Monday, September 19, 2011

please don't stop the music

I was growing tired of the same music I've been listening to, and I knew I had a big long run ahead of me Saturday morning. So Friday night, I found an 80's workout music list online and started downloading the fast songs on Spotify (if you don't know about Spotify, please go there now. You can pay $9.99/month and get as much music as you want, and you can put it all on your iPhone to carry with you). 

I downloaded songs like Video Killed the Radio Star, Borderline, Manic Monday, Jessie's Girl, and a bunch of others. As songs came on while I was running, they brought back different really vivid memories. Mind if I share a couple?

Wake Me Up (Before You Go-Go)
When I was little (like, in the 80's we're talking), I had this little black electric piano that I carried around with me and played (terribly I'm sure). It had a demo button that you pushed, and it would play Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go as though the person playing the piano was playing it. I loved to push the button and pretend like I was playing that song on the piano. And my parents would totally buy into it as though I was. And I mean I would rock out carrying that thing around to that song.

It's funny, because I would never have thought of that little toy piano had I not chosen that song to listen to Saturday morning.

Also, Eye of the Tiger.
I know this is a pump up song for anyone, but in high school, one of my school's mascots was the tigers. The football team would march out of the field house to the football field through a special walkway to this song before every home game. And because it was such a big song for our school, we swimmers (I swam competitively in high school and planned on swimming in college) would play it all the time. We added it to mixed CD's for state meet, we would play it when we were at finals at state and our relay was the top seed of the event.

So, when I think of Eye of the Tiger, I don't think about Rocky; I think about high school swim meets and the swim team. It's such a fun time to remember; I swam Varsity from 8th-12th grade, and while I loved to hate it at the time, I definitely think it made me who I am today.

And...thanks to this music and much much much more, I pulled out my longest training run leading to my half! 12 miles in just over 2 hours. I'm ready for this half! Bring.It.On.

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12 comments:

Taylor said...

WAY TO GO GIRL!!!! I can't run more than 2 without my knees and ankles dying, literally!!!

Sandy a la Mode said...

WHOA you go girl!! music definitely helps a run go faster!!

Katie said...

GOOD JOB!! How do you like the forerunner 305? how much was it? I'm debating getting one!!

Katie said...

I need to try Spotify! I have Pandora on my phone, but could use something else.

Jen said...

OMG... LOVE THE 80's!! You have to add some Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation" on there too... its such a pump up song!! I loved Madonna's "Lucky Star", I think it was in a Barbie commercial so I thought Barbie actually sang it HAHA! You are doing so great at this running stuff!! (Sorry for my lack of running jargon LOL) Sooo excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear how the Disney one goes! You should go to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot while your there!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Way to go!! Who knew 80's music could be so inspiring?? haha

Its funny, I'm the same way with music. If I hear a song that went with sports in high school, it'll always bring me back to those moments.
Emily w/Amazing Grapes

Zara said...

The spin instructor today, had all kinds of 70s and 80s music going. It was a nice little flashback!

You rock lady! That time is awesome. You are going to kick butt!

this free bird said...

You are totally motivating me with your dedication to running!! Eye of the Tiger, girl. FOR REAL!!

xo,
C

Brittany said...

WAHOO!! GO girl!!

Amber said...

The 80s seriously had the BEST music. It's just not made that way anymore!

Catherine said...

I love this! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm just starting up running and can use all the pump up songs I can get!

Catherine
http://bradfordandcatherine.blogspot.com/

A Beautiful Mess said...

great job on running! you are way way ahead of me, I'm just starting to train for a 5k :)!