Running to music is a love I only recently developed over the past two years. Most of my college years were spent running in complete silence. It’s a place where I made all of my life’s decisions. But one day shortly after having my second child I laced up my shoes to head out for a run and I just stopped. I knew that I just couldn’t bare the thought of trying to get back in shape. I was carrying an extra twenty pounds on top of being completely out of shape. Most of my inner thoughts at that time contained the word, “STOP!” I decided that due to my large amount of negative thoughts I needed something to get me moving, because personal motivation wasn’t cutting it.
So going against everything I practiced as a runner, I decided to run with my husband’s iPod. It was during that run that I realized what a powerful influence music can have on a workout, and more importantly on my races. I was able to throw on some headphones and focus on the music/lyrics/beat rather than the pain my body was going through and the negative thoughts that were consuming my run.
Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE and need those silent runs. But on those days when I can feel those negative thoughts creeping in I grasp my iPod and head out. With music I’ve been able to reduce my race times by 15 to 30 seconds per mile. I know much of that has come from training, but I have to give a little credit to those songs that really get me moving.
Sometimes we all just need a little pick-me-up to break down our running walls and music can be just that. I’ve found these ten songs to be some of my favorites whether I’m on the treadmill, running a short power run, or running a marathon. Hope you like them enough to try them out on your next run. Happy Listening!
10. Just Dance by Lady Gaga
9. Live While We’re Young by One Direction
8. Firework by Katy Perry
7. Party in the U.S.A by Miley Cyrus
6.Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
5. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
4.Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
3. Payphone by Maroon 5
2. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
1. Blackout by Breathe Carolina -This is my all-time favorite running song! While you listen to the lyrics relate it to running and it’ll be your favorite in no time!