Music has played a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started singing and taking voice lessons in middle school and went to college on a voice scholarship. I understood the importance of training my voice with vocal and breathing exercises and took special care to not harm my "instrument" as best I could. I am trying to use that dedication I had then for my training now. I recently started training for my first half marathon and I have to keep reminding myself how hard it was when I first started singing when I get discouraged with my running. I had a lot of naysayers when I told people of my dreams of singing solos and being in the spotlight the same way I have people look at me like I have three heads when I say I am going to run a half marathon. It isn't going to be easy, I am going to hit a few "wrong notes" here and there but I am going to make it to the end.
Since music has played such a huge part of my life, it only makes sense that I am driven by music when I run. Just like I have my favorite songs to sing, I have my favorite songs to run to. When those certain songs come on, a whole new feeling takes over my body. It is almost easier to move, easier to breathe and I am determined more than ever to finish what I started. It is an out of body experience, I can just let go and let the music run for me.
My playlist is full of songs that do something special for me, a driving beat that makes me want to dance, an 80s song that reminds me of my childhood when I could run in the woods with wild abandonment, a heavy metal song that reminds me of letting loose at a concert, or a song that reminds me of my late father, who was my biggest cheerleader when I was singing. I have carefully picked each song to push me forward, make me happy and try and keep my attitude positive when I am feeling like I can't take another step. I am trying to make this training as painless as possible and when I cross the finish line, I am sure I will remember exactly what song was playing on my playlist.
My 5 "must have" songs:
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