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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Running to Music - The Glory and Psychosis of My Run Mix

So I am in the market for a new music listening solution for my runs.  I love my Bluetooth headphones, but they are seriously going to get me killed.  Anyone who has seen me at a race knows that I get very into the ZONE.  You could set off a bomb next to me during a 5K, and I probably wouldn't notice.  When I'm running and have my music playing, I go totally shark eyed.  I could be looking right at you, 2 feet in front of me, and I would not see you.  This has led to an unfortunate, reoccurring issue on my night runs.

I scream at innocent pedestrians.

Last night, I jogged right at a guy and did not register that he was coming toward me until he was a yard away.  From his vantage point it went something like this:

Hmmmm.  Look at that chick running.  Isn't it a little cold to be out here? Why is she staring at me?  I'll give her the friendly nod and maybe she'll turn away.  Nope, still staring at me with dead eyes.  She's going to run into me if I don't....

*Blood curdling scream in his face*

"What the f*$#, Lady????"

Indeed, sir.

I've been looking at these

and these (PANK!)....

and John's posted that they were currently testing this:

Light-weight running vest with integrated speakers right below the ears.

RoadNoise has come up with this light-weight running vest that has speakers integrated into the material right below your ears.  That means nothing in your ears to distract you from traffic, other runners, or pedestrians that will now be carrying mace in Gainesway neighborhood.

Let me tell you why I will NOT be buying this product.

My embarrassing run mix.

We were discussing running and jamming today on the Twitter machine.  One of my favorite mentorunners and founder of LexRunLadies (@KrissieB) said the following:

"I don't know about other runners, but once I didn't need distractions from running, I stopped running with music."

Just like I once could not imagine running a whole mile without stopping, I cannot imagine a time where I would not want/need to listen to music while running.  Music takes me away from the pavement, labored breathing, pitiful shuffling sound, and brutal reality of how many miles there may be to go.

Here's the thing, though.

My musical taste is insane.  As in, unlistenable to other people.  Furthermore, my playlist is not even really "functional" from a running point of view.  There are songs that are downright slow, and I'm sure make me slow down with them.  There are plenty of songs on my playlist that ONLY exist because the beat and tempo makes me pick up the pace.  But the majority of the 6+ hours of music that is on my "Run Mix" is picked because of the place it makes me go mentally.

Songs that take me back to a different time.
Songs that take me to a place I once went.
Songs that make me solve problems.
Songs that make me laugh out loud.
Songs that make me want to call people I haven't seen in a long time.

And a lot of songs that make me think about things I feel safer thinking about w/ a few thousand endorphins coursing through my veins.

Because I like my fellow runners, and also do not need more ridicule while I am huffing and puffing along the Lexington streets, I will choose not to subject passersby to my frankly unbalanced music selection.  I do, however, feel comfortable sharing my playlist here for your enjoyment, bafflement, amusement, and good-natured mockery.  Here's what's shufflin' while I'm shufflin':

