The underlying theme of my marriage is that we fight over the dumbest things. A constant argument for us is over our different music memories. Ryne connects the most random songs to baseball. Like, if he’s ever heard it while practicing, playing, or watching baseball… it’s a baseball song. That’s almost every damn song in existence. For some reason, this drives me nuts. Since he knows it bothers me, he likes to say it all the time. Then again, I do the same thing with my “running songs”. It’s love, y’all.
Moral of the story: Ryne has baseball songs, and I have running songs. I’m normal, and he’s weird.
Since I’m gearing up to really start my half marathon plan, I’ve been trying make sure I cover all my bases when it comes to training. Even my music. I’ve always known that I “run to the beat” of music, but I never really looked into why or how all of that worked. I just know I run faster or slower to certain songs, ya know? After looking into it, I found out that it’s really a thing. Like, people run races and train with music that have certain beats per minute. A song with a high BPM can cause you to run faster, because you naturally match your stride to the beat. I looked up the BPM to some of my favorite songs, and wouldn’t ya know it, they match my “goal pace” for the half. FYI, my goal pace is a pretty wide range. I want to make sure I finish in under 2 hours, but I’d love to push myself even more than that. I’m pretty much going for a pace between 8:00 and 9:00 minute miles, so songs with a BPM of 160-170 work for me. Does any of that make sense? I’m pretty awful with words.
In case anyone else is working towards a sub-2 half, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite training songs. These are the songs for when I’m running at goal race pace, so not the majority of my runs.
Random much? Y’all. My taste in music is somewhat dated and completely random. Oh, and I do like songs that don’t fit the “8:00-9:00” minute mile category, too. These are some of my favorites:
SPRINTS: “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc, “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Born for This” by Paramore
WARM UP: “All The Above” by Maino, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now” by Flo Rida
COOL DOWN: “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
I feel a bit awkward that I chose two Miley songs, but homegirl’s new CD is my jam. I can’t help it. Speaking of Miss Miley, I did do a little dancing this weekend. My feet hurt. I’ll recap the weekend as soon as the pain dies down. 😉
Question: Do y’all have “running songs”? Have you ever planned a playlist based on pace goals? Did it work? Obviously, I’m hoping you say yes to that last question.