“Intense” would not be how I’d describe my runs lately. In fact, as part of my quest to love running again, I’ve returned to a more settled and steady state. I run when I want where I want, and I make a real effort not to double up my routes. That’s how I found frustration in the first place, and although I’ve come a long way in only a month, I know how easy it can be to regress, again finding myself trapped by a looming sense of boredom.
That’s why I’ve been doing yoga once a week (this week, that was Tuesday; it was ohm-azing) and trying to run to the High Line once a week.
…and nature. Central Park offers an incredible escape from the streets of Manhattan, and once inside, you hardly know you’re smack in the middle of the city that never sleeps. The High Line is different though. Without walls of trees and fences and towering boulders, this little oasis juxtaposes bright, colorful wildlife with the wild structures of the west side. I’d say it works out well.
Naturally, I’ve had to modify the music that I’ve been listening to while working out to better complement runs of this pace. The following collection of 15 songs has been rotating on my playlist. Hopefully, they can spice up yours too.
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, by Tame Impala
Farrah Fawcett Hair, by Captital Cities ft. Andre 3000
One Day / Reckoning Song, by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
Dancing On My Own, by Robyn
On’n’On, by Justice
This is My Life, by Edward Maya
Higher Love, by James Vincent McMorrow
Royals, by Lorde
Touch, Daft Punk
Sail, by AWOLNATION
Out Of My League, by Fitz and The Tantrums
I Love It, by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
Running to The Sea, by Royskopp
Disparate Youth, by Santigold
Redford, by Sufjan Stevens