Ah, the sound of silence! Well, the sound of huffing and puffing is probably more accurate.
I went for a four-mile run on Monday morning without music. I like having my fast music to pump me up, but headphones aren’t allowed on the Hood to Coast course.
The run was fine — Mile 1 felt hard, Mile 2 felt better, I couldn’t slow down on Mile 3 and Mile 4 was sort of tough again. (If you want the details, you can see them HERE on DailyMile.) I was hungry the entire time because I actually forgot to eat first. I was in such a hurry to get out the door and get back again, that I didn’t give my body any fuel. Luckily, we are having an exceptionally cool August, and it was misting and dark on Monday morning. If it’d been hot, I would’ve been toast — or I would’ve needed some toast…with peanut butter on it. I really feel for all of you who have to run in the heat. I’ve done it (growing up in northern-central California), and it sucks.
Running without music was nice because I actually felt like my mind got to relax a little. Even though my brain wanders when I have music on, it’s still doing the work of processing the words and beats, etc. But without tunes, my mind was quiet. Sure, it skipped around — What was that? Is that car going to turn? What pace am I at? Okay, NOW what pace am I at? — but I felt relaxed and happy when I got home. I got some true down-time.
At the same time I am practicing running without music, I’m building a super-speedy soundtrack for my Sub-2-Half attempt in September. So far, it looks like this:
Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
Crocodile Rock from Gnomeo and Juliet – Elton John
Funky Monkey from Rio – Siedah Garrett
Check it Out (Main) – Will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Till the World Ends – Britney Spears
I Wanna Go – Britney Spears
Bust a Move (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
We R Who We R – Ke$ha
S&M – Rihanna
Blow – Ke$ha
Sin Wagon – Dixie Chicks
Real Gone – Sheryl Crow
Bulletproof – La Roux
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk
Only Girl (In the World) – Rihanna
Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) – Pitbull featuring T-Pain
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Sure Shot – Beastie Boys
Give Me Everything – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Ballroom Blitz – The Sweet
What else should be on there? I need fast, upbeat songs that make me feel like a bad-ass. (I recognize that the songs from Rio, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Glee don’t exactly meet those requirements. But I can make exceptions.)
Do you ever run without music? What do you think about?