I’ve been a big proponent of listening to pop/rap/upbeat music while running. For years, since my first 10 miler awhile ago, it’s all I’ve listened while training and while running. Before I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April, I decided to add a few slower songs to my mix. However, I only added songs that had lyrics that really connected with me. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I actually enjoyed a mix of pump me up songs alongside songs that really meant something.
One song in particular really has a calming effect on me when I run. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong is that song. Besides it just being a beautiful song, the lyrics are particularly meaningful while running:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Something about the line “take me deeper than my feet could ever wander” is so powerful during a race. Usually at about the time the song comes on my feet are ready to wander off the course and stop — I’m reminded that I can do all things through Him (even run a race!) This song is also a great reminder to simply be grateful that I am blessed with the ability to run. To be thankful and enjoy the moment.
Do you run to any slower songs during races? Why or why not?