Jimmy Eat World
I have a whole bunch of new music on my list for you, but it’s a marathon week for me and I’m going to share with you a song that’s been on my playlist since I began running eight years ago. You see, before I loved running, I hated running. I tried to like it. In high school, a friend of mine would try to get me to run with her regularly and I’d find any excuse to walk because it felt so awful. In college, I had a roommate that was an incredible cross country runner (I had no idea what that meant at the time) and she would try to get me to go out and run with her every so often. I’d go, and I survived but not without a bit of a struggle and a lot of whining. There was one summer during college where I did run almost everyday – two miles – in an attempt to lose weight. But once I went back to school, the running stopped. It wasn’t until after college that I received my first iPod nano that I thought, “Hmm, if I could run with music I might actually stick with it.” And I did. One of the first songs on my iPod was this one – Sweetness – even though it was already about seven years old. It comes from the album, Bleed American, which was released in 2001. I used to call it my “power song” because I used the old school version of Nike Training + at the time – when it came with a piece to attach to your shoe and was more of a pedometer – and you could set it up with a “power song”. Ha! Two iPod Nanos and one shuffle later and it’s still on my playlist. Enjoy!
Is there a song (or multiple songs) you run to that never leaves your playlist?