I am someone who requires music while running. Or exercising. Or working. Or breathing. I need noise. I am noise, and I thrive on other noises. I do occasionally rip out my single ear-bud (I don’t run with two in for safety reasons) to get a little quiet time, a little thought processing, but I put it back in after awhile. It keeps me going.
As I’ve started to train for the Cleveland Half Marathon, I’ve been having to add music to my playlist. I’ve also had to dump off some other stuff — for various reasons. I think any runner (or exerciser or music lover) will tell you that certain songs last awhile and then they just don’t work for you anymore. Recently bumped? Beyonce’s “Run the World.” I mean, it’s a great “women are awesome” and “who run this world?” and “go go go” kind of song, but having listened to it on almost every run from August until January, well, it was time to go our separate ways. Then again, Ellie Goulding has started out almost every run since August too, but she remained.
As I was adding music in the past week, I made a conscious decision to add in some of my favorite, faster paced (and or easily double-timed) Christian songs. I find those songs to be particularly beneficial to me while I’m struggling to make it through harder segments of my training. They remind me that I’m not alone in the struggle. I like that. I need that.
So, here’s what I’m listening to right now.
1. Lights, Ellie Goulding, 120 BPM
2. Better Is One Day, Kutless, 150 BPM
3. Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars, 144 BPM
4. Beautiful Ending, Barlowgirl, 170 BPM
5. We Are Young, Fun, 92×2 BPM
6. I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe, 160 BPM
7. Glad You Came, The Wanter, 128 BPM
8. I Need You to Love Me, Barlowgirl, 142 BPM
9. Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men, 103 BPM
10. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia, 128 BPM
11. Stronger, Mandisa, 87×2 BPM
12. Praise You in this Storm, Casting Crowns, 87×2 BPM
13. City Boy, Donkeyboy
14. Forever, Chris Brown, 128 BPM
15. Running Out of Time, Barlowgirl
16. Some Nights, Fun., 108 BPM
17. Never Alone, Barlowgirl, 98×2 BPM
18. The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga, 128 BPM
19. Never Say Never (X-Mix Dance Series), The Fray, 136 BPM
20. Defying Gravity (Tracey Young’s Flying Monkey’s Club Mix), Wicked, Idina Menzel
21. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson, 116 BPM
22. Enough, Barlowgirl
23. Field of Flowers, Sixpence None the Richer
24. Beautiful, MercyMe, 138 BPM
25. Song for the Broken, Barlowgirl
You can check out my playlist on Jog.FM and listen via Spotify. Not all of the songs are available via the link; only the ones with the BPM information listed. I am sure I will update, change, remove, add, and boycott songs between now and the Cleveland Half Marathon on May 19, 2013. I think I may write a post once a month between now and then to let you know what makes the cut — and what gets cut!
I must say that listening to this music with the Beats system in the HTC One X+ is quite nice. I am also a Spotify Premium member, so I can stream any playlist I make which is quite handy. (By the way, it’s cross-device meaning that we can use it on any/all computers and smartphones. Again, quite handy, that Spotify!)
Disclosure: I pay for my Spotify account. I was given a free HTC One X+ to share about at will.