Music and Motivation

Today, I posed a question on Twitter:

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Within moments, I received several responses...

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This further cemented the knowledge that I already had:

Runners either love or hate running with music, and if you run with music, there is always that ONE song that gets you pumped up like no other.  It might not make sense to anyone else, but all that matters is that it makes you feel good.

Personally, I love running with music.  Very few things make me more excited than to leave for a run knowing that I have a brand new mix to run to.  It keeps things  interesting, especially when I'm out for longer runs...staring at the passing traffic.  Boring!

I'm an 'old school' kind of girl.  For the most part, you will find me running to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, but I also keep it movin' with The Prodigy, Pitbull, System of a Down, Missy Elliott, Robin Thicke, and even some Johnny Cash thrown in for good measure.

I'm not normal...but I'm fun.

For me, the songs that cause me run a little faster than normal (you know...at pace with the women pushing double jogging-strollers if I'm lucky) change like Lady GaGa's outfits.

Presently, the song that has me making an a$$ out of myself at the gym is  Spitfire by Prodigy.  This song has been on rotation for approximately 7 years.  Yes.  Seven.  YEARS.

Unlike Lady GaGa's outfits, my songs are worn several times, washed, rinsed, hung out to dry, and then re-worn at some point.  I'm a bit of a song hoarder I guess.

Some races now are even becoming more music-friendly...

In the lead up to this year’s London marathon, Music and Motivation is asking people, particularly runners, to nominate their favourite running tracks, which will end up being the “soundtrack” of the London Marathon.

Personally, I think it would be very cool to have a special 'soundtrack' as a keepsake of my important races.  Actually, I make my own race mixes, name them after my race, and I save them forever on iTunes.  Then, when I play them back, I am instantly reminded of where I was on the course during a particular song.

It's like instant racing nostalgia!

Music and Motivation and Audiofuel has invited the readers of Jogger's Life to go to their website and choose their favorite running song, in order to contribute to the London Virgin Marathon playlist.  Even if you won't be running it yourself, it's a great opportunity to get some new playlist ideas!

In return, they've provided me with a link to a Free Fuel Sampler, which is a very cool mix and explains how Audiofuel works.  I think the concept behind Audiofuel is great.  I tried out a similar idea during my training for The Boilermaker, and loved how I was able to constantly maintain a desired pace based upon the beat of the music.

I'm sure all of you know what a buzzkill it is when your running mix goes from...oh...The Prodigy to say...Fiona Apple.  It just doesn't work out very well.

So, enjoy all of the links and the free mix...and make sure to nominate your favorite song!

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