I think the best part about listening to music while out for a run, is the fact that you don't have to focus on anything else. If you're having a really stressful day, music and excersize together could be the best possible remedy you can use. As a runner, I try not to think about depressing subjects when I run. It just really brings me down, so I try to focus on the more positive side of life, and music helps me out. For certain songs, the lyrics really speak to me and I feel so much lighter while listening to music. That's why it works so well with running.
When you're picking out some tunes to play for your run, MAKE SURE THEY'RE UPBEAT. Listening to Bethoven or some really deep song about relationships going poorly is not the way to go. Music has the ability to completely change how you run. Sometimes during a really intense guitar solo, you might not even notice that you picked up a crazy pace untill the song is over! The same thing goes with sad, quiet music making you go insanely slow.
In my opinion, any music that gets you pumped works. Just get a customized playlist put on your iPod or mp3 and put any songs you like on there. But of course, theres always the chance that you just "don't listen to music." Well, I'll just have to help you out. I like most songs by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Passion Pit, and Foster The People. There's an infinite amount of great workout songs by random one hit wonders as well.
Since I believe music is absolutely essential to a great workout, my goal is supply people with quality tunes because quite frankly, some people's music taste sucks. Every week, I'll try to share at least one of my favorite songs on my most recent blog post. If you really have trouble finding good music, I'll save you the trouble by giving out my personal recommendations, which may be found at the bottom of each blog post!
Remember to bring your iPod out on your next run, and stay happy!
"Music should be your escape." - Missy Elliot
Song of the week:
Waste ~ Foster The People