Of the many things I’ve taken with me from my past, few of them have made it this far into my life. I try to shed those elements of my past that do not help push me into a more positive future. One such thing I’ve kept is running.
This was not entirely by choice, much like finding yourself humming to a new tune only because you’ve heard it on the radio so frequently. It gets embedded. I find myself wanting to go running, regardless of many other variables.
Sometimes, you need to stretch your legs.
I never considered myself a runner, even less when doing it the most [in the military]. I still don’t. It’s not something I do because it’s a part of my life and I identify with all those other ground-pounders hittin’ the pavement. I do it because a) I enjoy it, and b) at times I need it. I must say though, I do not mind the positive effect it’s having on my body. I certainly won’t complain about having sexy legs…
So, more importantly and more contextually relevant, I feel the music I listen to whilst running is important. It plays a part in my performance. I need something with a good, steady beat and lot’s of energy. It’s got to make me want to push harder, to go faster and to take my mind off my aching shins and my tired calves. I need something that elicits strong emotion within my current state of mind.
In the past, I’ve listened to Daft Punk, Justice, and other techno beats to do the job for me. The problem is, much like a good drug, the effect decreases over time. I need to switch it up.
Typically, I prefer to find whole albums with a continuous feel, rather than stitch together a playlist of several artists and genres. More recently, I discovered a new sub-genre and selection of artists perfectly suited to this activity of mine, thanks to a friend. The genre is Dubstep, and yes, I can hear you shake your head. This kind of music almost always has a good beat and strong energy, not to mention some enjoyable bass drops. My favorite DJ/group/artist in this recent discovery has been Skrillex. The album: Bangarang.
Hopefully you can see why this would be a good choice for runnin’ tunes.
However, I have pretty much played that album out [until such a time as I come back to it]. SO, with some inspired searching I found something new I enjoy almost as much, yet is fresh.
The Glitch Mob: Drink the Sea
If you have suggestions or ideas for more runnin’ tunes, please feel more than encouraged to drop a note in the comments. I’m always looking to discover some new audible inspiration.