Confessions of a Running Metalhead

So this weekend, while sitting outside relaxing with the hubs and noticing that someone had read one of my blogs (yes, I check daily, and yes I LOVE my readers!), he said to me…

“You’re a really good writer, but you need to branch out on your topics. All you write about is running.”

So after I went all ‘Rudolph after Clarice tells him he’s cute’ (lol), I told him, okay, I will write about music this week. But as they say to write what you know… I am going to give you my top six favorite running songs. And why I love them.

People might be surprised that they are ALL metal. But its because a) I LOVE metal and b) you can’t run fast to a slow song. Its about trying to keep your feet to the beat. So make it a good one.

These songs make it onto ALL of my speed playlists – be it a 5k, half-marathon or just Thursday Sprintervals. They were there when I set my 5k PR (Turkey Vision Quest playlist) and kicked asphalt at the Blackstone Valley Half (2:01 or bust playlist). They are those songs that when I hear them when i’m not running, they make me wish I was running.

They are:

6. Ready to Rock – Airborne
Why? The lyrics start with “Went down to the crossroads, made a deal with the devil. Sold my soul for a guitar. Became a rock & roll rebel” Plus those O’Keefe brothers are mad talented. Love the whole Black Dog Barking album.  But this song? As it surges, so do I. I’ve put it on repeat before and run the whole time to it. Its fast and hard and my sub-8 mile pace song. Are you READY????

5. Electric Eye – Judas Priest
Why? Its fast. Its fun. I’m listening as I write this and can’t stop moving my foot. It moves.

4. Stand Up and Shout – Dio
Why? Cuz its Dio. And like the others on this list, starts out with a bang. And never slows down. Plus I love the lyrics. “You’ve got desire so let it out. You’ve got the power.” YES… So what if I lip-sync on the treadmill.

3. Riding on the Wind – Judas Priest
Why? Cuz its awesome. From drums to guitar to them together…. i’m just trying to keep up. And Rob’s vocals are spot on.

2. Death Alley Driver – Rainbow
Why? Ritchie freaking Blackmore. Because the song starts out setting a great uptempo beat. And the guitar solo mid-song just makes me smile. And push the pace even more. And the lyrics are SO running.. “You’ll never win the race, but you won’t give up the chase” resonate with this mid-packer.

1. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
Why? That opening. This is my leadoff song for most races. It kicks in fast and hard early and just sets the groove. Guitar, to Drums (tommy sets a killer beat) to Vince’s scream..it just moves. And so do I.

So…. how many of you are itching to run right now? Or tapping your foot? LOL Who else is secretly a running metalhead? Are any of these on YOUR must list?

Rock on my friends…🤘🏻🤘🏻

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Sand therapy

Everyone has some place in the world where they feel the most…themselves.

Where everything is awesome. And all is right in the world.

I have a couple…one of which is Hilton Head, SC.

Nothing puts my head on straight quite like a run on that beach.  This weekend, i was fortunate enough to get in a couple of those….as well as multiple walks of varying lengths.

I got in two 4-mile runs and they couldn’t have been more different.  And not just because I headed in different directions for each.

Our usual hotel is mid-island.  So you can go miles in either direction.  And its been three years since our last trip, so i’d forgotten some of my markers.   But heading north, I hit my two mile marker exactly where a small stream requires a turnaround (unless its low tide, or i want to splash in the puddles).  This was also the perfect spot for a run-selfie.  🙂

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It was a gorgeous run.  High 70’s and humid…but sunny and scenic.   And really put a smile in my heart.

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It wasn’t super fast, but i didn’t care.  I was running in my happy place and THAT was what mattered.

But, once is never enough….so Monday i went out again.

Monday morning was not as nice weather wise.  I watched it rain and the second it stopped (or at least i thought it stopped), I grabbed my sneakers and went out.  And the second I left the hotel, it started pouring.  I mean, great big torrential downpour drops.  I was soaked to the skin in seconds.   But there was no way i was going back in.  I had flown down the coast to run, and run I was going to!

And i was rewarded, with the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen.  Huge and wide and right in front of me…and I spent over a mile, just staring at it and smiling.

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Because there’s nothing like following the rainbow to tell you you’re on the right path.

And when i hit the two-mile marker and turned around, I had this gorgeous sunrise greeting me.

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As well as tons of little sandpipers.  And pelicans soaring over the water looking for their breakfast.   I also passed a sea turtle nest marked off.  And, somehow, finished considerably faster than the day before.  Even clocking an 8:50 mile four.  I guess when you run with your heart lighter, your feet are faster.

The beach is just so full of wonder.  Its a place to let your stress empty and your soul fill.

Its sand therapy.