Marathon training has me burning through music, fast fast. Currently, I have my playlist loaded with 100 plus songs, hit shuffle and roll out! I always run with music. I ran one 3 mile run without, just one time, and nope nada not for me. When running with others, I'll keep one head phone in and carry on conversations. However, when a run gets tough, I need my tunes! I like to throw new songs into the mix and frequently. Running 30 miles a week means I more frequently need new material. Thankfully, I'm not the only one, hello internet how I love you, and there's lots of music sharing going on in the trenches of run season!
A run song needs to fall into one of three categories to inspire me. Here is the breakdown of my crazy inner monologue and newish examples from each category:
1. Remind me of how far I've come. Any song pertaining to perseverance or over coming adversity lights a big fire within me.
Kelly Clarkson- Dark Side
Avicii- Wake Me Up
Zedd- Clarity (feat. Foxes)
2. Remind me of someone I love and good times we've had: my husband, my Mom, my family and friends. Thinking about the people I love makes me happy. For obvious reasons :)
Jason Derulo- Marry Me
One Direction- Story of My Life
Katy Perry- Birthday
Beyonce- Love on Top
3. Remind me that I am one bad ass chick. Even though I'm an average, middle class, run of the mill girl, there is a mean hood rat inside clawing to get out. In my head on mile seven, I'm the baddest bitch in town! Run HARD!
Eminmen- The Monster (feat. Rihanna)
2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa- We Own It (Fast & Furious)
Mike Will Made It- 23 (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J)
Kat Dahlia- Gangsta
What songs inspire you?