Whether the reason is injury or bad weather, being stuck indoors for workouts is never preferable. In a perfect world we'd all live in a temperate running climate with mountains, soft trails, and pleasant breezes right outside our door every day. Sadly, very few of us live in this running utopia (we're angrily shaking our jealous fists at you, California Bay Area!), and an inevitable forced death march on the treadmill or elliptical is bound to occur more often than any of us would like. Since there's no way around it, I'm wondering what my fellow runners do to break up the monotony and keep the energy level up when stuck on an indoor machine. Of course I'm asking this right now since I face a couple more weeks of rehab on the elliptical, and my current level of motivation/desire to keep coming back ranks just below participating in a Tin Foil Chewing Contest. I need some help!
Obviously movies and music are the best medicine for my ellipti-phobia, and since I have the semi-odd habit of running/elliptical-ing with my eyes 99% closed on long workouts, I usually opt for musical entertainment. (This is probably a topic for another post, but seriously, does anyone else run with their eyes closed? or am I just the laziest guy in the world? Obviously I pay attention if I'm on a new route or near other runners/bikers/traffic, but on my usual/familiar long-run courses, I usually slip into a running coma about an hour into the run and my eyes just start to close - The right one shuts completely, and the left one stays open just enough to see the rough shape/direction of the footing ahead of me. If I'm stuck on a treadmill, the eyes shut immediately since I know there won't be any rocks or turns to worry about. Now that I've actually typed all this out, it seems even weirder to me....let's just get back to the point of this post and forget about all about the eye thing.)
So...back to the topic of music. Since I'm stuck indoors for rehab right now, I'm looking for some new suggestions/recommendations for bands/songs that people like to listen to while running (also, good "driving" songs tend to work just as well for me when I run). I like just about every type of music, so feel free to send along some of your favorites without fear of me judging you and your love of Swedish Dance Pop. We all have an 'Ace of Base' or 'ABBA' cassette kicking around in our basement somewhere...no worries.
To prove I will shame no one's musical taste, I've set my ipod running playlist to 'shuffle', and here are the first 10 songs to come up (with a couple links for songs you may not be able to find on iTunes if you're interested):
1) Iron Maiden - 'Two Minutes to Midnight'
2) Lily Allen - 'LDN'
3) Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles - 'Daniel Lee'
4) Rancid - 'Lock, Step, Gone'
5) Fatboy Slim - 'Going Out of My Head'
6) Huey Lewis & The News - 'Power of Love'
7) That Dog - 'Never Say Never'
8) Mighty Mighty Bosstones - 'Hope I Never Lose My Wallet'
9) Diesel Doug & the Long Haul Truckers - If I'd Shot Her When I Met Her (I`d Be Outta Jail By Now)
10) Sev - 'Same Old Song'
So there's a random sampling from me, how about you? Any songs to toss my way and help me break the boredom of rehab? I thank you mightily in advance!!