One of the most exciting things about preparing for race day, is sorting out my playlist. I love sitting with my husband and a bunch of CD's, the dog on my lap, glass of wine in hand, sorting out what is going to be blasting in my ears for the best part of my 5k.
I do like it loud, it has to be said. “Stop shouting!” my daughter always says, “WHAT? I can't hear you!” I bellow as Ellie Goulding or Coldplay are singing at 1,000 decibels in my already knackered eardrums. Even at nearly 50 years of age, I can still rock with the best of them.
So, what to choose? Well, it really does depend on what mood I'm in, but mostly I go for something very upbeat. I'm a huge fan of Ms.Goulding, her latest album “Delirium” is fabulous to run to, and Coldplay, I could trot along to “Adventure of a Lifetime” until the cows come home; by far one of their best tracks ever.
I've covered pretty much everyone from Kylie, to David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Chris de Burgh, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, and a new acquisition to my eclectic music tastes, the awesome Sia.
I'm very much a “if I like what I hear, I'll buy it” sort of person, irrespective of it's genre. I had a phase of listening to Barber's “Adagio for Strings” for a while, but the heady mix of euphoric running AND wonderfully stirring music proved too much for me one morning, and I came running through the village a hysterical sobbing mess. Took me a cup of Bovril and a slap round the face to get over that one.
If I'm feeling in a spiritual sort of mood, Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” always hits the spot, and his awesome album “Songs from Planet Earth” is a real winner. A one off power ballad that was the theme song to the film “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, by Icelandic band M83, was a running track of choice for a long time. I had it on repeat so many times, I knew all the words. Getting a bit carried away one day, and thinking no-one was looking, I started getting brave and flinging my arms about and singing at the top of my voice to it. How the hell I didn't get arrested is anyone's guess.
Music is very personal to each and every one of us. So whether it's folk, Country and Western, Heavy Metal or Easy Listening, the choice is entirely yours.....in the words of Muse, “Plug in Baby” and hit the road.
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