Songs to not run by
Last Christmas, Andrea gave me an iPod. I love running with it. Iâ€™ll tweak play lists as the occasion warrants; for trails, tempo, track, or LSD (Long, Slow Distance in runnerâ€™s parlance). Music certainly motivates. But I got to thinking, are there types of songs Iâ€™d never listen to while running?
Of course there are.
Nothing against these fine artists and songs. You just shouldnâ€™t listen to them while running:
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (pt. 2) / Pink Floyd
References to â€œThe Wallâ€ should be shunned, of course.
Iâ€™M A LONG WAY FROM HOME / Shooter Jennings
I dare you not to cry.
THE THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE / Metallica
Apocalyptic visions of the leviathan or your latest 20-miler. You make the call.
DREAMING WHILE YOU SLEEP / Genesis
Itâ€™s best to avoid Phil Collins/Genesis songs as a rule, but anything about vehicular homicide is an unwise choice, no matter how tortured the driver.
HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN / The Eurythmics
Eshew, unless of course you enjoy running in the rain in November, or listening to the sad, introspective Annie Lennox.
I FALL APART / Juliana Gianni
Sure itâ€™s hip, but in that purposefully depressing, Independent film sort of way.
GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY / Johnny Cash
NOT TODAY / Jump Little Children
The sweet sounds of procrastination.
REQUIEM IN D MINOR – LACRIMOSA / W.A. Mozart
Funerary dirges just donâ€™t motivate.
HALF A WORLD AWAY / R.E.M.
Michael Stipe at his depressing best… erâ€¦ worst.
I CANâ€™T CATCH YOU / Six Pence None The Richer
The anthem of my last 10k.
SINCE I GAVE UP HOPE, I FEEL A LOT BETTER / Steve Taylor
The anthem of my first marathon.
FRAGILE / Sting
Quiet contemplations on pacifism.
HAS IT COME TO THIS? / The Streets
The cadence alone should put you off pace.