How my iPod Shuffle controls my runs like a mini-dictator
Okay, I mentioned earlier that I ran the Gate River Run here in Jacksonville on Mar 14. Well, I was able to run the whole 9.3 miles and I finished in 1hr and 33minutes. That’s right at 10 minute miles. I’m happy with that and I hope to break that next year. If you want to see some pics of me during the race click here. Beware, I look ROUGH.
I’ve had a few people ask what I like to listen to when I’m running and the answer is my iPod Shuffle. I load it up with some awesome running tunes and then just let it pick the order. It’s great. As for the type of music, I enjoy hard rock and a bit of gangsta rap when I run. I need high energy to keep me going. No ballads or wimpy crap. I need ball-drivin’, head-bangin’, car-crashin’, ear-splittin’ RAAAAWWWWWWK when I run.
The other day I was feeling saucy so I hooked my Shuffle up to the computer and set iTunes to auto-load songs. This means I have no idea what was picked as everything was just picked at random. Normally, I tell iTunes what songs I want, then the iPod picks the playlist order, but this time I let iTunes pick the songs. FYI…that was a HUGE mistake. I have this running condition called MADD, Music Attention Deficit Disorder. I may LOVE a song in the car, but when I’m running, odds are, I’m going to hate it. Seriously, when I’m running, the chances of me liking a song are cut to 50%, at least.
Want to know how my run went? Below is the horrible sound track to a man dying. There were some good songs, but then, there was everything else.
Metallica – Enter Sandman – Ooooo, good startup song. Nice beat, heavy guitar riffs and high energy. Everyone bitches about Metallica selling out after their self-titled “black” album in 1991. That’s crap and nonsense. I say Metallica’s only GOOD music came after they released the “black” album. Everything before it was ass. That’s right I said it, pre-sell out Metallica sucked.
Silvertide – I Ain’t Coming Home – Nice, nice. Keep it high-energy. Silvertide is a really good rock band. They have this bluesy, southern rock vibe mixed with hard rock guitar riffs and heavy drums. I love them. They’ve only had one album however, and that was released in like 2004.
Nelly – Grillz – Good rap song, however, it’s totally overplayed. I guess iTunes sees that I play it a lot. Hence the problem, I’m sick of it. ***SKIP***
Duran Duran – The Reflex – Dude I totally LOVE this song. Awesome. But not right now ***SKIP***
Nickelback – Animals – Oh, snap. This is a kick ass song. This’ll get me through the next mile. Bad ass guitar and a really fast, high energy song. Great for running. Nickelback ROCKS, dude (I do the rock “devil horns” into the air while I run).
Tech N9ne – Caribou Lou – This song is the shiz-nit. Kansas City rapper, Tech N9ne brings it in this homage to his favorite drink. Listen to this song and try NOT to bob your head to it’s chant-like chorus.
Chingy – Right Thurr – Overplayed and so 5 years ago ***SKIP***
Coldplay – Viva la Vida – You know how I know you’re gay? You listen to Coldplay. Dammit!! Steph’s music must have gotten mixed up in here. Note to self: Delete all Coldplay from computer. ***SKIP***
Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry – I liked Fergie-licious but hate this song. Damn you iTunes auto-load ***SKIP***
Sarah McLachlen – I Will Remember You – WHA-?! ***SKIP***
Peggy Lee – Fever – Okay, this one creeps me out. It keeps popping up on my iPod. Even when I load the iPod with songs myself, I don’t include this, yet it keeps getting on there somehow. Even if I re-format and do it again. WTF?! My iPod is possessed by Peggy Lee. I guess Shuffle REALLY wants me to listen to it. Too bad… ***SKIP***
The Killers – Human – STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPH!!! DAMN YOU AND YOUR HORRIBLE TASTE IN MUSIC!!!! (Shakes fist in the air during run while people stare blankly) ***SKIP***
New Kids on the Block – Didn’t I Blow Your Mind – Oh, yes. Good one, iPod. Well played. YOU’RE FIRED! ***SKIP***
Ne-Yo – Closer – What? I don’t even own this song. ***SKIP***
Brady Bunch theme song – Okay, now you’re just screwing with me, iPod. ***SKIP***
Sound of a thousand children laughing – Umm…..??? ***SKIP***
Suzy Q – Trees – Wait…I don’t think I’ve ever heard…..is that even a real song? ***SKIP***
Mad Men — Season 1 — Episode 8 – A…TV show…..got on my Shuffle?! How–***SKIP***
Offspring – Hit That – HA! Finally! Kick ass ***SKIP***
Metallica – King Nothing – Wait, I didn’t skip the last song…WTF is going on? ***SKIP***
Tom Jones – Leave Your Hat On – STOP SKIPPING!!!!!!!!! ***SKIP***
TobyMac – The Slam – OMG!!! The Shuffle is going SkyNet!!! IT’S BECOME SELF-AWARE!!!! IT’S ATTACKING ME WITH IT’S USB PORT!!!!!—————————————————–
Nevermind. Forget what I just said. Everything is fine. The iPod Shuffle works perfectly. I have no problems with my iPod Shuffle. It’s great. Buy an iPod Shuffle, you won’t regret it.