Other than my own refusal to start crying in public and the fact that I never take out my oyster card with me, I find that music is what can keep me going to the bitter end of a run. The right song can power me through aching feet, boredom and the increasing temptation to phone my mum to see if she’d come pick me up and take me home (my mother does not live in London, so whilst this is unrealistic, it’s a fantasy that gets me up to mile ten). However, whilst there are some songs that never seem to get old (Call Me Maybe anyone?) there are others that get old faster than a final year university student being forced to graduate and start behaving like a grown up. There are some songs that put you in the mood to do a little dance, make a little love and generally speaking get down tonight, which you expect to pump you up to workout…. but fall very very flat… much like my attempts at all three of the aforementioned activities.
I’ve been running to variations of the same playlist for maybe a year and very much considered it the key to my very limited success, but it wasn’t until my phone ran out of battery halfway through the Sheffield Half Marathon this year that I realised the flaws of this habit. Being faced with running seven miles with no music (or sense of pace or time) made me realise how much I enjoy listening to music when I run, but how immune I’ve become to my exhausted running playlist. In preparation for running a far longer distance with far more training I’ve decided to mix things up a bit by creating a new playlist for each month in the hopes of creating a playlist of such epic proportions that I will fly around London in April without even realising I’m running (again, I know that this is unrealistic but since my mum definitely can’t come pick me up from the London Marathon I need a new fantasy to think about).
Today I did my first run to the May playlist. I did 8 miles around Battersea and Clapham, and here is my totally unprofessional opinion of how the music worked for me.
1. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 4:18
This was quite a pleasant energetic start. Nothing especially exciting but a good start to get you moving at a good pace and feeling positive for what lies ahead.
2. Burn Ellie Goulding 3:51
This won’t save you when you’re about to dial your mum, but it’s a good bit of background noise when you still have natural motivation and energy at the start.
3. When You Were Young The Killers 3:40
Good sing-a-long track (by sing I obviously mean mouth, I’m weird but even I don’t run around singing)
4. Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin] Swedish House Mafia 3:33
A classic club song of recent years, this puts you in the mood to have a good time but it’s quite a superficially enjoyable song. It doesn’t exactly motivate you on a deeper level the way something that makes you angry at your ex-boyfriend would.
5. The Edge Of Glory Lady Gaga 5:20
6. Breakn’ a Sweat Skrillex & The Doors 5:02
Surprisingly good to run to, because at risk of sounding about 50 it is just noise. Also being five minutes long it gets rid of five minutes of running in one song… that’s the equivalent of having a bag of crisps that’s actually full to the top.
7. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock 4:01
A fastish beat with the odd bit of heavy bass. Nothing special but it keeps you going. I doubt I’m going to want to hear this one on a run after this month though.
8. Look Right Through (MK Remix) Storm Queen 2:28
This was disappointing. The only good thing about this song is that it’s short.
9. Show Me Love (Radio Edit) Steve Angello & Laidback Luke 3:08
The only good thing about running to this song was when it ended.
10.Beat It (Ft. John Mayer) Fall Out Boy 3:53
I loved running to this. It picked me up and kept me going.
11.Dakota Stereophonics 6:27
Surprisingly good! This is a recording from a live show and it reproduced the good feeling of live music. Only instead of being at a concert covered in beer and wearing a printed Fruit of the Loom t-shirt I’m no longer sure why I bought, I’m running round South West London…. wooptydoo.
12. R.I.P. (feat. Tinie Tempah) Rita Ora 3:48
Same as the Fergie song. Fine for now.
13.Buck Rodgers Feeder 3:13
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14.Dance, Dance Fall Out Boy 3:00
Apparently I enjoy an emo throwback to the mid noughties more than I realised. Cracking tune.
15.Radioactive Imagine Dragons 3:07
I really enjoyed finishing to this song, strangely empowering and an alternative version of the feel-good
So there you have it! If you’re still reading then good for you! Have some house points.
If you have any suggestions for my June playlist or ideas about running in general then please do leave a comment or get in touch.. but since my dad would have tired halfway through the tracklist then mum you can probably just text me.
Thanks for reading,