I love the power of music to transport you back to different times in your life or remind you of things you hadn’t thought about for years. Music reminds me of many different things, but one of the most significant is running.
“Bigger Than My Body” by John Mayer reminds me of running on the treadmill as a sophomore in college, trying to cancel out all the alcohol and pot-induced munchies I had consumed the night before.
“In This Moment” by FFH reminds me of running by the Mississippi River on West River Parkway as a junior in college. As a new believer, I loved the way Christian music reminded me of the new truths that I was learning – and understanding – for the first time.
“Long Way Around” by Dixie Chicks brings back memories of training for my first ever road race – the White Bear Lake Rotary Freedom 10 Mile – the year after I graduated. It was during one of the first miles of that race that Travis first heard me fart. (Hey, it’s hard to hold them in when you’re running!) Driving home from that race, my car was rear-ended and nearly totaled. Luckily, all of us in the car were fine.
In 2010, I ran my heart out to lots of Lady Gaga and “Sexy B!tch” by David Guerra during my first attempt at training for a marathon. I was forced to drop to the half in the Malibu Marathon due to an over-tight IT band.
I listened to at least one song from the album “All Sides” by O.A.R. every workout when training for my Olympic triathlon in 2011. Those songs remind me of running laps on our gym’s tiny, 10-times-around-is-a-mile track.
In 2012, I successfully trained for and ran the Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage listening to copious amounts of Harry Potter audio books. HA! But I also listened to “Undo It” and “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood quite often.
And now, on the cusp of training for my first race post-baby, I have compiled a new playlist – or running soundtrack, if you will. Let’s hope these songs are just as inspiring!
- Uprising by Muse
- Counting Stars by OneRepublic
- Take a Walk by Passion Pit
- Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons
- Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
- Wake Me Up by Avicii
- Best Day of My Life by American Authors
- San Francisco by The Mowgli’s
- Out of My League by Fitz and the Tantrums
- Chocolate by The 1975
- Ho Hey by The Lumineers
- I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
What songs are your favorites for running?