Choosing Music to Fuel Your Run

 

If Michael Jackson were alive today, he’d probably be singing to Beat It while doing his morning 3k run. Although images of him occasionally holding his crotch while sprinting may not exactly be too appealing, any serious runner would do well to follow his example- not so much the crotch-holding, but the part on using music to fuel your run.

Just like a soldier marching to cadence, listening to music while running does benefit the runner. For one, music puts one in the mood to be physically active. Once you hear the drum solo intro to a popular song, you just can’t help but lace up those running shoes and go. Music gives you the impression that running- or any type of exercise, for that matter- is fun. It envelops you in this mindset which motivates you to sweat it out while having fun.

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choose your beat (foto via zaggoragirl.com)

If you want to follow someone else’s lead when it comes to picking out songs for your running playlist, you can find a plethora of those on the internet. But if you feel that you’d do better with a customized list of songs, then go ahead and make your own playlist.

When choosing songs to pump you up while running, make sure to steer clear of songs which remind you of a painful part of your past. No matter how upbeat a ditty is, if it brings you to tears, don’t include that in your running playlist. Instead of energizing you, it will only bring you down- and it may even make you hold your crotch!

As you warm up before a run, you can listen to songs with a moderate tempo. They shouldn’t be too fast or too slow. If you get your heart pumping wildly this early on, you stand the chance of wearing yourself out too soon. This is the stage when you psyche yourself up for your run.

There’s a whole world of music out there, and your choice of songs are far from limited. Go be like Mike, and watch those other runners “rock with you”.

  

My love affair with Mizuno Wave Rider

Mizuno, ready to run.
Love at first sight is not particularly one tenet I subscribe to. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I’m probably the last person on the face of the earth to believe that. But when it comes to the Mizuno Wave Rider 14, I hardly think that “love at first sight” is rubbish.

When I first laid eyes on a pair of wave riders, I immediately loved them. I knew I just had to have them. It was a selfish indulgence which I knew I deserved. Even before getting down to the nitty-gritty of the shoe, the candy colors they came in were more than enough reason to get them for myself. Suffice it to say, they were a sight for sore eyes.

On days when I’m feeling particularly emotionally rundown, I run to let off steam and to keep fit, so the Mizuno Wave Rider 14 is a perfect complement to that. It’s a shoe which hugs your heel with high-energy cushioning. It has high-tech flex grooves in the outsole. This minimizes foot fatigue.

A good running shoe needs superior cushioning and stability, and the Wave Rider delivers on both aspects. It has a wave design which allows for a springier step, transferring energy into velocity. It’s great for running those 5k marathons, as this shoe has flex lines designed with women in mind. I especially like its Mizuno Intercool feature. It’s a full-length midsole ventilation system which lessens heat and humidity inside the shoe.

With the type of support the Mizuno Wave Rider 14 gives me, I definitely won’t go around searching for another running shoe. So, I guess, shoes are pretty much like men: if they give you what you need, you won’t replace them for another. This is one love affair to last me a lifetime. ^_^

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