It’s true, I spent my high school career either racing, preparing to race, or in the bathroom right before a race.
Too much? Not if you’re a runner! You know that racing is awesome, but the nerves that constantly plague you are a dead giveaway that racing is terrifying!
My first race ever was in outdoor track my freshman year of high school. I was running the 800. I was on the starting line, about to barf, waiting for the gun to go off. I was all sorts of mentally prepared to bust out a PR and win the heart of my coach and be thrust into the throws of the top seven!
Mr. Witt (my coach’s husband and my geometry teacher) raised the gun and pulled the trigger!
FALSE START! Don’t worry, the gun didn’t go off. So I had to wait on that starting line another excruciatingly long 10 seconds for him to figure out how to fix it. After the gun shot, I was off! It took me way too long to break into the first lane, I was dead tired after the first 200, and I came in second to last. wOOt!
Let me tell you, that first race was TERRIFYING! I’m not sure there was anything awesome about it.
And I’m not going to tell you some lie about how each race got easier either. They didn’t. Now that I knew, truly, how terrifying they were I had all day to think about how each race would go.
But the awesome part was, I got really into visualization. I would imagine myself running each race, even each practice, to a soundtrack of awesomeness.
I remember recording “What It’s Like” from Whitey Ford Sings the Blues off of the radio and playing it over and over on My First Sony on the bus on the way to an indoor race where I was to run the duce.
Another favorite was Eminem’s Hi My Name Is. Yes, I knew (and still know) all the lyrics.
For your viewing pleasure (NSFW)
Here’s a goody that I KNOW you haven’t heard in a while. I remember jamming out to this on the way to a crazy XC meet in late August. It was seriously XC. They had bails of hay in the middle of trails that you had to hurdle.
Oh Lou Bega, what ever happened to you?
The good news is, my taste has only gotten better. Here are some great running tunes that always get me pumped for a race! These happen to make me feel like I can do anything.
I can’t get these to just play straight from the blog…so just pop them into iTunes so you can taste the happy.
- Eminem & Nate Dogg – Till I Collapse
- Christina Aguilera – WooHoo (also, sure to be a summer anthem!)
- Passion Pit – Sleepyhead & Moths Wings
- Paulette – Rude Boy (HumanJive Radio Edit)
- Lustra – Scotty Doesn’t Know
- Fall Out Boy ft. John Mayer – Beat It
- Luda – Get Back
- The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
- Jamie Foxx ft. JT – Winner
- DJ Khalid – All I Do Is Win
- Jay-Z – On To The Next One
- The Heavy – How You Like Me Now
These are just a few of my most recent acquisitions. And, always and forever, the best running song of all time:
- Eminem – Lose Yourself
You can’t deny of the awesome of a song that has the words “FEET FAIL ME NOT” written into the lyrics.
So races, if you haven’t done one, get these songs, sign up and do it! No matter how fast or slow you go you can be sure of two things:
- You will be terrified out of your mind as you walk to the start line.
- It will be one of the most awesome things you’ll ever do.