I've gravitated further and further away from the iPod being a necessity while running as I've progressively begun to love the actual act of running more and more. This is a change for me, because until about a year ago, I truly disliked the running part of running (weird, right?). Instead, I just loved the overall health benefits and great sense of accomplishment that came with competing, and completing super long distances under my own power. The thought that I was doing distances that nobody else with CF had ever covered would generally help motivate me to keep going, despite my muscles and joints telling me I sucked. Besides this psychological incentive in the back of my mind, music always provided a key distraction while logging miles.
Let's fast forward to 'Brooks 2011'.
I can honestly say that I love running now, even with all the pain and suffering that goes along with it. Because of this, it's no longer a neccessity to have tunes with me while running, but I still find they help my mind-game tremendously when going really long... generally after the 4-5 hour mark. In the last year I've done numerous marathons and 50 milers sans tunes, but I still prefer to have the option, so I will always carry the iPod at an ultra, just in case I hit a super low point, and need the distraction to pull through it. That's the correlation music and running have with me.
Now it's time to just talk music.
2010 was a great year for Indie music, which is a broad term for the genre I primarily listen to. I don't want to bore you with a laundry list of obscure bands that you may or may not have heard of, or that you don't even care about. Rather, with the Grammy's being just a few weeks ago, I've been trying to decide what my top albums of 2010 were. It was great to see Arcade Fire take album of the year - since they still aren't really considered a mainstream band - and I agree that they are phenomenal, influental musicians in the Indie genre, but was 'The Suburbs' worthy of this honor?
In my book, they definitely deserved to be in the running, but I don't give them the top spot.
Here are my top-5 albums of 2010, in order:
- Foals - Total Life Forever
- Yeasayer - Odd Blood
- Geographer - Animal Shapes
- Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
- Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
A couple other bands/albums worth mentioning are Ratatat (LP4) and Against Me (White Crosses).
In preparation for the challenge of running a seemingly endless number of road miles at Brew to Brew next weekend, I'm putting together a new running playlist to fight off the bad thoughts. Currently getting the most playtime is Phantogram, a band D-Rock (aka Tony Krupicka) just made me aware of last week.Thanks, man... I can't get enough.
Until next time, enjoy!