|Old School (source)|
When the old Rio died, I upgraded to an iPod Nano and started training for longer distances. That iPod was with me as I trained for and ran my first half marathon. I found that the music gave me something to focus on besides how many miles were in front of me! When I started training for my first marathon, this became even more important. Running 20 miles takes a long time and scenery is only interesting for so long! I also started listening to audiobooks during my runs at that time. I think I listened to all of Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (probably my favorite book on the planet) and several of the early Harry Potter titles. I also recall listening to lots of AC/DC, KT Tunstall and U2 as well.
Of course, my first marathon occurred during USATF's ban on music devices, so I had to race without it! It wasn't bad since there were spectators to look at, other athletes to chat with, and just a general sense of euphoria for the first 18 miles or so. By the time I ran my second marathon in 2011, the USATF ban had been lifted, so I was able to train and race with music which helped in so many ways.
These days, I usually choose to run with my iPod and have some sort of music (Spotify, iTunes, etc.) on if I'm riding on the trainer - but never when I'm riding outside as that would be unsafe. So here's the part of the post where I get to embarrass myself by publicly admitting to what I listen to.
|My Spotify Spin Playlist|
I think one of the most important factors in choosing workout music is finding songs that motivate you in some way. Maybe it's the lyrics. Maybe it's the beat. Maybe the song reminds you of someone or something. For example, He's A Pirate always reminds me of climbing a nasty bridge during the Green Bay marathon since that was the song that happened to come on when I started up that hill and I then played it over and over until I got down the other side. It reminds me of how strong I felt that I never stopped running on that bridge and pushes me to keep going. Then there's songs like Sexy and I Know It that just have a great beat, fun lyrics, and just amuse the hell out of me!
What about you? Do you like listening to music when you're working out or do you prefer nothing but the sounds of the world around you and your own breathing? If you're a music listener, what do you listen to - I'm always on the lookout for new tunes!