As I mentioned last year, I am a runner who uses music as motivation. Since writing that post, I have experimented with running without music, and while I’m able to do it, I prefer to have a soundtrack on my runs. I think part of the reason I prefer music is because I’ve always run with it. I never participated in track or cross country in high school or college, where iPods and the like are banned, so my runs have always involved headphones.
That being said, I very easily get sick of my music. My running mix has more than 200 songs on it, and I usually just put it on shuffle and go. However, I often find myself disliking some of the songs and will spend half a mile hitting skip.
When I’m not running, my favorite music comes from several whiny men (Bright Eyes, Jarrod Gorbel, Damien Rice and the like), but when I run, some of the music I listen to I would otherwise classify as, “pretty terrible”. However, there is something about a rap beat, or some nu-metal screaming that keeps me moving.
To give myself some additional motivation during a tough run, I created a “best of the best” running mix. I keep it around 20 songs and change it constantly. I try to save it for when I really need it — or for races — so I don’t get too sick of it.
I’m always looking for new music to add to my running playlist, so I thought I’d share with you my current top playlist, in hopes that you will share what’s on your workout playlist.
What’s on your workout playlist?