Running tip #68
My daughter, Lizzie, told me I should do a post on “pump up songs,” but music, to me, is so personal and immediate that I don’t feel comfortable offering suggestions for what to listen to before you race. We’re all snowflakes, ya know? Singular, original, unique … no two of us could possibly have the exact musical taste. My favorite song changes almost daily. Like today, when I was in the Open Eye cafe having an espresso shake on an unseasonably warm afternoon in March, the baristas were playing Neil Young’s Harvest and I thought THIS is my pump up song today, right now … A Man Needs a Maid … because of these lyrics:
To give a love,
you gotta live a love.
To live a love,
you gotta be “part of”
… because the song was playing while I was meeting the new captains of my high school XC team. I am a “part of” their lives now; they are a “part of ” me. I almost cried right there in the coffee shop.
This happens in every phase of our lives as human beings. We love and are loved … and if music can capture our emotions, our “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (as Wordsworth says in his preface to Lyrical Ballads) then Lizzie is right, pump-up songs are a tip worth sharing.
SO, for tip #68 give a listen to my current favorite pre-race (pre-life!) song by Oberlin College rising freshman, Sam Bailey:
I hope this inspires my XC girls to dare themselves into NXN!