Music that Moves you
N>B I suggest starting the music at the bottom of the post before reading
When I first started running (3 years ago I think) I never used to run with music. I did and still do love absorbing the environment hearing the sounds of where I’m running can be part of a glorious experience. However as my distances and times increased sometimes you need something to distract you. So now I frequently run with Podcasts and music. I still have a lot of runs without anything sometimes though when you’re grinding the kilometres a distraction is good.
So as you know at present I’m running shorter distances so as most of my podcasts are around 90 minutes or more and shorter runs listening to audio books isn’t as good because just as you get into it you have to stop. So anyway I’m saving those for my long run day (saying that at present my LSR isn’t that long). So anyway on these shorter days sometimes I’m listening to music. Listening to music while running can have both disadvantages and advantages. The first one is volume. The headphones I wear are pretty open so that I can hear any possible dangers as long as the volume is at a suitable level
So on this run I decided to go the Classical route. I have what can be described as an Eclectic musical taste. If you scan through my CD collection or Spotify list you’ll see music from the Likes of White Zombie, Carcass, to Johnny Cash, Crooked still and onwards to Vaughan Williams, John Williams and James Horner. So I was running, the trusty official traildog at my side music was low volume in the background. It was a beautiful day. As I ran along the beachfront towards the pier the music was building. I paused for a brief moment looking out towards the Island of Flotta and the music started to fill my ears so I increased the volume and let the music and the view just take me away. To float across the sea. Sometimes music and your environment can inspire and urge you on. At that moment looking out across the sea I was taken away that gave me the strength and joy to finish the rest of my intervals and be thankful for where I live.
While running music can move you in many different ways from the fast paced to the orchestral. I have had moments when I’ve heard guitar riffs from Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ as I’ve run through some trees and other moments when orchestras have taken me further on my runs. Then there are the days when the only music you need is the environment around. So what music moves you?
Just to add around 1 min 20 was the point I was looking out to sea.
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