While out running at the end of February, having a totally awesome run, just feeling fantastic and enjoying every step in the early spring sunshine, I reflected that the music I was listening to (and singing along to the choruses) had a huge effect on my enjoyment of the run.
Music while running
So, first off, let’s be a little bit sensible. I run on pavements and footpaths some of the time, but much of my local routes are on country lanes and back roads. I have a rule that if I’m on a single-track road, I take out at least one of my headphones, otherwise I can’t hear cars coming from behind. If I’m on a bit wider road, but not two lanes, I keep one headphone out – if a car approaches from in front I need to know whether its going to be able to pass me easily (because there’s no one coming from behind) or whether it would be good for me to jump in the verge and give the traffic a bit more room. Its pure safety, not all drivers are considerate. (Also, run on the right unless approaching a blind bend!)
Typically, I either listen to my beloved Radio 6Music on BBC Sounds or an Amazon Music playlist that I’ve been adding to for just over a year. I usually have BBC 6Music on at my desk while I’m working (not while the kids are home learning though and I really missed it), so when I find a new song I love, I just add it to the list. I’ve tried to keep it full of new (to me at least) artists (with the occasional exception) and generally upbeat.
These are some of my favourite songs on my playlist, that really get my feet moving and my mood soaring so that I have a wonderful run.
Note: I used YouTube links for these rather than any particular music streaming service, that means there are annoying ads before the songs play but at least they’re accessible to everyone.
- Eat, Sleep, Wake by Bombay Bicycle Club
- My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit
- Shiny New Model by Bodega
- Tir Ha Mor by Gwenno
- Tilted by Christine and the Queens (also People, I’ve Been Sad and Girlfriend)
- Here’s The Thing by Sports Team (also The Races and Fishing)
- Evil by Nadine Shah (also Stealing Cars and Fool)
- Take A Piece by The Big Moon
- Take Control by The Mysterines
- Confessions by Sudan Archives
- Catch by Dana Gavanski
- Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy by Anna Calvi
- Seasons by Future Islands
- On Hold by The xx
- Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb
- Teddy I’m Ready by Ezra Furman (also Love You So Bad and I’m Coming Clean)
- Everybody Wants To Be Famous by Superorganism
- A Bah D’accord by Juniore (also Tu Mens)
- The Semicircle Song by The Go! Team (also Get It Together, Mayday, and Ladyflash)
- Mariana Trench by Bright Eyes
- 7 Seconds by Porridge Radio
- Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
- Wildfires by Sault
Hmm that got a lot longer than I intended, I just couldn’t leave any of them out!
How about you?
What do you listen to when you get some time alone? Whether its running or walking or working or just dancing round the house doing the cleaning?
I hope you decide to click on one of the artists above and discover something new.