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I often sing and talk to myself. I spend a lot of time alone with only my thoughts and the radio for company, and sometimes I just have to say things out loud. Vocalising makes it easier to think things through or solve problems. I have even been known to have full-blown conversations or arguments with myself. I sing along with what’s on the radio or my music player too. I love a good karaoke session and can belt out a power ballad along with the best.

So if you ever see me walking or running around Leeds do not be surprised if I’m warbling away and pretending like I’m in my own music video.

I’ll sing anything, and it keeps me occupied and entertained. I don’t sound that great, and I’m sure that the people I pass are not as amused, but I enjoy myself.

One song that has grabbed my attention on recent runs is Imprint by doubleDrive. I don’t think I know any of their other work, but this tune is a current running favourite of mine. The lyrics really speak to me and it always makes me smile.

Imprint by Doubledrive

One step I make an imprint
Two steps it’s a commitment
Three steps I’m not done yet
Draw my other leg up and the pace is set

Gotta believe in what’s real
You gotta go with what you know
You can leave here with a good feeling
You let them know you told them so
Jesus Christ
And heaven’s always been there

Gotta believe in what’s real
You gotta go with what you know
One step I make an imprint
Two steps it’s a commitment
Three steps I’m not done yet
Draw my other leg up and the pace is set

Gotta tell you what I feel
Although your tank is running low
Over the split line for real
Pat the hood…you’re good to go
Hear you now
You’re cut from the cords of the wicked

Gotta believe in what’s real
You gotta move on down the road
One step I make an imprint
Two steps it’s a commitment
Three steps I’m not done yet
Draw my other leg up and the pace is set

PS I was even on karaoke dating show Sing Date. That’s how much I like singing and making a fool of myself.

 

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When I started running I could not even contemplate pounding the streets without my favourite tunes to keep me going. “Running is too dull to not have some form of entertainment” I told myself. And for a long time that was kind of true. I struggled to find motivation to even get out of the door sometimes, let alone have the momentum to keep going, so it seemed impossible that I could run without music to distract me.

But over the months I have become more likely to not bother with music, and I don’t always miss it that much.

I’ve found that, actually, I’m not often actively listening to music anyway. I realised this when I tried an audiobook on a couple of runs – it was a Sherlock Holmes story and at the end I had absolutely no idea who was dead, let alone whodunnit!

I do like a few killer songs as I begin to get me going, and if I’m doing a tough session I tune myself back in and select a favourite song for a boost. When a really good tune randomly comes on I find myself smiling and singing along. And at the Silverstone Half Marathon in March I skipped to The Chain by Fleetwood Mac as I neared the finish line.

But most of the time I am tuned out and in a different world, so it doesn’t matter whether there is music in the background or not. Running without music is not as scary or difficult as I used to think, and given that my MP3 player is playing silly buggers at the moment and doesn’t always work that’s a good thing!

When I run alone I am usually either shouting at myself to go faster, or using the time to work through problems or write imaginary blogs, poems, books etc in my head.I don’t know whether it is becoming a more common rule in races, or whether it has always been there but is simply more publicised/more of a problem, but I am noticing a lot of “no headphones” statements from race organisers at the moment.  A couple of recent events I am running/have run stipulate that anyone wearing headphones will be disqualified. Some of these are run on open roads, so it is common sense to not shut yourself off from the world. And even if roads are closed music can interfere with awareness, and stop you from hearing instructions/warnings from marshals and other runners. At parkrun last week the lead runner had to shout very loudly at a teen who wasn’t keeping out of the way by the finish line. The young runner was wearing headphones and seemingly had his music up so loud, or was so far off in an alternate universe, that he could not hear a thing going on around him. Last month several runners were disqualified from the Wetherby 10k for wearing headphones. The rules said no headphones and this was made clear, yet they chose to ignore them.

I will continue to enjoy my favourite tunes in certain situations – if it’s allowed in races and I’m targeting a PB the good feelings that music evoke can go a long way towards keeping me going – but a lot of the time I’ll be running in silence. Well, apart from the panting and singing/talking to myself!

And in case you’re interested, here are a few of my current favourite running songs that help me go that little bit faster. They all happen to be awesome metal tunes by some of my all-time favourite bands.