Monday, November 19, 2012

Music Monday: 100 Million Miles

This week's Music Monday is 100 Million Miles by Monster Magnet.

This is one of my favorite running songs.

It's really been my mantra for the last few races I have run. I just finished up the MRTC Road Race Series. This year has been a lot harder because I have been dealing with more pain and injuries. This song reminds me that I just have to keep pushing and that when I am done running I can rest and recuperate.

I also love the steady beat of the drums. On a easier run I sync each step with each beat. On my harder days I sync my right foot to each beat. That means a lot of turnover!

The song is not about running but the chorus and drum beat make it a perfect running song.

"Hey, there ain't no pain! 100 million miles away!"


Monday, October 22, 2012

Music Monday: Life Must Go On

This week's Music Monday is "Life Must Go On" by Alter Bridge.

The thing I love about Alter Bridge is that their songs have a lot of emotion to them. Myles Kennedy writes in the same way that Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace that really hits every part of me. There are songs about dealing with loss, addiction, determination and depression. Some songs are heavier than others. Some are deeper than others. This song is very deep and yet not really heavy musically. I think Myles is just an amazing songwriter and has a voice that can reflect all of the emotions that are in his lyrics.

I picked this song for a friend that I haven't been in touch with lately. This person is going through a rough time right now. Someone that always seemed so strong living a nightmare and struggling to handle everything. I'm sure this person is strong enough to endure. In fact I know it. But sometimes even the strong need to reminded that they can get through anything.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Music Monday: Bleed It Out

This week's Music Monday is "Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park.

While I'm not a big Linkin Park fan, I really love this song. It's one of my favorite songs on my workout and running playlists.

When this song comes on during a workout or a run I get a little extra adrenaline going. For me it's about going really hard and putting everything you've got into what your doing. It's not particularly fast or heavy but the clapping and the chanting chorus of "I bleed it out, digging deeper just to throw it away" give it a ton of energy.

This is really great for my speed workouts. That's when I tend to go "harder". That's when I put the most work in. If you know me as a runner you know I'm hell bent on getting faster every day. Right now I'm working really hard in the gym with workouts from my trainer/pal Kate, so if you see me at the gym clapping and chanting to myself you know what song I'm listening to - "Going out of my fucking mind!"


Monday, September 10, 2012

Music Monday:Triple Feature

This week's Music Monday is a triple feature.

Perfect song for my problem.....

What should happen. (Minus the violence of course)....

What will likely happen. (It always does)......

So, the dilemma is that there is an issue. Probably just a simple miscommunication. Do I stand up and fight because I know I am not wrong? Or do I give up just like I always have? Giving up has always made everything better. But when is it time to say "enough is enough"?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Music Monday: Coeur d'Alene

This week's Music Monday is "Coeur d'Alene" by Alter Bridge.

This song is about a lake near where the lead singer Myles Kennedy lives. It's a place where he goes to get away from everything and find peace.

Listening to it makes me think about the place I go to "get away". That place for me is a long run. A long run for me is ten miles or more.

There is something therapeutic about a long run. I can work out a lot of problems when I am out there. I know I am gonna be by myself for at least an hour and a half. I can do a lot of thinking.....or I can think about nothing.

I can always tell when I need a long run. I get really frustrated easily, very irritable. I know my mind needs it even more than my body.

Right now I have a something that is really bothering me. Something that I am dealing with internally that I haven't told anyone about.

Right now I need a long run. I know that when I get one in I will hopefully get some clarity on the issue I am dealing with. I know I'll feel lost until I get out there and go. It's just a matter of time until I get that therapy of the road and the pounding of my feet and the release of emotion I get out there.

Running, especially longer distances, helps me almost as much as music when I am dealing with "stuff". Right now this is the only song that I can really seem to relate to what I am dealing with.


Monday, August 27, 2012


For all of my runner friends and friends that workout a lot I have some advice for you:




I have friends, and a wife, that don't drink enough water. You people are crazy! I try to carry a bottle of water with me everywhere. You need to drink water most of the day. I start drinking water as soon as I get up.

If you are a runner you should try wearing a hydration belt. There are several different kinds. This is the one I wear:

I actually found it for $20 at T.J. Maxx. That is half the price they are usually. The price is worth it to get a good one even if you don't find it on sale.
With it still being hot outside you have to make sure you are hydrated BEFORE you go out and run. Take care of yourselves. And stay thirsty my friends.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Music Monday: Celebrate Munford 5K Playlist

This week's Music Monday is my playlist from my most recent race, the Celebrate Munford 5K.
This is something that I've wanted to do for a while. I mention in these posts from time to time about songs being on a playlist. I thought I would write about my playlist for my most recent 5K.
I am starting this post a few days before the race. I am giving the details of why and how I chose these songs. After the race I will go back and finish the post with how the songs affected me.
When I make a playlist for a race like this I try to do a few things: have a song to warm up with, songs that push me to run harder, and a song for how I feel once I have finished the race. The songs build up from "slower" to "insane".