"9 Crimes (Demo)" - Damien Rice
"Angels" - Christine Denté
"Anna Sun" - Walk the Moon
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - JET
"Ballerina" - Leona Naess
"Beautiful" - Christina Aguilera
"Beautiful Girl" - Poe
"Before He Cheats" - Carrie Underwood
"Bittersweet Symphony" - The Verve
"Bloodbuzz Ohio" - The National
"Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child
"Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)" - Mystikal
"Come To Jesus" - Mindy Smith
"Crash Into Me" - Dave Matthews Band
"Criminal" - Fiona Apple
"Daddy Untwisted" - Over The Rhine
"Dirrty" - Christina Aguilera
"Dream On" - Aerosmith
"Drops of Jupiter (Live Version)" - Train
"Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" - Aerosmith
"Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
"Fallin'" - Alicia Keys
"Fergalicious (Explicit Version)" - Fergie
"Get Busy" - Sean Paul
"Glitter In the Air" - P!nk
"Gravity" - John Mayer
"Hang" - Matchbox Twenty
"Happy With Myself?" - Over The Rhine
"Heard It All Before" - Sunshine Anderson
"Hole In My Head" - Dixie Chicks
"Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani
"How to Save a Life" - The Fray
"Ice Cream" - Sarah McLachlan
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers
"Jack and Diane" - John Cougar Mellencamp
"Jungle Boogie" - Kool and The Gang
"Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas
"La Grange" - ZZ Top
"Labour of Love" - Frente
"Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac
"Leavin'" - Jesse McCartney
"Let Me Clear My Throat" - DJ Kool
"Lucy" - Over The Rhine
"Milkshake" - Kelis
"My Happy Ending" - Avril Lavigne
"My Sharona" - The Knack
"November Rain" - Guns N' Roses
"Oh, Atlanta" - Alison Krauss and Union Station
"One" - Mary J. Blige/U2
"Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock)" - LMFAO
"Praise You In This Storm" - Casting Crowns
"Pride and Joy" - Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People
"Ready To Run" - Dixie Chicks
"Respect" - Aretha Franklin
"Rock the Boat" - Aalyah
"Rolling in the Deep" - ADELE
"Rootless Tree" - Damien Rice
"Run This Town" - Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
"Satellite" - Dave Matthews Band
"Selah" - Lauryn Hill
"SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland
"Shake Ya Ass" - Mystikal
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" - Beyoncé
"Sleep Baby Jane" - Over The Rhine
"Someone Like You" - ADELE
"Stronger" - Kanye West
"Tempted 1994" - Squeeze
"Trouble" - Ray LaMontagne
"Tubthumpin'" - Chumbawumba
"Umbrella" - Rhianna
"Us" - Regina Spektor
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!
"Walk On" - Susan Ashton
"What Can I Say" - Brandi Carlile
"What Goes Around.../...Comes Around Interlude" - Justin Timberlake
"What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" - R.E.M.
"When Doves Cry" - Prince
"White Trash Wedding" - Dixie Chicks
"Yummy Down On This" - The Bloodhound Gang


NoNo said...

We are so a like. It doesn't matter how fast or slow the song if I like it I will put it on the list. I have a lot of the same songs on my run mix and some of your others I would add if I had them. I love music and running and in the car are about the only times I get to really listen to it.

Krissie said...

A few things:

1) you are too kind.

2) there will come a time when you want to focus on the act of running. Part of the reason I stopped running with music most of the time was because it started messing with my pace. So not only did I not need it, it was too much of a distraction.

3) I love the idea of the best. At the 2010 Iron Horse, 2 ladies about my pace had an iPhone on speaker. Their mix of Billy Jean, Living on a Prayer, and Walk Like an Egyptian were exactly what I needed.

4) you have no idea how similar our music tastes are. I put that Mindy Smith song on almost every playlist. All you need is Obediah Parker's cover of Hey Ya and you'll be golden!

Mike Kayser said...

Just a couple of suggestions for your list.
"She Don't Know She's Beautiful": not necessarily good for running, but for you
"Otherworld": thought it might be the right tone for your running, though it might not have as much impact without knowing where it's from

Ann Bransom said...

Thanks for the tune suggestions, Mike! Also, going to take the first as a huge compliment whether you meant it that way or not, because frankly I really need one tonight. Lol! ;)

Mike Kayser said...

I actually did intend that as a compliment for you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Was realizing today that you might enjoy "It's All in Your Head" by Diamond Rio as well. Actually, I'd suggest dozens of songs that have meaning or that you'd like, but that's a lot of work ;)

Mike Kayser said...

Was realizing you might take that last suggestion the wrong way. There's just something about it that appeals to me and I figure it will appeal to you as well.

Ann Bransom said...

Of course not! Just thankful for the suggestions! :)

Mike Kayser said...

Never Give Up
Haven't seen this on t.v. in so long, yet I still find myself singing it to myself once in a while.

Jori said...

I totally have the theme song to Mortal Kombat on my Shuffle. And Mmbop. And random classical music...