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pump up your running music playlist – it’s international music day

rock your run with these running music playlists

Music is a universal language that reaches our souls and gets our toes tapping, booties shaking and legs running. Lord Yehudi Menuhin, an accomplished violinist and conductor, named October 1st, 1975 as the first official International Music Day to honor the melodic art that brings the world together. Lord Yehudi basically wanted the world to know that music rocks! 

Let’s take a moment of silence for music. 

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Runners have an intimate relationship with music — for some, the run can’t go on without it! If you head to a local running path, I bet you’ll find the majority of people wearing headphones. But the choice of what and when to listen is a personal matter. Some runners drive leg cadence to a specific beat while others blast their favorite 80s power ballad to push them up a hill. There ain’t no shame in air drumming to a little Van Halen on the way to an intense track workout either. Find whatever puts the rhythm in your run and pump it louder.

Do I listen to music on the run? Sometimes. I’ve always found there’s no need for music if I have a running buddy who likes to gab, but if I’m out there alone I’ll bring it along. To avoid using headphones, I’ve started using the speakers on my phone and set them at a minimal level. It’s sort of like an old school boom box, but not really at all — the cool factor is like a minus 10 in comparison. Cool or not, it allows me to hear what’s going on around me (cars, bikes, creepers), plus there’s the value add of a phone in case of emergencies … or …

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