I need music to run when I’m on my own.
It’s a weird mental block I have but I hate the sound of my breathing when I’m running. Having said that I refuse to listen to music when I’m cycling; when I’m on the roads I don’t want any distractions from hearing what’s going on around me.
If I’m running with people though, I like to chat, it makes it more sociable, and for that reason I don’t take any with me. A couple of weeks ago though I went on a really hard run with a friend of mine and we tackled a particularly hard hill, it left no room for talking, and in that gap my head filled it with the Rocky montage song (sorry if I’ve now put that in your head!) mixed with Dory from Finding Nemo singing “Just keep swimming”. Oddest running remix ever but it worked! I even got a PB!
When talking to my friends later though I discovered, for those of us that do listen to music to work out, we all have THAT song; the one that gets you over the hill, over the finish line or even over the threshold and outside! There seems to be no one song that everyone has, mine on my iPod is Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’. It’s the perfect beat to pick me up and push me on… but talking to my friend hers is Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Push it’. Neither of us could say what it was about our song that made it THE song but we knew with absolute certainty which song we’d choose for motivation.
Finding different things that spur us on when we’re really struggling can really give you that boost even when you know you’re feeling it. It might be serendipity but when you need that extra something, a playlist on shuffle that plays you the right song, at just the right moment, can be perfect. It’s especially good to know even the music’s on your side.