Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Perfect Play List

I don't run with an iPod; I instead run with the the soundtrack of the world. I often consider picking up my iPod to join me for solo runs but have not succumbed to the peer pressure. Running without music can be invigorating. What other times do you get to sit back and reflect on life, listen to our body and enjoy the sound of the water running in the river?

There are various camps as it relates to running with music blaring in your ears. One argument is that running with music can be dangerous because you are less aware of your surroundings. I like to run on a pretty busy bike path in town and can't imagine what it might be like to not hear the reckless cyclists coming up from behind me. I should mention that I am one of those cyclists so am not judging... Also some feel that women especially shouldn't run with music because we are more susceptible to predators.

On the other hand people who run with music can sometimes run faster and longer because of the tempo of the music. It is also a way to get through the mind games you may play with yourself. I however would find myself playing more mind games with music. I would say once this song is over it is OK to take a break. If you listen to jam bands like I do that can be a good thing because a good Phish song can last upwards of twenty minutes.

I was recently contemplating trying out the iPod again and started concocting the perfect playlist in my head. I don't want to run with music unless I have the perfect music. What you will see below is the start of what I am now going to call my marathon play list. This play list will need to last up to six hours with the last hour full of music that will remind me to dig really deep. If I do use this playlist during long training runs or even the marathon I will need a good pick me up for the end. Read through it and then help me out:

Wagon Wheel ~ Old Crow Medicine Show
Don't Stop Believing ~ Journey
Waugeepaug Groove ~ Phish
Bouncing Round the Room ~ Phish
String Cheese Incident (Rothbury)
Hey Soul Sister ~ Train
Rush ~Big Audio Dynamite
Daughter ~ Pearl Jam (from the gorge)
Midwest Gospel Radio ~ Yonder Mountain String Band
Home ~ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Kick Drum Heart ~ The Avett Brothers
Dog Days are Over ~ Florence and the Machine
Requiem for a Dream ~ No clue who composed this
Truckin' ~ The Grateful Dead
Everyone Deserves Music ~ Michael Franti
Bomb the World ~ Michael Franti
Stand by Me ~ Song Around the Word version
Fire it Up ~ Busta Rhymes
Ice Ice Baby ~ Vanilla Ice
New York ~ I think it is Alicia Keys
Pinocchio Story ~ Kanya West
A Day in the Life ~ Beatles
Good Morning, Good Morning ~ Beatles
Sweet Caroline ~ Neil Diamond
Eye of the Tiger ~ Survivor
Sex on Fire ~ Kings of Leon
Just Dance ~ Lady Gaga

I am missing some essentials so please comment and tell me what I need to add. Sorry no Elvis allowed on this play list!!!

Here is a great video for your viewing pleasure:


  1. I always love James when I work out. I've also been listening to Mumford & Sons. Do you still have your playlist suggestons from your FB notes? BTW cool video... what happened to the end of it? LOL!

  2. I also prefer running without music, but once in awhile on long runs I add my ipod. Pink, Lady Gaga songs are great ones. I also recommend Melissa Etheridge's "i run for life" song. Tempo isn't the greatest, but the words are helpful! -mary