That last category may not apply to you

As I mentioned the other day, my iPod tunes rank right up there with air and feet when it comes to Things That I Must Have In Order To Run.  I’m starting to think that it’s my true key to success in this whole mind block I’ve always had about pounding the pavement for more than, oh, half a block or so.  In fact, if iPods had been invented when I was in high school, maybe I wouldn’t now carry the shame of missing passing the physical fitness test by only one category every single year.  (DAMN YOU, YOU DASTARDLY MILE RUN.)

I also can’t emphasize how much I appreciate L’s efforts to rid my iPod of his unique choices for running music (OMG) and to fill it instead with stuff I can get my jog on to.  And I wanted to share with you some of my favorites so far.

You should check these songs out even if you aren’t a runner, because you never know when you might need a good tune to help you complete a task.  Like doing your taxes.  Or flossing.  And so:

Great starting out songs:

LDN (Lily Allen)
Beautiful Day (U2)

Cruising along songs (“Cruising” while running only happens for about 30 seconds for me right now, but these songs are totally awesome for that 30 seconds.):

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Rainy Day (Coldplay)

Songs that will push you through a hard spot (Like the end of your run when you are pretty sure your shoes are made of ANVILS):

Gotta Get Thru This (Daniel Bedingfield)
Lose Yourself
(Eminem)*

*after the first slow part, which sucks.

Songs that are nice to have on when you have to pass a leering 5-man lawn crew and their exhaust spewing blowers and mowers THREE TIMES on a loop that contains the biggest hill God ever made:

Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani)

Hit me up any time with more suggestions of your own.

March 2, 2009   10 Comments