Thursday, March 20, 2008

run'n run'n...

So I've been running a lot (for the 1/2 marathon) and was doing fine, but as I began to train more I was becoming more and more convinced that I did, in fact, need something else to listen to besides the voices in my head telling me how tired I was. It's not that I've refrained from getting an ipod for any moral or personal reasons I just knew that ultimately I didn't need one. I really like the radio and the only time I listen to music is in my car so I was fine to spend my money elsewhere. However, the closer I got to trying to reaching my 13.1 miles goal I realized that in fact, one might come in handy. So, I went on ebay and got one of these suckers for a pretty good deal...except mine is silver and its beautiful! I just love my little baby shuffle.

I put some songs from CDs I already had on my ipod to begin with and some friends have been gracious enough to pitch in give me some songs to help me get started BUT I have now completely become reliant on my music when I run. Which is why I didn't really want to get an ipod to run with the first place, but I guess its for a greater good. I instantly became aware that my pace directly correlated with the beat of the song. If you know me and my music selection I'm not the world's biggest fan of music that doesn't use some sort of synthesizer, so this has become quite a challenge to find "The Perfect Running Music."

Yesterday I started to listen to more hip hop and pop music radio stations. The first song I heard was Mariah Carey's Touch My Body. Once I heard her reference youtube in her song (along with a slew of other things I refuse to mention in my blog) I knew that there had to be a better way. So...will you help me?!?! I need your help in finding "The Perfect Running Music." I'd love any suggestions that you have. I need all the help I can get!


Mary said...

I made a marathon mix for me last year. I'll check it when I get home and see if there's any suggestions. Sometimes I did better with mid-paced music rather than super-upbeat all of the time - I could settle into my running rhythm a little more. I carried my ipod the whole way but didn't let myself listen to it until about 1/2 way through - it gave me an extra boost of motivaiton for the second 1/2 b/c I think adrenaline carried me through the first!

molly said...

I have some Arty Fufkin stuff.. I know it sounds weird. They're mashups of several songs in one and they just keep going. perfect running music. i'll let you steal them from my computer sometime! I think you'd like them

Marissa said...

These are on my running mix:
"Flood" - Jars of Clay
"Freedom" - George Michael (great!)
"Eye of the Tiger" - I forget the artist, but you know the song!
"Musicology" - Prince
"The Distance" - Cake

There are more, but I am drawing a blank now. Good luck to you!

Cherilyn said...

OK, I totally forgot you had a blog, but I clicked on your Facebook picture today because the Easter bunny makes me giggle, and here I am.

And I have to comment because I hate running, but I love music that others run to. So, you are welcome to borrow my "Monsters of Rap" CD (complete with "Ice Ice Baby," "Parents Don't Understand," "Bust a Move," and the world's most awesome rap duet called "I got a man."). I also have to recommend "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey and "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band.

I also would like to recommend the NPR Pop Culture Podcast.

katie said...

Anything by World Wide Message you didn't see that one coming. :) Your welcome.