This may not come as a surprise to anybody, but I distract myself as best I can when I run. One of my fave games: pick the best lyric. Self-explanatory, the game requires me to find, in every song that comes up, a lyric that somehow captures some aspect of running.
Some songs are slam-dunks:
"Just can't turn and walk away."
—All for You, Sister Hazel
"See, it's not about races, just places, faces, where your blood comes from, where your space is."
—Black or White, Michael Jackson
"Lost track of how far I've gone, how far I've gone, how high I've climbed."
—The Rising, Bruce Springsteen
"Who needs sleep?"
—Who Needs Sleep?, The Barenaked Ladies
"Feet on ground, heart in hand."
—Good Mother, Jann Arden (this is my new fave cool-down song, btw)
"And if I were like lightning, I wouldn't need no sneakers."
—If I Had A Boat, Lyle Lovett (he is my all-time fave, btw)
Others are less obvious:
"Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock."
—California Gurls, Kate Perry (love the song, but fierce lyrics don't apply neatly to my Minnesota attitude)
"I will never travel far without a little big star."
—Alex Chilton, The Replacements (not sure exactly what that means, but I like how it sounds)
"I don't feel so bad, I don't feel so bad, I don't feel so bad."
—Wake Up Call, Maroon 5 (o.k., maybe that one is pretty obvious)
Am I the only one who plays this game? (Silence.) I'll take that as a yes, but guess what? Today, you all get to play! (I say that in the same sing-song tone that I usually use to make cleaning up the basement more appealing to my kids.) For today's humpday giveaway, I'm burning to know: what's a lyric that applies to your running?
Let us know, and three of you will have a chance to hear those lyrics loud and clear in a pair of killer new Yurbuds. We've had multiple inquiries on our Facebook page about finding earbuds that stay in the ears, and, as SBS always replies, we can guarantee that these innovative buds, attached to an extra-long cord, are the no-slip solution. Really? you ask skeptically. Truly, we reply: They're custom-fit, ergonomic masterpieces. In fact, to get the perfect size, a picture of your ear is required to get the right size. (Now, if only I could send in a picture of my ass to Seven Jeans, and they'd make a pair that fit in them.)
So what lyrics make you feel, as Kanye does, harder, faster, better, stronger?
p.s. If you need some new music suggestions--or want to add some to a RLAM playlist--visit our stations on Songza. One is racing music, one is mellow tunes.