I have been running pretty steadily for some time now. The months are flying off the calendar and I’m getting closer to my 10.5 mile trail race, Traprock, scheduled in April. I have slowly graduated from my comfortable 5K running to more of a 10K distance and sometimes, beyond that.
While I have prepared for my #RunitRaceDay I have hit some set backs. One was my health. I started to struggle with my running due to chest pressure and trouble breathing. I went to the doctor and found out that the change from the roads to a woodland scenery and the wintertime extreme weather temps have “rewarded me” with a form of asthma (boo). Because of this condition, the doctor has suggested that I be a little more cautious, so I have been FORCED to use my treadmill more (double boo)!
These recent bumps in the road have screwed with my head, too. I now have a miniature red-caped dude sitting on my shoulder trying to sweet talk me into resting on the couch instead of continuing with my training. Honestly, if I didn’t have Traprock on the horizon, I probably would have listened…but instead, I have been reaching for my headphones. Music has saved me from stopping! Those catchy beats have kept my legs going and drowned out that pesky pitch-fork goofball while on the treadmill, on the trails or even during a road race.
I have turned into a lean, mean, karaoke running machine by getting lost in the music and singing my way to the finish line! People will look and chuckle at me as I have run by singing my songs during races, but I don’t care, let them look! I’m still running!
Are you having some trouble sticking with or starting up your running/fitness goals? Then here are some super-rad beats that will be sure to help you move. To stick with a karaoke theme I have found my mega running playlist on YouTube in their lyric video versions. So now we can all sing along as you go on this virtual run with me!
“Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake
Oh man, when this song comes on in the beginning of my run I literally do a fist pump. “Blow a kiss and fire a gun,” we are off to a great start!
“The Buzz” by Hermitude featuring Mataya and Young Tapz
This song didn’t really have a lyric video, but it’s not really needed. The song is great to get your tempo going in the beginning of your run. It also gets your senses moving to feel what’s going on around you and to be aware of your run or race.
“Do you feel it in the air?”
“Revolution” by Diplo featuring Faustix and Imanos & Kai
This song played during my road race, last month, when I was making the decision to turn my current 5K race, going up Castle Craig, into my first 10k race by running back down. This song came on and I turned around and did it!
“Don’t let them steal your light…don’t let them break your stride.”
“My House” by Flo Rida
At this point you got your running groove going, so pop open a bottle of champagne in your head, because the hardest part is over. You are all in my house now (rock hands)! Keep that good pace going to the bridge…
“Welcome to my house. Baby take control now. We can’t even slow down…play that music too loud!”
“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
Keep it up with this beat and time to put some faith into your stride. Every time I hear Florence Welch belt out, it carries me along the route, pumped! It’s me I’m doing this for, not you.
“I put my faith into something in unknown. I’m living on such sweet nothing. You’re giving me such sweet nothing!”
“Roses” by The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes
We are moving along… Yes, this song is on! Let’s start to pick up the pace every time the totally rad bridge plays. I have started to do this during my runs, lately, and it feels great!
“Say you never let me go.”
“Five More Hours” by Deorro and Chris Brown
Man, Deorro kills it with the beginning progressive beat on this song (listen to the Deorro original track to really hear all of it) and Chris Brown slams it, with the lyrics. Any Marathon runners out there? I’m looking in your direction Patty, Sarah and Marcy… Put this track on your play lists and don’t hold back.
“This right here is my type of party. Five more hours we’re just getting started!”
“Lost At Sea” by ZEDD featuring Ryan Tedder
It’s time to start to bring it in. ZEDD is a perfect way for me to stay strong towards the end. My head tends to wonder at this point (like a boat drifting out to sea) and this track always helps me get lost in the music and just keep my legs going to the sick beat.
“Let’s get lost at sea where they wont ever find us…where stars will always guide us.”
“DJ Turn It Up” by Yellow Claw
We are getting close, keep the pace going and get psyched-up with a burst of energy from this track. There is only one thing to remember while listening and singing to this – TURN UP THE BASS! I couldn’t find a lyric video for this one either but I did find this super creative bass thumping version to look at.
“Tell the DJ turn it up. Tell the DJ bring it back.”
“Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
Finish line is in sight now it’s time to give it your all and sprint it in. I may be a slower runner, but I have always loved to kick up my heals to the end, and there is nothing better than to doing it with this awesome song! The lyrics really speak to me on many levels. Please check this song out. If you are feeling down and need to get that last extra push in with your workout, play these words in your head. I have literally sung this song, while running a trail run, or on the treadmill, or reaching that finish line in a road race or just a little sad…it is a great mantra to keep your tempo going and know that you are doing this, for you…
“Scream my name…I love me! Gotta love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else.”
We did it! Wow, I feel good. Don’t you? Thanks for running and singing along with this crazy karaoke running machine.
Here’s to a great running season ahead!
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