So I am now officially a runner again, 4 runs in the last 10 days and feeling better than ever. I may even have started eyeing up some races (more of that at a later date). But with the miles starting to increase and wanting to keep the cross training at the gym going to look after my back I am in desperate need of a good playlist on the iPod. So far I am surviving on the 3 albums saved on my phone, one of which is nursery rhymes.
I remember reading a while back this blog from Kirsty at Imperfect Pages describing her play list. It had some pretty good tracks on it and also ones that I wouldn’t immediately think of for running to, but actually are pretty bloody good.
If I’m trying to do a short, fast run or simply a tempo section on a run then my go to music is Pendulum – Hold Your Colour. The first track (Slam) on the album is just phenomenal with a huge bass line and perfect beat speed to do that sort of run to.
But if you listen to that the whole time and are trying to do a long run you are going to be knackered pretty quickly.
I also quite like the Ministry of Sound 90’s album, the songs on it remind me of being a teenager and get me singing along and forgetting how much my legs hurt. I’m talking about classics such as 9pm till I come by ATB and Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers.
They also have an album called Running Trax (clearly no spell checker in that office) which is a bit more trance’y. But being designed for running the mixes do start slow with a warm up and build up, in theory to match your running pace. Again some classic dance tunes in there and 3 cd’s mixed by 3 different people.
Notice a bit of a theme here? All dance music choices so far, which is funny because it’s not something I generally listen to when not running. But I don’t think Frank Sinatra which is my cooking theme tune will really cut the mustard so to speak. I could probably enjoy some Stereophonics or Kings of Leon, perhaps even the Black Keys which again has a great bass rhythm to run to. But that’s the great thing about music right? Different things for different situations.
So what else? What can I add to my playlist to keep me company as I do those long 12 mile 3 mile Sunday runs? What do you listen to? What’s your go-to tracks when you need motivating?
I do also have a rather nice new arm band to keep my iPod in while out, no more trying to wedge it in a pocket. Works well with my iPod Classic, but can also take an iPhone if you’re that way inclined. If you want one you can find it here; iPhone
Oh and to show it off in all it’s glory I managed to arrange for a hunky man to model it.
NB This is a sponsored post, I was given the armband free of charge but not instructed what to write. Yes that’s right these awful music choices really are my own