What Do You Listen to When You Run?

If anyone reading this actually knows me, they are aware of how much I love Dave Matthews Band. Yes, I really, really love them. As in I’ve been to 84 shows since 1994 and traveled much of the US to follow them (West Palm Beach, FL, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA, The Gorge in Washington State, Caravan tour in Chicago, etc…and, of course, Boston) and spent a percentage of my life savings on these memorable events. I’ve met Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Stefan Lessard all members of the band. I also had a moment with Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross, the saxophonist and clarinet players respectively, waving to me from on stage as they remembered me in the same spot in the Pit (as close as you can get to the front row while in the crowd) from back to back shows, and I’ve shaken Dave’s hand, the lead singer. It’s been washed but I almost had to be forced.

I’ve probably attended more than 1000 other concerts in my lifetime. I haven’t really counted to be sure, but I have my tickets stubs in a container at my dad’s house somewhere. Also, having worked at the music venue Great Woods while in high school, which I will always call it as a Mansfield, MA native, I saw shows I didn’t think I would have interest seeing but did because I was there. Going to a concert was the same as going to a movie for me while I was growing up. The point being is I really like music.

I especially live for music during any length run or gym session. However much I may seem to love working out, I need something to distract me from the pain and monotony of the program, especially if I am by myself. Motivation comes in all forms and my playlist is my savior.

Here is my current soundtrack for the days I need a boost or distraction (and you’ll notice no DMB):

  1. Here – Alessia Cara
  2. Devil’s Whisper – Raury
  3. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris
  4. Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids
  5. You and Me – Disclosure (Flume Remix)
  6. Drop The Game – Flume
  7. No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who
  8. Open Season – Josef Salvat
  9. Jubel – Klingande
  10. Stole The Show – Kygo
  11. Lean On – Major Lazer
  12. Our Own House – MisterWives
  13. Someone New – Hozier
  14. Castle In The Snow – The Avener & Kadebostany
  15. Living Dafur – Mattafix

Most recently I downloaded the language learning audio program for French by Pimsleur. A quick synopsis of the program is that it is mostly auditory with a ton of listening and oral repetition. There are 5 series each with about 30 individual lessons lasting 30 minutes each. It is recommended to do one lesson per day. There is minimal reading involved which is actually alright by me because I can read French better than I can listen or speak it. Some of my clients have recommended it to me and suggested doing it in the car. Unfortunately, I’m not driving here while in France. So my next best option is while I run. I may look silly talking to myself and especially repeating, “Est-ce que vous voudriez boire quelque chose avec moi ce soir?” (Would you like to have a drink with me tonight?)

But I have to say I’m totally enjoying it and it’s a different change of pace, but literally probably not helping my running pace. I find I’m a bit slower but I think since, also, changing my music to lessons. I think my brain has to work more resulting in slowing down the rest of my body. Good thing I’m not shooting for a personal record for this race.

What’s your go to music for working out? I’m always interested in updating my playlist. Leave your comments below!

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