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The Soundtrack Of Your Run

January 12, 2012

This is a topic I touched on several years ago as I was trying to find some songs to run my first 5K with.  As it turns out, I enjoy music when I run.  So, it was natural for me to solicit help via the interwebs to find songs for my half-marathon playlist.  This is significant because a 5K (3.1 miles) is just wee bit shorter than a half-marathon (13.1 miles), so as you can imagine I need a few more songs to fill this one up.

Now… I know what you’re thinking:

“Dude has 6,500 songs on his friggin’ iPod… why the hell is he asking us for help?”

Well the reason I’m asking is two-fold.

1)  I get bored easily by listening to the same stuff over and over – the songs on my 5K list are great, but I hear them every day.
2)  I respect the different things everyone enjoys – from country to EDM, metal to Top 40 – so I’m always open to hear what helps other stay motivated so maybe I too can gain some of that motivation.

So I get on the ol’ social networks and ask for help.  I get some fantastic suggestions – from songs I never heard of to songs I would have never thought of.  Then I get this:

This has been a back and forth between us since November, when she completed her first 1/2 marathon in Philly, sans headphones, and raved about how amazing the city was while running through it.  I want to run w/ Black, Warrior and Worldwide Choppers blaring through my headphones.  She feels that I will be singing ‘Walk Like A Man‘ to her and our other friends as we cross the finish line together in April.

I’m not sure how I feel about this – seriously, I have no idea.  I’m like Linus and Killswitch Engage is my security blanket.  I am being told – not just by her but by MANY people – that I will not only learn to run without music, I will enjoy it as well.  I will begin to appreciate the cityscapes of where I run… the nature I will be surrounded by… the soundtrack the universe has provided us.  And oh, I will also do this because some races (Philly, for example) actually don’t allow any type of headphones/ mp3 players/ phones with music AT ALL when you’re running… so even if you want to they won’t let you.

So now I don’t know what to do.  Do I just continue to run with music, then drop it when the race comes?  Run my shorter distances with music, then really tune in to the longer runs without it?  Should I drop music altogether and start working on going alone?  Man… just as I was starting to enjoy running now THIS monkey wrench gets thrown in.

Either way, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for ol’ Gach.  Let’s just say I hope the birds in the park sing better than some of the people at my old karaoke shows – and I hope the rest of my peeps start learning their parts to our Finish Line song!

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