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Joyful Miles Running Jams: aka When Everything is Wrong

We all have our ‘jam,’ that one song that makes our pulse quicken and wakes our soul. For runners, having a playlist full of jams is everything … and at times, the difference between a good run and a great one. For me, I listen to everything from Broadway show tunes to podcasts while running. But for runDisney races, I listen to my surroundings – park music, chatter from other runners, pounding footsteps – rather than songs from my playlist.

Except this one time.

Joyful Miles Running Jams - songs on our playlists that gets our feet flying and souls souring!

It happened during 2015’s WDW Half Marathon. Even before the race, everything felt wrong. The amount of sleep I had gotten. (Zero.) The weather. (Chilly and drizzly.) The way I dressed. (Too light with a throwaway I had tossed too early.) My pace. My strides. My breathing. My race belt that kept riding up. Everything was wrong, wrong, wrong and the more I thought about how much money the race had cost and how I was ruining it by being wrong, the higher my anxiety raised.

Enter my jam.

Good thing I brought along use in case of emergency ear buds. I pulled those bad boys out, cranked SING by My Chemical Romance, and ran as fast as possible, letting the music take over.

And just like that, everything was right again.

(There’s also the time when I nursed a painful book rejection by cranking SO WHAT by Pink while running as fast as I could on my treadmill, but that’s a story for my other blog.)

Because a great song can turn an okay run to a great one! #runchat #werunsocial #running Click To Tweet

So for poops and giggles, here’s my current running playlist on Spotify. (The rap ones makes me feel particularly bad ass.)

QOTD: So what’s your jam, the one song that can make everything right? Please share so I can add it to my playlist!

Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger, vlogger, wife to an amazing guy for 26 years, mom of two wonderful boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that plus she can quote most lines from Talladega Nights. Shake and bake!

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