Do you remember mixed tapes?
That's right...you know what I'm talking about...you made them in the 80's/early 90's to enjoy a road trip, to tell a girl that you loved her (in only the way that U2 or Sting can) and to jam in your car while you were joy riding.
Now that we're iTunes/Spotify/Pandora addicts and can create playlists within moments, it makes creating and recreating the perfect set of tunes instantaneously possible.
Which is why I pour over creating and revamping my running tunes. I'm not going to lie to you, much like laying on your bed next to a tape recorder and stopping and starting the songs...creating the perfect playlist in the right order is indeed an art.
When I first start running, I have an inclination to jump out of the gate and get tired by the end of the first mile. Knowing that I usually have four more to go, the challenge is to create a blend of songs that gets my heart pumping, motivates my mind, inspires my soul and doesn't deplete my energy reserves. Tall order, I know.
Oh, and I like to listen to my music really loud....so sometimes others that grab a treadmill/elliptical near me have to suffer through my song choice.
Either way, if you run/walk/do errands/chores with a playlist...take your time. Enjoy assessing the flow of songs and regularly mix them up. Research has shown (I'm not kidding) that the perfect playlist can catapult your fitness level to a new and shinier horizon.
Hooray for the mixed music list!