Aloha, my wife tagged me in this picture today on Facebook:
and it scared me a little, I thought it was frightening. I was also stuck out in the rain for a lot of today:
I couldn’t stop marrying up the frightening aspect of the 150 days post with thinking about thunderbolts and lightning being very, very frightening due to being out in the rain and I made a note to stick that onto my running playlist. Then I thought I may as well write a short blog about it – so here it is. At the end I will try to ascertain what I would have on a 1 hour long running playlist.
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I often wonder what the best type of music is to run to, there are loads of differing opinions and lots of playlists available. My first instinct is do go with a bit of rock music. For starters I would look towards “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Ever since I saw WWE/ECW One Night Stand and The Sandman’s epic entrance I have associated this song with exercise and aggression and for some reason that helps me run!
It takes a while to get going but it is worth it. Another obvious one is Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills”, it seems a nice speed and motivates me well.
These were pretty cool blasting out at full blast as I jogged along but then I discovered the tremendous Leo Moracchioli. He seems to do a load of pretty awesome metal covers of more mainstream songs. I think he is touring Scotland soon, if it wasn’t a school night I would be there! Here are his covers of “Africa” and “Mamma Mia” – honestly, they rock!
Enough of the metal though, anyone that knows me will know that I love my cheesy music, alas though, ,Build Me Up Buttercup doesn’t work for me! Summer of 69 and Livin’ On A Prayer are alright but this song here:
has a pretty perfect beat to help me along. I should have mentioned this in my podcast blog but I used to love listening to the Christian O’Connell breakfast show podcast, what a funny guy he was – with Richie too. I could also have mentioned him in my blog about how running makes you feel because listening to that podcast every morning on the way to work helped take my mind off things that were worrying me – a colleague once asked me why I was so happy in the mornings – this guy’s breakfast show was the reason. But anyway, he re-introduced me to Spagna, “Call Me” – I think he got into trouble for playing it once on Absolute Radio. If you live in Melbourne listen to him on Gold 104.3 or here if you are elsewhere in the world (I listen on an app called Simple Radio.)
Classical music is also another interesting one. I say this without a word of a lie but the following tune gave me a warm glow in the final kilometre of the parkrun when I got a PB. A genuine, literal warm glow all over my body, it was weird! It’s the music that the BBC use for the London Marathon:
Another inspiring and uplifting tune that I can’t find on Deezer anywhere is from the soundtrack of one of the best films ever – not Happy Gilmore but Remember the Titans. It’s called “Titan Spirit” and would be on my playlist if I could find it.
These links are taking ages to appear so I will cut them out now!
Other music I find motivates me or helps me run include: “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, “Stronger” by Kanye West, “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot and “Enemies” by Shinedown (another nod to the wrestling). “Party Hard” by Andrew WK is perfect for the speed I run and “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters helps out. For some weird reason my first song is always “Fascination” by Alphabeat – go figure!
One final link actually, I think this is a Glasgow or Scottish band but this tune is just so happy and catchy I couldn’t miss it out, it’s by Tom McGuire and the Brassholes – filmed under the M8 somewhere, give it a watch!
Anyway, here is my hour long playlist, let me know any other decent tunes I could get in there!