Music taste is subjective, one persons ear pleasure is another person's ear pain. So in a post Laura world, how does one go about recommending songs and chatting about playlists?
Firstly, lets consider that your typical song is 4 minutes give or take. (If your tastes run to earlier music then your songs will tend to be shorter and if you like your modern Radio 1 stuff then they tend to be longer.) So for 30 minutes running you need 8 songs plus a warm up and a warm down if you so wish.
Which ones should I choose? To answer this question I broke my running down into 4 minute segments and put how I felt.
0 - 4 Getting in my stride, doubts, breathing settling, slow down!
4 - 8 In my stride and pretty happy
8 - 12 Starting to doubt things a bit
12 - 16 The tooth gritter (I struggle at this bit every time)
16 - 20 The midish point, beat it and I am not stopping
20 - 24 Try to stay calm and relax, stay in technique
24 - 28 Not giving in now but i'm slowing down, sleepy legs, stitchy
28 - Close Eye of the Tiger
Knowing my feelings I can modify a playlist to cover that moment to keep me motivated. If you set out your run feelings like I have above you can conceivably even use Eurovision entries to make a suitable play list.
Next consider the individual songs you wish to play. If your song has a huge long intro with no real words then you may inadvertently think you have run out of battery or nudged stop so keep that in mind. (e.g. Journey's Anyway you want it is very inspiring but has 37 seconds of a jukebox selecting a record before the song starts).
Do you really like the whole song or just the chorus? Or just the intro? For example Spaceman by Babylon Zoo was considered a bit pants by my class mates after the 30 second intro. Do you need Lyrics at all? Some prefer just notes.
Borrow a theme from your memories. It doesn't have to be a song, how about your favourite movie theme? Wifey loves the pirates of the Caribbean theme and I often pop the Indiana Jones theme on for a boost.
The true grit strong. I have a song that I simply refuse to stop when it is playing because it means quite a bit to me. It is magic dance from the movie Labyrinth that my son and I sing and dance to before he goes to bed. If I really need a boost then that is my go to one. (I also sometimes add my wedding song but don't tell wifey as I am pretending to be manly).
If anyone is still awake after this entirely unscientific musing, the tracks I chose for this occasion are:
0 - 4 The Village Green Preservation Society
4 - 8 Footloose
8 - 12 Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leppard
12 - 16 Love in An Elevator, Aerosmith
16 - 20 Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
20 - 24 Fighter - Christina Aguilera
24 - 28 Let me entertain you, Robbie Williams
28 - end Top Gun Theme
I like Rock music so there is a bias. But this keeps me calm to start and then keeps me going. I have 2 versions of the first 2 so can mix them up a bit. Oh and double check before you set off, I inadvertently put Hurt (Johnny Cash version) on my list by mistake the other week, something of a mood breaker when it came on.
Does anyone else struggle without a Laura to coach you on?