearing it and it helps get me into my zen like state as I run. Actually, that sums up my playlist – the songs that help me get beyond my sore feet, depleted lungs and whatever distance I have to cover and just let me get lost in my head.

Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies ‘r’ good enough. Yep, slightly odd choice. Cyndi Lauper was one of my heroes growing up and I’m not sure what made me recently revisit this track but it’s made it onto my running playlist and I love it! It makes me giggle a bit whenever it comes on.

Sara Bareilles – Brave -. Essential. It’s been on my playlist since it was released and I’m fairly sure it will be there for a long time yet. It’s one of those songs which never fails to make me run a bit faster, a bit stronger and a lot prouder. It reminds me how I want to feel when I run and the sort of person I want to be. Inspirational stuff.

So what are you listening to at the moment? Any suggestions for me?

music that makes me run

I know there is a bit of a divide on this one but I’m definitely a runner who enjoys running while listening to music. It’s not that I can’t run without it – I’ve been forced to do that a couple of times (usually because I don’t figure out my iPod is flat until I turn it on). I just prefer to run with – it helps me zone out. I actually consider it to be white noise to a certain extent – I’m not always aware of the song that’s playing, it’s just blocking out world noise and stopping my brain from concentrating on anything other than moving and breathing.

However there are some songs that, when they come on, I can’t help but smile and tend to run a little faster. Here’s my top five:

  1. Mr Brightside (The Killers): Favourite song ever and, from the first bars, it is guaranteed to get me moving;
  2. Let’s see how far we’ve come (Matchbox Twenty): This was part of a soundtrack for a J-Rock entry I helped with at school and brings back such good memories and it’s just the right tempo for me;
  3. Affirmation (Savage Garden): Another great tempo and full of positive messages – a perfect fit with my mood while running;
  4. Brave (Sara Bareilles): Another anthem of positivity full of messages I need to hear while running;
  5. On the verge of something wonderful (Darren Hayes)

What’s on your running playlist?