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My ultimate playlist

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My friend was cataplectic.

“You do NOT run with an iPod!”

Oh yes, I do, I assured her. “Even in races?” she asked dubiously.  Especially in races, I told her.  In fact, I credit my fantastic playlist for getting me to the finish line in a personal best time in a recent marathon.

It’s my way of multitasking.  I love listening to music, but rarely get a chance to blare my favorite tunes in our house, since it just adds to the noise level, which is already at a considerable decibel.  And Eminem‘s lyrics are not family friendly.

I know what arguments those opposed to running with iPods use: music distracts you from concentrating on the task at hand – which is precisely why I listen to it; music detracts people from conversing with you – again, precisely, although I hasten to add I don’t play it too loudly, so I can easily hear my fellow runners coming up behind me and have brief conversations, and listening to music takes away the serenity of the running experience –  in my case, I’d argue it enhances the serenity.

When Walkman‘s were popular, I did a few trial runs with my jaunty yellow device, but it was cumbersome and heavy, and the cassette tapes weren’t long enough.  I wasn’t a fan.

But the invention of the iPod (or other MP3 players, but who’s kidding who? I’m a Mac fan.) changed my running career.  I had become bored with running, finding it harder and harder to motivate myself to get out there, particularly on cold, wet days when I probably most needed the endorphins.

Equipped with my little green Nano, however, I loaded  all sorts of playlists – different ones for speed work, long runs, rainy days, reflective days, blue days, hyper days, races – and away I go.  I’m always particularly keen to get out there if I’ve worked on a new, killer playlist.

The key to a great playlist is to intersperse different genres of music with different tempos.  I know some people like a steady, driving beat the entire time, but that becomes white noise to me.  I prefer to mix in some slower tunes at various points, so as to better appreciate the upbeat songs when they land.

Here is my current favorite playlist, ideal for an hour and half trail run.

Ready to Start – Arcade Fire
Just A Dream – Nelly
Radioactive – Kings of Leon
Gimme Sympathy – Metric
Feel it in my bones    4:53    Tiestro feat. Tegan and Sara
Airplanes  – B.o.B  (Feat. Hayley Williams)
Moves – The New Pornographers
Kids – MGMT
Stereo Love – Edward Maya ft. Alicia
Back In Your Head – Tegan and Sara
Take a Minute – Knaan
Dead Disco –  Metric
Poster Of A Girl  – Metric
Cocaine Cowgirl – Matt Mays & El Torpedo

Rebellion – Arcade fire
Love The Way You Lie  – Eminem  (feat Rihanna)
Pyro  – Kings of Leon
Hell  –  Tegan And Sara
Suburban War  – Arcade Fire
Shine 4U   –  Carmen and Camille
Electric Feel – MGMT
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Soft Rock Star –  Metric
Standing on the Shore – Empire of the Sun

How can you not love running with such amazing tunes in your ears?

  1. November 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I love the ‘Airplanes’ song, and I know exactly what you mean about Eminem. I almost feel guilty checking it out from the library…especially on my lunch break, when I’m dressed in accounting attire. I only get to listen to it on my ipod too (while hiking, not running), as I don’t want my 5-yr old singing along to him threatening to set Rianna’s house on fire.

    • November 20, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Thanks so much for your comment – I am a newborn baby blogger! I am secretly obsessed with Eminem (feels good to be out of the closet on this one).

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