Mostly I’m a purist and don’t use an iPod to run and never on the bike. But sometimes on a long run, I’ll treat myself to the iPod for the back 1/2 of the run depending on how I’ve chosen to loop. (I have a 2 mile, 5k, 10k, 15k loop system that I use and I leave fuel at the house to pick-up). I do like to listen to music before a race before I get out of my car. In a straight running race, sometimes I’ll use the iPod and I like to listen to what I affectionately call “spin-trash.” (Trashy boppy music that my spin class teacher uses!) Jai Ho is one of my favorites that I’ll use in a 5k, although sometimes I’ll look down and be aghast because it makes my pace unsustainably fast! I like Lose Yourself because there’s nothing better than an underdog story to motivate. On that long back-half distance run I like Adina Howard’s Freak Like Me—it’s got an awesome pacing beat if you double time the rhythm and it calms me down into a good pace.
What are some of your motivating or pace-setting songs?