Happy Wednesday (aka. hump day) everyone! We are now 1 day closer to Thanksgiving (US) and it’s almost time to break out those sweatpants. For anyone running in any Turkey Trots or Gobble til you Wobble races on Thanksgiving morning, I wish you good luck!! It should be a fun morning for everyone participating!
Today I’d like to introduce a new weekly segment to the blog called “3dub Tracks.” This segment will highlight some of my favorite songs to listen to before, during, and after a run/workout. These songs help me out in different ways throughout my workouts and they may help you out as well! So let’s jump right in.
Music has played a key role in my training the past few years. It helps me get through some tough workouts, keeps me on pace, helps reduce stress, and ensures I don’t get bored with the same paths. I used to be against listening to music while running, but it’s become part of my routine on my afternoon and weekend runs. Picking out certain songs and adding them to a playlist can sometimes be a bit of a chore, but the end result is worth it. Each song plays a specific role in my running ie: some songs have a particular tempo that follows my quicker stride and allows me to pick up the pace. Other songs allow me to zone out for a few minutes and take in the scenery. Here are a few songs I thought would be great additions to your playlists for running and perhaps help you enjoy your workout a little bit more. I’ve broken them down into 3 different categories so you can add them in when needed: Warm up, Workout, and Warm down also known as the 3 W’s or 3 dubs.
This song packs a punch for a lot of my warm ups and it hits all of the right chords. It’s up-beat and gets me amped up for the workout. As soon as this song comes on, I’m ready to get my run started.
Artist: Deadmau5, Rob Swire
Track: Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
When I’m feeling a bit sluggish or when I’m feeling really good on a run and this song pops on I automatically pick up the pace. It’s about 3 minutes long and keeps me focused on my stride and breathing. It’s fast paced, electric and makes me want to beg for mercy, but I don’t back down. This song has helped me work on my tempo and interval training because I never know when it’s going to come on.
Artist: TV On The Radio
There’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment after a tough workout, or even a race. You need something to keep your spirits up and to ease you into your warm down. The song “End of the Line” has a beautiful crescendo that is just enough to keep you in the zone. It is on the shorter side of my running mix, but sometimes it’s not about quantity. This song delivers the right experience for a post run warm down.
Track: End of the Line
I hope that you enjoyed these songs and are willing to give them a try on your next workout. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’ll have more next week so until then, get out and enjoy the view!