This post is for my DailyMile friend and newest motivator, Phil-a-matic. We became acquainted at the Chilly Half Marathon through my training partner, Emma. When my iSmoothRun app posts my training to my DailyMile log, it includes which song I was listening to when I was running the fastest, ie:
So Phil-a-matic commented that he would love to see my running playlist mostly because I think he wanted to have a good laugh at me as my recent fastest songs have been songs like: Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA”, songs by NKOTB and
Every time I train and prepare for a goal race I adopt a theme song. Usually it's a popular song from the radio where the words and beat have resonated with me. Something with an upbeat tempo, and fun, motivating words. Ie: “Party in The USA” represents the party I'm gonna have in the van with my Ragnar team mates in So Cal. Then, every time I hear it played on the radio I get motivated for my training. On the days where I need an extra pump me up, I listen to it on repeat while running, or at work.
There are now certain songs that I hear that will remind me of specific races that I've trained for and raced. For example, Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” reminds me of the Toronto Women's Half Marathon which is what I consider my “welcome back to running” race. To me, “I Gotta Feeling” represents that my life will be “good, good” because I've returned to running, and that the dark, post-partum depression days will stay behind me so long as I keep on running. I set that song to play on repeat while I ran that race, and now whenever I hear it I am reminded of how euphoric I felt that day,, and how happy I was to be running and racing again.
Fast forward to my current goal race: Ragnar So Cal
I've already mentioned “Party in the USA” and the reason why it's a training theme song for this race, but I also have another theme song for Ragnar. Ragnar represents a unique challenge for me: During the race I will have to run three (or more) races of at least 10k within a 24 hour time span with very little or no sleep. Every time I run a leg, I want to race it. I don't want to do just a slow casual fun jog because I'm super competitive:
I want to unleash my inner ninja on Ragnar.
Lately I'm loving the song “Inner Ninja” by Classified. The words in this song really resonate with me:
I broke the chains before they choked me out
Now I pay close attention
Really learn the code
I learned to read the map before I hit the road
The rules? Those are the Ragnar rules – I'vre read them a hundred times, yet I know I'll somehow end up breaking them.
The map? Those are my route maps for both my training and the race.
But I'd rather lose a fight than miss the war
And I ain't wishing competition or fishin' for it
I'm just living in the system, conditions are poor
I've been lost in the rhythm and misinformed
Too many late nights hittin' the liquor store
Too many bad decisions, half assed attempts
I've lost my rhythm (running mojo) many times and I've had a lot of bad attempts at races because of too many late nights drinking wine, reading blogs etc. In some cases I missed the race because I didn't even train for it. But not this time, I'd rather lose to Ragnar then miss this war.
I go hard and I ain't makin' up no excuse
I'm overdue, I don't do what I'm supposed to do
Cause you can think about it man, we're supposed to lose
It ain't all picture perfect, ocean views
No, I was a first class rookie,
Takin' out bullies in my all black hoodie
Man of mystery, you know the history
Get it or forget it, cause poof, I'm outta here
I'm going hard with my training this time. I'm running on tired legs, bloody nasty foot blisters, sweat and all. I'm supposed to lose at Ragnar – it's gonna be hard, and I'm a complete rookie at this team relay thing, though I can't wait to see the So Cal Ocean views, wearing my all black hoodie on my night runs. I'm outta Toronto and I'm going to So Cal!
Nobody's gonna hear a sound
No matter how hard they tryin'
No stoppin' me since I've found
My inner ninja
I'm running in my super comfy Saucony Virrata shoes, that are light and help me land each foot strike quietly. I'm gonna sneak up on every runner, no matter how hard they are running and take the kill (pass them). No one is gonna stop me because I'm unleashing my inner ninja.
I've been beaten and broken but I healed though
So many ups and downs, roughed up & clowned
We all got problems, but we deal though
I'm tryin' to do better now, find my inner peace
Learn my art form, and find my energy
When my backs on the wall, I don't freeze up
Nah, I find my inner strength and I re-up
Here we go, I know I've never been the smartest or wisest
But I realize what it takes
Never dwell in the dark cause the sun always rises
But gotta make it to the next day
I love this part of the song – I relate it to me overcoming SAD through my running and training for Ragnar. I'm finding inner strength to keep training through the cold and the dark of winter, while keeping in mind that the Spring and the sun will rise. I've been taking my training day by day, getting closer to ragnar.
Like you're runnin' outta air and your breath won't come
And you (uh) wheezin', gotta keep it movin'
Find that extra (uhn) and push your way through it
AndI'm sure this part of the song needs no explanation. I've been training hard and at times I've felt like my lungs were hanging out of my chest.
And yes, I AM A NINJA!
Question: What's your current theme song?