Running with or without music is based entirely on a personal preference. Mine is with. Always. Unless I run with someone else and don't want to be anti-social.
I prefer running by myself. I am terrible at multitasking and only whilst running alone can I fully concentrate on the physical activity. How my feet hit the ground, how high I lift my knees, what my arms are doing, how upright my spine is. Running is a whole body kind of exercise, believe it or not.
Just like in yoga, I like to synchronise my breathing with movement.
Focus on the breath.
Inhale on four, exhale on four. Integrate the core and limbs. It's a teamwork of body and mind, and mindfulness is essential to maximise the potential.
There are many advantages to mindful running:
Lesser chance of injury
Added benefit of meditation in motion
Adding music to the mix, or not, is completely personal. I like how the right track puts a spring into my step and gets me to the top of the hill. Or how it helps me speed up my tempo for a strong finish (hello "Caesar" = a 4mins/km tune!).
I don't find lyrics distracting. Since English is not my native tongue, I can easily switch them off in my mind. And, of course, words can be very poignant at times ("I will survive").
If you fall into my camp -- running with music -- I hope you enjoy this playlist!
01. "caesar" - i blame coco feat robyn
02. "let's make love and listen to death from above" - css
03. "i will survive" - cake
04. "rich girl" - gwen stefani
05. "four letter word" - gossip
06. "i will possess your heart" - death cab for cutie
07. "nightcall" - kavinsky
08. "he's a dream" - shandi
09. "fido, your leash is too long" - the magnetic fields
10. "reality & fantasy" - raphael gualazzi
What is your favourite running tune? Or do you prefer to go without? Either way, I'd love to hear from you so give me a shout!
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