I wanted to start off this post by saying that what I’m about to say is kind of weird, but in reality it’s not weird at all. When I’m running, there are certain songs that help me run faster. I don’t really know which song will flip the switch in my mind until it starts playing, but now I have a pretty good list of songs that would absolutely be on a 5K playlist if I ever run another 5K. I mean, we all know music motivates, right? It’s why athletes have headphones on walking into the locker room. It’s why stadiums have music queued up between plays.
So now we get to the title of this post. I never would have thought this song would be a favorite when I’m out runnning. I mean, just read some of the lyrics:
So much for all your highbrow Marxist ways“Your Woman” White Town
Just use me up and then you walk away
Boy, you can’t play me that way
Lyrics aside, it’s the beat that makes running to this song so easy. I didn’t know back in 1997 when the song came out that 23 years later I’d have it saved on a playlist on my phone (and even a playlist on my watch!!). Heck, 23 years ago I didn’t even HAVE a cell phone. Not many people did, actually.
And just being totally honest, I had no idea the video started out with two people running a race! I don’t know if that’s ironic or spooky… since I’m talking about how I like running with this song playing. So strange. But getting back to the beat… the song has a tempo of 103 beats per minute so that will get you up to a pretty high step count, which in turn would mean you’re running pretty darn fast.
So judge me if you will for my song choice, but you can’t hold it against me that the bpm is up there, and that’s always good for running, or trying to run, fast!
-Out of the Wilderness