Do you listen to music when you run? I never do in speed workouts, races, or if I'm running with others. But with my everyday solo running, I go through phases. Sometimes I enjoy it, and other times it's the last thing I want.
Currently, I want it. The heat and humidity are insufferable right now in South Florida, so singing along to your favorite songs helps take your mind off it.
I have several playlists on my ipod and listen according to my mood. Lately my list includes some Blur (Tender, Good Song, Sweet Song), Jimmy Buffet (Jolly Mon, Barometer Soup), Travis (Closer, Sing, Good Feeling, Follow the Light), songs from the movie Crazy Heart (I Don't Know, The Weary Kind, Fallin' & Flyin', If I Needed You, Feflecting Light, Are You Sure Hank Done It That Way), Willie Nelson (My Own Peculiar Way, Rainbow Connection, On the Road Again, Pancho and Lefty), Modest Mouse (Broke, Float On), David Gray (Silver Lining, Sail Away), and just some random others: Brian Wilson's Sloop John B., ABBA's I Have a Dream, Collective Soul's Run, Colin Hay's Waiting For My Real Life to Begin, Marc Cohn's True Companion, and Perfect Day by Lou Reed.