Pump Up the Jam

16 Jul

I’m not talking about jelly, though I could be… much like a five year old, I eat peanut butter and jelly toast every morning for breakfast. Is it the healthiest option, possibly not, but hey, peanut butter has protein. Yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But really, today’s jam in question is the one coming from you ear buds.

I’m what I’ve heard described as a “plugged-in runner.” If I’m not out with a running buddy, I’ve got music to keep me company. Running buddy or no running buddy I’m tracking my pace/route/stats on my phone. I’m all about the tech. Being all about the tech, and the jams, a solid running playlist is imperative.

My playlist changes every few months. I find that the songs that can sustain you for miles (if it’s really got me going, I’ll cue it up again the minute it ends) eventually fade in their pick-me-up-ability. This pump-up-power fade happens slowly. First a few songs will get skipped when they come on, I’m sick of them, they’ve lost their touch, the “next” button gets tapped. Then, I’m skipping over 5 or 6 songs at a time, searching desperately for the one that will keep me going. Eventually the few and the proud remain and it’s time to scrap the rest. I’m not quite there yet with this list, but we’re getting close to revamp time. In the interim, here is my current top-ten that keep me going:

2013 Half-Marathon Playlist All-Stars:

1. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

3. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

5. Cinderella Man – Eminem

6. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) – AC/DC

7. You Need Me, I Don’t Need You – Ed Sheeran

8. I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys

9. That’s All – Genesis

10. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons


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