Like many people who know better I sat myself down on New Year’s Day, gave myself a stern talking-to, and outlined why my thirty-second year would be the one in which I finally got serious about fitness. Whether this comes true is anyone’s guess — for a few years now I have been a truly committed…
The three that are always on my workout playlist
- “If I Ever Feel Better,” Phoenix. This is great at the very beginning of a run, somewhat perky but not too fast or too loud.
- “Me and Mia,” Ted Leo + Pharmacists. I save this for the end, when I’m ready to quit. Turns out I can always go another 3:31. I usually air-drum, too. (Sorry, other exercisers.)
- “The Mariner’s Revenge Song,” the Decemberists. OK, this is a little weird, but I find it’s a great last-mile song, where you wind up building to a spring as the song picks up steam. The story is also plenty distracting — distracting enough to make you stop thinking about how much running can suck, and start thinking about whales and prostitutes.
Other perennial favorites:
- “Music Is the Victim,” Scissor Sisters
- “Stronger,” Kanye West
- “Bulletproof,” La Roux
- “The Seed (2.0),” the Roots
- “Letter from an Occupant,” the New Pornographers
- Anything by Robyn. Really, anything.
Yo, Crumbler, will you post your latest list? I could use a refresh, too.