Not long ago, I used to play a game on Facebook with some of my high school friends for which we created a little group, Tuesday Tunes. We would pick a theme each Tuesday and post a song related to the theme throughout the week. I’m no longer on Facebook, but I do miss playing that game.
Today I ran across Kelly’s blog, honestme363, and she’s created a recurring weekly post known as Tuney Tuesday! I was absolutely thrilled to discover this! I love music, and music motivates me during my runs. Some people prefer the quiet when they run, but I don’t want to run if I can’t have my music. Some of the songs that come up I can actually pace to, while others I can just simply drift away.
I told Kelly I wanted to be a part of Tuney Tuesday, and she asked me about songs that motivate me. The first and foremost song that comes to mind is “Till I Collapse” by Eminem. But it’s not just the song… it’s this particular video behind the song that keeps me going, posted below. The first time I ever heard the song, I watched this Ironman video. These super-athletes keep going no matter what, no matter how they feel. They let nothing stop them to reach the finish line. It’s inspiring.
I make sure to put this song in the middle of any of my running playlists, right about when I know I’m going to start feeling sorry for myself, thinking how bad I hurt or how tired I am. My pain is nothing compared to what these athletes go through. This song comes on, and I find the strength to suck it up and carry on.
And FYI… this is the song that was playing when I ran across the bridge that terrified me in the Bridge of the Gods Run… I hope you find as much inspiration in it as I do.
(Warning: Explicit lyrics, so not for sensitive ears)