09 May 2012

running on sunshine

A few weeks ago my awesome friend Lisa burned me a copy of The Hunger Games soundtrack. I was kind of lazy in uploading it and didn't get around to it until this past weekend and while listening to it I found two songs perfect for my "Beauty of Speed" running playlist (name taken from a Tori Amos song that, ironically, does not appear on the mix).

I can't run without my trusty iPhone Thursday. Not only is she home to the MapMyRun app that keeps track of my runs, but she has all my music on there and I really can't run without music (especially at 6:30am, like this morning). It keeps me motivated and pumped up and, in some ways, helps with pacing because when a really rockin' song kicks on I feel my feet kicking up even faster and harder to match the tempo.

Oh Microsoft, you always date yourself with your clip art choices.

Of course, being me, I have a rather, uh, eclectic mix going on. Y'know, I have some standards like Eye of the Tiger and Beat It but I also have some perhaps non-traditional choices, such as Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Cave, and, now thanks to my friend Lisa, One Engine, a song by one of my absolute favorite bands, The Decemberists.

Admittedly my playlist is a work in progress, as every few weeks I go through and clean it out. Taking some songs out that no longer push me like they used to and adding some new ones in. There's really no rhyme or reason to my selections, it really is very primal and intuitive. I primarily pick songs based on how they make me feel more than anything else.

The only downside to running with an iPhone is I'm super concerned about the weather. Cleveland is in that holding pattern where it can go from dark and stormy to bright and sunshiny within a matter of minutes. Right now I run with my iPhone in an ancient armband from the days of my ancient iPod which, actually, looks pretty similar to the one in the photo. It wasn't one of the small ones like that but it does have a black and white screen and, I'm pretty sure, still works. I've considered uploading my running mix to that iPod because at this point it hardly matters if it gets accidentally wet. But then I won't have the app to keep track of my run.

And it's not like I'm planning on running in a torrential downpour, but even sprinkles make me a wee bit nervous. It's not like I have an extra $300 lying around to replace the phone. I know there are water resistant arm bands, but it seems so risky to try one out and have it not work. Although, again, I guess I could use my old iPod as a tester. I've also looked into the waterproof SPIbelt which would be really awesome for no reason other than not having to clip my keys to my sports bra.

Who knew something as simple as running could be so complicated?

What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while you're working out? Any suggestions for running in rain and still having safe (ie: dry) access to my music?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

10 comments:

  1. Is the Hunger Games soundtrack worth buying? I thought about it. :) I am a secret rap fan so I work out to gangsta rap. ;)

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    1. Haha, I love that you work out to gangsta rap. That just made my day.

      I really like the soundtrack, but again mine was free :) You could check your local library, but there would probably be a wait list for it.

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  2. Ohhh, Eye of the Tiger is always one of my workout jams. I'm also a big fan of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name." Gets my blood pumping!!!

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    1. I have Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" but "You Give Love a Bad Name" is a great suggestion!

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  3. Great song suggestions. I have the same playlist, and get tired of it. I'm always looking for new songs.

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    1. Yeah, I get tired of the same one, too, which is why I try to constantly keep it updated.

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  4. Haha, I run to podcasts! Political podcasts, usually. Unconventional, I know, but it keeps my brain engaged. I have the same problem with my phone in regards to rain, though I imagine a ziplock baggie might do the trick.

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    1. Podcasts, I like that idea! I've also heard about using a ziplock baggie so I might have to try that.

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  5. i know this is a little late, but have you looked at SPI belts? They say it's fairly waterproof.

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    1. Better late than never :) And I actually bought a SPIbelt shortly after writing this post!

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