November 11, 2014

Top 10 best ever running songs

Even though my headphones were a big disappointment at my race this weekend, my playlist made it worth fiddling with them for 26.2 miles.

Headphones story: part 1. I got a pair of cloth-corded, waterproof Yurbuds with my Life Time bucks, and they seemed like they would be really tough and withstand many an accidental trip into the washing machine. And they achieve toughness: like tough to keep in my ears. They seemed fine the other times I used them, but once they got really wet (like when I dumped water on my head), they kept slipping out of my ears and just plain would not stay in. But they proved that they are definitely waterproof. After dumping cup after cup of water on my head, the sound quality stayed clear and consistent. 

Also, I discovered at Savannah this weekend that I really like having a fast forward button in a big-effort race, and these headphones sadly don't have that feature. I'm usually fine with listening to a playlist straight through, but sometimes when you are pushing hard at the end of the race, you just need to fast forward past the Lady Gaga song that seemed fun when you were belting it out with your offspring in the car on the drive to the race but now reveals itself as the most grating song that ever existed. That last sentence is not based on actual events. 

But I found some new-to-my-playlist songs that also really worked for me, and since we're into sharing around here in the blogosphere, I present to you my top 10 most favorite of this race this weekend in Savannah ever.

Caught up in a random dance jam.

And I will now give the list a dramatic title to make it worthy of internet attention grabbiness. 

Top 10 Best Ever Songs for Running
But really just my favorites from this race. And not in order of motivational ability.

1. Fireball by Pitbull. "We're takin' it, we're takin' it, we're takin' it down." You gotta move when you hear this song.
2. Breed by Nirvana. Best for keeping your running tempo up.
3. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. That's right, I'm not ashamed that I love this song. OK, a little bit, but not enough to stop me from proclaiming it on the interweb. "But I keep cruising. Can't stop won't stop moving."
4. Uprising by Muse. "They will not force us. They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious." When you are behind someone and are trying to hold your pace to pass them.
5. Black Dog by Led Zepplin. "Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove." Classic.
6. The Walker by Fitz & The Tantrums. "Oh, here we go. Feel it in my soul. Really need it, need it, so go. Gotta feel it, body takes control. Really need it, need it." Just all around great.
7. Bullet With Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins. How is this the first time this song has made it onto my running playlists? Perfect for raging it out when you need to power up a hill by getting mad at it. "Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
8. Sink In by Dick Aven. For when you're ready to go from rage to happy. "Fear is the greatest enemy of power."
9. Stubborn Love by The Lumineers. "Keep your head up, my love." Somehow a slow but upbeat jam at the same time.
10. Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks. For its general rocker-ness.

So what's your most recent run jam?