Here goes:

1. "Where Are You" - Our Lady Peace
I chose this song to warm up with. Most times I'll go with a song that has a lot of "swagger". Something that kinda conveys a sense of confidence. Usually a rap song like the WWE's John Cena's theme song. Less than a week before the race I decided to go with Eminem's "Lose Yourself" because I really was having a feeling of starting the race the way the song starts. On Tuesday night my son got hurt playing baseball. He took a line drive to the thumb from the hardest hitter in his league. It wasn't anything bad, he just thought it was worse than it was. My wife told him to stop thinking that everything is going to hurt it. He already had the mindset that the worst case scenario was about to happen. Soooooo, he gets it honestly. I already played out how the race was gonna go and decided it was gonna be bad. I decided that instead this song, "Where Are You", was perfect. It always makes me feel better and helps push back against my self doubt.

POST-RACE: I really didn't get to listen to the song much. I got to talk to a few friends and met a really cool runner at the starting line. It helped calm my nerves, maybe more than the song would have.

The next two songs should get me through Mile 1. Both of these songs are heavy but not overly fast. They are picked to get a good start but not so fast that I can't keep my pace. My goal is to get negative splits, in other words, get faster each mile. These get me going but keep me from getting out too fast.

2. "Fire It Up" - Thousand Foot Krutch
This was one of my Music Monday posts. Perfect song to start a race!

3. "Rocket Skates" - Deftones
This song has just been stuck in my head for a while now. I considered it for the first song on the playlist but decided it was a good song for the end of mile 1.

POST-RACE: "Fire It Up" is really the best song to start off with and "Rocket Skates" helped keep me from getting out too fast.

The next two songs are for mile 2. They pick the pace up a little you could say.

4. "Adrenaline" - Shinedown
This is a great song to start picking up the pace. "Give me the wheel, so we can move a little faster". "I need a shot again, that sweet adrenaline." Enough said!

5. "...To Be Loved" - Papa Roach
Here is another adrenaline shot. There a ton of great lines in this song. This song gets me so jacked that as I write about each song I listen to it....and it's hard to sit still listening to this one. It kinda expresses my feeling every time I run a race.

POST-RACE: These are really two great workout songs. Make sure you take the time to listen to them. They were perfect for what I needed!

The next three songs are for Mile 3. If the previous two songs were adrenaline boosters then these next three are rocket fuel.

6. "Scream Aim Fire" - Bullet For My Valentine
Another high energy song. My favorite part: "The only way out is to die!" I love this song as a workout song and for races like this.

7.  "Dig" - Mudvayne
OK. Toward the end of this song is where I should finish. This is all-time favorite. It's hard not to give everything you've got when you hear "DIG FOR EVERYTHING!" and "COME ON MOTHERFUCKER DIG!"

8. "Ricochet" - Primer 55
Now, If something happens that I don't finish on "Dig" this song is just straight insanity piped into my eardrum to get me there. The song is only a minute and a half. But it's an insane minute and a half.

POST-RACE: I actually finished on "Ricochet". But it was at the beginning when the guitars and screaming kick in so I was fine with it.

Now we get into the mood music section of my playlist. Depending on how my run goes, I don't know if I mentioned that doing really well in this race is absolutely important.

9. "People=Shit" - Slipknot
This song is another insane song. If I don't finish with one of the previous songs this will likely be my attitude. I'll be a little more than pissed and this song will be my outlet. Then when I'm done pouting I'll hug my kids and get over myself.

10. "This Fire Burns" - Killswitch Engage
I added this song in case there is an issue with injury or something else that makes finishing difficult. This song played at the end of a half marathon once when I was really struggling. It's now a go-to song for me anytime I'm struggling. "Even through the darkest days, this fire burns, always." If I need a rally this is it.

11. "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" - ZZ Top
This is the ideal song to listen to after I cross the finish line. If I'm rocking this song something went right.

POST-RACE: Well, I didn't do as well as I hoped (I never do!) but I was happy with my effort. I thought everything went well. The knee felt great. My breathing was a little heavy, but I didn't feel tired. My body felt great. I was happy "enough" with how I did. So ZZ Top it was!

That's it! 11 songs that I chose from over five hours worth of possible songs to use. Hope you enjoyed a look into how I pick my playlists for races.