I bought one of the new IP.od Nan.os that has the touch screen. I love it! The touch screen gives me the opportunity to sort my music into playlists and it is still small enough to clip on to my shirt. I’m in the process of making smaller targeted playlists for running right now. I need a lot of music since I’m going to be running 50 miles this December! My Na.no gives me the ability to easily play the group of songs that suit my mental needs at any given moment.
I thought I’d share with you some of the songs that will be on those different playlists in a series of posts. This list contains a few of my top “inspirational” songs. The lyrics of these songs never fail to make me pick up my feet when all I want to do is stop running.
If you have a particular song that inspires you list what makes it special in the comments. I only chose five here but I have many more songs that inspire me and am always down to find new music!
“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?”
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem: So begins my all-time favorite motivational running song. It continues with “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime…” in the chorus. This song never fails to make me push harder when I’m running. Doing my best at a race is hardly a do-or-die matter, but sometimes I have goals I want to reach. Whether I am trying to PR or just shuffle to a finish, this song reminds me remember that every second and every moment counts. Game face on!
“I’m taking my freedom,
Pulling it off the shelf,
Putting it on my chain,
Wear it around my neck.
I’m taking my freedom,
Putting it in my car,
Wherever I choose to go,
It will take me far.
I’m livin’ my life like it’s golden…”
“Golden” by Jill Scott: I’ve never been a huge Jill Scott fan (go ahead and take my black woman of a certain age card) for some reason but this song does it for me when I’m running. It helps me to recall how free running can make me feel and helps me to just live in that mile and that moment.
“Well there may be times
When you wish you wasn’t born
And you wake one morning
Just to find your courage gone.
But just know that feeling
Only last a little while
You stick with us
And we’ll show you how to smile, yeah”
“Ease On Down The Road” from The Wiz: This is a classic movie musical tune featured Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. I can’t not smile when this bit of disco-lite seventies fun comes on. It basically reminds me that things can really suck but you just have to keep it moving. What better message is needed during a hard running effort?
“I woke up this morning
The sunshine was shining
I put on my happy face.
I’m living, I’m able , I’m breathing, I’m grateful
To put on my happy face.”
“Happy Face” by Destiny’s Child: The music of Beyonce & Destiny’s Child occupies a fair amount of space on any running playlist of mine, but this particular song is special to me. The lyrics are basic but somehow profound. I remember this song coming on after a tough run session and suddenly the air felt cooler, the sunshine brighter, the flowers more colorful and the trees more lush and bountiful. Taking the time to chill out and be more aware of the basic things in life that we often take for granted is very necessary and definitely something worth smiling about. Who cares if I’m running slow or my legs are tired? I’m still running!
“I want to take that ride
To the planet where the brave me resides
And I will face the fire
‘Cuz ain’t no breakthrough gonna come without no sacrifice“
“Orange Glow” by Amel Larrieux: Amel is probably my favorite artist and yet she remains largely in one-hit wonder territory for the big Groove Theory hit from the 90′s “Tell Me.” Amel has an angelic voice and her songs feature deep lyrical content and original beats. This song was released a few years ago and it always makes me happy when it comes up in the shuffle. It touches on overcoming fear, facing obstacles and making sacrifices to achieve growth all over a cool funky beat. I wish this song had been released when I ran my first marathon because I desperately needed it then!
Disclaimer: I have an ITunes affiliate account and I earn a (very) tiny bit of money if you happen to purchase any of these songs using my link. Just letting you know!