Music has such power over me.
It can change my emotions instantly.
A song can take me back in time in a flash to a memory of another time I listened to that song.
“Songs that remind us of the better times…” but sometimes songs that re
mind me of the not so better times.
When I am running, music is a MUST. Because for me, running is a mental game. I KNOW that I can physically do the distance. After all, I have completed a full marathon and several half marathons. But my mind often wants to quit long before my body.
So my answer is: good music! Music that can take me completely away from the misery of running. Well, it’s miserable for the first few minutes, until I get in stride, the endorphins kick in, and it begins to feel good.
I’ve just recently started training for a Tough Mudder and a Half Marathon. You may have read my post From Couch to 5K in One Day! I described how I just went for it and ran a 5K with no running training. But I have run in the past, so as I explained, I knew I could make it 3.1 miles.
But it was the music that got me through. I turned on the Linkin Park Pandora channel and listened to a wide variety of punk/rock/whatever you would call the genre of music that Linkin Park, Staind, Disturbed, and so forth fall into. For some reason, music filled with anger fuels my energy tank! 🙂
I let my mind wander as I imagine the scenarios behind the lyrics. I make up “movies” in my mind based on the soundtracks playing in my ears. And I remember other times in my life when I listened to these artists on a regular basis.
I recall running along the flightline at the Air Base in Qatar where I was deployed two times. The feeling of absolute power and freedom as I released the stress of a 12-14 hour night shift supporting our aircrews as they flew in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The release of the anger and sadness as I learned about some of their missions. We flew combat support. Sometimes our aircraft took supplies, sometimes, many times, we flew emergency medical missions, airlifting the wounded.
Although it could be very exciting and fulfilling work, it also was draining. I would return to my tent between six and seven in the morning, change into my running gear, turn on my music and run.
I would watch the jets take off and land as I ran down the road along the flightline. And all stress would leave my body as I picked up the pace and just left it all behind. For at least a short while.
The music helped me find the rhythm to my run. The music kept me going.
Do you like to listen to music when you exercise?