Running and Music
What do you listen to?
Music and Running would be like peanut butter and jelly to some! In order to get out there and moving you need your favorite jams to get you through.  I LOVE music and have always made sure I had the latest ipod or MP3 player to keep my tunes updated and ready to go on my runs.  Then, I read this article a few years back that mentioned how running with music is like cheating and if you were a real runner, you wouldn't need your beats to get you through a workout.  "Not a real runner?". . . "WHAT!?!" I just never heard of such a thing, so when basketball players have their music played throughout the stadium to keep them up and playing they not "real basketball" players?  Football players definitely gets pumped up before hitting the field. . .are they not "real football players".  We all know how successful the Rock n Roll Marathons have become throughout the country and it's all runners listening to music! UGH! As you can tell this article annoyed me!

After reading the article, I went out for nearly a year without any music.  One year! Oh, it was also easy because I would always forget something before my run and it was usually my music! Yes, I have issues.  
Anyway, the first week was tough because all the things I DIDN'T want to think about floated throughout my head repeating themselves over and over again.  Then, by the second week, I was a bit board of hearing the traffic and other people's conversations along my route and it made my runs very uneventful.  But, check this out, by the third week, I started hearing my music in my head. . .so much so, I would start singing out loud when I was running!  Let me tell you, I am NOT ready for American Idol by any means.  

I did make it through my little experiment for nearly a year.  Sometimes, I still hit the streets without music because mainly for safety reasons.  If you do wear earpieces, you should wear ONE ear piece or at least keep the music at a level where you can still hear traffic and others in case of an emergency.  So, no matter what, just play it safe and let me know what your favorite tunes are when you go running!
Here are my favorites that really help me on a LONG run or doing a HILL workout!
"Show Me What You Got" by Jay Z
"Dance With Me" by former singer Justin Timberlake
"Bring Back My Happiness" by Moby
"Bodyrock" by Moby
"Beautiful Day" by U2
"Imma Be" Black Eyed Peas
"New Future Weapon" yes, Billy Idol (gets me up those steep hills) 
(just to name a few)

Moby has some GREAT "tempo like" music.  If you want to increase your tempo speed and get some type of beat in your head, Moby is the way to go!

Also, check out iTunes Store! Search "running music", they have some really good mixes and a lot of their music is great for tempo runs as well!  Once you get the beat in your head, it will help you in your next race because the beat and feeling of the music will be in your head.  Great tool to increase and improve your temp runs!

Team Member Jeffery's Music List:  
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Dog Days Are Over (Yeasyer Remix) – Florence & the Machine
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Breathe – Prodigy
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Before I Die - Kirk Franklin

Thank you for this great post about running and music. I totally agree with you: Those articles that say "real runners don't run with music" are ridiculous. We at Rock My Run think that music and running (as well as other activities!) go hand in hand. Music drives us, touches us and can motivate us to push beyond our limitations. Why not use it for running? Of course stay safe with it, but don't leave it at home because people say it makes you not a real runner. As far as your playlist - great tracks on there! We have some DJ mixes made just for running and would love your feedback on them. No Moby in our mixes yet, but we have one coming next week that has the classic "Bodyrock" track on it. Check it out! Adam

Happy Running and Stay Safe!
Posted on June 24, 2011 .